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.
The automatic Graham Chronofighter Oversize Score Baja 1000 (ref. 2CCAU.B04A.T17N) chronograph brings you an interesting combo of a military-styled, matte-black dial with beige-colored luminescent paint on hands and numerals, and a sporty, probably expensive, too, carbon-fiber chronograph start/stop trigger.
First revealed in March 2012, Seiko Astron GPS Solar is finally available on most markets around the world. Although the collection is presented in four versions (two of them in titanium and two in much more massive stainless steel), the most interesting among them is, of course, this SAST001/007 (no, it has nothing to do with James Bond) model in hard-coated titanium, which is going to be limited to only 2500 pieces.
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.