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The new Breguet Marine watches Marine 5517, Marine Chronographe 5527, and Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 now come with titanium bracelets as well as cases, adding robust and light performance to the collection.
Titanium is the ideal metal for resistance to salty air and corrosion, which is of particular advantage in a marine environment,
Breguet has paired the titanium with a sunburst slate-gray dial in gold. Many details of the collection have been inspired by the seafaring world, recalling the title of Chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy bestowed upon Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1815.
Breguet Marine 5517
Breguet uses self-winding manufacture calibers precision-tested in six different positions. The Marine 5517 with date display runs on the 777A caliber, the Marine Chronographe 5527 is powered by a 582QA caliber, while the Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 incorporates the 519F caliber, and includes an alarm function, a display for a second timezone, and the date.
The titanium bracelet and case feature a satin-brushed finish while the bezel has been polished, which creates different light effects and subtle contrasts. The Breguet style also stands out for its readability. Several details in the Marine dial have been inspired by the seafaring world. The second-hand counterweight bears the new for 2019 ZB GCM ALO maritime signal flag corresponding to Breguet’s initial.
Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527
The polished and faceted open-tipped Breguet hands contrast with the sunburst slate-gray background. For use at night, the open tips of the hands and the five-minute markings above the polished Roman numerals are coated with luminescent material.
Breguet Marine Alarme Musicale 5547
The Marine Alarme Musicale is equipped with a self-winding 519F/1 caliber of 376 pieces. Given the energy needed to sound the alarm, the caliber is powered by two barrels, one for the movement of the watch, and another for the alarm function. A push button placed at 8 o’clock makes it easy to activate or deactivate the alarm function.
When the alarm is enabled, a marine bell will appear in an opening at 12 o’clock under the Breguet signature. Both the time of the watch and the alarm function can be set without either interfering with the other. Finally, the power-reserve indicator of the alarm function is located on the dial between the numerals [X and XII. The caliber allows the display of a second timezone and the date, adjustable in both directions, without changing the reference time or the alarm. The sapphire-crystal case back shows the finishes of the movement, which are common to all calibers in the Marine collection. On the caliber bars, the Cotes de Genéve enhanced by guilloche design call to mind a ship’s deck boards. The design of a rudder is found on the gold rotor. Each caliber is numbered individually and signed Breguet. Finally, the words
Horloger de la Marine (Chronometer-maker to the Navy) are engraved on the case back.
Elegant and spotty in its shades of gray, the titanium Marine by Breguet is ready to face the seas and ocean spray.
In 2017, with regards to the Lange 1 Moon Phase, A. Lange & Söhne took a new approach in depicting the moon phases by combining the eponymous astronomical display with a day/night indicator.
To mark the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the LANGE 1, it is now being presented in an exclusive 25-watch limited edition in white gold with blued steel hands.
The moon stands out, especially in the dark. By day, the sun usually outshines it, but even then, it accompanies us. The Lange 1 Moon Phase makes it visible. During the daytime, the moon is depicted against a bright blue starless sky; at night, it contrasts against the dark blue heavens with 383 sparkling stars.
LANGE 1 MOON PHASE “25th Anniversary”
Therefore, the moon always shows itself against a realistic background that doubles as a day/night indicator. This makes it easier to set the time because it assures that the date switches at midnight and not, inadvertently, at 12 noon.
The combination of the moon-phase display with a day/night indicator has two layers. It consists of a solid-gold celestial disc with blue gradation. The disc completes one full revolution about its own axis every 24 hours, mapping the rhythm of day and night. Against this background, the white-gold moon performs its synodic orbit in 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 3 seconds with such precision that it takes 122.6 years before a correction by one day is needed.
The silvered dial features an interplay of silvery and blue hues. The thermally blued steel hands and the color-matched inscriptions harmonize with the graduated blue tones of the celestial disc. The watch comes on a blue alligator leather strap with a solid white-gold prong buckle.
The Lange 1 Moon Phase watch runs on the manually wound caliber L121.3 of based on the generic Lange 1 caliber L121.1 launched in 2015. The 70 additional parts for the moon-phase display and the day/night indicator were integrated into the movement so compactly that the watch is only 0.4 mm thicker and has an unchanged diameter of 38.5mm. The movement has a mainspring barrel with a power reserve of 72 hours, a power reserve indicator with the UP/DOWN inscription and a precisely jumping outsize date display.
Like all other models of the “25th Anniversary” collection, the Lange 1 Moon Phase is endowed with a special movement detail: The anniversary number 25 is integrated into the manually engraved, blue-filled balance cock. As for typography and form, the watch corresponds to the Lange outsize date which is set to 25 in all photographs. The same number also refers to the strict limitations of all anniversary models.
Some love Luminox, some don’t but they have just passed an important milestone in their history.
Luminox was born 30 years ago this month with a mission to build the toughest and most durable Swiss timepieces using Luminox’s proprietary luminous technology and American design and to do it for an affordable price. Today, Luminox is a leader in its category and a supplier to the Navy SEALs, law enforcement, first responders and military around the world.
To celebrate this anniversary, Luminox has created a watch that revisits one of its first watches ever, the Luminox Sport Timer 1540 Series from 1990. The Sport Timer 30th Anniversary is limited to only 730 units and the design is vintage, yet modern using today’s latest technology.
Why 730? The “7” is because the Luminox was formed, in the USA, in July of 1989, and the “30” is for the 30 years they have been in business.
Water-resistant to 200 meters, the watch is powered by a Ronda quartz movement under a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The watch features a turning bezel with a ceramic bezel ring, a screw down crown, and caseback and comes on a NATO strap along with an additional metal band, making it versatile and suitable for just about every occasion.
Stamped into the case back is the Luminox star, with the years “1989 – 2019” and the wording “Invented in the USA. Swiss Made” emblazoned on it.
Based on the design of the original Luminox Sport Timer 1540 Series, this Sport Timer 30th Anniversary Limited Edition (0900 Series) uses Luminox’s proprietary luminous technology (LLT) to ensure the watch is always visible.
The watch is being sold primarily online on Luminox’s Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms. Every second counts as they are going to be selling quickly!
Luminox celebrates this big birthday with a watch that encapsulates all that the brand stands for, in a very attractive, vintage package.
Ronda 513 Swiss Quartz Movement
20ATM water resistance
Sapphire crystal with AR-coating
Stainless Steel case with turning bezel and ceramic bezel ring
Stainless Steel screwed in case back
Stainless Steel screw down crown NATO Strap and additional metal band
The Rolex market as a whole is still on fire these days (for the most part), however there are still a few odd ducks out there that fail to hop on the appreciation bell curve. The Rolex Cellini Danaos is just that—an underdog in the recent Rolex archives, simple and somewhat timeless in design, cased in white gold and powered by a manual-winding movement. Discontinued sometime before 2010, the compact watch was then just too small for current wear trends, but as vintage appeal grows and case sizes shrink, this 34mm Rollie could quickly fall back into favor. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure, but it’s absolutely something I could get behind (especially when you consider its current $3-4k market value).
This particular example is yet another arrival via the eBay Authenticate program (comprehensive details here). The white dial/white gold configuration is certainly one of the most appealing variants out there, especially when you compare it to things like the odd black/grey dial version that has a white gold case and rose gold bezel. Fitted on a factory original Rolex alligator leather strap and Rolex tang buckle, the piece looks to be in pretty fair and honest condition. It’s on offer for a modest $3,243, which includes a 15-month warranty from the seller. It does not include its original box and papers, unfortunately, though the the value of that inclusion remains heavily debated, and a personal preference more than anything these days.
Beachside, poolside or in the deep, Hamilton has a line-up of watches for Summer 2019 to keep you looking pina colada cool and contemporary throughout the sunny season.
KHAKI NAVY SCUBA AUTO
The new Khaki Navy Scuba is destined to make a splash in the style stakes. For modern mariners, snorkelers, surfers and beach lovers, it’s eye-catching as well as functional. Whether you’re timing your swim, your run or your time in the sun, this 40mm automatic diver will make sure you keep your cool, even in soaring temperatures.
Hamilton is raising the bar for its Pan Europ family with a brand new, high-performance automatic movement. The H-30, with its typical 80 hours of power reserve, is rooted in sporty design that is both chic and dynamic.
This 42mm automatic watch features modern materials and color schemes that translate the Pan Europ heritage into an eye-catching contemporary piece available in either striped blue textile or round cut-outs black leather showing a red colored underlining. To meet the specific demands of all occasions and moods, the Pan Europ comes with both straps (Leather and Nato) and a pin remover which makes it easy to alternate between the two.
The original Ventura, launched in 1957, made watchmaking history as the world’s first electrical battery powered watch. This new cool white version pays tribute to the ultimate rulebreaker and Ventura’s biggest fan: Elvis Presley. Classic Ventura in appearance, it runs on the modern H-10 movement with 80 hours of power reserve and a seconds’ hand that has been blued by flame.
The 40mm automatic Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono is a modern reworking of a 1968 signature piece that offers plenty of classic racy appeal. Combining authentic 60s appeal with the H-31 automatic movement, its distinctive panda dial is a guaranteed eye-catcher.
Just last night, July 11, TAG Heuer presented the third of five limited-edition Monaco timepieces to mark the icon’s 50th anniversary.
The third limited edition is dedicated to the 1990s, following the first timepiece (1970s edition) presented during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix and the second timepiece (1980s edition) revealed in Le Mans.
Actor Patrick Dempsey
The unveiling event took place in New York. Guests included brand ambassadors 2017/2018 Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne, actor Patrick Dempsey, and friend of the brand and model Paulina Vega. Other notable attendees included former Miss Universe and fashion model Olivia Culpo, recording artist Young Paris, Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag who helped celebrate the momentous occasion.
The third edition of the new Monaco watch, inspired by the 1990s, made its grand debut last night. Upon arrival, guests walked through a TAG Heuer heritage exhibition before entering the event location. To unveil the latest Monaco, a spectacular light show illuminated the grand hall with neon lights and video projections showcasing the history of the TAG Heuer Monaco, leading up to the reveal of the latest limited edition inspired by the 1990s.
The celebration paves the way for the 2019 New York City E-Prix, a Formula E Championship race taking place on 13 and 14 July in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where Vergne will race through the streets of Brooklyn to defend his title.
TAG Heuer, the Official Time Keeper and Founding Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, has supported the series since its 2014 inception. Today, the company also proudly serves as the FIA Formula E Official Timing Sponsor and provides the Official Watch and Chronograph of the Championship.
The third of the five TAG Heuer Monaco watches reveals a steely industrial look. This special collector’s edition features a blue and silvery appearance with dynamic red elements. The stainless-steel square chronograph has a grained rhodium-plated dial with sandblasted subdials featuring blue counters. The flange and Heuer logo are in blue, and the indexes and central seconds hand are red.
The blue of the Heuer logo and minute and second scales counters provides a bold contrast to the red touches on the hands and indexes and the red motif featured on the dial. This color scheme continues with the blue perforated calfskin strap with red stitching.
As with the original, the pushers are on the right of the case while the crown is on the left; an unconventional feature that has distinguished the Monaco over the past 50 years.
The caseback of this 1990s-inspired wristwatch is engraved with the “Monaco Heuer” logo as well as “1989-1999 Special Edition” and “One of 169”.
With a design inspired by the original model, the stainless-steel caseback has vertical and circular brushed patterns and features a polished, vertical and circular brushed finishing. The case houses the Calibre 11, a modern version of the automatic-winding chronograph movement that made its debut inside the original Monaco in 1969. This watch has been produced in an edition limited to 169 pieces. Like the watch itself, the watch box is also inspired by the original. Each of the special-edition models comes in a box with colors that match the watch and the decade it represents.
The 1990s-inspired model is packaged in a dark blue box decorated with the Heuer logo and a horizontal check-pattern stripe. The watch is placed on a red cushion and surrounded by a grey interior – the same colors found on the dial.
MOVEMENT TAG Heuer Automatic Calibre 11, diameter 30 mm, 59 jewels, balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 40-hour power reserve
FUNCTIONS Chronograph with seconds and minutes; date, hours, minutes and small second at 3 o’clock; chronograph minutes counter at 9 o’clock; central chronograph seconds hand
CASE Diameter 39 mm, case in stainless steel, fixed bezel in stainless steel, sapphire crystal, polished stainless-steel crown at 9 o’clock and push buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock, water-resistant to 100 meters (10 bar), stainless-steel caseback with “1989-1999 Special Edition” and “One of 169” engravings DIAL Grey grained rhodium-plated dial, sandblasted rhodium-plated and blue counters, red touches on hands and indexes, luminescent hour and minute hands and indexes
STRAP Blue calfskin leather strap, polished folding clasp in stainless steel Limited to 169 watches
While you wouldn’t want to go diving in Hong Kong’s so-called ‘Fragrant Harbor’, close by in the Philippines are some of the world’s finest diving spots, so it should come as no surprise that a Hong Kong brand has designed a truly professional Swiss made dive watch.
It’s called the Hyperion Ocean 600m and it’s already reached more than double its target goal on Kickstarter, but it’s not too late to get your own pledge in and save money on the price of the Hyperion Ocean.
You may already have heard about Crafter Blue. Crafter Blue was initially involved in the design and engineering of a curved end rubber strap for popular dive watches. Two years later, they began to design their own dive watch and launched the Mechanic Ocean 300m in 2018.
Meanwhile Crafter Blue helped another brand, UNDIVE, to design the strap for their dive watch. Unfortunately, the watch had already been discontinued due to some unforeseen issues. By the end of 2018, Crafter Blue was given permission to reissue this professional dive watch. But rather than just reissue it, Crafter Blue flew to La Chaux de Fonds in Switzerland to radically upgrade and enhance the watch. Now, every single Hyperion Ocean 600m timepiece is assembled and tested in La-Chaux-de-Fonds.
The concept behind the Hyperion Ocean 600m is to combine vintage styling with modern technology, always a popular route for a dive watch. At 45mm it’s a macho 316L stainless steel piece armed with a helium escape valve and it dives deep, as deep as 600 meters or 2000 feet. The sky-blue second tells the spirit of this timepiece. It comfortably meets the needs for saturation diving. It runs on the Swiss made Sellita SW200, similar to the much-admired ETA 2824, and provides high accuracy and long term reliability in use.
Magnetic fields remain one of the most common factors negatively affecting the accuracy of a mechanical watch. So as to enhance the performance of the Hyperion Ocean, it is fitted with soft iron shields which surround the movement to guard against magnetic disturbances. Soft iron attracts the magnetic field lines, leaving the movement itself unaffected. By protecting the watch from environmental extremes, the Hyperion Ocean remains one of the most powerful tool watches money can buy.
The strap is one of Crafter Blue’s areas of expertise. It has been developing and engineering high-performance vulcanized rubber straps with curved end design for many years.
Crafter Blue tailor makes the curved end rubber straps for every single dive watch model to ensure the wearer has a comfortable experience every time the watch is worn. The Hyperion Ocean comes on the Crafter Blue S2 rubber strap which features 15 holes, double the amount that is typically found on most dive watch straps, offering increased flexibility in their length.
So far, the Hyperion Ocean is available in two versions. HOSS001.B.R which is an all stainless steel model; and HOSS001B.B.R which is a stainless steel model with a PVD black coated bezel.
The Hyperion Ocean 600m costs US$799 and you can make your pledge on Kickstarter now confident that the watch is already fully backed and will be going into production.
Despite the time being easily available wherever you look, whether it’s on a phone or a computer, most of us feel incomplete without a watch on the wrist.
Watchmaking today is more than just about telling time, it’s about making a statement: each person wearing a watch is conveying a message, a style of choice.
The new Ladies Classics Quartz watches combine traditional style, functionality, and beauty from Classic to Contemporary.
The new case has been adapted to a feminine 36mm size, adding new edginess to the Ladies quartz watches. The watch is powered by the FC-220 quartz caliber, water-resistant up to 50 meters and each model is distinguished by a silver color dial with guilloché decoration, black printed Roman numeral indexes, hand-polished black hands and a date window at 6 o’clock.
Blue croco calf leather strap CHF695
Rose gold plated on black croco calf leather strap CHF 895
Stainless steel bracelet CHF 795
The watch comes on a variety of straps including in full stainless-steel or with a blue croco calf leather bracelet or complement the rose gold-plated case combined with an elegant black croco calf leather strap.
The result is a simple uncluttered dial offering a timeless look, and focusing on the essence of the watch while showing the time in hours and minutes.
Austin based American aviation inspired watch brand Tockr has taken its classic Air Defender Chronograph and given it a rather awesome new graphic treatment using the art of hydrographic image transfer.
To date, hydrographic printing has mostly been applied in the worlds of motorsport and industrial design. Tockr is the first watch brand in its price segment and one of few watch brands in the world to produce hydro dipped watches.
The new Hydro Dipped Air Defender feature cases wrapped in daring designs including Tie-Dye, Magma, black or blue Carbon, and black or Hulk (green) Camo.
Collectors can also commission a custom Hydro Dipped case from a library of colorful graphic themes, textures, and designs like pink camo, wood effect, fire, animal prints, and more. Custom models or back ordered Tockr Hydro Dipped models can be delivered within four weeks.
Each Hydro Dipped Air Defender stainless steel case is first primed then passed through a patterned, water-soluble film that is suspended on a liquid water surface. The film substrate dissolves into ink that is applied to the case by immersion printing. The seamless and highly durable graphic application entirely encloses the finished watch case.
This process requires the steady hand of a trained technician to ensure that the pattern is evenly applied to the case sides from all angles. Each case is then coated in a highly durable, scratch resistant sealant finish. The hand applied nature of the graphic design ensures that no two Hydro Dipped Air Defender models look the same.
The Air Defender chronograph series takes cues from 1970s wristwatches designed specifically for military pilots while adhering to rigid NATO specifications.
Now the Air Defender’s 45 mm cushion shaped stainless steel hydro dipped designs still offer water resistance up to 100 meters. The Air Defender runs on a premium Valjoux 7750 Swiss-made automatic movement with a custom Tockr skeletonized rotor and a 42-hour power reserve.
The Hydro Dipped Air Defender series comes with exclusive coordinated strap options including hand-stitched calfskin, alligator, or toad leather straps, and each dial colorway can also be purchased with a custom “Stealth” strap produced by Tockr for the Air Defender series in partnership with the HIX Design studio out of Oklahoma City. The hand-cut and stitched custom “Stealth” straps are flared at the lugs, tapered at the buckle, and feature a raised and perforated section near the lugs with leather colors custom coordinated to each dial.
The Hydro Dipped Air Defender Tockr models come with a 2-year international warranty, and retails for $2,850 and are available at Tockr.
G-SHOCK has just this month released the all-new Mudmaster GG-B100 series in Japan.
The GG-B100 is part of the recent wave of Carbon Core Guard G-Shocks and features a carbon fiber-reinforced case with a carbon fiber bezel. As with previous Mudmaster and Mudman models, the GG-B100 has a mud-resistant structure.
The GG-B100 has a quad sensor and becomes the first connected Mudmaster with a Bluetooth mobile link function that allows the watch to connect to the G-Shock Connected smartphone app for various functions such as automatic time adjustment, mission log, location indicator, calorie consumption display, and phone finder. The GG-B100 also has a front-facing light button and retains the signature armored look of previous Mudmaster models with resin sections placed over the bezel.
The GG-B100 will launch in three colorways in July 2019 in Japan with the black GG-B100-1AJF, khaki green GG-B100-1A3JF, and orange GG-B100-1A9JF.
The GG-B100-1A, GG-B100-1A3, and GG-B100-1A9 are also expected to be released throughout the rest of Asia in July 2019. Casio America has announced the GGB100-1A3 for release in August 2019.