If you think that Atomic Timekeeping is cool, think again! Keeping your watch up to date with half a dozen of old-school broadcasting stations is as XXth-century as a gasoline-powered Corvette compared to Tesla Roadster. Fighting the inherent flaws of quartz mechanisms, which, like their older fully mechanical ancestors, can still be heavily affected by such external factors as temperature and sometimes even humidity, Citizen is going to start selling its beautiful limited edition Eco-Drive Satellite Wave (ref. CC0005-06E) that captures the day, date and time signals directly from GPS navigation satellites!
Armand Nicolet -a Swiss brand that was established more than a hundred years ago, succumbed to the Quartz Crisis back in 1970, and, reborn under a new management, found a profitable niche in making luxury timekeepers powered by NOS (also referred to as “new old stock”) mechanical calibers- has officially presented its new range of watches built with modified historic movements inside. The Armand Nicolet L09 in rose gold and DLC titanium (Ref. S619N-BU-G9610) belongs to the new trio of sporty timekeepers that successfully combine their modern exteriors with deliberately archaic mechanisms.
Established by a master-watchmaker Martin Braun, the young brand Antoine Martin is going to officially present its first manufacture-made Quantieme Perpetual QP01.700.1 model that sports brilliantly designed Big Date and Perpetual Calendar complications.
With its easily recognizable exterior, the 2011 Richard Mille RM 010 Black Night is an ultimate toy for a wealthy person who wants something extraordinary, but doesn’t want to go either with something as ‘ordinary’ as a Patek Philippe or a Vacheron Constantin nor something as outrageous as a tourbillon-equipped Hublot. The only problem with it is that, for some far-from-obvious reason, the watchmaker decided not to sell the gadget in the United States, which is a pity.
In a matter of weeks, the maker of expensive pens will officially present its new baby — the Montblanc Time Walker TwinFly (ref. 106507) automatic chronograph. Details are still scarce, but it is known that the upcoming watch, which is set to be presented during the SIHH 2011 event, will be delivered in a 43 mm stainless steel case in a scratch-resistant matt black DLC coating.
Dubail Paris, the network of luxury boutiques, and Officine Panerai, the famous Italian-based watchmaking brand, have teamed to introduce the limited-edition Luminor 1950 Rattrapante Dubail Paris (PAM 357) fly-back chronograph. Equipped with an ETA Valjoux 7750-based caliber and sporting an oversized body in DLC-coated steel, the chronograph brings you everything you expect from a Panerai timekeeper. The design is recognizable to the point that, looking at it, you constantly suffer from the severest case of déjà vu.
First presented at Baselworld 2008, the Turbine XL collection was reintroduced for this year with a gorgeous Perrelet Turbine XL (Ref. A3027/1). While the collection is currently available in an extra-large size of 50 millimeters in diameter and offering six different color and material combinations, it is the limited-edition model in rose gold and DLC-coated stainless steel that looks the best if you are into this sort of styling.
The Oris Williams F1 Team Day Date (ref. 735 7634 4765 RS) model has been here for a while and this year the Swiss-based brand has offered a new, refreshed version of the device, which is inspired by the high-revving world of elite motorsports.
The Italian fashion and jewelry house will soon start selling its new Bvlgari Diagono Chronograph GMT X-Pro COSC-certified chronometer.
For the year 2010, Montblanc has updated one of my favorites in their product range, the Timewalker series. Presented during the SIHH 2010 trade show in Geneva, Switzerland, this particular Timewalker Dual Carbon (Ref. 105805) chronograph features a stainless-steel case hardened with a special edition of the DLC-treatment process.