Summer is still far from over and Citizen has a nice model to offer the constantly growing crowd of budget-conscious amateur divers. Their new Citizen Scuba Fin Eco Drive diving tool comes equipped with the “green” solar-powered quartz movement that runs for almost whole six months after being fully charged and its built-in battery never needs to be replaced. Claimed to work for as long as 20 years without losing its properties, the battery has a good chance of outliving the watch itself.
UN’s Black Sea line of black rubber-clad divers has recently been updated with a model that features a self-winding chronograph function. Rather predictably called Ulysse Nardin Black Sea Chronograph Automatic (ref. 353-92-3C), the new diving “tool” is supplied in the same gargantuan body as the last year’s Marine Diver Black Sea (Ref. 263-92-3C), but now features a different, a lot more legible combination of colors.
Supplied in a huge (as a matter of fact, it measures the whole 46 millimeters in diameter!) titanium body, this gorgeous Oris Aquis Titan Chronograph (Ref. 674 7655 7253) offers you everything that you can expect from this kind of a timekeeper: an impressive water resistance rating, a bullet-proof self-winding movement, and an easily recognizable, iconic design. The whole nine yards, so to say. The only thing that may scare a number of people a way is, perhaps, the recommended minimum retail price of almost $4000 USD, although it still seems justified to yours truly.
The new Deep Blue BlueTech Master 500 has just gone on sale on the U.S.-based watchmaker’s website. As reasonably priced and easily recognizable as usual, the Master 500 throws into the mix a luminous bezel with a trendy ceramic inlay, a wide choice of dial colors, and an impressive water resistance rating of whole 500 meters: more than enough even for a professional timekeeper. The only thing that it lacks is the brand’s signature tritium-filled micro-tubes that simply cannot be adequately replaced by chemical compounds. But that is a personal preference, of course, and I have an impression that this particular collection targets those very people who try to stay away from radioactive substances regardless of how virtually harmless they are.
To create this highly impressive limited edition IWC Big Pilot DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund / German Soccer Union, Ref. IW500432), the Swiss watchmaker has outsourced its huge automatic movement from their current Portuguese line of oversized timekeepers. However, justifying its name, the new “aviator” is even bigger than its older siblings!
Renowned among watch enthusiasts for their huge, square-shaped pilot’s watches, the Swiss watchmaker Bell & Ross has recently extended the model range with the new Bell & Ross BR 01 Horizon. Presented at Baselworld 2012 and modeled after a real navigational instrument, the new model sports the most unusual dial design.
The young Swiss watchmaking brand Blacksand Geneve has been around for only two years, but it has already managed not only to create an easily recognizable identity for its timepieces but also to build its own production facility that allows it to churn out Manufacture-grade in-house movements. Among the first models that will receive the new CAL 2002 hand-wound caliber is the new Blacksand Stratographe chronograph. Featuring a so-called “monopusher” design, the wristwatch uses just a single push-piece in its crown to operate all chronograph functions from “start” to “stop” to the inevitable “reset.”
The 2012 Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime “worldtimer” brings you a still-rare complication that allows you to constantly be aware of current time in any of the 24 main time zones. Although, from the point of view of functionality and exterior design, the new timepiece strongly reminds me of the outstanding Girard-Perregaux WW.TC family of traveler’s timekeepers, the movement that powers the new Breitling is completely in-house, being developed, assembled and finished at their own production facilities.
The heavy-duty Doxa SUB 4000T Professional line of diving watches has finally received a new rotating bezel that features a scratch-resistant sapphire insert. As the name implies, the watch is still rated for pretty much impressive 4000 feet of water resistance that can be roughly converted into 1220 meters of bone-crushing depth.
Besides the unique Polo Tourbillon Relatif Dragon (Ref. G0A36545) timepiece and a slim Altiplano Tourbillon Dragon (Ref. G0A36563) fob watch, the Swiss watchmaking brand, which is known for its ultra-thin timepieces, has also presented a dragon-themed version of its gorgeous Emperador watch. The Piaget Emperador Dragon (Ref. G0A36570) sports two esoteric symbols on its glossy black dial that will guarantee an owner of this piece wealth, luck and prosperity during the whole year 2012. Or so it seems.