Hamilton has recently updated its Jazzmaster family with a new automatic chronograph that sports a fairly fresh Caliber H21 automatic movement that we have already seen inside the Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Patrol model that was presented back in February 2012. Based on the time-proven ETA Valjoux 7750 blank caliber, the movement features an upgraded energy storage module with the maximum power reserve extended over 60 hours.
ETA Valjoux 7750
Look who’s just made a nice move! The Swiss-based Tissot, the brand, which is mostly known for its relatively affordable timepieces for the younger generation, has released a limited edition version of its last year’s Seastar 1000 automatic chronograph. The problem for their faithful followers is that, powered by the legendary ETA Valjoux 7750 movement, the new Tissot SeaStar 1000 Chronograph Valjoux Limited Edition (ref. T0664141705700) is not only way cooler than a normal Seastar with a simple ETA mechanism that has a chronograph module simply slapped atop of it, but is almost twice as expensive.
Supplied in a huge (as a matter of fact, it measures the whole 46 millimeters in diameter!) titanium body, this gorgeous Oris Aquis Titan Chronograph (Ref. 674 7655 7253) offers you everything that you can expect from this kind of a timekeeper: an impressive water resistance rating, a bullet-proof self-winding movement, and an easily recognizable, iconic design. The whole nine yards, so to say. The only thing that may scare a number of people a way is, perhaps, the recommended minimum retail price of almost $4000 USD, although it still seems justified to yours truly.
Although the revised Breitling SuperOcean Chronograph IIdoesn’t look as dramatic as the 2009 model year SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph Limited Edition 125th Anniversary, design-wise, the new luxury diver is more in line with their current model range.
Oris has presented a new timekeeper that comfortably combines a nicely executed, old-fashioned chronograph with a number of trendy features. Belonging to their Artix series, it is called Oris Artix GT Chronograph (Ref. 674 7661 4434) and is not only equipped with a trendy black ceramic bezel but also features a nice linear “progress bar”-style small seconds indicator.
Wearing the traditional black-and-red colors of the Swiss-based bike maker BMC, the new Louis Erard La Sportive Edition Limitee BMC automatic chronograph sports all the usual features that are offered by the cal. ETA Valjoux 7750-powered timekeepers and even somehow manages to look original (especially when compared to the monotonous flow of 7750-based chronos that we meet on a daily basis) and even desirable.
Well, it has finally happened. RW’s Freelancer line has, at last, received a trendy chronograph model that comes in a matt black stainless steel body that was subjected to PVD treatment. While retaining the basic dimensions and preserving the dial layout of its sister models, the new Raymond Weil Freelancer Urban Black (Ref. 7730 BK 05207) looks different from the rest of the gang thanks to its moody, even military-style appearance.
Besides the tactical Original Navy SEALs 3000 Blackout (Ref. A.3001.BO) that was presented at the Baselworld 2012, the Swiss-based watchmaker has also recently added another, approximately ten times more expensive black-on-black model. Essentially completing their extensive product range of ruggedized, military-styled timekeepers that surprisingly look equally good with bulletproof vests and good old blue jeans, the new watch is called Luminox Valjoux Field Chronograph 1860 Blackout (Ref. A.1861.BO). Being essentially the same Field automatic chronograph model with a new, more impressive in its stealthy, kill-em-all-style color scheme, it offers the same winning formula of classic exterior design and a great self-winding movement that is as reliable as a well-cared Glock.
The formerly German and now Swiss-based watchmaker has finally introduced a chronograph model into its Kairos range. The new Chronoswiss Kairos Chronograph (ref. C7541-KR) sports all the goodies you can expect from the brand that deals only in highly-exclusive, daringly-luxury timekeepers: a heavily, yet meticulously guilloched solid silver dial, Breguet-type blued hands that look like they were heat-treated, and, of course, the traditional onion-shaped setting crown that is here to operate a high-quality Swiss-made automatic movement.
Forty years ago, back in 1972, a then-recently established brand Porsche Design of Austria has presented its first product: an analog chronograph that had all its visible surfaces treated with a black coating. Although offering nothing particularly new in terms of mechanics, the model nevertheless was the first in the world to offer an all-black (with only hands and hour markers covered in white) color scheme that offered unrivalled contrast and legibility and, inevitably, has soon become a hit among those interested in a ‘lifestyle’ timekeeper with a loud name on its dial. This new Porsche Design P’6510 Chronograph I Reissue (Ref. 6510.43.41.0272) pays homage to the famous timekeeper with only minor details changed here and there.