The fairly fresh Oktopus family of ruggedized divers has recently been updated with a new Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date with a Big Date indicator at 12 hours. Compared to the concept model that was first revealed almost half a year ago at the Baselwolrd 2012 trade show, the production-ready version sports a number of enhancements that slightly increase its legibility, but somehow detract from the grim appearance of the original.
It’s been a while since Perrelet started offering a range of diving timekeepers to its loyal customers, but it is only now that the Swiss watchmaking brand decided to expand the product line-up with a model that features their outstanding, aerospace-inspired double rotor design. Called Perrelet Turbine Diver (ref. A1066), the new automatic watch is delivered in a terribly oversized body, features numerous color schemes and is good for whole 300 meters of water resistance.
Like the sporty Sinn EZM 10 “Einsatzzeitmesser” Pilot Chronograph that was revealed last year, the new Clerc Hydroscaph Limited Edition Central Chronograph (ref. CHY-554) comes equipped with a central chronograph minutes hand that not only makes the timekeeper’s dial more interesting to look at. The design also significantly simplifies the task of measuring short periods of time: something that most common chronographs with their tiny, difficult to read totalizers are not always good at.
Looks like the guys from the Swiss town of Bienne keep beating their favorite horse: a tri-retrograde seconds complication module that they used in, perhaps, a dozen of their timepieces. The new Milus Tirion TriRetrograde, too, features the same retrograde display and comes in a massive body that combines an intimidating black DLC coating with polished rose gold.
The new Hanhart Pioneer Stealth 1882 Chronographbasically sports the same layout as their recent Pioneer TachyTele, but comes in a much bigger, bolder body, which is protected from accidental dents and scratches with a mean-looking black DLC treatment: a rare feature in this price range.
Linde Werdelin, a young watchmaking brand of Scandinavian origin that builds and assembles their wristwatches in Switzerland, has just sent us a press release presenting their new take on the relatively fresh SpidoSpeed series of skeletonized chronographs. Called Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Anthracite DLC, the new (or rather “refreshed”) automatic chrono comes with the same scratch-resistant DLC treatment that now features a new shade of, um, black. Shouldn’t they have introduced a whole new collection of DLC-treated watches and called them something like, err, Fifty Shades of Black?
The new Harry Winston Ocean Sport Chronograph Skeleton (ref. OCSACH44ZZ001) is presented in a case made of rare (at least, in the world of fine watchmaking) zalium alloy. The automatic chronograph not only looks great, but also offers a surprisingly good (at least, for a skeletonized timekeeper) level of legibility.
The famous Manufacture has recently updated its Perrelet Chronograph Squelette (ref. A1056.1) series of skeletonized timekeepers with a model that, for a change, is powered by their new open-worked chronograph movement.
The American brand has recently started selling a couple of new aviation-inspired chronographs. One of them is named Luminox F-22 Raptor and the other (we’ll get to it later) the Luminox F35 Lightning II. Being, in fact, updated versions of existing models, they feature more prominent titanium cases covered with stealthy matte black DLC treatment. As usual, both feature a set of signature ever-glowing tubes filled with T25 tritium radioactive gas.
Dievas has just presented its new tactical Vortex Professional 500M automatic diver. Featuring a very clean design that successfully combines legibility of a classic pilot’s timekeeper with ruggedness of a modern diving tool, the new gadget may be a bit too expensive for a person graduating from something like a Seiko Monster, but, in my humble opinion, easily compensates the price differential with build quality, impeccable styling, and, of course, tons of German-style mojo.