The 2013 Montblanc TimeWalker Voyager UTC (ref. 109137) refreshes the familiar high-tech design of the original timekeeper’s laconic, yet informative dial making it one of the most visually attractive dual-timers on the market. Successfully combining high-contrast, easy to read elements with the grey and white (with bright sparks of orange: a color that is all the rage among industrial designers at the moment) color scheme, the Voyager UTC draws the inspiration from Porsche Design and, surprisingly, does it with style and good taste!
Omega doesn’t update its collections too often, but when it does, it does it with style. Offered in a massive, 18-karat rose gold body, the new Omega De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph (ref. 418.104.22.168.02.001) sports their fairly fresh Cal. 9301 co-axial automatic movement and features an extremely elegant dial layout.
This self-winding Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Gunmetal Limited Edition (ref. 395.111.30/V705 AB10) comes as a tribute to the first “modern” Admiral’s Cup version. The 1983 original featured all the design cues that later became signature elements of the current Admiral’s Cup line: the inevitable nautical pennants serving as hour markers and the signature dodecagonal (twelve-sided) bezel.
At the SIHH 2013 event, Roger Dubuis has presented a new member of their signature collection. Sporting the easily recognizable notched bezel and the stylized Roman numerals that RD loves so much, the 2013 Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Chronometer Chronograph (ref. RDDBEX0389) also sports their fresh automatic movement with a micro-rotor design.
Hamilton has recently updated its Jazzmaster family with a new automatic chronograph that sports a fairly fresh Caliber H21 automatic movement that we have already seen inside the Khaki Aviation X-Patrol model presented back in February 2012. Based on the time-proven ETA Valjoux 7750 blank caliber, the movement features an upgraded energy storage module with the maximum power reserve extended over 60 hours.
Already having in its collection a model that combines a flyback chronograph with a perpetual calendar in a relatively compact, elegant body, the Swiss watchmaking house has recently decided to re-introduce the limited edition model in two new versions. Available soon both in stainless steel and rose gold, the new Carl F. Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual automatic chronograph will be offered in two limited lots of 150 and 100 (ref. 00.10906.03.33.01 in 18-karat rose gold, pictured below) numbered pieces respectively. It will be pricey, too, but that’s to be expected from a watch of such unique pedigree.
Searching for a moderately sized “aviator” with a nice old-fashioned feel and a military-style 24-hour time display? Well, then you should perhaps have a look at the Glycine Airman 1953 Vintage Limited Edition (ref. 3904.14.TB9). The Swiss-based niche brand offers the device in a nice, vintage-styled body, which is equipped with a rotating bezel that can serve as a secondary time-zone indicator, too. Although the self-winding movement that powers it doesn’t look as sexy as those NOS Unitas calibers that you can find in some other recently introduced timekeepers (like, for example, this elegant Archimede Deck Watch R (UA7952)), it still offers you a combination of quality and reliability that you can expect from a watch, which is sold at more than €2000.
The Swiss watchmaker has just released a new limited edition version of its elegant BC3 “pilot.” The new Oris BC3 Air Racing Silver Lake (Ref. 01 735 7641 4184-Set) sports the same general styling as the other members of the family, but has a nice twist about its high-contrast, matte-black dial.
First unveiled back in 2009, the gorgeous “digital” Zeitwerk has already survived a number of limited editions. Now, the German brand reintroduces the timekeeper as A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst (Ref. 140.048) adding to the mix a new dial that successfully combines rhodium-plated white gold and their signature “German silver” alloy: the centuries-old mixture of copper, nickel, and zinc that allows you to make a greyish-white metal that is easy to work with and, when finished properly, looks great, too.
With its new Breitling for Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon, the Swiss manufacturer keeps gradually putting on a pretty strict diet its best-selling models designed in partnership with Bentley. Packing them in smaller bodies, but still offering a nice combination of superb build quality and mass-produced movements that are finely tuned to the highest standards of accuracy, the company introduces a new generation of accessories that could be worn not only by basketballs stars, but also by an ordinary CEO obsessed with British motorsport legacy, but still sane enough not to wear a humburger-sized monstrosity with a formal suit.
The year of updates continues. This time the American watchmaker Ball Watches has presented its new Ball Engineer Master II Diver (ref. DM2020A-PA-BKGR).
Look who has just got a sibling! The military-styled 2010 Khaki Pilot (ref. H64715885) has just received a younger brother. Called Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Chronograph (ref. H646666735), the new “aviator” from the legendary brand nicely fits a bullet-proof ETA Valjoux 7753 movement into the same mid-sized body of a (sort of) tactical timekeeper.
A little bit too late for the diving season here, in the Northern hemisphere, the Japanese brand has presented their new Citizen Promaster Sea Eco-Drive (Ref. BN0100-51E) diving watch. Powered by their trademark Eco-Drive caliber (a quartz movement that recharges itself using solar radiation and -theoretically- doesn’t need its battery changed during the whole lifetime of the mechanism), the watch is offered in a surprisingly discreet body and is rated for whole 200 meters of water resistance: more than enough for an average skindiver.
This new Zenith Pilot Big Date (Ref. 03.2410.4010/21.C722) self-winding chronograph sports a deliciously mid-sized stainless steel body that will look perfect not only with a worn-leather bomber jacket and a three-day stubble but also with a custom-tailored business suit.
Mostly known for their “tributes” to more expensive, legendary (or, in other words, class-defining) models like different iterations of Rolex Submariner, the iconic IWC Portuguese and the likes, the British-based brand, however, sometimes offers a lot more original watches of their own design. The new Chr. Ward Makaira Pro 500 (Ref. C11-MAK-SKWSI) diver belongs to the latter breed of timekeepers that an enthusiast can easily wear without losing the tiniest bit of their self-respect.