Chronoswiss -a luxury brand that was established almost three decades ago in Munchen, but then moved to its current location in Lucerne, Switzerland- will soon start selling the new Pacific Collection that includes a pair of chronographs and a three-hander. As usual, all versions are powered by Swiss-made movements. According to the officially disseminated specification lists, the new timekeepers will be presented in slightly oversized bodies 43 millimeters in diameter that seem to be absolutely adequate for the sporty-styled watches with their aggressive color accents and energetically sculpted elements.
At the SIHH 2011, Vacheron Constantin has presented its new hit: the highly-customizable Quai de l’Ile Retrograde Annual Calendar (ref. 86040/000R-I0P29). Sporting a unique modular case design, the Quai de l’Ile not only allows you to build a real Frankenstein of a timekeeper combining all sorts of materials and textures but also makes it easier to always keep the piece in a mint condition simply by replacing scratched or dinged parts while servicing it.
Breitling has issued a diamond-set version of its cash-cow: the Chronomat automatic chronograph. The Chronomat 01 Diamondworks is available in white gold and rose gold cases and bears enough diamonds either to rebuild the Republic of Haiti or to finance a manned mission to Mars. Thankfully, the chronograph is delivered in two versions with a more modest one having the use of diamonds limited only to its signature diving bezel.
Perrelet has recently updated its Regulator family with a retrograde hour display with a model in a titanium case. Judging by the promotional photos that we have just received, the refreshed Regulator Retrograde in Titanium (refs. A1041/4 and A3014/5) will retain all the characteristic design elements of the collection but will bring in a more subdued, discreet color scheme with different shades of grey accented with burgundy-colored elements of the dial.
The original Chronomat B01, the one equipped with Breitling’s new, totally in-house B01 automatic column-wheel chronograph movement, was first revealed in September 2009. Recently, the Swiss watchmaker has revealed a limited-edition version of the model. While being powered by the same self-winding caliber and sporting the same massive-looking body, it offers you a more interesting combination of colors, as well as a revised case back cover.
Oris has devoted the 2010 limited-edition BC4 RHFS (ref. 674 7616 4284 Set) chronograph to the 4e Régiment d’Hélicoptères des Forces Spéciales (4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment) that was established in August, 2009 and is now based in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Despite being an “aviator” (well, it is not your classic B-Uhr, but it is still styled like a plane’s instrument gauge,) the new BC4 RHFS is presented in a comparatively compact body and is equipped with a natural-born chronograph movement.