Hublot is going to sell 100 pieces of its special numbered edition Hublot Big Bang amfAR BANG (Ref. 301.CI.1170.GR.AMF11) automatic chronograph donating some part of the revenue to the US-based amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) nonprofit organization.
In March 2011, during the Baselworld 2011 trade show, Bell & Ross has presented its new BR 01-92 Ceramic automatic pilot’s watch.
The 2011 Hublot F1 King Power Ceramic (Ref. 703.CI.1123.NR.FMO10) automatic chronograph was officially presented during the 2011 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. Featuring the usual for the King Power line exaggerated design that looks like it was *ahem* influenced by that of a performance brake disc, the chronograph is deliberately brutal offering a nice -if a bit over the top- alternative to a ubiquitous Rolex Daytona if you don’t mind it being powered by anything more impressive than a slightly refinished ETA 7750 chronograph caliber.
Rado has officially introduced the self-winding D-Star Basel Special 2011 during the Baselworld 2011 international trade show. Produced only in 1111 pieces, this limited edition is a tribute to the iconic 1962 Rado DiaStar.
Although Nixon is mostly known for its youth-oriented, comparatively inexpensive models, their recently introduced Nixon The Ceramic 42-20 automatic diver is created with a higher price tag in mind.
For this year, Rado has reissued its oversized r5.5 collection of chronographs in an even bigger case that draws even more attention to its owner. Renamed as r5.5 XXL Chronograph (ref. 541.0390.3.011,) this new variation is still powered by a “Swiss Made” quartz movement and features the same sort of plastic-like finish of ceramic elements.
Presented at the Baselworld 2011 trade show, the Rado True Thinline series sports the world’s thinnest quartz movement that is ticking inside the world’s thinnest ceramic body secured to your wrist using the world’s thinnest rubber strap with a ceramic buckle. Currently available in two color combinations (white, ref. R27957109, and black, ref. R27741159,) the timepiece is predictably expensive, but not prohibitively so if you take into account the material it is crafted from.
The 2011 Chanel J-12 Chromatic (ref. H2566) is presented in a new (or, rather, previously not employed as a material of choice by other watchmaking or jewelry brands) form of ceramic. Probably based on titanium carbide, it looks more like high-polished metal and is way more attractive than those glossy, plasticky timekeepers made using different versions of the extremely robust (albeit easy to shatter) material that was popularized by Rado decades ago.
At the Baselworld 2011 trade show Hublot, a brand that is known for its radical approach to conspicuous consumption, has presented a somewhat unexpected take on the concept of invisible opulence. I am talking about the ultra-luxury Hublot Big Bang Black Caviar (Ref. 346.CX.1800.BR): a high-jewelry piece that has every square millimeter of its surface paved with glossy black ceramic blocks.
The hand-wound Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days (PAM 375) was among the new timekeepers presented by Panerai during the SIHH 2011 event. Featuring gorgeous ceramic case in a color of dark chocolate, the PAM 375 still features the same trademark exterior that doesn’t bring anything new in terms of industrial design.