While Mido seems to be quite good at producing watches that look anonymous at best, this new stainless steel Mido Multifort Two Crowns (Ref. M005.930.11.060.00) actually looks nice and even recognizable, although even this design always leaves you scratching your head trying to remember if you have already seen this gadget before.
Okay, we finally started getting news releases regarding watches that will be revealed during the upcoming SIHH 2014 event next January. Among them, is the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph (ref. MOA10123, often referred to by various online stores simply as '10123') collection of automatic timekeepers.
The Fortis B42 Marinemaster range or diving watches has recently been expanded with a Yellow Collection models. Comprising an ETA Valjoux 7750-powered automatic chronograph and a more traditional-looking Fortis B-42 Marinemaster Yellow Day/Date (Ref. 670.24.14) three-hander, the collection differs from the rest of Marinemaster family only with its jovial (and also more legible) color scheme that adds acid-bright lime accents to the timekeeper's bezel and dial.
The new Luminox Tony Kanaan Valjoux (Ref. A.1188) limited edition chronograph offers a strong blend of an unusual, aggressive-looking body combined with a bullet-proof automatic movement and offered at a fairly competitive price.
Last week, the Swiss brand Fortis has presented a limited edition Fortis B42 Phantoms Phorever Flieger Chronograph watch that pays homage to the legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II: a twin-engine combat aircraft that not only ensured US air superiority in Vietnam, but also fought in many other conflicts throughout the world, including numerous Arab-Israeli wars, the Iran-Iraq War and, of course, the Falklands War.
First revealed a year ago with a sexy jet-black onyx dial, the updated Jaquet Droz Eclipse has been reissued in an even dressier version with its face finished with ivory Grand Feu enamel (which is not only pleasant to look at, but is also very difficult to manufacture on an industrial scale). Although the beige-colored plate of the J012613200 doesn't do a particularly good job mimicking a night sky, it still makes the watch a perfect choice for those looking for a dressy moon-phase timekeeper.
Presented in a lightweight titanium body, the new Technomarine BlackReef Ti Ultimate watch features a highly reliable automatic movement and is adorned with whole 54 precious stones covering its unidirectional rotating bezel. In case you wonder, yes: those clear white, jet black and shiny yellow crystals are in fact real baguette-cut diamonds that also happen to work as markers on the diving scale. And, yes: with its water resistance rating of 50 ATM, this is an actual diver although using it as such would be utterly crazy. And, yes: so far, this is the most bizarre diver that we have seen among this year's premieres.
Patek Philippe doesn't seem to be especially consistent when it comes to design of their Gondolo series specifically or rectangular watches in general. The things that they seem to share is an elongated body and, of course, a brilliantly executed mechanism that powers the gadget. Among the three models of the series that are currently present on the Swiss brand's corporate web-site, the 2013 Patek Philippe Gondolo 8 Days (Ref. 5200G) is the most exciting with its finely crafted case and deliciously complicated, exquisitely finished movement.