Earlier this year, Steinhart has issued their new take on the concept of a “vintage-modern pilot”. Successfully blending vintage exterior with a classic caliber and modern CNC machinery, the 2018 Nav.B-Chrono 47 Baumuster B Grey Edition (ref. 106-0877) offers, perhaps, the best “value for money” ratio for those interested in buying a relatively affordable brand new “aviator”.
Citizen Promaster Navihawk Satellite Wave GPS (ref. CC9030-51E) is a fine example of how you can get a lot of know-how, a block of high-grade steel, and a handful of silicon parts and create a wonderful object that can be a watch, a gadget, and even a surprisingly low-priced fashion statement as well!
The 2015 Pierre DeRoche TNT Royal Retro GMT 1/2 Hour is basically the same TNT Royal Retro RB that we have seen many times before, but with a new complication that makes it not only fancy looking but also useful for frequent travelers.
Seiko has officially presented its Seiko Astron Stratosphere GPS-enabled watch. Although currently there is nothing more than a presentation page on their corporate site, it is already clear that the new version looks a lot more impressive than the high-tech Astron GPS Solar World Timer in black titanium that the Japanese brand started selling in October 2012. Just look at this huge, domed sapphire crystal that covers not only the dial itself but also the bezel with its luminous UTC city codes. Isn’t it amazing?
Back in December 2010, when the Swiss manufacturer was going to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its iconic 1931 Reverso model, the brand has introduced an outstanding Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 Limited Edition. The timekeeper proved to be so popular among thousands of fans that exactly a year later JLC introduced an even more appealing Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge Hand-Wound, and a later year still a splendid Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface Bleu. This year, the company introduces Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 (ref. Q2782560) that features a slightly different, but an even more historically correct dial.
Preparing for the SIHH 2014 industry event, the legendary Italian brand is about to begin yet another heavy artillery barrage of new model announcements. Among the first shells to blast the ground near you is their new Panerai Luminor 1950 Left-Handed 3 Days (PAM 557). Equipped with their in-house hand-wound caliber, the watch is designed for that strange sort of people that strum the guitar with their lefts and wear their watches on their rights.
The sporty C1 Chronograph family was seriously refreshed earlier this year with the styling of their dials more congruent with that of their prominent cases. Now, Concord introduces yet another version. Combining mirror-polished 18-karat rose gold, glossy black ceramics, as well as PVD-treated, high-grade titanium alloy, the 2013 Concord C1 Chronograph Black & Gold (Ref. 0320227) is similar to Porsche 911 GT3 in its versatility: just like the latter can be used both on a track and as a daily commuter, you can wear the former both during office hours and in a night club.
Seiko has released a number of limited editions recently. For this year, they introduce yet another rugged-looking model. Limited to just 300 numbered pieces, the new Seiko Prospex Landmaster Miura Everest (Ref. SBDB007J) is built to celebrate the indomitable spirit of Mr. Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese mountain climber who, being 70 years old, became the oldest man on Earth to ever climb Everest. Now, ten years later, the man prepares to reassure his position by making another go to the world’s highest mountain.
Based on the old Luminor 1950 8 Days Rattrapante split-seconds chronograph (Ref. PAM 319) that was first revealed back in 2009, the 2013 limited edition Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanium (PAM 530) replaces the heavy (and also, pricey) rose gold with light-weight titanium, but leaves intact the laconically decorated in-house automatic movement, as well as the familiar layout of its matte black dial.
At the annual SIHH 2013 trade show, the Italians have officially introduced their Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic Titanium (Ref. PAM389) automatic diver. Despite being their first attempt at making a timekeeper possessing antimagnetic properties, the new member of the Luminor Submersible collection offers an impressive level of resistance to magnetic fields of whole 40,000 A/m.
Besides the somewhat extravagant quartz-powered Prospex Marinemaster Golgo 13, Seiko has also recently revealed another “collaboration” model based on the same series of manga comic books: a rugged and grim Seiko Land Golgo 13 Automatic Limited Edition (Ref. SBDC021) equipped with a self-winding movement. Although not as dramatic as the Marinemaster, this one is a nice improvement on the original Prospex Fieldmaster (Ref. SBDC013), which it seems to be based upon.
Seiko has recently updated its family of expensive divers with a new limited edition model. Created together with the local Shogakukan publishing company, the new Seiko Prospex Marinemaster Golgo 13 Limited Edition (Ref. SBBN023) pays homage to the iconic “Golgo 13” series of manga comic books, which is centered around the eponymous character who happens to be a professional assassin. Although the character prefers to do his job with a scoped M-16 automatic rifle (a strange choice of weapon for a professional killer, but at least it looks nice on pictures), there is always a room for a diving suit and a good old speargun.
Earlier this year, Alpina has updated their product range with a number of “sporty” models that were delivered in terribly oversized bodies whole 47 millimeters in diameter. Among others, the package included the elegant Alpina Racing Small Seconds 47mm (Ref. AL-535AB5AR26). I was slow to react to the event back then, but recently I have seen them in a number of online shops (including Amazon) and now feel obliged to spread the word.
Although sharing its tonneau-style shape and proportions with their recent Grand Dome DT Vintage 1946 automatic chronograph, the new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Dome GMT (ref. 4350) is considerably smaller, which makes it not only more elegant, but also a lot more wearable not only because of the smaller size that allows the gadget to fit nicely even a narrow wrist, but also thanks to less intimidating weight that doesn’t try to constantly remind you of a metal monster clinging to your arm.
It’s been a while since Perrelet started offering a range of diving timekeepers to its loyal customers, but it is only now that the Swiss watchmaking brand decided to expand the product line-up with a model that features their outstanding, aerospace-inspired double rotor design. Called Perrelet Turbine Diver (ref. A1066), the new automatic watch is delivered in a terribly oversized body, features numerous color schemes and is good for whole 300 meters of water resistance.