Based on their Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator (Ref. 01 675 7648 4264-07 5 23 77) that was first released in 2011, the Oris Big Crown Timer Chronograph (Ref. 675 7648 4234 LS) features only subtle cosmetic changes that, however, make all the difference: as cluttered as the base version is, the gadget still somehow manages to look cleaner and is easier to read.
ETA Valjoux 7750
The Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Chronograph family (the one, which is listed on their website as a member of a larger Khaki Aviation family of military-themed watches) was recently updated with a limited edition collection (including a version with black dial, pictured, ref. H77766331.) Being ahem limited to ahem just 1999 pieces, it will never become a true rarity (well, maybe in fifty years or so), but I must admit that this little guy still looks nice. Featuring all the usual stuff, like a true chronograph movement and their famous drift angle calculator, the new watch differs from the rest of the pack with its new color combinations and a slightly reworked dial.
While not terribly original, the automatic Cimier Time Square Chronograph (refs. 5106-SS011 in steel and 5106-BP021 in black PVD) delivers a nice combination of sportiness and elegance that makes it versatile if you don’t plan to wear it to a pool party or on a hiking trip.
Okay, we finally started getting news releases regarding watches that will be revealed during the upcoming SIHH 2014 event next January. Among them, is the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph (ref. MOA10123, often referred to by various online stores simply as ‘10123’) collection of automatic timekeepers.
The new Luminox Tony Kanaan Valjoux (Ref. A.1188) limited edition chronograph offers a strong blend of an unusual, aggressive-looking body combined with a bullet-proof automatic movement and offered at a fairly competitive price.
The limited edition Fortis B42 Phantoms Phorever Flieger Chronograph (ref. 635.10.91 F-4F L01) pays homage to the legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II: a twin-engine combat aircraft that not only ensured US air superiority in Vietnam, but also fought in many other conflicts throughout the world, including numerous Arab-Israeli wars, the Iran-Iraq War and, of course, the Falklands War.
Back in 2012, Alpina has presented its rugged-looking Extreme Diver 300 Automatic three-hander. For this year, the Swiss-based brand updated the collection with a chronograph version predictably calling it “Alpina Extreme Diver 300 Automatic Chronograph“. Although the function is superfluous even for an amateur diver (I can’t imagine a guy going underwater without an electronic diving computer), the mechanical movement that powers it is based on a legendary workhorse, which is known for its bullet-proof reliability and adequate accuracy.
The Aerowatch Les Grandes Classiques Chronograph Pilote (Ref. A 61948 NO03) was first unveiled at the Baselworld 2013 show. It won’t impress any enthusiast with the ingenuity of exterior design or some revolutionary complication. It’s not the point here. Even with its standard dial layout and the usual set of features, it is a tasteful and elegant take on a concept of a “pilot’s watch” intended for men that were dreaming about becoming fighter jet pilots in their childhood only to find themselves having a good, but depressingly boring job in the downtown and spending their evenings playing Il-2 and War Thunder simulators in their man caves.
Established almost ten years ago, the Porsche A.G. subsidiary Porsche Design Group almost in no time became an industrial design icon. Although not yet as successful as Apple when it was spearheaded by the late Steve Jobs, the German brand enjoys an extremely dynamic growth with its sales climbing by a whole 30 percent in 2011. We are still to hear the news about their financial results during this (another) year of financial turmoil, but, judging by the level of refinement they offer with the new Porsche Design Flat Six P’6360 automatic chronograph watch, they are certainly going to be just fine.
The automatic Louis Erard Grey Heritage Chronograph (ref. 78 269 AA 03) leaves dubious impression. The mechanism that powers it has successfully passed the test of time in terms of reliability and accuracy, but is also as common as Bic ballpoint pens. The design of its dial is familiar to everyone and is easy to read, but is also as uninspiring as a phony Gibson. Well, it is a matter of personal preferences, as usual.