The new Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer (the model with reference number C01-43AWT2-S00W0-CC with a "Camel" leather strap is reviewed here, but there are two more versions available with "Tan" and "Blue" leather bands,) is the young watchmaking brand's latest attempt to conquer the niche of dressy UTC watches. This time, the watch offers a better calculated combination of good qulity, great exterior, and a nice automatic movement that is equipped with a complication that is manufactured exclusively for Chr. Ward by its long-standing Swiss-based partner.
Unveiled earlier this year at Baselworld 2017, the new Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph UTC Ceramic (ref. 116101) wristwatch like a nice (if a bit overpriced to my taste) addition to the Swiss-based maker's of luxury "writing instruments" that also happens to sell watches line of sporty chronographs. While some of the main selling points of this new watch -like, say, the choice of movement, as well as the combination of materials- look more "acceptable" to yours truly rather than even mildly "exciting," we at WorldWatchReview.com would still recommend getting one of these oversized pieces of, um, time-measuring opulence if the price is not a problem.
In less than two months, the British watchmaking brand will start selling their new Christopher Ward C8 UTC Worldtimer timekeeper. Styled as a pilot's watch and featuring an appealing combination of a robust Swiss made movement with their new distinctive approach to design, the new timekeeper seems to be well worth the serious chunk of cash that the watchmaker plans to charge for it.
Quartz watches / Swiss Watches
The new Breitling Chronospace Military (ref. M7836622.BD39.100W.M20BASA.1) chronograph wrist watch delivers the usual combination of a high-grade SuperQuartz mechanism, a highly legible dial with the signature analog-digital display and packs it all in a blacked-out steel body. What this timekeeper clearly lacks is innovation. On the other hand, for innovation Breitling has its super-high-tech Breitling Emergency II model, while the rest of the pack is being carefully guarded from anything new.
Quartz watches / Swiss Watches
Brutal, yet well-proportioned, the new Breitling Cockpit B50 (ref. VB501022/BD41-155S) aviator's chronograph wristwatch (especially the variation in plain machine-brushed titanium) somehow reminds me USAF's F22 air superiority fighter jet: everything is on its place; everything is completely functional, yet extremely sexy. The only thing that makes the new B50 model different is the price. While still deliciously expensive, it won't make you sell your house to get one.
Visually (and probably electronically) very similar to the last years Fenix Outdoor GPS watch, the new Garmin D2 Pilot elevates its functionality to new heights in order to serve all sorts of pilots. Yes, there is a great deal of planes equipped with state of the art navigational equipment, but if all else fails, you still need a wrist computer to rely on.
The new Montblanc TimeWalker Voyager UTC (ref. 109137) automatic watch nicely refreshes the familiar high-tech design of the original timekeeper's laconic, yet very informative dial making it one of the most visually attractive dual-timers on the market. Successfully combining high-contrast, easy to read elements with the grey and white (with bright sparks of orange: a color that seems to be all the rage among industrial designers at the moment) color scheme, the watch seems to draw inspiration from Porsche Design and, surprisingly, does it with style and good taste!
The new Casio G-SHOCK GW-A1000-1ADF solar-powered timekeeper features the same Smart Access that we have recently seen on an all-analog Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T pilot's watch. Using a revolutionary five-motor drive and an electronic crown switch, the system makes operating the gadget's numerous functions as easy as it can possibly get without using touch-based interface. And with its radio controlled Multiband 6 system, this is also one of the most precise time measuring devices that money can potentially buy.