Limited to just 50 pieces, each bearing an individually engraved number on their transparent back, the 2013 Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Alarm Watch Edition France (ref. 160151.323L) will be offered exclusively in France.
I first planned to write this article back in December 2012 but soon found out that a refreshed model was in the works and decided to postpone this small review for a later date. Last week, the German watchmaking brand has made me aware about the 2013 Archimede Pilot 42 R Red model together with its two siblings: versions in blue (Pilot 42 B) and white (Pilot 42 W). I still hope to get my hands on one of them at some point in time, but so far I can only use their official images. So, here we go.
Around 18 months ago, Rolex’s “cheaper” brand Tudor has unveiled its Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330) that paid tribute to the legendary Tudor Oysterdate from the 1970s. The resemblance between the original and the reissue was, well, a little less than obvious, so, learning on past mistakes the brand decided to offer this new Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue featuring styling that makes it look almost like a faithful recreation of the old “Montecarlo” version of the same Oysterdate range.
Breitling has updated its trendy SuperOcean line of diving tools. According to their press release, the 2013 Breitling SuperOcean 42 Mariner Blue will be, as usual, issued as a limited edition model and will feature a new Mariner Blue color scheme.
The Concord Saratoga Alarm Chronograph (Ref. 0320219) makes somewhat dubious impression. It does look expensive and is advanced when it comes to industrial design. Its main problem is the movement: the chronograph uses an ordinary quartz module. I mean, we are talking about a niche where potential buyers expect nothing less than a high-tech mechanical caliber. This may put off customers looking for an affordable timekeeper that they would be able to pass to their grandchildren. The watch will become a collection of metal parts and useless electronic components long before your grandson goes to college.
During the Baselworld 2011, the Swiss-based manufacturer has presented a beautiful alarm watch that featured a nicely done automatic movement combined with an understated design of its compact body and beautiful case. While still looking similar to the older version, this 2013 Vulcain 50s President’s Watch (ref. 110151.281LF) comes powered by a different movement that features manual winding but is as easy to operate as the 2011 model.
Their new Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon 1GLAS.B01A.C122S features an in-house hand-wound movement with one of the most handsome moon-phase displays that I have seen in my lifetime.
The Aerowatch Les Grandes Classiques Chronograph Pilote (Ref. A 61948 NO03) was first unveiled at the Baselworld 2013 show. It won’t impress any enthusiast with the ingenuity of exterior design or some revolutionary complication. It’s not the point here. Even with its standard dial layout and the usual set of features, it is a tasteful and elegant take on a concept of a “pilot’s watch” intended for men that were dreaming about becoming fighter jet pilots in their childhood only to find themselves having a good, but depressingly boring job in the downtown and spending their evenings playing Il-2 and War Thunder simulators in their man caves.
Although powered by a modified version of an unassuming ETA blank movement, this new Montblanc Star Quantieme Complet (Ref. 108737) is delivered in a refined, slim rose gold body and looks like a perfect choice for a person looking for an, um, expensive “entry-level” luxury watch.
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!