Edox has recently expanded its Grand Ocean collection with a new Extreme Sailing Series special edition model. Featuring the same basic styling as other chronographs in the family, the 2013 Edox Grand Ocean Extreme Sailing Series Special Edition (ref. 45004 357B BUIN) is available in three versions: black, blue and, don’t look now, pink PVD.
Expanding the bizarre collection of “fashion divers”, the 2013 Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver (Ref. 266-33-8C/922) offers a nice combo of 18-karat rose gold with elements of its chunky body and solid bracelet crafted from black rubber and glossy black ceramic respectively. While not a “tool,” the timekeeper is nevertheless equipped with a COSC-certified chronometer movement and features a water resistance rating that makes it suitable at least for recreational diving.
Around 18 months ago, Rolex’s “cheaper” brand Tudor has unveiled its Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330) that paid tribute to the legendary Tudor Oysterdate from the 1970s. The resemblance between the original and the reissue was, well, a little less than obvious, so, learning on past mistakes the brand decided to offer this new Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue featuring styling that makes it look almost like a faithful recreation of the old “Montecarlo” version of the same Oysterdate range.
The new Breitling for Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon Chronograph follows in the footsteps of the grim Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon Chronograph that was revealed in September 2012. However, compared to the first version, this variety comes in a larger body and features more elaborate (also, slightly busier) dial with Breitling’s signature 30-seconds chronograph display.
For this year, the Swiss brand Epos introduces a new version of its COSC-certified chronometer in a classy “three-hander” design. Well, there are two versions to be more precise: a model in steel (100 pieces), and a more impressive variation in black PVD body (pictured,) which is limited to 200 pieces. The limited edition Epos 3420 Chronometer is powered by a high-grade (although somewhat archaic) automatic movement that was officially certified as a chronometer by the Swiss COSC authority.
The 2013 Longines Conquest Classic was officially revealed at the Baselworld 2013 exhibition. Soon to arrive at a watch shop near you, the new watch will be available in a choice of three versions including a two-tone with gold-steel bracelet variety (ref. L2.7126.96.36.199) that is reviewed here. I must admit that the new member of the Conquest family looks a lot more elegant than its previous incarnations.
I am not sure whether gender equality advocates will love this model. Compared to the original MY 2010 Transocean Chronograph 01 Limited Edition model that was designed for men, this new Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38 Ladies is not only smaller (which is, probably, acceptable for most people), but is also equipped with a less exclusive movement, which is not made in-house, but is based on the ETA 2892-A2 blank caliber, albeit adjusted to meet strict COSC standards. And it has one sub-dial less, too!
Okay, here goes yet another limited edition version of the sporty UN Marine Diver. It is the fourth year in a row that the Swiss watchmaking brand sponsors the annual Monaco Yacht Show. This automatic Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Monaco (ref. 263-98LE-3C_MON) was issued specifically to celebrate this fact, which is only just considering that the diving companion looks like the best candidate for a nice trip on a newly bought vessel. The new version doesn’t differ too much from other Marine Divers, so I’ll be brief.
With its new Breitling for Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon, the Swiss manufacturer keeps gradually putting on a pretty strict diet its best-selling models that were designed in partnership with Bentley. Packing them in smaller bodies, but still offering a nice combination of superb build quality and mass-produced movements that are finely tuned to the highest standards of accuracy, the company introduces a new generation of accessories that could be worn not only by basketballs stars, but also by an ordinary CEO obsessed with British motorsport legacy, but still sane enough not to wear a humburger-sized monstrosity with a formal suit.
The new iteration of the affordable, yet nicely designed Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 family was announced back in March 2012. Rated for an impressive depth of 500 meters, recently these timekeepers started to appear in online shops around the world. Available with quartz and self-winding mechanical movements, the watch is offered in a unisex 38 mm and a more masculine 43 mm body, which is the best choice for a budget-conscious customer.