The new Hublot Classic Fusion Squelette Tourbillon Ferrari 250 GTO limited edition watch was presented last week on Tuesday at Abbaye de Hautvillers. The “ultra-exclusive” event was restricted to hundred-and-something rich persons that you have probably seen on TV and all sorts of tabloids. Planned to be sold exclusively to 39 owners of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO vintage sports cars, the new timepiece has a good chance of becoming an instant legend.
For the year 2012, the British watchmaking house has prepared yet another version of their outrageous Hornet collection of “world timers.” The 2012 Arnold & Son Hornet World Time Skeleton features the same impressive body of gargantuan proportions, which is now crafted from stainless steel and features an open-worked dial that makes quite a dubious impression.
It looks like the year 2012 will be remembered by many as the year of “world timers”. Right after the stunning Transocean Chronograph Unitime by Breitling, somewhat ascetic Pilot Worldtimer (Ref. IW326201) by IWC, and the special edition World Timer ALT1 Automatic UTC by Bremont, the Swiss watchmaker Zenith offers its new Pilot Doublematic family that is available both in stainless steel (Ref. 03.2400.4046/21.C721, which is reviewed here) and more expensive 18-karat rose gold cases. The collection was revealed a couple of weeks ago during the Baselworld 2012 event.
With its new Certina DS Action Diver Automatic Chronograph (ref. C013.427.11.051.00), the Swiss watchmaker targets customers who can’t afford the current Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean collection, even though so far the brand can offer you neither a ceramic bezel, nor an in-house movement, they are ready to give you a *very* interesting price.
The German watchmaker Hanhart keeps expanding its Pioneer line of chronographs. Predictably featuring similar styling, the new Hanhart Pioneer MonoScope is available in two versions, both of them powered by the same modified automatic movement. If only it wasn’t so big!
Looks like the guys from the Swiss town of Bienne keep beating their favorite horse: a tri-retrograde seconds complication module that they used in, perhaps, a dozen of their timepieces. The new Milus Tirion TriRetrograde (ref. TIRI-SP01), too, features the same retrograde display and comes in a massive body that combines an intimidating black DLC coating with polished rose gold.
The Swiss brand has just disseminated an official press release regarding its upcoming Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton (refs. 515.OX.0180.LR and 515.NX.0170.LR) collection. Soon to be available both in their proprietary King Gold alloy, as well as in more understated titanium, the series combines an ultra-thin manufacture-made hand-wound movement with a nicely skeletonized dial. It could have been slightly smaller though.
Eterna will soon expand its line of vintage-styled chronographs with a new Eterna Heritage Chronograph 1938 Limited Edition (ref. 19188.8.131.520) model. Presented in a massive, rectangular stainless steel body that somehow reminds me of similar timekeepers manufactured by JLC, the new watch leaves a lasting impression.
Sporting a pair of screw-down chronograph push-pieces, solid bubble case back, and a helium release valve, this inexpensive Deep Blue Sea Chrono 1K quartz-powered diver is rated for whole 1000 meters of water resistance!
The 2012 Hanhart Pioneer Stealth 1882 Chronograph sports the same layout as their recent Pioneer TachyTele, but comes in a much bigger, bolder body, which is protected from accidental dents and scratches with a mean-looking black DLC treatment: a rare feature in this price range.
The Swiss-based International Watch Co. has just presented its new IWC Pilot’s Worldtimer (Ref. IW326201) that makes life significantly easier both for pilots and their passengers.
If you for some reason loved the WRC X-Treme Pilot III Limited Edition chronograph that was presented early this year, but hated it for its cheap quartz movement, then the new Edox X-treme Pilot II Limited Edition (ref. 30001 TIN NIN) may be the answer to your woes.
Based on the elegant and stylish 2010 Portuguese Yacht Club chronographs, the refreshed IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012” (ref. IW390212) arrives in a body of the same dimensions, but features a revised movement, as well as a host of lightweight materials that make it even closer to the thrilling world of high-profile ocean races.
Dievas maybe not particularly famous on the west side of the Pond, but it doesn’t keep the brand from expanding its model range of professional (or I’d rather call them “semi-pro entry-luxury”) diving watches. The Dievas Focal automatic diver, for example, not only offers an impressive WR rating of 500 meters (50 ATM) and comes powered by a high-grade Swiss made self-winding caliber, but also features an interesting exterior that will appeal to those in love with the legendary Bauhaus movement.
The brand, which is known for its mid-priced tool watches, has recently presented the new Bell & Ross Vintage WW1-92 Heritage “aviator” that mimics the design of legendary WWII timepieces worn by German pilots. As one can always expect from a vintage-styled pilot’s watch when it comes to legibility in any lighting conditions, the design is almost flawless: crisp and sharp, it lets you read the watch in no time.