For the year 2014, the company delivered yet another version inspired by aviator watches of the early 20th century. Called Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 Limited Edition, the device bears the same layout and dimensions, but comes with a lot more appealing “vintage” styling.
Just wanted to give you a brief heads up regarding a new offering from a small American watchmaker Deep Blue Watches. They have just updated their Daynight range with a Deep Blue Daynight T100 GMT Chronograph. Still capable of withstanding the water pressure of up to 50ATM, it can now be used by especially busy combat divers and other special forces operators featuring not one or two, but whole three time zones. Well, sort of.
This limited edition Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Meteorite Dual Time (ref. 283.101.55/0001 PX34) looks pretty standard for the brand. The signature dodecagonal bezel and case, the usual nautical flags that stand for the normal hour markers: all these things we have already seen many times before (not that there is something wrong with them, of course). Yet, its meticulously decorated dial with its highly unusual geometric pattern that at the same time looks both chaotic and orderly makes it extremely eye-catching. The thing, however, is that the dial is not decorated at all.
Based on their earlier Zurich World Timer, the automatic Nomos for Wempe Weltzeit 5th Avenue features the same design of its dial, but swaps the original “Heimat” (“Home” or “Homeland” in German) inscription for “New York”. The reason for the change is simple: limited to just 100 numbered pieces, the watch was designed to be sold exclusively via Wempe New York Boutique located on Fifth Avenue, one of the busiest streets of Manhattan.
With the 2013 Black Toro Perpetual Calendar + GMT, Ulysse Nardin expands the ultra-luxury line with a model that features an appealing combination of matte and glossy black of its dial and strap with a polished rose gold body. Not breaking any design records (and not sporting any ultra-high-tech features unlike their earlier Sonata Silicium model,) this luxury timekeeper is still worth a closer look.
Christopher Ward has finally caught that ‘worldtimer’ superbug that keeps infecting European watchmakers at an alarming rate. Still, their new Chr.Ward C900 Worldtimer offers an unusual combination of functions: it not only tells you time both in the home and the second time zone, but also displays a three-letter airport code that makes it a tad easier to always set the correct time in the place of your current stay.
I don’t know whether it is the postmodern lack of new ideas or an attempt to return to the brand’s roots, but, during the recent years, Longines shows a great interest in its past. There were dozens of vintage-styled models paying homage to the period starting in the 1910s and going all the way to the 1970s. This new Longines Avigation Oversize Crown GMT (Ref. L2.778.4.53) takes the “homage” idea a step or two further offering a well-balanced compilation of its 1920s trench watches.
The Swiss-based brand wants to spread the relatively new Unitime complication across its whole product range. Besides the gorgeous Transocean “aviator,” the 24-cities display has also been recently added to their elite Breitling for Bentley line. Called (rather predictably) Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime Chronograph, the new model is powered by the same in-house caliber as both Transocean models but comes in a deliberately oversized body that literally dwarfs a normal “sporty” chronograph with its gargantuan proportions.
‘Worldtimers’ are extremely popular these days. They are produced as ultra-limited one-offs, as well as dirt-cheap throwaways from numerous Chinese “fashion” brands with a lifespan of a fruit fly. Baume & Mercier has recently introduced its own take on the idea. Powered by a (technically) in-house automatic caliber, the new Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer (ref. MOA10107 aka 10107) is available both in stainless steel and in a lot more expensive rose gold body.
If you liked the functionality of the last year’s Transocean Chronograph Unitime World Time Automatic, but didn’t quite care for its bombastic styling that just screamed conspicuous consumption, the Swiss watchmaker gives you yet another chance to fall in love with this beautiful watch. While sporting the same hardware inside its generously proportioned body, this new Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot limited edition chronograph now comes in a no-nonsense black-and-grey color scheme that makes it an almost perfect “tool” for a pilot.