Omega Speedmaster, the legendary “space” chronograph that is never getting old, has recently been reintroduced as a “two-tone” model and also slightly refreshed. Available with at least two dials and two colors of 18-karat gold alloy, the 2013 Omega Speedmaster 57 (ref. 318.104.22.168.01.001) is more in line with their current product range.
The sporty C1 Chronograph family was seriously refreshed earlier this year with the styling of their dials more congruent with that of their prominent cases. Now, Concord introduces yet another version. Combining mirror-polished 18-karat rose gold, glossy black ceramics, as well as PVD-treated, high-grade titanium alloy, the 2013 Concord C1 Chronograph Black & Gold (Ref. 0320227) is similar to Porsche 911 GT3 in its versatility: just like the latter can be used both on a track and as a daily commuter, you can wear the former both during office hours and in a night club.
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.
Expanding the bizarre collection of “fashion divers”, the 2013 Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver (Ref. 266-33-8C/922) offers a nice combo of 18-karat rose gold with elements of its chunky body and solid bracelet crafted from black rubber and glossy black ceramic respectively. While not a “tool,” the timekeeper is nevertheless equipped with a COSC-certified chronometer movement and features a water resistance rating that makes it suitable at least for recreational diving.
‘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.
Bulgari is known for its extensive collection of snake-style “bracelet watches.” Usually comprising no less than two “coils” that gently embrace a lady’s petit wrist, the bracelets are crowned with a snakehead-shaped case that usually houses a compact quartz movement. This new Bvlgari Catene (refs. 102038 BBCP31WGGD1.2T/12 & 102052 BBCP31WGG.2T/12) (“catene” means “a chain” in Italian, if I understand it correctly), however, features a slightly less radical styling that may be especially appreciated by persons suffering from ophidiophobia: an irrational fear of snakes.
It keeps getting better. Breitling has just released a PR blurb regarding its new vintage-style Transocean series. Equipped with their relatively fresh in-house self-winding chronograph movement, the new 2013 Breitling Transocean Chronograph GMTadds a second time zone functionality to the elegant collection making it look more complete.
Patek Philip‘s classic Calatrava line has just been updated for this year. Featuring a tried and true automatic movement and a body of classic proportions, the new self-winding Patek Philippe Calatrava (Ref. 5227) looks emphatically modest, even in its precious 18-karat rose gold body.
Now that’s something big from the Swiss-based brand with its roots going straight to the Caribbean. No, they didn’t introduce a tourbillon with parts made of silicon or some other fancy material from the asteroid 25143 Itokawa brought here by the Japanese space probe Hayabusa. However, this gorgeous Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Flameante (ref. 3130) explicitly states that CyS has a great potential when it comes to “simple” dress watches.
Their new Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon 1GLAS.B01A.C122S features an in-house hand-wound movement with one of the most handsome moon-phase displays that I have seen in my lifetime.