The brand new Blancpain 500 Fathoms Cannes 2009 Limited Edition (ref. 50015-12B34-52B) diver brings you a winning combination of an overwhelming presence of the huge 48 mm case, an impressive WR rating that could be envied even by some professional-grade diving companions, as well as a top grade in-house automatic movement with five days of guaranteed power reserve!
With its newest B42 Black & Black Limited Edition, Fortis jumps into the black-on-black craze band-wagon.
The 2009 Oris ProDiver Chronograph (ref. 01 674 7630 7154-Set) is one of those intimidatingly large beasts that are supposed to be more than a luxury accessory for a successful person.
The limited-edition Hublot Big Bang King All Black Blue (ref. 322.CI.1190.GR.ABB09) finally arrives in a larger-than-life 48 mm black ceramic body. The new member of the family has partially overcome the All Black series’ main problem: total lack of legibility regardless of lighting conditions. Even if the new “blue on black” color scheme doesn’t add much to the legibility in normal light, the All Black Blue will be a lot more readable in the dark or even underwater. Although I am seriously frightened that somewhere out there roams a maniac who is ready to take this expensive dark beauty for a swim in salty, aggressive water.
TAG Heuer’s new Carrera Calibre 5 “diver” will go on sale in a matter of weeks, and it looks like you have just stumbled upon a fine back-to-school present for your kid! Just keep in mind that, with its nicely sculpted 39-mm case rated for not very impressive depths of just 100 meters, the Calibre 5 is not a real diving tool. With such a poultry WR rating one might rarely use it for anything more adventurous that swimming and, maybe, some basic snorkeling.
Known among enthusiasts for their superb diving watches, but somewhat lacking enough attention from the media, Edox has revealed yet another object of attraction that will probably go unnoticed by the general public. Called Class 1 Ice Shark (ref. 10301 37N), this rugged-looking chronograph comes in a 45-mm stainless steel PVD-coated case with a scratch-resistant unidirectional ceramic bezel that is also black.
To mark its 10th anniversary, UTS Watches has created a special-edition version of its Bauhaus-styled (or, at least, deliberately minimalistic in the layout of its dial) 1000M Diver. Still offered in a slightly oversized 43-mm stainless steel case and powered by the same time-proven ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, the 10th Anniversary edition offers a rugged, simple design of its exterior that, together with its impressive water resistance rating and quality movement, makes this new device an almost perfect “tool” (of course, only if you are ready to pay for this “tool” a price of a slightly used Omega Seamaster.)
The sporty Jazzmaster Seaview collection is available as a 42-mm GMT, huge 46-mm Automatic three-hander, as well as the medium-sized 42 mm Hamilton Jazzmaster Seaview AutoChrono (ref. H37646331) version that is briefly reviewed here. Priced at around $1.5K, the new range will be one of the most affordable offers in Hamilton’s current lineup.
During the Baselworld 2009 show, TAG Heuer has presented its new offering for those seeking a sporty, waterproof timekeeper. The Aquaracer 500M Calibre 5 is offered in a mid-sized 43 mm case and allows for impressive water-resistance of 500 meters (1640 ft.) Combine these features with the elegant exterior styling and you get yourself a solid choice not only for recreational diving but also for more formal events.
With its 42.5mm case machined out of 316L low-carbon stainless steel and a Rolex-like unidirectional rotating bezel, this quartz-powered 2009 Certina DS Action Chrono is available both on a sexy black rubber strap (ref. C013.417.27.057.00, pictured) and a more practical stainless steel bracelet (ref. C013.417.11.057.00.)