Although powered by a modified version of an unassuming ETA blank movement, this new Montblanc Star Quantieme Complet (Ref. 108737) is delivered in a refined, slim rose gold body and looks like a perfect choice for a person looking for an, um, expensive “entry-level” luxury watch.
Longines has first presented the Conquest Classic collection at the Baselworld 2013 exhibition. Soon to arrive at a watch shop near you, the new watch will be available in a choice of three versions including a two-tone with gold-steel bracelet variety (ref. L2.718.104.22.168) reviewed here. I must admit that the new member of the Conquest family looks a lot more elegant than its previous incarnations.
At the Baselworld 2013 trade show, the Swiss watchmaker has re-introduced its Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon Gold Bridge (refs. 99535-52-131-BKBA & 99535-53-131-BK6A) collection. Not only dressy but also extremely classy with their understated exterior and carefully decorated dials, the watches have always been “signature” models for the brand. Judging by the 2013 collection’s specs, this one is more of a mild face-lift, rather than a full-fledged next-generation with a new movement and all.
I am not sure whether gender equality advocates will love this model. Compared to the original MY 2010 Transocean Chronograph 01 Limited Edition model that was designed for men, this new Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38 Ladies is not only smaller (which is, probably, acceptable for most people), but is also equipped with a less exclusive movement, which is not made in-house, but is based on the ETA 2892-A2 blank caliber, albeit adjusted to meet strict COSC standards. And it has one sub-dial less, too!
Revealed during the SIHH 2013 show, the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Perpetual Calendar Chronographs (refs. W1556226 & W1556225) share their underpinnings with the gorgeous Calibre de Cartier Chronograph model that was revealed around a month before, but has the base 1904-CH MC caliber upgraded with a perpetual calendar module.
Compared to many timepieces offered today, this Blancpain Quantieme Retrograde (ref. 3653-2954-58b) ladies watch not only sports a brilliantly executed marquetry mother-of-pearl dial but also comes equipped with a gorgeous retrograde calendar complication that shares the dial real estate with a traditional moon-phase display.
Omega doesn’t update its collections too often, but when it does, it does it with style. Offered in a massive, 18-karat rose gold body, the new Omega De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph (ref. 422.214.171.124.02.001) is powered by their fairly fresh Cal. 9301 co-axial automatic movement and features an extremely elegant dial layout.
Updated for the year 2013 with whole six new members -all showing different combinations of precious stones and precious alloys-, the gorgeous Bulgari Astrale collection of jewelry watches now includes even more finely cut gemstones of different shapes and colors and even more diamonds adorning their gold bezels. With the Astrale ref. AEP36D2CWL (reviewed here) looking the most appealing among them, it still retains the same simple quartz movement that some customers may find not exactly on par with the gadget’s recommended retail price of $27,000 USD.
At a first glance, the 2013 hand-wound Arnold & Son DBS (Ref. 1DSAP.W01A.C120P) looks like it was inspired by the ultra-expensive Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre family. It is, in fact, a tribute to a pair of much older timekeepers made by John-Roger Arnold between 1796 and 1799 respectively. Both watches were able to display mean solar and sidereal time on two separate sub-dials and featured an ingenuous bimetallic thermo-compensated Z balance.