First announced in January 2019 days before SIHH 2019 show, the new Oris Dive Control Chronograph (ref. 01 774 7727 7784-Set) offers a blend of great caliber, interesting exterior, and an overall flamboyant attitude of a heavy-weight boxing champion delivered in a single -albeit slightly overpriced- package.
Presented at Baselworld 2016, the new Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss Mach 9 Automatic Limited Edition (ref. 241732) chronograph somehow manages to combine more or less adequate pricing (especially after all the usual discounts that the Swiss-based brand is known for) with a fairly small lot of pieces destined to be manufactured and sent to select stores around the world.
First presented at the Baselworld 2016, the limited edition IWC Ingenieur Chronograph "W 125" (ref. IW380701) comes in a nice -if somewhat bulky due to its 42 mm wide to 15 mm high proportions- titanium case. Like a true luxury piece, the case features an appealing combination of mirror-polished front surfaces that are lovely accented by deliberately roughly brushed sides. Set to go on sale in just three or four months (the Swiss watchmakers mentions "autumn" in its press release), the new member of the legendary Ingenieur family will be offered at a competitive -all things considered- price of just over $7000 USD.
Based on one of their earlier Supersports models, the new Breitling for Bentley GT3 (ref. V273655S/BE14/233S/V20DSA.2) chronograph delivers the traditional mix of daring exterior styling and a fairly impressive price tag. The only thing that it lacks is an in-house caliber, but for those not really interested about the model's guts and more concerned about looks and brand value its modified ETA movement may even be a better choice.
The upcoming premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens blockbuster is just a couple of months away and the American watchmaker has already unveiled a number of Star Wars-themed timekeepers. There, if I understand correctly, will be sort of 'official' watches of the series. Besides the inevitable "Stormtrooper", and "Imperial Pilot" models, there is also a full-black Nixon 51-30 Darth Vader: a limited edition device that pays homage to the most iconic character of the series. And, yes: as you may have already noticed, all three models are dedicated to agents of the dark side of the Force. Ah, that irresistible attractiveness of Evil!
With its extremely precise mechanism and a nice sporty case, the new Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary Spring Drive Chronograph (ref. SBGC013) is a perfect (if not a bit overpriced) choice for a person who already has a collection of Speedmasters and wants to spice it with a lot more technologically advanced timekeeper from Japan.
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It's hard to believe, but professional-looking Aerospace line is here for the whole three decades! Celebrating the anniversary, the Swiss watchmaking specialist has recently introduced a new limited edition Breitling Aerospace Evo Night Mission chronograph. With a total production run limited to mere 300 pieces and a new color of the dial that nicely accents its almost black satin-brushed body, the new model will probably be sold out in no time even despite its impressive price.
The new Pierre DeRoche TNT Royal Retro GMT 1/2 Hour is basically the same TNT Royal Retro RB model that we have seen many times before, but with a new complication that makes it not only fancy looking, but also quite useful for frequent travelers.
The German watchmaker has just started taking orders for its new Stowa Seatime Black Forest Edition 1 automatic diving wristwatch. Offered at a relatively moderate price of just €1390 (including VAT), the new timekeeper looks like a wise choice for a person looking for a nice diving companion, but not willing to pay premium price for an Omega Seamaster or a Rolex Submariner. Reserved, but also quite handsome, this is so far one of the most attractive divers that money can buy.
The new Porsche Design Chronograph Titanium Limited Edition looks like yet another masterpiece of German design. Delivering just the right combination of manliness and reserved elegance that could only be compared to that of a Porsche 911 Carrera sports car, the wristwatch is issued as a limited edition of just 500 pieces, which is really a pity: collectability or not, the world, which is dominated by tasteless, soulless objects of industrial design, needs more beautiful things like this one.