Celebrating its 110th anniversary, the Swiss watchmaking brand has introduced its Oris 110 Years Limited Edition (Ref. 01 110 7700 6081-Set LS). Available in two versions, it combines all the usual features that you can expect from such an exclusive device including an in-house, hand-decorated movement. Presented at the Baselworld 2014, it is limited to just 110 numbered pieces.
The good old Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 (ref. V241660) has been on the market for some years now. Designed with lovers of “military diving” in mind, it must be popular among customers around the world if the Swiss entry-luxury brand, which is mostly known for its multipurpose knives, has finally decided to offer a relatively expensive limited edition of the piece. Sporting the usual sturdy-looking body crowned with a visually complex unidirectional rotating bezel, the new version of the Dive Master 500 features a more interesting dial and is, for a change, equipped with a mechanical movement made by ETA.
This Tissot T-Complication Chronometer (ref. T070.406.16.057.00) was first presented at the Baselworld 2014 trade show. Although the name would better suit something more aggressively designed and equipped with anything less complicated than a tourbillon, the gadget still looks extremely attractive offering a serene, elegant (although some might call it a bit generic) appearance. In fact, the timepiece may be a nice choice for a young person getting their first job in the City.
So far, the beautiful Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date Automatic, a new addition to the growing Clifton collection of affordable dress watches that was presented back in January at SIHH 2014 show, looks like the most advanced member of the family. Although the mechanism that powers it is just a usual ETA 2892-2 with a complication module sitting atop of it, it is still elegant and refined and, if you are not obsessed with technical features, could become a nice companion if you plan to wear it with a business suit.
This Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Platinum Orange Ceramic (ref. 184.108.40.206.99.001) looks like an extremely expensive crossover between their flashy Seamaster Planet Ocean chronograph that the brand has introduced almost three years ago and a tad fresher Co-Axial GMT model. From the latter, it gets basic design and the Cal. 8615 automatic movement, and the former supplied this beautiful artifact with its ostentatious orange-and-polished-metal color scheme. The expensive part is delivered courtesy of mirror-polished and sand-blasted platinum, lots of it.
Okay, we finally started getting news releases regarding watches that will be revealed during the upcoming SIHH 2014 event next January. Among them, is the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph (ref. MOA10123, often referred to by various online stores simply as ‘10123’) collection of automatic timekeepers.
Today, when a last year’s smartphone, which is not even considered a flagship anymore, sports more firepower than a top-of-the-line laptop PC from the early 2000s, it is extremely difficult to impress someone with a simple electronic watch. There are devices that act as your personal running coach and there are wrist computers that could guide you to the nearest landing field if your plane’s engine suddenly dies on you. I am not even talking about the latest batch of “smart” watches that were designed to communicate with your tablet-size phones that are now just too large to handle. So, how does the Swiss brand plans to surprise us with its new Breitling Aerospace Evo (ref. E7936310/BC27-152E)?
Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird”, the legendary spy plane that was a source of constant headache for the Soviet Air Defense system from 1964 to 1998 and was only retired because the Cold War was finally over (or so it seemed) and the defense budgets slashed, has once again became a source of inspiration for a watchmaking brand. Compared to the massive Breitling Blackbird Red Strike Chronograph that was released three years ago, the new Bell & Ross BR 126 Blackbird Flyback Chronograph Limited Edition offers basically the same functionality, which is packed in a more discreet, matte black body.
With its new Black Toro Perpetual Calendar + GMT, Ulysse Nardin expands its ultra-luxury “Toro” line with a model that features an appealing combination of matte and glossy black of its dial and strap with a polished rose gold body. While not breaking any design records (and not sporting any ultra-high-tech features unlike their earlier Ulysse Nardin Sonata Silicium,) this luxury timekeeper is still worth a closer look.
Christopher Ward has finally caught that ‘worldtimer’ superbug that keeps infecting European watchmakers at an alarming rate. Still, their new Chr.Ward C900 Worldtimer offers an unusual combination of functions: it not only tells you time both in the home and the second time zone, but also displays a three-letter airport code that makes it a tad easier to always set the correct time in the place of your current stay.