The dressy Girard-Perregaux 1966 (ref. 49527-52-131-BK6A) three-hander brings you the easily recognizable minimalistic styling of the 1966 Collection that is supposed to only be worn with formal attire. Sporting a traditional medium-sized body and featuring one of their highly reliable automatic movements with increased power reserve, the watch may become an instant win if the price is right. Compared to the previously available ref. 49525-52-131-BK6A model, the 1966 Automatic is not only 10 percent larger and thicker, but also offers eight more hours of guaranteed power reserve.
Browsing Seiko’s Japan site, I stumbled upon this beautiful Credor Node J (Ref. GTWE896). Although powered by a quartz movement (albeit a very good one) and possibly offered only as a JDM model, the new timepiece teaches the major Swiss-based watchmakers a lesson or two about creating a watch, which is both elegant and discrete.
The Swiss watchmaking house Jaquet Droz is not the first (and possibly not the last) manufacturer to implement minerals (as well as other ‘low-tech’ materials like, say, wood) in the design of their timekeepers. However, their dressy Grande Seconde series gains the most from this beautiful mix of inexpensive, yet highly decorative stones that serve as dials, and precious, finely polished rose gold body and parts. Meet the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Minerals.
Preserving that familiar Diagono styling that millions of people love so much, the automatic Bulgari Diagono Ceramic Chronograph (ref. DG42BSCVDCH in ceramic and ref. DGP42BGCVDCH in rose gold) gets facelifted with an even more elegant, thinner, visually lighter bezel that also allows for more screen real estate. The part (as well as some other elements) is crafted from an extremely scratch-resistant ceramic.
With its new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Chronograph (Ref. 49542-52-151-BK6A) the Swiss watchmaker updates the iconic chronograph model with a larger body and a slightly restyled dial and also equips it with a new version of their Caliber GP 3300 workhorse ‘tractor’ movement.
Designed for men and women and speaking the same design language, they usually only differ in sizes of their bodies and, when necessary, the movements that power them in order to maintain the same basic proportions. The 2012 Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Tradition collection was follows this philosophy to the “t”.
For its first appearance at the Baselworld 2012 trade show, the young German watchmaker has presented a number of timekeepers that belong to their elegant Intemporal collection. Each model has its own good points, but the Lehmann-Schramberg Intemporal Zeigerdatum (Pointer Date) offers the most balanced (i.e. it is not over-expensive and is not over-sophisticated) combination of features and remarkable exterior.
During the Baselworld 2012, the German watchmaker has presented its new take on their bestselling Glashutte Original PanoMaticLunar. Coming in a little bit larger case than the outgoing model, the self-winding timepiece is available both in an expensive rose (with a reddish tint to it) gold and in a more affordable stainless steel and can be ordered on a wide choice of straps, including a steel bracelet that adds to the grad total almost a thousand more Euros. Now, tell me about price targeting.
With the new Patek Philippe Ladies First Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 7140) automatic wrist watch, the legendary Swiss-based Manufacture gracefully fills the gaping hole in its line of ladies “complication” timekeepers that for some time now included sporty chronographs, convenient world timers and even simple GMT watches for frequent travelers, but, for some unknown reason, lacked a real perpetual calendar model. Adorned with diamonds and presented in a rose gold case, this is one of the dressiest perpetuals in the brand’s product range.
The Chronoswiss Kairos Chronograph (ref. C7541-KR) sports all the goodies you can expect from the brand that deals only in highly exclusive, daringly-luxury timekeepers. There is a heavily-, yet meticulously guilloched solid silver dial, Breguet-type blued hands that look like they were heat-treated, and, of course, the traditional onion-shaped setting crown that is here to operate a high-quality Swiss-made automatic movement.