Bell & Ross

The BR-X1 White Hawk blends Bell & Ross’ aviation aesthetic with technical refinement.

On the watch, the 45mm grade 5 titanium case is micro-blasted and covered with white ceramic. The push-buttons are made of high-tech ceramic with rubber inserts to optimise their grip and strength. A rubber button grip insert is also built into the case at nine o’clock to enhance the activation of the chronograph’s functions and a red rim highlights them for optimal readability.

Powered by an automatic BR-CAL.313 movement, the skeleton chronograph boasts 42 hours of power reserve. The grey strap is made of a mix of rubber and calf leather.

A 60-minute counter is placed at nine o’clock, while a 60-second counter is located at three o’clock, with a date window sitting at six o’clock.

Breitling

The captain’s chronograph takes on 18k red gold guises with only 250 pieces produced.

The new Chronoliner B04 is equipped with a 46mm case with a ceramic bezel, as well as an aurora blue dial matched to a textured blue rubber Aero Classic strap. The Manufacture Breitling Calibre B04 automatic movement is certified by the COSC and boasts over 70 hours of power reserve.

The star, however, is its functional dual time zone system. The main hour hand can be adjusted to the local time by simply pulling out the crown and turning it either way in one-hour increments – without losing any precision in terms of the minutes and automatically adjusting the date in either direction.

Meanwhile, the red-tipped hand keeps track of home time in 24-hour mode.

Bulgari

Bulgari unveils two new Octo Maserati watch models – GranSport and GranLusso – at the Frankfurt motor show alongside Maserati. The model shown here is the GranSport which differs from the GranLusso by way of material choices.

The former a 41.5mm steel case with a black DLC coating, while the latter has a 41.5mm 18k pink gold case and a grey sunburst dial.

It contains an automatic BVL 262 movement with 42 hours of power reserve. The most striking part of the watch is the way it tells time. Behind the aperture is the jumping hour, while the minute is indicated by a retrograde minute hand moving in a half-circular, clockwise motion from bottom to top.

There is also a special Octo GranTurismo model reserved for Maserati car buyers.

Certina

The new DS Podium Chronograph FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Limited Edition features a reliable Precidrive movement, sporty black dial, sandblasted 41mm 316L stainless steel case with black PVD coating and a black leather strap with green stitching, which completes the overall.

With only 999 units in the production run, the chronograph will appeal to fans of rallying.

At the push of a button, the tenth-of-a-second timing is shown on a counter placed at two o’clock, displayed in real time. To conserve energy, the counter automatically stops displaying after 60 seconds while the timing continues in the background.

In addition, the Precidrive quartz movement contains an end-of-life indicator to pre-warn the wearer. The caseback is etched with a WRC Logo as well as the production number.

 

Corum

This watch is going to unearth the rapper that you never knew you had it in you.

With 31ct of diamonds, the Bubble 47 Jewelry Squelette is best seen with a purple velvet, drop-top Rolls-Royce Phantom and a pair of Virgil Abloh’s Off White sneakers.

Commissioned for Booba, the French rapper has also a number of Bubble watches bearing his name in Corum’s 2017 collection. On the skeletonised dial alone are a total of 131 round-cut diamonds, weighing 2.25ct, set on 18k white gold. The case contains 90 round-cut diamonds at 4.08ct. The rest of the heft is contributed by 24.66ct worth of 796 round-cut diamonds set on an 18k white gold bracelet and buckle.

It goes without saying that this watch is a unique piece.

Girard-Perregaux

A significant year dedicated to the Laureato series, the Laureato 42mm Ceramic is unlike any other simply because of its choice of material – hence the irresistible colour that is both alluring and mysterious.

Already it was sporty, chic and dressy thanks to its polished octagonal bezel fitted on an integrated case, with the addition of black ceramic, the Laureato 42mm Ceramic transcends expectations and gains a whole new personality.

The watch is distinguished by its wide-shaped satin-brushed links and its domed and polished interlink elements, entirely made of black ceramic. The Clous de Paris-adorned dial is also now painted black for a complete makeover, contrasted by hands and indices coated in white Super-LumiNova.

In its heart beats an automatic GP01800-0025 that provides 54 hours of power reserve.

Graham

Produced in a limited edition of 250 for each of the four variants, the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Ltd takes cues from 1940s military aircraft to the gunmetal grey furniture at home in the hippest of Manhattan lofts to dream up a palette consisting of grey, olive, blue and black.

To ensure the historic aviation inspiration remains on the radar screen, one reference has a picture of the British Royal Air Force’s Halifax aircraft stamped on the caseback.

The 44mm case makes use of aged steel with PVD coating for a vintage effect, matched to a canvas strap is also treated for a weathered appearance.

Beating an automatic calibre G1747, the chronograph has 48 hours of power reserve and houses an Incabloc shock absorber synonymous with Graham.

Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko launches the limited-edition SBGJ225 for the Asian market outside Japan.

Produced in 250 pieces, the SBGJ225 continues Grand Seiko’s reputation for high-precision with a deviation of only -3 to +5 seconds a day, thanks to the 9S86 mechanical hi-beat movement rated for 55 hours of power reserve.

The dial is made up of patterns of dark blue and ink black yarns, crafted based on the Japanese kasuri technique. To produce it, warp and weft threads are resist dyed. The first step is binding the yarn into bundles for resist dyeing. This is followed by a number of skill-demanding steps before unique patterns to kasuri are achieved.

Besides aesthetic excellence, the SBGJ225 is fitted with a GMT hand to tell a second time zone.

Hublot

From Hublot’s partnership with Chelsea FC births the Big Bang Chelsea FC – a second of such watch born from the relationship.

A tribute to The Blues and limited 200 pieces, the watch features a 44mm stainless steel case and a bezel made of carbon fibre and blue Texalium.

Its blue sunray dial includes three counters at three, six and nine o’clock, the latter being proudly engraved with SW6, Fulham postcode where Stamford Bridge is located. Powered by an automatic HUB4100 movement, the Big Bang Chelsea FC has a 42-hour power reserve.

The Chelsea lion logo is situated both at 12 o’clock and on the caseback crystal. Putting the finishing touch, the strap comes in rubber and blue alligator with a stainless steel deployable buckle clasp.

 

IWC Schaffhausen

The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage features a design reduced to the absolute essentials.

Its retro look, inspired by the famous Big Pilot’s Watch 52 T.S.C., gives this navigation watch a particularly striking appearance. The displays are round, large and clearly arranged. This later developed into the cockpit design: not even a single line is unnecessary – everything is designed to be clear and legible.

The dial features large, rounded Arabic numerals to mark the minutes, with two exceptions: the 12 has been replaced with a triangle with dots at either side for improved legibility, while a date window is positioned where the three would usually be – adding a modern feature to this vintage-inspired design.

The watch runs on a 35111 automatic calibre with 42 hours of power reserve.

Montblanc

Montblanc has been very assiduous at marketing the TimeWalker and with good reason: it is simply a beautiful watch well made.

Although you may be more familiar with the variant in black dial, the 43mm stainless steel chronograph shown here is no less sporty. Inspired by race cars, an automatic calibre MB 25.07 comprises a chronograph complication and small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The chronograph’s iconic red seconds hand with a tip in the shape of the Minerva arrow stands out from the rhodium-coated dauphine hours and minutes hands.

By turning the black ceramic bezel with knurled flank finish a second time can be marked. On top of that, it has also been put to rigorous testing by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500 as proof of its reliability.

 

Oris

Oris presents a limited-edition Big Crown to honour the crew of aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the French Navy’s flagship.

The PA Charles de Gaulle Oris Limited Edition is produced in 1,890 pieces. The number is inspired by the year the iconic French general and founder of France’s Fifth Republic Charles de Gaulle was born.

The new watch shares many features found on the core collection Big Crown models. It has a 40mm stainless steel case with a fluted bezel and a steel oversized winding crown. Inside sits an automatic movement Oris Cal. 754 movement with pointer date function, whereby the date is told by a crescent-shaped, red-tipped hand.

The screwed caseback is embossed with the PA Charles de Gaulle and the limited edition number.

Parmigiani Fleurier

An integrated chronograph is one of the most delicate complications to produce industrially as it relies on kinematics with a chain of actions, each one determining and triggering the next, and each sequence precisely synchronised and adjusted.

The limited-to-25-piece Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, unveiled to mark Parmigiani Fleurier’s 20th anniversary, is a world first with a movement that reveals much about the potential of the brand’s independent manufacture.

The manual-winding calibre PF361, containing 65 hours of power reserve, has a split-second chronograph controlled by two column wheels and a large date, all on the same main plate. This movement is made entirely from rose gold. It bears Michel Parmigiani’s signature, engraved on the barrel bridge.

The dial in grand feu enamel is the timepiece’s crowning glory.

Richard Mille

The RM 67-02 Automatic Wayde Van Niekerk – Sprint has been spotted on the wrist of Wayde Van Niekerk, the South African track and field athlete who currently holds the world records for men’s 300m and 400m. He is also the current Olympic gold medallist.

The 38.7mm x 47.52mm case is crafted in Carbon TPT and Quartz TPT, composite materials exclusive to Richard Mille, noted for their exceptional shock resistance.

With its satin-finished, bevelled hands and sharp lines, the calibre CRMA7 is rated for 50 hours of power reserve. Treated with a DLC coating, the bridge is then painted by hand in the colours of the South African flag.

The RM 67-02 Automatic Wayde Van Niekerk – Sprint is the lightest automatic watch of the Richard Mille collection.

Roger Dubuis

Roger Dubuis draws inspiration from Lamborghini as the Excalibur Aventador S, limited to 88 pieces, whose skeleton design aims to showcase the sporty and sophisticated looks of an Aventador.

The watch, in the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow paint, is driven by a specially developed Duotor calibre, RD103SQ, distinguished by engine strut bars revisiting the iconic Roger Dubuis Astral Skeleton principle, striking an astounding contrast with the rest of the movement, as if the engine “hood” were transparent.

The double balance wheel is inclined at a similar angle, supported and highlighted by holders shaped like triangular wheel suspension assemblies. The 45mm case is made of multi-layers carbon with titanium container over-moulded with yellow rubber.

The hand-wound movement stores 40 hours of power reserve.

TAG Heuer

American street artist Alec Monopoly transforms TAG Heuer’s popular Formula 1 wristwatch into a canvas inspired by a board game of his namesake – Monopoly.

A groundbreaking spirit is starkly evident in the Formula 1 model unveiled by the watch brand, which literally has the American street artist’s stamp all over it.

Mr Monopoly, the diminutive and debonair banker that the artist depicts in different scenarios, appears on the dial. The watch’s brushed steel case, black rotating bezel and black rubber strap are deliberately understated to allow the dazzling colours of Alec’s design to shine through.

The caseback is engraved with the “ALEC” logo.

The 41mm steel-cased watch is powered by a quartz movement and water resistant to 200m, as well as paired with a black rubber with brushed steel buckle.

Tissot

The Tissot Heritage 1948 collection with 42 hours of power reserve, as its name indicates, is inspired by a Tissot watch that dates back to 1948, which is part of the brand’s museum collection.

Tissot takes a historical beauty and combines it with an up-to-the-minute style. The new automatic models have a lighter-coloured case that play with satin and polished finishes for an elegant result.

The Roman index at 12 o’clock and the useful date display between the indices four and five o’clock add a contemporary touch. This collection offers models with sophisticated black or brown leather straps or a trendy Milanese bracelet, as shown here. It’s time to unite past and present.

The 316L stainless steel case measures 39.5mm and is shielded by a hesalite crystal.

Zenith

As one of the best watches of 2017, the Defy Lab is a testament to Zenith’s watchmaking savoir-faire.

Within its 44mm Aeronith – made from aluminium composite – case is a new oscillator forming a monolithic whole, made of monocrystalline silicon, replacing the sprung balance.

The 30 or so components of a standard regulating organ are thus replaced by a single element measuring just 0.5mm thick (compared with the usual 5mm). The automatic calibre ZO 342 beats at an incredible 15Hz and is chronometer-certified by Besançon Observatory on behalf of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Its openworked dial allows you to peer into the movement, complemented by a transparent caseback.

Limited to just 10 unique pieces, each comes with amazing perks such as a visit to the Manufacture Zenith.

 

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