Bell & Ross
As part of Bell & Ross’ third generation of the Vintage Collection, the Vintage BR V1-92 Military takes inspiration from aviation history and military codes.
This minimalist and timeless watch combines the past and present and will fit perfectly on any wrist courtesy of its svelte 38.5mm case.
The black dial, as well as a generous application of beige Superluminova coating on both hour and minute hands, offers easy legibility that emphasises the minutes on the large face reminiscent of the navigation watches used by military pilots to determine their direction or speed.
The photo-luminescent triangle at 12 o’clock enables pilots to instantly get their bearings, even in the dark. At its centre beats an automatic calibre BR-CAL.302. The watch is paired with a brown calfskin strap.
Released as couple watches, in black and white—the latter intended for the feminine half, the Chronofighter Black features a telemeter instead of a customary tachymeter found on most chronographs.
The telemeter can measure distances between an event and an observer based on the speed of sound at 25°C, Earth’s average temperature. Besides sub-dials dedicated to timing 30 minutes and 12 hours, there is a small date window at eight o’clock.
The chronograph is powered by an automatic G1747 calibre, boasting 48 hours of power reserve. The 47mm case has a black ceramic bezel, which encircles a black lacquered dial.
It also features a distinctive lever synonymous with the brand on the left side, made of matte black carbon, in addition to the Clous de Paris decoration found on the rubber strap.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” is third of a trio of Pilot’s Watches introduced by IWC a few months ago.
Unlike the other two models we featured previously, this model is the most expensive and feature packed. Limited to 250 pieces, the watch case is made of 18k red gold.
As its name indicates, the annual calendar displays the month, the date and the day in three separate windows and only requires an adjustment once a year—end of February.
The IWC-manufactured calibre 52850 boasts a Pellaton winding system and generates a seven-day power reserve in two barrels.
The rotor consists of a solid 18k red gold piece, in the form of a Lightning P-38—the aircraft which Saint Exupéry took to the skies.
The Conquest collection represents a proud moment in Longines’ history but it was for decades left out in the wilderness until last year.
Highbrow connoisseurs may sneer at quartz watches, but the Conquest V.H.P. embodies Longines’ technical mastery and design know-how.
In 1969, Longines revealed the Ultra-Quartz, the first quartz movement designed for wristwatches. The first Conquest V.H.P. back in 1984 set a precision record for that time.
To capture those moments, the new Conquest V.H.P. has its movement developed exclusively for a high degree of precision and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field, using the GPD (Gear Position Detection) system.
The collection comprises three-hand models and chronographs in 42mm and 44mm, with an end-of-life indicator for the quartz movement.
A new year spawns a new TimeWalker collection. In our first combined issue, we highlighted the sporty TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph with a perforated brown strap.
Here is another variant of the same watch but dialling up the sexiness to the max thanks to the black alligator leather Bund strap.
The strap was initially created during WWII by German pilots.
As exposed casebacks may heat up quickly in the event of a fire or plane crash, leading to scalded skin. With an added layer of leather underneath, however, such a scenario will be prevented. Extra benefits also include absorbing perspiration.
Aesthetically, the strap complements the watch’s black bezel and sub-dials well while tracing the form, contributing to both style and sportiness. The primarily white dial proves a fine counterpoint to the black canvas.
Over the years, as the official timekeeper, Omega has crafted special editions for the Olympics.
For the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, Omega released two Omega “Pyeongchang 2018” models with the Seamaster as the base. Clothed in the colours of the South Korean flag—red, white and blue, the Planet Ocean variant is limited to 2,018 pieces.
The production number is inscribed on the caseback along with “Planet Ocean” and “Limited Edition”. It features a uni-directional rotating bezel upon a 43.5mm stainless steel case. On the blue dial are applied rhodium-plated indices and a minute scale in Omega Liquidmetal.
The watch is water resistant to 600m.
In line with other Planet Ocean models, this watch is equipped with a helium escape valve which can be operated via the crown at 10 o’clock.
Why turn the crown when you can twist the bezel? The Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer requires you to perform the deft hand movement when setting the local time told by the large hands.
Although it is called a worldtimer, it is essentially a dual-timer.
By rotating the bezel in a clockwise or an anti-clockwise direction, the large hour hand will move either forward or backward by one hour, while the home time remains stationary.
When it crosses midnight, the date will also be adjusted accordingly. The home time can be adjusted via the crown. Another useful function is the day/night indicator incorporated in the home time sub-dial.
At 44.7mm, it provides great readability for both time zones. The watch houses an automatic Oris Calibre 690 movement with 38 hours of power reserve.
The new Ref. 6006G Calatrava in white gold has an analogue date and a second sub-dial—features that pay special tribute to the calibre 240 movement’s 40th anniversary.
The collection replaces the 6000 series launched in 2005. Subtly reworked, it further enhances the elegance of its sleek geometric design vocabulary. Nonetheless, some elements remain unchanged: the two-tone graphic concept and the uncluttered markings with plain Arabic numerals.
Just as enticing is the transparent caseback that exhibits the lavish decoration Patek Philippe has adorned its movement.
Other than polished chamfers, parallel Geneva striping and gold-filled engravings, there is also a 22k gold micro-rotor with an engraved Calatrava cross that drives the automatic calibre’s minimum 38-hour power reserve.
Six years after its first polo watch, Richard Mille releases its replacement, RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough, to supersede the RM053 and the difference couldn’t be starker.
The older watch was very much concealed as to protect its fragile movement from the vigour of the equestrian sport, while the new model is designed for pageantry.
This is not to say the new watch won’t be able to withstand sweat and bumps. The suspended tourbillon calibre is shielded by sapphire crystal and Carbon TPT.
With an intricate mechanism utilising braided steel cables supported by a system of pulleys and tensioners, the movement can weather forces of over 5,000 Gs.
Only 30 pieces are produced for this horological marvel. Its retail price certainly reflects its technicality and rarity.