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Following the surprise and positive release last year of its BR 03-92 Diver (below pictured), Bell & Ross has followed up in 2018 to make the BR03-92 a fully-fledged dive collection with the launch of the Diver Blue and Bronze models.
The Bronze is a limited release of 999 pieces and comes with a distressed-look strap.
The diving bell and wave motif caseback is very appealing:
The watches have a 42mm square case with rotating bezel (a dive watch essential!) and a rubber-clad screwed crown with crown guards. These watches really hit the bullseye — for both form and function! They look really great and also check all the boxes for the ISO 6425 standard for dive watches.
June 26, 2018 marks the 217th anniversary of the patent of the Tourbillon, a revolutionary invention by Abraham-Louis Breguet, father of modern horology. Not surprisingly then that “Tourbillon Day” is kind of a big deal for Montres Breguet. The anniverary is celebrated annually in Breguet boutiques such as Zurich, Taipei and New York (and there is often some “tourbillon cake” to be found on hand for tasting as well).
On June 26, 1801, Abraham-Louis Breguet patented a revolutionary mechanism that neutralized the effects of gravity providing incredible precision in mechanical timepieces. This invention was an engineering feat that cemented the illustrious watchmaker’s standing as one of the most innovative figures of all time. During his lifetime, Abraham-Louis Breguet created 35 tourbillon watches, and fewer than 10 of them are known to survive. The Tourbillon precision pocket watch No. 1188 sold to Don Antonio de Bourbon, Infante of Spain, in 1808, is one of the most fascinating pieces in the brand’s heritage and will be exhibited in its Zurich Boutique and Museum starting from June 26, 2018. The House of Breguet possesses two other historical Tourbillon pocket watches, No. 1176 sold by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1809 and No. 2567 sold in 1812, along with original records listing every single historical creation.
Seen here is a modern day piece – the Breguer 5367, with enamel dial and a slim case measuring a thickness of only 7.45 mm. Inside is a 3mm thick movement wound by a peripheral rotor. Goregous watch!
These beautiful decorative watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre come from its “Métiers Rares” workshops and pay tribute to 19th-century symbolist painter Ferdinand Hodler (1853 – 1918), one of Switzerland’s best-known artists. Very rare (only 8 pieces of each), these are special pieces that will likely find homes in a handful of discreet collectors.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Ferdinand Hodler
limited edition 8 pieces per design
45.5 mm x 27.4 mm x 9.73 mm white gold case, manual wind Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture Cal 822A/2
The front dial on the swiveling Reverso case features an engraved “woven” motif, achieved with the use of a century-old guilloché machine, which is delicately rendered by an expert artisan and then covered in translucent grand feu enamel in a color that reflects the predominant tone of the miniature painting on the watch’s back dial. Each of these enamelled paintings re-creates in intricate detail one of Hodler’s masterpieces depicting the landscapes of his native Switzerland. The artisans at the brand’s Rare Handcrafts atelier in Le Sentier required at least 50 hours of work for each painting in order to reproduce, as faithfully as possible, Hodler’s canvases on the dial’s 3 cm x 2 cm surface.
The first of the Tribute Enamel editions (below) depicts “Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc in the Morning Light,” which Hodler produced shortly before his death in 1918.
The second is Hodler’s 1904 painting, “Lake Thun with Symmetric Reflections Before Sunrise” (below):
And the third is the 1909 work, “Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflection”
Prices for each of the three eight-piece limited editions on request.
Originally pilot watches were adopted in World War II and designed specifically for pilots. Key differences between pilot watches or standard watches for men were a larger dial with a simple design enabling owners to quickly glance and know what the time is, a larger wrist band as pilots wore their watches over their pilots’ jackets and a larger crown so that it could be used while wearing gloves. There were additional features such as a chronograph, navigation tools so pilots had a better chance of returning home safely with the ability to check fuel and speed.
Nowadays pilot watches are not just for men and for women too, whether as pilots or for other purposes. There is not the need for such self-reliance in a cockpit due to technological advances, so designs can be more minimalistic and still retain that original aesthetic appeal of pilot watches all those years ago. Manufacturers have enhanced their designs of pilot watches with some magnificent specimens available on the market that not only function superbly but have impeccable detail.
Rolex Sky Dweller
In true style of Rolex Sky Dweller, a relatively new addition to their range, is sophistication personified. It has all back up the Rolex design and style and is arguably the most prestigious of pilot watches available today. Customers are spoilt for choice in their preferred design with 24 different permutations possible in terms of material, type of bracelet and the color of the dial.
The Sky Dweller has a beautifully set 24-hour disc, which is just slightly off center and can be used to know what time it is in another zone, be that at home, at work or with a valuable client. At 3 o’ clock this watch shows the date and the rest of the design is unmistakably Rolex. Sheer class that most other watch makers aspire too and has grown a loyal customer base and reputation for all of the ranges that Rolex has had to offer
IWC Pilot’s Watches
There are other watch makers who are worthy of respect because of the amazing technology and design feature that they have applied to the pilots’ watches. IWC watches are by no means the exception although this fine watch maker is undoubtedly excellent in making outstanding watches that provide precision timing and spectacular designs.
IWC pilot’s watches provide additional functions to suit the needs of the owner, all have the chronograph function as standard showing hours, minutes and seconds, day and date display with special design features such as a sapphire glass that has anti-reflecting properties on both sides just for good measure and is protected to withstand drops in air pressure.
If ever a watch maker has captured the essence of what pilots’ watches are about then it is Zenith. This splendid Swiss watch maker pays homage to the aeronautical past of bygone years and encapsulated all that with its iconic design and colors. Cleverly Zenith has utilized colors such as blends of khaki, greens and browns with fabulous results, even down to the details of the shape and colors of crowns, with splashes of steel thrown in for good measure.
Obviously, this watch is not just available in a specific color range, and time keeping, the Zenith Pilot range offer a simple dial and are easy to read but also provide intricate details in the shape of the elegant hand and the numbering that has retro-features. Undoubtedly a watch that will be happily worn by any owner.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation
The Hamilton Khaki Aviation watch is available in other colors than khaki, and in actual fact is mostly available in other colors. Hamilton watches for men intelligently combine simplicity with extravagance which is typically seen with the Khaki Aviation. A good example is how the hands site over the chronograph: the minute hand has a cut out feature inside the chronograph and solid features outside of the chronograph, the hour hand features are opposite to the minute hand. The preciseness of these details in a subtle and yet so effective. The casing is shaped such that it blends in the crown very stylishly. Their advertising references American Aviation which is slightly irritating because there are many countries that can claim high standards in field.
There are so many words that can describe this wonderful watch such as: strong, robust, precision, design details, shock resistant, fully functioning. Casio have put every ounce of their expertise into the Casio G-Shock pilots watch. The ‘G’ stands for Gravitymaster, Casio’s range of watches that are shock resistant. It has the Casio computer technology providing precision timekeeping, an unmistakably rugged masculine design, although that does not mean specifically for men. As far as technology goes, the G-Shock has set the standards, it has Bluetooth, receives radio waves and GPS, can be paired with a smartphone and updates to any time zone the owner wants.
Niche brand Unimatic Watches, designer and maker of the “Made in Italy” Modello Uno dive watch series, is set to drop a new special edition piece next week. I love what these guys are doing! Great design, great price, great build quality — awesome watches (which is why I’ve got more than one in my collection!). This new piece will be the third design in is Special Editions collection, and will again be highly limited in production and sold in collab with a boutique retailer. This time it is hip retailer Nous of Paris. (I’m not sure if e-tail will be an option, so but keep an eye on the U1-NU product page). The watch, official designation “Modello Uno ref. U1-NU” is a Made in Italy diving watch with a matte black “California” dial with maxi marker in C1 Super-LumiNova lume matching the pearl on the diving aluminum bezel insert, off white open second rail and graphic trims. I love the look!
Unimatic X Nous
unique edition of 50 pieces
41.5mm brushed DLC-finished case, automatic mechanical movement
Time is displayed thanks to matching phantom ladder hands set and the black reverse lollipop second hand with off white tip. The case is 316 stainless steel case with brushed DLC finish, which along with screwed crown and caseback offer a respectable 1,000 ft (300m) water resistance. The caliber is an automatic mechanical NH35A by Seiko, providing 41h power reserve and hacking seconds hand.
The watch on a 22mm heavy duty nylon nato strap, and a black Unimatic fluoroelastomer strap is also included (both finished with black DLC signed custom buckle).
The case-back features the Unimatic x NOUS conversion scale engraving and the individual progressive number.