Earlier this year, Panerai -an Italian brand, which is wholly owned by the Swiss-based Richemont S.A. financial group (the one that also happens to control such well-established trademarks as IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Vacheron Constantin), has revealed its Luminor Chrono Daylight Titanium Blue Dial (PAM 326) collection. What a stunner it was! Combining a well-proportioned satin-brushed body with blue sunburst dial, which is perfectly matched by a brutal yet refined blue leather strap, it will appeal to the kind of enthusiasts who are looking for a timepiece that is different from the rest of the pack but still wears the name of the famous watchmaker.
The limited-edition 2009 Clerc Hydroscaph Gold Tourbillon (ref. TRB-HY-GOLD) diver offers a highly complicated self-winding (most probably in-house) movement, which is packed inside a huge, rugged-looking case that measures whole 50 millimeters in diameter and looks like it can withstand a nuclear depth charge blast of epic proportions. And if you are into all things unusual, you may also like that this limited edition timekeeper sports one of the most uncommon bezels among currently available luxury divers.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph (Ref. 26278IK.GG.D002CA.01) is not really a new timekeeper. In fact, this is the same AP RO Offshore that we all know and some of us love so much, still equipped with the new AP 2326/2840 chronograph caliber, but featuring a little bit different combination of materials and colors.
The recently introduced 1911 Tekton Real Madrid (ref. 1215947) is Ebel’s first chronograph that features a not so common bezel-less design. Unlike the vast majority of mechanical timepieces in this price range, the special edition model that is designed to honor the Spanish football clubReal Madrid has no bezel at all, sporting in its stead a flat sapphire crystal, which is anchored to the case with six polished screws over an aluminum ring and gasket.
The 2009 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Gray is offered in a masculine, yet compact 42 mm steel case and looks like a great competitor to the huge Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Available both as a sporty three-hander (ref. 47040000W-9500) and a gorgeous chronograph (ref. 49150000W-9501,) the collection may seem -ahem- a bit expensive in this time of global financial meltdown, but for those having the means to buy one of them, it may be one of the best gifts they can make to the people they love most authentically: themselves.
The 2009 TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS2 Caliper Chronograph Ti2 is based on their 2008 concept (and also accompanied by a less expensive version in brushed stainless steel (ref. CAV5115.BA0902, pictured in the collage above.) It is probably the best wristwatch that you can get if you are on the market for a sporty chronograph with a nice high-tech twist to it.
Stepping on the heels of Ulysse Nardin’s Maxi Marine Diver Titanium chronometer, Perrelet reveals its new masterpiece: the self-winding Tourbillon (ref. A3021/1). What is the connection between the two? Well, both timepieces are made of titanium and polished gold, a combination that was unthinkable for mainstream watchmaking brands only a couple of years ago.
At the Baselworld 2009 fair in Basel, Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin has presented a new member of the Maxi Marine Diver collection.
Crafted from high-grade titanium alloy, the new Archimede Pilot T tries to solve the usual problem of an oversized timekeeper: excessive weight that sometimes makes wearing a “sporty” wristwatch an ordeal if it spends on your wrist more than the usual ten or twelve hours. Tipping the scales at just 65 grams (approximately 11 grams or about 17 percent less than its stainless steel sibling from the same collection,) this laconic “pilot” seems to be a lot more comfortable to wear while not putting an unbearable burden on your wallet.