Scheduled to be presented soon at the upcoming Baselworld 2016 trade show, the new Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer (ref. 304.33.44.52.03.001) looks like one of the most attractive takes on the Swiss brand's legendary "moon watch." Combining striking exterior with an advanced, anti-magnetically shielded movement, the device tries really hard to be worth every single dollar that the Swiss watchmaker wants you to spend on it.
Once a maker of all sorts of "homages" the British company Christopher Ward puts a lot of effort into becoming a serious brand. This new, dressy Chr. Ward C9 Moonphase automatic wristwatch looks like a step in the right direction for the relatively young watchmaker.
Quartz watches / Swiss Watches
Officially presented during Baselworld 2015 last March, the new Certina Chronographe DS-8 Phase de Lune is a perfect example of a dressy complication watch that somehow manages to combine into a single package an almost stunning exterior, a very nice quartz chronograph movement that, for all things practical blows out of the water almost all advanced electric mechanisms currently available on the market, while spicing all up with a very affordable price. What more do you expect? A free Porsche?
Ladies watch / Swiss Watches
The new Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Ladies (ref. FC-703VD3SD4) automatic wrist watch is not only one of the finest timekeepers introduced so far by the brand. It is also one of those (still few) models of the Swiss watchmaker that is powered not by a slightly redecorated version of a run off the mill blank movement made either by ETA or Sellita, but by a new caliber that was developed and built on their own production facilities. That says something, right?
The idea of substituting the usual silvered or enameled dial with tinted crystal is by no means new. Corum, for example, used it for its massive Admiral's Cup Minute Repeater Tourbillon 45, while Omega employed the concept for the gorgeous Skeletonized Tourbillon Co-Axial Platinum model. However, this new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date, Moon-Phases (refs. 25882-11-223-BB6B & 25882-52-222-BB6B) (ah, that descriptive naming!) looks like one of the most exciting "regular" models delivered by the Swiss brand during the recent couple of years.
When it comes to wristwatches, a name often says it all. I mean, what part of Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moon Phases & GMT a person with an IQ just slightly above that of an average bath rug wouldn't understand? However, when it comes to timekeepers issued by GP, there is much more to them than just a list of features. What you get, is an extremely finely crafted accessory that features a level of refinement that you will rarely meet even in its price range.
Fashion watches / Swiss Watches
Offering a completely outrageous blend of materials and textures, the new Dior Chiffre Rouge C03 (ref. ref. CD084C11A003) automatic wristwatch seems to be inspired by some extremely eclectic fashion collection. The polished gold of the indicators and hour markers (well, actually the elements are gold-plated), the slate gray of the dial and body create a watch that looks like an ultimate fashion accessory that may get you in trouble with your parents if they are of a more traditional kind. If only it wasn't so small!
The stately Chopard L.U.C Lunar Big Date, one of the most striking models in the Swiss watchmaker's whole collection, has recently been slightly face-lifted. Although the wristwatch doesn't offer anything groundbreaking in terms of exterior finish or movement design, it now looks a lot more up-to-date and, well, relevant to current design trends. Still a tiny bit too big for a modern dress watch, the new accessory nevertheless delivers you an extremely well-balanced combination of functionality and ease of use.