The high-tech Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec Four X (Ref. 00.10620.22.93.01) chronometer was officially introduced at the Baselworld 2012 trade show in March 2012.
Pierre DeRoche keeps churning out new models powered by their exclusive caliber from the complications specialist Dubois Depraz. As its numerous siblings, the new automatic Pierre DeRoche TNT Royal Retro RB offers you a rare retrograde display complication with whole six seconds hands strategically positioned around the dial.
In January 2011, the Swiss-based Italian watchmaker has presented its then-new Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days (PAM 422). The ref. 422 was limited to 2000 pieces and powered by their new Panerai P.3001 in-house hand-wound caliber. Featuring the same easily recognizable exterior, the watch got better power reserve thus becoming a more interesting choice for those who like to keep their collection of luxury time-measuring accessories in constant rotation on their wrists.
The American jeweler and luxury watchmaker has recently updated its high-jewelry collection with the new Harry Winston Avenue C Large (Ref. 335/UQWW.DB/BD/BD). Although the brand is capable of producing the most complicated mechanical watches (and the gorgeous Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon No. 2 Limited Edition that was presented in January at the SIHH 2011 industry fair is a living proof of that,) when it comes to jewelry timepieces, HW doesn’t shrink from equipping them with the simplest (but still bearing the proud “Swiss Made” inscription on them) quartz movements.
The French fashion house Saint Honore has recently updated its line of mechanical timepieces with a massive, but energetic Saint Honore Haussman Forty7-24 Le Mans automatic chronograph. If you are familiar with the marque, you must have already got the idea that the new watch belongs to their Haussman collection that offers timekeepers both for gentlemen and their ladies.
Seiko’s entry-level sub-brand has recently revealed a series of youth-oriented, sporty timepieces equipped with XXL-sized crown covers. The new Alba by Seiko Canteen AXHK21X was among them.
Officially unveiled during the Baselworld 2011 international trade show, the hand-wound Concord C1 BlackSpider LAB Series Tourbillon (ref. 0320143) features a tourbillon escapement that is visible through the skeletonized, arachnid-shaped baseplate of its hand-made movement. While its exterior design may not look as outrageous as that of the iconic Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo, I can see why Concord is so proud about their new creation: after all, creating something as complex as a tourbillon basically from scratch requires a great deal of technical prowess to begin with, and it is a whole another level of professionalism when you start to churn them out like hot pancakes.
With its 2011 Chronomat GMT chronograph Breitling presents its new in-house movement, the Caliber B04. Can’t say anything about mankind, but for a brand that for all of its modern history used to equip their ultra-luxury timekeepers with nothing more exciting than ETA blank movements that were re-finished and fine-tuned to qualify for COSC certification, this is a huge step forward.
Besides the 2011 Spacematic 2012 series, at Baselworld 2011, Fortis has also presented a less mundane limited-edition B-47 Big Black (ref. 675.18.81 K) collection delivered in that trendy “Black-is-You-Know-the-New-Black” color theme.
Although the unusual Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronze (PAM 382) was the real show-stopper for the 2011 Submersible range, the new Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta 3 Days GMT Titanio (PAM 371) looks like a more rational choice for those looking for an oversized diver from a major brand.