First unveiled back in 2009, the gorgeous “digital” Zeitwerk has already survived a number of limited editions. Now, the German brand reintroduces the timekeeper as A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst (Ref. 140.048) adding to the mix a new dial that successfully combines rhodium-plated white gold and their signature “German silver” alloy: the centuries-old mixture of copper, nickel and zinc that allows you to make a greyish-white metal that is easy to work with and, when finished properly, looks great, too.
Besides the vintage-styled 2012 Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 5940J-001), as well as a number of other interesting timekeepers, the legendary Swiss-based brand has also grabbed an opportunity to present a decisively modern hand-wound Patek Philippe Split-Seconds Chronograph and Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 5204) during the last Baselworld 2012 trade show. Although not using a single block of carbon or a piece of ceramic, the new chronograph makes Star Trek gadgets look hopelessly outdated.
With the hand-wound A. Lange & Sohne Datograph AUF/AB (ref. 405.035), the fabulous Datograph family can finally offer you a model that, besides a flyback chronograph and a beautifully executed Big Date window, has a handy power reserve indicator: an amenity that may become convenient for an owner of a watch with a guaranteed power reserve of almost three days.
With its built-in minute repeater, monopusher chronograph and an instantaneous perpetual calendar the automatic Patek Philippe Triple Complication Ref. 5208P lacks only a tourbillon escapement to become a real flagship of the enormous fleet of ultra-luxury watches that one of the oldest Swiss watchmaking brands currently has on offer.
The 2011 Omega Hour Vision Co-Axial Skeleton Platinum (ref. 4126.96.36.199.64.001) has the usual solid dial swapped for a sapphire one that offers a super view at its skeletonized co-axial movement. It comes in a massive case crafted from 950 platinum. Now that’s what I call inconspicuous consumption!
The 2011 Chaumet Dandy Chronograph XL El Primero automatic features a mid-sized precious case and an iconic Zenith movement beating at an impressive speed of 36,000 vibrations per hour.
The strikingly gorgeous Breguet Classique 5717 Hora Mundi World Timer with an unusual programmable multiple time zones indicator was officially presented during the Baselworld 2011 trade show. But don’t hold your breath just yet: as it is customary for the Swiss-based ultra-luxury brand, the watch -which is supposed to be delivered both in 18-karat rose gold (ref. 5717BR/AS/9ZU, pictured,) as well as a lot more expensive platinum (ref. 5717PT/US/9ZU)- will go on sale to select stores no earlier than the end of the year.
Celebrating its 130th year in business, the Japanese jewelry and precision instruments-maker has presented its new Grand Seiko 130th Anniversary Limited Edition (refs. SBGW033, SBGW040, and SBGW039) collection, which is going to be available both in Europe and North America. Looking like it’s having the legendary Patek Philippe Calatrava line of minimalistic dress watches in its fine crosshairs, the new Commemorative Edition makes a subtle, but very firm stress on the “Grand” part of Grand Seiko brand.
At the last SIHH 2011 industry event that gathers crème de la crème of the Swiss watchmaking community, the French jeweler that also rapidly becomes a serious Manufacture, has presented the limited-edition Extra-Flat Ballon Bleu de Cartier collection. The one that is -regretfully rather briefly- reviewed here, is the version that features a precious platinum case and comes with a reference number of W6920059. With its daringly huge diameter of 46 millimeters that is nicely contrasted by a hair-thin profile, it will surely attract attention to its owner, whether they want it or not.
Although most timepieces from Panerai tend to be of that “any shape as you like as long as it is cushion” style, the new Radiomir 3 Days Platino (PAM 373) stands out from the crowd with its rather unusual dial layout that pays homage to vintage timepieces of the pre-WWII era.