Marketed as a sort of accessory for the 2016 Ducati XDiavel power cruiser that was presented at the 2015 EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, the Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Ducati (ref. 42000CN) is as sporty and laconic as the Italian sports bike. While some may find its look a bit dated (while others may call it ‘classic’,) the choice of material for its chunky case easily compensates for its apparent lack of originality making it a nice choice for a person willing to spend close to $5000 for a Swiss-made chronograph that, while looking plain, offers you the same level of quality and functionality that we expect from a timekeeper in this price range.
ETA Valjoux 7753
The 2013 Montblanc TimeWalker Voyager UTC (ref. 109137) refreshes the familiar high-tech design of the original timekeeper’s laconic, yet informative dial making it one of the most visually attractive dual-timers on the market. Successfully combining high-contrast, easy to read elements with the grey and white (with bright sparks of orange: a color that is all the rage among industrial designers at the moment) color scheme, the Voyager UTC draws the inspiration from Porsche Design and, surprisingly, does it with style and good taste!
Look who has just got a sibling! The military-styled 2010 Khaki Pilot (ref. H64715885) has just received a younger brother. Called Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Chronograph (ref. H646666735), the new “aviator” from the legendary brand nicely fits a bullet-proof ETA Valjoux 7753 movement into the same mid-sized body of a (sort of) tactical timekeeper.
With its new Certina DS Action Diver Automatic Chronograph (ref. C013.427.11.051.00), the Swiss watchmaker targets customers who can’t afford the current Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean divers and, even though so far the brand can offer you neither a ceramic bezel, nor an in-house movement, they are ready to give you a *very* interesting price.
The German watchmaker Hanhart has recently released a bunch of new chronograph timepieces that belong to their Pioneer family. While the previous pair of models are more conformist in their appearance and look more or less like your usual vintage-styled chronograph, the Hanhart Pioneer TachyTele Chronograph Automatic easily draws attention to itself with its more unusual exterior.
The new Union Glashütte Noramis Chronograph LE (Ref. D005.427.16.087.09) was recently presented as a limited edition model to celebrate the 118th birthday of the German brand.
The Swiss-American watchmaking brand and the environmental nonprofit organization Conservation International (CI) joined their forces to create a special-edition Hamilton Conservation Auto Chronograph (ref. H604160). Presented by CI’s Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors… wait for it… Mr. Harrison Ford himself, the new timekeeper seems to be based on the recently unveiled Hamilton Khaki Pioneer chronograph.
Corum has recently introduced a new collection of rubberized chronographs. The Admiral’s Cup Challenger 44 Chrono Rubber (yes, the name is as informative as it is boring) looks like a daring attempt to steal the loyal customer base from the legendary Casio G-Shock series: probably, those affluent kids who always wanted themselves a G-Shock, but thought that even the most limited versions of the family weren’t expensive enough to brag about. Now, they have a choice of whole five models to choose from (or they can buy them all.)
With its new Navitimer Super Constellation (ref. A23322U7/BB20), which is limited to only 1049 pieces, Breitling supports a local nonprofit foundation that keeps flight-worthy the legendary N73544 Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation airplane. The aircraft is based in Basel, Switzerland and flies with the famous “B” on its signature tripletail.
Although I was not particularly impressed with the last year’s SuperQuartz version, I kinda like the design of the new Breitling Chronospace Chronograph Automatic model, which is now powered by a less accurate but still more charismatic mechanical movement.
The new Montblanc Star World-Time GMT (ref. 106464) collection is a new member of the Star collection that was officially presented at the SIHH 2011 event. The 2011 series offers a nice pseudo-vintage styling that is tastefully flavored with almost perfect legibility and careful approach to design: a combination that defines timekeepers manufactured by one of the oldest makers of luxury writing instruments even when it comes to their “entry-level” models.
Celebrating its long-standing partnership with the Okalys-Corum Team, Corum has presented a special-edition Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 Grand Prix (ref. 753.935.06-0231.AK57) model. As it becomes usual for the niche of “sporty” luxury chronograph, the new timepiece combines such materials as light-weight titanium, elastic rubber, and leather with a textile-look finish.
With its Classima Executives Magnum XXL Chronograph (ref. M0A08852, but you may also find it listed simply as ref. 8852), Baume & Mercier introduces its yet another timepiece that, even despite its dressy and elegant looks (at least, for a sporty chronograph that can be actually used for some light sports activity) and a great chronograph caliber that ticks inside its moderately-sized steel case, somehow lacks a face of its own.
Black is the new black, you know, and the new Raymond Weil Nabucco Rivoluzione (ref. RW-7810-BSF-05207) automatic chronograph is among the best ways to prove this.
Just like Hublot keeps exploiting its still financially successful Big Bang design, Corum keeps digging a vein of gold of its own. Offering the same easily recognizable design as the rest of the family, the new Admiral’s Cup Challenge 44 Black (ref. 753.691.93/F371 AN32) automatic chronograph follows the current trend of making watches that aren’t just bigger and bolder, but also can deliver your personal statement with a bit of arrogance.