The legendary American brand has just started selling its new member of the Trainmaster line. Ther Ball Trainmaster Eternity (ref. NM2080D-LJ-SL) is claimed to be one of the thinnest self-winding watches in Ball’s whole model range. Although the stainless steel case of the Eternity looks similar to bodies of other Trainmasters (namely, the Trainmaster One Hundred Twenty that was released a couple of months ago,) it is in fact slightly refreshed in order to make the timekeeper both slimmer and more comfortable on a wrist.
MIDO has just presented its updated Baroncelli III Lady Chronometer (Ref. M010.208.16.053.20). Although some bloggers take MIDO’s recent press release too literally and call this new model the brand’s “first” entry into the world of ladies chronometer watches, it is not exactly so. Here’s why.
The Oris Maldives 300M Diver (Ref. 643 7654 7185 RS / MB) celebrates the World Oceans Day while raising some money to Bluepeace, an environmental NGO, which is based on the Maldives and has its main objective “to protect the environment through environmental education and training.”
Although the new Tissot T-Navigator (ref. T062.430.11.057.00) is not a real “aviator” in its, err, canonical sense, it still offers superb legibility and actually looks good in its own clumsy way. Offered in a slightly oversized (for a sporty three-hander anyway) stainless steel case 43 millimeters in diameter, it is a bit on a thicker side measuring over 16 millimeters top to bottom but still looks fine on a hand of an average man. Its setting crown sports a rather unusual shape, but provides a good grip not only when you need to rotate it, but also when you have to pull it in order to set the calendar with its day/date functionality.
The 2011 MIDO Baroncelli III Rose Gold 18K chronometer (ref. M901.408.76.033.20) was revealed at Baselworld 2011 show. The dressy timekeeper successfully combines a chronometer-grade -albeit relatively inexpensive- Swiss-made movement with an elegant, classic shape of the case.
Besides the 2011 Spacematic 2012 series, at Baselworld 2011, Fortis has also presented a less mundane limited-edition B-47 Big Black (ref. 675.18.81 K) collection delivered in that trendy “Black-is-You-Know-the-New-Black” color theme.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day Date Blue Dial (Ref. 6158-SS001-43E) is equipped with an attractive three-dimensional blue dial and… not much else. Still, its compact stainless steel body, which is only 40 millimeters in diameter and not particularly thick at 12.50 mm, is nicely sculpted and is also perfectly finished giving the three-hander that sporty, energetic appearance that some money-savvy customers may find more than attractive.
The 2010 limited-edition Fortis B42 Black Mars 500 is the German-based brand’s another attempt to monetize its long-standing partnership with the Russian Roscosmos Federal Space Agency that dates back to the year 1994.
This year, Hamilton will again expand its model range with a line of “aviators.” Inspired by “historic” models from the 1930s and 1940s, the 2010 self-winding Khaki Pilot offers a lot more refinement than one could have asked for in the sub-$1000 range.
With its newest B42 Black & Black Limited Edition, Fortis jumps into the black-on-black craze band-wagon.