Although the 2014 Chopard Mille Miglia for the Porsche Club of America (PCA) will never become a highly sought-after collector’s item, all sixty-six examples of the timekeeper will undoubtedly find their owners, and not just because the brand is so strongly associated with Porsche and all of their legacy. After all, offered in precious yellow gold, as well as in less expensive (but still impressive) stainless steel body, the new accessory looks quite spectacular and clearly gives a standard-issue Mille Miglia chronograph a run for its money.
The 2014 Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph (Ref. L2.7184.108.40.206) takes you in the same direction as their earlier cushion-shaped models: the 1970s. If you have always wanted a watch in a “cushion” or, perhaps, “tonneau” body, but always thought that Panerai and TAG Heuer chronographs look a bit too tiring with their deliberately repetitive, run-of-the-mill design, this is the one to consider.
The limited edition Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Carbon Orange is easily recognizable thanks to its signature boxy case and the diamond-shaped hands inspired by indicators on instruments gauges. It is perfectly legible with its high-contrast color scheme and, all in all is a nicely designed model. What more do you expect from a pilot’s watch made by one of the most outstanding brands among Swiss watchmakers? Perhaps, a movement of a higher pedigree would be a good start. Still, if you are not after a hand-made in-house caliber that powers a gadget that costs more than a Korean SUV, this one may be one of the most well-balanced choices for you.
The good old Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 (ref. V241660) has been on the market for some years now. Designed with lovers of “military diving” in mind, it must be popular among customers around the world if the Swiss entry-luxury brand, which is mostly known for its multipurpose knives, has finally decided to offer a relatively expensive limited edition of the piece. Sporting the usual sturdy-looking body crowned with a visually complex unidirectional rotating bezel, the new version of the Dive Master 500 features a more interesting dial and is, for a change, equipped with a mechanical movement made by ETA.
Bell & Ross has finally re-introduced its BR03-94 model. Called BR03-94 Tornado Chronograph, it features the same functionality, but is now dedicated to the legendary Tornado multi-purpose jets that are still in use by Italy’s Air Force.
Eberhard & Co. has first presented this collection back in late 2011. Featuring a titanium case, the 2012 Chrono 4 Geant Edition Limitee Titane was almost as light as a feather, but I suspect that the choice of the metal was just not right for a huge sporty watch that looks like a tank or a star destroyer but is highly prone to dents and scratches. To correct their mistakes, the guys have created a limited edition Eberhard & Co. Chrono4 Geant Full Injection (Ref. 31062) that doesn’t just look tough. It is tough.
Concord’s elegant C2 line of sporty chronographs has recently received yet another upgrade. The 2012 Concord C2 GraffitiGrey (ref. 0320190) may not look as striking as the 2011 Chronograph Amethyst, but it still features the C2’s signature energetically shaped, medium-sized body, which is now presented in black PVD-treated steel and is accompanied with a nicely tinted sapphire glass and grey Superluminova accents on the three-dimensional dial.
Based on the 2010 Vintage Original BR 126 Black Officer chronograph, the new Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Sport self-winding chronograph differs from its progenitor only with a new, um, sportier bezel and the material used to print the stick-shaped hour markers and both Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock. However, even with these minor enhancements, the new timekeeper looks a lot more contemporary without losing its classic chic.
Corum has finally added a chronograph model to its Legend 42 line of compact sporty watches. Called Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Chrono, the new chronograph is equipped with an ETA-based COSC-certified chronometer movement and, as you have probably already guessed, comes in a mid-sized body that measures only 42 millimeters in diameter.
The Swiss watchmaker Concord, which is known for its uncompromising, even hard-core approach to industrial design, has recently presented its new Concord C2 Chronograph Black & White (ref. 0320186) family. Featuring a lot more subdued design (in this respect, the new line reminds me of their C2 Chronograph Matte-Black model (Refs. SKU 0320141 / 0320138) that was revealed earlier this year) and offered in two variations, the watches are supposed to be bought in pairs: for you and your Mr. Hyde.