Probably inspired by a similarly named family of antimagnetic timekeepers from *ahem* another Swiss-based watchmaker, the new Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQuest (Ref. DM3000A-SCJ-BK) still has a selling point of its own. Even two of them if you count in the “wow” factor. The first selling point is its impressive water resistance rating of whole three thousand meters (almost ten thousand feet,) which makes it an impressive homage to a true old-school professional diving instrument.
Seiko has recently introduced yet another member of its line of accurate and not particularly expensive “aviators.” The 2011 Solar Pilot Alarm Chronograph (ref. SSC009) offers a loud alarm, a bidirectionally rotating Breitling-style slide-rule bezel, as well as a 60-minute chronograph accurate up to 1/5th of a second.
The famous Manufacture has recently updated its Perrelet Chronograph Squelette (ref. A1056.1) series of skeletonized timekeepers with a model that, for a change, is powered by their new open-worked chronograph movement.
The 2011 Concord C2 Chronograph (Refs. SKU 0320141 / 0320138) collection doesn’t look as outrageous as some of their other models that were introduced during the last couple of years, yet I would say that the more subdued design language that this new gadget speaks is potentially more commercially successful. The C2 Chrono primarily targets a mass market where most customers simply need an accurate and well-made dressy watch that would also look good with formal attire. Of that, the new member of the family delivers plenty.
The limited edition Cimier Bigmatic 16½ (ref. 6110-BP021) is powered by a legendary Unitas 6497-1 movement that you have probably never imagined in such a shape. Besides a serious redecoration, the good old caliber has also undergone an unusual modification. Initially designed in the 1950s as a hand-wound caliber, the mechanism was equipped with the brand’s own automatic winding system.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme offers us the familiar 8-shaped dial layout that now offers the delighted audience not only off-centered hours and minutes as well as prominent seconds sub-dial but also adds to the grand total a simple, yet elegant calendar indicator.
The Oris Maldives 300M Diver (Ref. 643 7654 7185 RS / MB) celebrates the World Oceans Day while raising some money to Bluepeace, an environmental NGO, which is based on the Maldives and has its main objective “to protect the environment through environmental education and training.”
The recently introduced Citizen Eco-Drive Signature Perpetual Calendar (ref. BL1258-53L) has immediately sparked controversy among enthusiasts and bloggers alike. The reason for the universal brouhaha was the decoration of the unidirectional rotating bezel that looked like it was blatantly ripped-off the 2009 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500M Calibre 5 diver that went on sale two years prior the introduction of this model.
Last March, during the Baselworld 2011 international trade show in Basel, Switzerland, the young (and rather obscure) German watchmaker Nivrel has presented a replacement for its recently discontinued Deep Sea model. Doubling the catalog price, the new model also offers a ten times better water resistance rating making it a perfect tool for a diver on a tight budget. Okay, just meet the automatic Nivrel Deep Ocean diving companion.
The new Altanus Master Classic Gran Data automatic watch offers you everything that you can expect from a dressy timepiece: style, understated elegance, and a mass-produced, but very reliable Swiss made movement manufactured by ETA S/A.