UN’s Black Sea line of black rubber-clad divers has recently been updated with a model that features a self-winding chronograph function. Rather predictably called Ulysse Nardin Black Sea Chronograph Automatic (ref. 353-92-3C), the new diving “tool” is supplied in the same gargantuan body as the last year’s Marine Diver Black Sea (Ref. 263-92-3C), but now features a different, a lot more legible combination of colors.
Although sharing its tonneau-style shape and proportions with their recent Grand Dome DT Vintage 1946 automatic chronograph, the new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Dome GMT (ref. 4350) is considerably smaller, which makes it not only more elegant, but also a lot more wearable not only because of the smaller size that allows the gadget to fit nicely even a narrow wrist, but also thanks to less intimidating weight that doesn’t try to constantly remind you of a metal monster clinging to your arm.
For its first appearance at the Baselworld 2012 trade show, the young German watchmaker has presented a number of timekeepers that belong to their elegant Intemporal collection. Each model has its own good points, but the Lehmann-Schramberg Intemporal Zeigerdatum (Pointer Date) offers the most balanced (i.e. it is not over-expensive and is not over-sophisticated) combination of features and remarkable exterior.
Believe it or not, but Bell & Ross has recently re-issued its gorgeous Jump Hours model that was first revealed at the Baselworld 2003 in Switzerland. Now available both in platinum and in more affordable (and also definitely more elegant) rose gold, the new Bell & Ross WW1 Jump Hours Power Reserve features a pretty rare layout with a single minute hand in the center of the dial and a jumping hour aperture at 12 o’clock. Playing in tune with the signature pocket watch-style rose gold case, the whole layout looks organic and, well, harmonic.
If you keep a close eye on DeWitt, you probably remember the stately Academia Seconde Retrograde Serenity (refs. AC.1102.48.M030 & AC.1102.53.M040) collection that was revealed around three years ago. This automatic DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Seconde Retrograde (Ref. T8.SR.001) that the company presented during the Baselworld 2012 show, is basically the same timekeeper, which is now presented in the slimmer, more art-deco-style body. The 2012 version features an outstanding combination of rose gold and micro-blasted titanium: a new scratch-resistant alloy that was originally created for aerospace applications and is ten times harder than standard Grade 5 titanium alloy.
Renowned among watch enthusiasts for their huge, square-shaped pilot’s watches, the Swiss watchmaker Bell & Ross has recently extended the model range with the new Bell & Ross BR 01 Horizon. Presented at Baselworld 2012 and modeled after a real navigational instrument, the new model sports the most unusual dial design.
To a certain disappointment, the 2012 Breitling for Bentley Supersports chronograph that was presented during the Baselworld 2012 event offers only minor, almost unnoticeable cosmetic changes here and there. The watch comes as a tribute to the famous Bentley Supersports sports car that went into production in 2009 and offered 0-100 km/h acceleration of impressive 3.9 seconds and overwhelming top speed of almost 330 kilometers per hour.
Continuing to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the brand, the now Swiss-based brand of Cuban origin keeps introducing the most elegant timekeepers in its history. Their new Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente 130° Aniversario (ref. 1015.1CLE), for example, comes packed in an elegant rectangular case with ergonomically shaped integrated lugs and features a refined, highly-legible dial.
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 Swiss-based brand Fortis has just released its new Fortis Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph automatic wrist watch. Set to be shown in flesh during the upcoming Baselworld 2012 trade fair, the timekeeper pays homage to its eponymous predecessor from the 1970s. Comparing pictures of both models I must admit that they look almost identical to each other with only minor differences here and there. However, sporting a significantly less remarkable water resistance rating, the watch leaves somewhat dubious impression.