It is always a pleasure to see a smaller brand going the hard way and turning a simple (and common) complication into a unique feature of its product. The new Hamilton Khaki SkyMaster UTC (refs. H77525553 & H77505433) is the latest example of such a daring approach.
Delivered in a moderately oversized body, this new IWC Portofino Chronograph (Ref. IW391002) is a nice alternative to both Patek Philippe chronographs that are just too formal and the Omega Speedmaster series, which is just too sporty. Relatively affordable and styled with attention to even smallest details, this is something that you want to wear in the office.
Playing on the crowded field of -ahem- “affordable” luxury dress watches, the Portofino range has always been somewhat of an ugly duck in the family of beautiful swans. Now, however, updated with the 2011 IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Caliber 59210 (Ref. 5101) model, the collection has been moved a tad upmarket.
The new Montblanc Star World-Time GMT 106464 collection is a new member of the Star collection that was officially presented at the SIHH 2011 event. The 2011 collection offers a nice pseudo-vintage styling that is tastefully flavored with almost perfect legibility and careful approach to design: a combination that defines timekeepers manufactured by one of the oldest makers of luxury writing instruments even when it comes to their “entry-level” models.
Fortis has revealed a blingy version of its popular B-42 automatic “aviator”. The 2011 Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph Limited Edition (Ref. 665.13.19 L.01) is available in a medium-sized black PVD-coated stainless steel case and features lots of 18-karat solid(!) rose gold elements not only on its dial and case but even on the fixed bezel with the inevitable tachymeter scale.
The high-jewelry Boucheron Sheherazade Tourbillon features lots of gold, and diamonds, sapphires, amethysts, and other precious stones that I wasn’t able to recognize. With its large case measuring in whole 42 millimeters in diameter, it takes a lot of wrist real estate, too.
As the name implies, the new (or, rather, upgraded) Breitling Navitimer Caliber 01 Limited Edition has undergone a complex heart transplant procedure with its mass-produced ETA-based cal. B26 movement changed in favor of their latest in-house Caliber B01. Visually, however, this is still the same good old Navitimer that hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts around the globe love so much.
Delaneau, a fashion brand that specializes in ultra-luxury items designed for ladies, is selling its brilliant Amazone Blueberries 1608 one-off. Besides a wonderful mix of materials, textures, and colors, the new timepiece also features a not very common all-digital “interface” on its dial with the usual hour and minute hands replaced with a pair of jumping hours and minutes indicators.
Fortis has just presented us with yet another member of its Art Edition limited edition series. Designed by a kinda obscure German pop artist Andora and called the Fortis Art Andora Emotions Limited Edition, this crazy timepiece looks like a colorful fountain of positive emotions and fun!
The new Glashütte Original Senator Diary (refs. 100-13-01-01-04 & 100-13-02-02-04) features the traditional design of the recently resurrected German brand, as well as a lovely mechanical “alarm clock” complication that lets you set the alarm time for up to 31 days in the future.
In the Spring of 2010, Glashütte Original has introduced the then-new Senator Sixties Panorama Date (ref. 1-39-52-06-02-04) three-hander. Its main selling point? You are basically getting the original vintage-styled timepiece that now sports with their signature Panorama Date complication: a feature that looks your run off the mill “big date” look like a crude kid’s toy.
The 2010 limited-edition Fortis B42 Black Mars 500 is the German-based brand’s another attempt to monetize its long-standing partnership with the Russian Roscosmos Federal Space Agency that dates back to the year 1994.
The last year’s Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph is finally available in an 18-karat white gold case. Sold as reference 47192/000G-9504, the new model is designed for those who consider the rose gold variety a bit too blingy for a modern gentleman.
Audemars Piguet has updated its 2009 Millenary Chronograph with a 2010 model that now offers a lot more appealing color scheme. Besides the new colors, the 2010 MY model sports the same off-centered dial with an extravagant combination of Roman numerals for the main dial and Arabic numerals for the tachymetric scale.
Originally revealed a year ago, the gorgeous Zeitwerk started the digital revolution in the world of traditional mechanical timekeepers. Now, having its Arabic numerals covered with Superluminova and equipped with a smoked, semi-transparent sapphire crystal that replaces the original dial crafted from solid silver, the new A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Luminous takes the idea even further.