Among the new (and a number of older models that were simply updated with minor touches here and there) models presented at last week’s SIHH 2011 trade show, there also was a gorgeous Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM 382 diver. Having its huge 47 mm case made not of over-hyped ceramic or some other hi-tech material, but of good ole brushed bronze, this new member of 1950 family looks like it was designed exactly for the sort of people who still dream about giant krakens and burning Spanish galleons, and prefer a good goblet of rum to a snifter of cognac.
The French luxury jeweler keeps introducing skeletonized timepieces. The latest in the series is the hand-wound Cartier Santos Dumont Carbon Skeleton Titanium (Ref. W2020052). Officially presented at the SIHH 2011 trade fair. and featuring their signature “full skeleton” dial, the watch looks like a step in the right direction from their previous attempts.
Panerai has once again updated its range of watches designed especially for left-handed people. Not adding anything new in style, the recently presented Luminor 1950 Destro 8 Days Titanio Special Edition (PAM 368) certainly adds something in flesh.
For the year 2011, the Italian-based Officine Panerai adds a number of new models to their historic 1950 Collection. The Luminor 1950 3 Days (PAM 372) is the most affordable of them all.
It is definitely going to be a year of remakes! At the upcoming Baselworld 2011 show, Longines will reveal its new Twenty-Four Hours (ref. L2.7220.127.116.11) “aviator.” Featuring everything a die-hard fan of vintage style could hope for (well, perhaps sans the movement since the new version comes powered by a modern self-winding mechanism), the new timekeeper is a good example of a “vintage-modern” pilot’s watch that successfully combines historic styling with reliability and ease of use provided by modern technology.
Doxa has finally presented its limited-edition SUB 4000T Professional 10th Anniversary diving tool. Sporting a traditionally oversized, cushion-shaped stainless steel body, the 10th Anniversary edition offers you everything that a professional diver can expect from this kind of device: a highly legible dial, an impressive water resistance rating, and a highly dependable Swiss-made automatic movement that will last for years. All that comes at a pretty affordable price.
The limited-edition Audemars Piguet Millenary Quincy Jones (ref. 15161SN.OO.D002CR.01) is just yet another example how two successful brands -one being a maker of all sorts of ultra-luxury timekeepers and the other being an American record producer, musician, holder of more than 25 Grammys, and basically one of a few people that can be called “a face of contemporary jazz”- can join their forces to make some more money.
Audemars Piguet has updated its 2009 Millenary Chronograph with a 2010 model that now offers a lot more appealing color scheme. Besides the new colors, the 2010 MY model sports the same off-centered dial with an extravagant combination of Roman numerals for the main dial and Arabic numerals for the tachymetric scale.
Embargoes or no embargoes, it is hard to keep photos of a new exciting product safely stored away when it’s only a couple of clicks that are in the way between you and the hype train, so it’s no wonder that pictures of the hand-wound Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph (Ref. 26152AU.OO.D002CR.01) were available for some time now. However, it was only last week that Audemars Piguet officially presented the timepiece to the attendees of this year’s SIHH 2010 event that was held in Geneva, Switzerland.
During the SIHH 2010 trade show, Panerai has presented several models with their mechanisms packed inside ceramic cases of different colors and compositions. For their Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni PAM 339 three-hander, the Florence-based giant decided to use a case made of aluminum-based ceramic.
With the new self-winding Radiomir 10 Days GMT (PAM 323), Panerai brings you the familiar (perhaps, even too familiar) design of the signature cushion-shaped steel case and a multilayered dial, but adds into the mix their new P.2003/6 caliber, which is made exclusively at their manufacturing facilities.
It is not the first time that Longines brushes off some dust of its vintage-styled Charles Lindbergh chronograph model. First introduced in 1933 to mark its collaboration with the famous aviator, the Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage (L2.718.104.22.168) was re-issued several times with some minor tweaking to its vintage-style dial layout.
Casio G-Shock MT-G (MTG1100-1A) Metal Twisted features an advanced (some may even call it revolutionary) Tough Movement technology. Simply put, the mechanism automatically checks the positioning of its hands every hour or so against the correct time broadcasted by the nearest atomic clock and adjusts them to a proper position, if needed, to always display the correct time.
First presented at SIHH 2009, the hand-wound Luminor 1950 8 Days Rattrapante split-seconds chronograph (Ref. PAM 319) is, perhaps, the best “affordable” offer in their whole model range refreshed earlier this year. Damn it! I am starting to fall in love with Panerai. Although the brand’s timepieces always seemed too visually unsophisticated and almost boring to me, now I see a certain rugged beauty in them.
The new de GRISOGONO Fuso Quadrato combines the Swiss jeweler’s trademark square body with a pair of superimposed dials: one showing time in your current place of stay and the other, hidden when not needed by an amazing diaphragm mechanism, indicates current time in some other city. From where we at worldwatchreview.com stand, so far this is one of the most interesting takes on an idea of a GMT watch that was presented during the last decade.