Steinhart celebrates its tenth year in business with this limited edition 2014 Steinhart ST 10 Anniversary Edition (Ref. L0810) that deserves some attention. First, the German brand normally uses standard Swiss-made calibers to power its timekeepers. For a change, the ST10 is powered by a neatly decorated hand-wound movement from Unitas. Second, it comes with an unusual dial layout, even though some may find it a bit, well, too unusual. Third, even as bulky as it is, the gadget is still compact enough for a sporty daily beater. Perhaps, the only thing that may turn some people off is the price: €1290 seems *ahem* a bit too steep for a Steinhart.
ETA Unitas 6497
This Tissot T-Complication Chronometer (ref. T070.406.16.057.00) was first presented at the Baselworld 2014 trade show. Although the name would better suit something more aggressively designed and equipped with anything less complicated than a tourbillon, the gadget still looks extremely attractive offering a serene, elegant (although some might call it a bit generic) appearance. In fact, the timepiece may be a nice choice for a young person getting their first job in the City.
Claimed to be inspired by military-style watches that Glycine produced during World War II, this oversized KMU 48 (ref. 3905.99AT.LB90) model has been here for ages. From time to time, the company refreshes the range with new versions, new finishes, and new materials, even including such high-tech ones as carbon fiber. Featuring the same oversized steel case with black PVD treatment, and a refreshed dial, this Glycine KMU 48 Black is the new big thing in all meanings of this word.
The limited edition Cimier Bigmatic 16½ (ref. 6110-BP021) is powered by a legendary Unitas 6497-1 movement that you have probably never imagined in such a shape. Besides a serious redecoration, the good old caliber has also undergone an unusual modification. Initially designed in the 1950s as a hand-wound caliber, the mechanism was equipped with the brand’s own automatic winding system.
Mostly known for its skeletonized timepieces, Claude Meylan will soon introduce its new creation: the open-worked Eclipse Skeleton (ref. 6044N) powered by a classic hand-wound caliber.
The hand-wound limited-edition Panerai Luminor Marina 福 “Fu” (PAM 366) was offered exclusively for the Chinese market. Featuring the usual brutalist styling and their own in-house P.999 hand-wound movement, the limited edition differs from other iterations of the popular model only with the “福” hieroglyph on its matte-black dial.
Among all Cimier models, their 1961 collection consists of a number of true masterpieces. The 2009 Petite Seconde Venom (Ref. 6102-BP021) is one of the most interesting models in this series. Created together with Jorg Stiel who played as a goalkeeper for the Swiss national soccer team, this eclectic watch combines constrained elegance of the dial with the screaming luxury of the yellow python strap.
First unveiled at the Baselworld 2009 and going on sale at the beginning of October of the same year, the Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 (ref. 241381) featured a “love it or hate it, we don’t care” layout of its huge dial, but had at least one advantage over competitors that you just could’t deny: it was powered by an almost legendary Unitas 6497 hand-wound movement known for its impressive power reserve, the decent ability for keeping good time, as well as that old-school charisma that more modern mechanisms simply don’t have.