Well, not “finally” because this new limited edition is just another iteration of the last year’s Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green. The correct title would sound like “That’s Why This New Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition Chronograph is One More Chance to Get Yourself a Bentley Watch You Can Wear,” yet it would be too long (and too clickbaity,) so, please, forgive me this attempt at sensationalism.
Earlier this month, Jaquet Droz has presented its piece unique: the Museum Pocket Watch. It was literally built around a time-worn 18th-century movement that was lovingly (and also painstakingly) restored to its present glory in JD own workshops. Originally missing certain vital parts, the restored mechanism, as archaic as it is, looks magnificent and stately inside its massive 18-karat red gold body.
Panerai has recently its growing range of in-house movements with yet another nice job. Called Caliber P.5000, the new hand-wound engine offers an impressive combination of beautifully laconic decoration with surprisingly efficient design and impressive power reserve. The first timekeeper to be equipped with the new caliber happened to be the new Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Oro Rosso (PAM 511) that was presented in New York in July 2013.
The new Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Season collection delivers such a high degree of refinement and elegance that one usually expects only from a piece unique hand-made for a special event. Jaquet Droz, however, plans to make whole 176 of them!
First revealed in the year 2012 with a sexy jet-black onyx dial, the updated Jaquet Droz Eclipse J012613200 has been reissued in an even dressier version with its face finished with ivory Grand Feu enamel. Although the beige-colored plate (which is not only pleasant to look at but is also difficult to manufacture on an industrial scale) doesn’t do a particularly good job mimicking a night sky, it still makes the watch a perfect choice for those looking for a dressy moon-phase timekeeper.
The 2012 Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel J006033200 is delivered in a finely crafted, albeit slightly oversized red-gold body and features the most elegant hand-made dial that features rare (and expensive, since the process cannot be automated) Grande Feu enameling, off-centered sub-dials forming figure eight and a nice mix of Roman and Arabic numerals.
Corum has finally added a chronograph model to its Legend 42 line of compact sporty watches. Called Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Chrono, the new chronograph is equipped with an ETA-based COSC-certified chronometer movement and, as you have probably already guessed, comes in a mid-sized body that measures only 42 millimeters in diameter.
The 2012 Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime “worldtimer” brings you a still-rare complication that allows you to constantly be aware of current time in any of the 24 main time zones. Although, from the point of view of functionality and exterior design, the new timepiece strongly reminds me of the outstanding Girard-Perregaux WW.TC family of traveler’s timekeepers, the movement that powers the new Breitling is completely in-house, being developed, assembled and finished at their own production facilities.
Do you remember the brilliant Petite Heure Minute Art Deco (Ref. J005013570) that was released earlier this year? Well, the famous Manufacture has recently introduced a number of new members of the family, including the elegant Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Ivory Enamel (Ref. J005003200.) Compared to the aforementioned model that sports a 39 mm case, the new generation is released in a more compact body measuring only 35 millimeters. A nice choice for a lady’s watch, that is.
The hand-wound Hysek Furtif Skeleton Tourbillon (ref. HW15) is offered in a mesmerizing blend of feather-light titanium, stodgy rose gold, and uncompromising skeletonization techniques that leave nothing for imagination when it comes to the inner workings of the tiny engine.
For this year, Richard Mille updates their RM 017 collection with an even more technologically advanced hand-wound Tourbillon Extra Flat model that now comes in an ultra-thin case crafted from 18-karat red gold measuring less than nine millimeters from top to bottom.
With the new limited-edition Transocean Chronograph 01, Breitling somewhat loses its present individuality of a maker of some seriously blingy sh*t, but makes a good claim to the niche of elegant dressy chronographs powered by manufacture-made movements.
IWC has once again updated its gorgeous Portuguese Perpetual Calendar range extending the line with three extra models and two choices of metal. Besides an older version in platinum (Ref. IW502305,) you can now get it in red gold (Ref. IW502306) and white gold (Ref. IW502307,) too.
Hublot, one of the youngest (and the most daring) ultra-luxury watchmaking brands, has introduced yet another iteration of its top-selling Big Bang collection of sporty chronographs. The 2010 Big Bang Gold Chronograph (ref. 301.PX.1180.RX) comes in a generous 44.5-mm case made of brushed 18-karat red gold.
The Swiss luxury brand Omega has just revealed a pair of new members of their Constellation Double Eagle collection. Available in titanium and red gold, both chronographs will be sold as Double Eagle Mission Hills Numbered Edition. Yes, they may be not as sober and stern as the De Ville collection, but they surely look as stately as one can possibly get.