Presented in a white composite body, this new Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Chronograph White Ceramic (Ref. 49820-32-712-FK6A) is inspired by the gorgeous an ultra-limited (only five individually numbered pieces were ever made) edition Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Cabinet de Curiosites Thomas Erber (Ref. 49820-32-788SFK6A) that was created for the 2011 Cabinet de Curiosites event in London.
Concord’s elegant C2 line of sporty chronographs has recently received yet another upgrade. The 2012 Concord C2 GraffitiGrey (ref. 0320190) may not look as striking as the 2011 Chronograph Amethyst, but it still features the C2’s signature energetically shaped, medium-sized body, which is now presented in black PVD-treated steel and is accompanied with a nicely tinted sapphire glass and grey Superluminova accents on the three-dimensional dial.
First presented in 1952 as a professional navigation instrument for pilots, the Navitimer collection of ultra-luxury pilot’s watches has long since transformed into a luxury timekeeper, which is only rarely used to measure average speed or fuel consumption of the aircraft. However, it remains one of their flagships and, being powered by their first in-house Caliber B01 movement, offers an impressive combination of functionality, readability, and high build quality. Prepare to love the 2012 limited edition Breitling Navitimer Blue Sky 60th Anniversary automatic chronograph!
Usually associated with ‘tactical’ timepieces that come in durable and feather-light polyurethane bodies, from time to time the watchmaking specialist introduces similarly specced timekeepers packed in dressier, stainless steel bodies. Though designed with us, civilians, in mind, the new Luminox Mariner Series 6250 family of quartz-powered divers still features an almost unrivaled nighttime legibility thanks to the use of T25-type micro-tubes filled with mildly radioactive tritium gas.
The new iteration of the affordable, yet nicely designed Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 family was announced back in March 2012. Rated for an impressive depth of 500 meters, recently these timekeepers started to appear in online shops around the world. Available with quartz and self-winding mechanical movements, the watch is offered in a unisex 38 mm and a more masculine 43 mm body, which is the best choice for a budget-conscious customer.
The Swiss watchmaking house Jaquet Droz is not the first (and possibly not the last) manufacturer to implement minerals (as well as other ‘low-tech’ materials like, say, wood) in the design of their timekeepers. However, their dressy Grande Seconde series gains the most from this beautiful mix of inexpensive, yet highly decorative stones that serve as dials, and precious, finely polished rose gold body and parts. Meet the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Minerals.
Officially presented at the 2012 JCK Show in Las Vegas at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the automatic Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Dark Knight Worldtimer (ref. 49820-32-612-FK6A) will soon be offered to -ahem- general public in a super-limited lot of only 25 numbered timepieces. We are yet to see one in flesh to write a more comprehensive review of this thing but, so far, it looks like the model is based on the Web 2.0-style, super limited edition ww.tc Cabinet de Curiosites Thomas Erber (Ref. 49820-32-788SFK6A) that was first revealed back in October 2011 to much acclaim of reviewers and enthusiasts.
The French fashion brand Saint-Honore has finally expanded its affordable Worldcode family with a quartz-powered diver. Although the new Saint-Honore Worldcode Diving Quartz (ref. 861202 71DBN) model sports all the necessary attributes of a diver and features different finish to its highly legible dial, the family DNA is still here, which is good.
The 2012 Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel J006033200 is delivered in a finely crafted, albeit slightly oversized red-gold body and features the most elegant hand-made dial that features rare (and expensive, since the process cannot be automated) Grande Feu enameling, off-centered sub-dials forming figure eight and a nice mix of Roman and Arabic numerals.
Jaquet Droz has recently reissued its famous regulator-style timekeeper that, lacking the usual minute hand, is instead equipped with the single hour hand that circles around a 24-hour dial. The new version sports an absolutely gorgeous-looking, matt black onyx dial. Equipped with an in-house automatic movement, the new Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Onyx (Ref. J025030270) nicely complements the recently introduced self-winding The Eclipse Onyx (J012630270).