Based on the last year’s Navitimer Cosmonaute hand-wound chronometer, the 2013 Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute BlackSteel looks a trifle less “historic”, but is offered in a lot sexier all-black body and is even more “limited” than the original.
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).
Expanding the bizarre collection of “fashion divers”, the 2013 Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver (Ref. 266-33-8C/922) offers a nice combo of 18-karat rose gold with elements of its chunky body and solid bracelet crafted from black rubber and glossy black ceramic respectively. While not a “tool,” the timekeeper is nevertheless equipped with a COSC-certified chronometer movement and features a water resistance rating that makes it suitable at least for recreational diving.
Wenger’s SeaForce line of divers is popular among enthusiasts searching for a “Swiss Made” beater on a tight budget. Recently, it has received a comprehensive update with a new Wenger SeaForce Chronograph timekeeper. Still featuring the same basic styling, the refreshed model not only adds chronograph functionality but also looks a lot more modern than their older three-hander.
It keeps getting better. Breitling has just released a PR blurb regarding its new vintage-style Transocean series. Equipped with their relatively fresh in-house self-winding chronograph movement, the new 2013 Breitling Transocean Chronograph GMTadds a second time zone functionality to the elegant collection making it look more complete.
Although to some the new Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary (refs. T078.641.16.037.00 & T078.641.16.057.00) automatic watch may look suspiciously similar to the gorgeous Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox International model that was released more than three years ago, the source of their inspiration lays in a radically different place and time. This elegant traveler’s companion is almost an exact reproduction of the model that the Swiss watchmaker introduced sixty years ago for its centennial anniversary.
Although the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar & Moonphase (refs. MOA10055 & MOA10316) that was presented back in January at the SIHH 2013 event features the excruciatingly tiresome layout that we have already seen thousands of times, it somehow manages to be a real treat for the eye of an enthusiast.
I always had an impression that the SARZ series of sporty automatic watches were sold only on the Japanese domestic market. Yet, it looks like this mildly refreshed MY 2013 Seiko SARZ033 collection will actually make it across the Pond and will probably make landfall not only in North America but, hopefully, here in Europe, too.
Limited to only a hundred (Yes, just a hundred. And, yes: I am looking at you, Breitling) of individually numbered pieces, the new Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma Rivages (ref. PFC228-3200100) automatic chronograph has its minimalistic yet distinctive-looking body crafted from lightweight titanium and high-tech carbon: a stunning combination of materials that we usually see in sport cars, space rockets, and expensive timekeepers.