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 2014 Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date Automatic, a new addition to the growing Clifton collection, 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. 126.96.36.199.99.001) 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.
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.
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.
The 2013 Citizen Eco-Drive Military Sub-Seconds (Ref. BV1085-22H) updates the military-themed solar-powered family with a new, pilot-style dial. Although not looking terribly original, the new version is designed to win thousands of customers that look for a gadget that combines a slightly modernized look of a classic pilot’s watch with a high-tech Eco-Drive movement.
Saint Honore Paris, a French company that has a number of great models in its portfolio, but is still inconsistent when it comes to design, has finally found a contractor capable of making fine ceramic components for their fashion watches. Unlike Hermes, another French fashion house that has enough resources to get the best industrial designers and the best mechanical movements for their timekeepers, SHP is forced to move by smaller increments towards their goal of becoming a great name in the industry. Still, they do make the progress and, around a month ago, the company has expanded its Opera line with a ceramic wristwatch designed for ladies, and now they introduce a sporty Saint Honore Worldcode Chronograph in Black Ceramic (ref. 890128 71CIN).