New Diameter, New Family: The Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic

The new Alpina Pilot Startimer Automatic is both beautiful and functional. The collection is devoted to aviation and is ot only one of the most popular with pilots, but the one that has proved the manufacturer’s most successful. With its unique balance between functionality and luxury, this timepiece is appealing to collectors, professional pilots and watch enthusiasts alike. Vintage-inspired, camouflage, stylish stopwatch or three-hand: the Startimer collection has long been an important member of the Alpina family. And now the Startimer Pilot Automatic is avialable with a diameter of 40 mm. And not only that, it also comes in five different versions.

Being more universal, the Startimer Pilot Automatic is officially classified as a unisex model Many women already wear a 40 mm watch, a diameter long adopted by men. Traditionally, the 39 mm and 40 mm diameters were preferred by collectors and historic manufacturing companies, who thought them the most tasteful, restrained and timeless over the centuries.

The new Startimer Pilot Automatic collection is defined by its 40 mm stainless steel case which is water-resistant up to 10 atm. It either comes in steel or with a rose gold or black PVD coating. With its new diameter, the watch opens up new prospects for the Startimer collection and will look perfectly appropriate for a professional environment, under the sleeve of a suit. Being more contemporary, it can also be worn “urban style”, looking youthful and dynamic when teamed with a simple t-shirt.
The diameter has changed, but Alpina has preserved the essence of the Startimer Pilot Automatic range: open dials with large luminescent hands for telling the time at night, a date display at 3 o’clock and a long seconds-hand sweeping over a timer with index markers every 5 minutes. Index hour markers at 12 and 6 o’clock have been replaced by luminescent horizontal indexes. Midday always features the vertial red triangle, Alpina’s Alpine symbol, which can also be found at the end of the secons hand.

The new Startimer Pilot Automatic models are powere by the calibre AL-525, an automatic movement which provides a power-reserve of 38 hours. It is not visible but works tirelessly behind a solid case-back, engraved with Alpine peaks.

As already mentioned, the new Startimer Pilot Automatic is available in five different versions. There are two models in stainless steel with a navy blue or white dial, one with a black PVD-coating as well as a black dial and two versions with a rose gold coating. One with a blue dial and one with a grey one. All watches are equipped with a calfskin strap that matches the dial.

Doxa SUB 300 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers

The Doxa SUB 300 is the result of a partnership that reconnects tow legendary brands: Doxa and Aqua Lung. This watch builds a bridge between the past and the future, since it is the first time the SUB 300 comes in carbon.
In 1967, Doxa launched the revolutionary SUB concept with the SUB 300, considered to be the first truly purpose-designed watch that is also accessible to the general public. The radical innovations it introduced, quickly made it the benchmark for professionals, too. Rated to 30 atm, it marked the first with a patented rotating bezel that allowed the diver to calculate and monitor no-decompression dive times based on the official US Navy dive tables. Another first was the bright orange coloured dial which contrasted strongly with the traditional black or white dials of the time. This made the DOXA Sub 300 instantly recognizable and gave it the legendary status it still holds today.
More than 50 years after its launch, the SUB 300 is now reinterpreted in carbon. The SUB 300 Aqua Lung US Divers pays tribute to a rich past while reconnecting with Aqua Lung through an official partnership.

So light compared to its stainless steel peers, the SUB 300 in forged carbon gains an urban camouflage vibe. Jet black alternating with shades of charcoal: The iridescent effect plays with reflections that change with the intensity of ambient light, making for a more radical look.
Far from the conventional classic black cases, the texture and colors of forged carbon are simply unique. Matte, raw, high-tech, the material seems both very compact and irregular. This very particular non-homogenous pattern, achieved by working with randomly oriented carbon fibers, creates a subtle balance between the deference to its roots and the need to break new ground.
Thus, the SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers builds on its origins while cultivating an edgier, more technical but also urban look. This is also ensured by the discretion of black contrasts with the assertive presence of white and yellow on the dial. All dive-related markings have a Super-LumiNova luminescent coating to ensure optimum readability during dives under low visibility conditions. The white indeces are clearly visible, as is the dual indication of dive time in minutes and depth in feet on the famous unidirectional rotating bezel for calculating and monitoring no-decompression dive times. The inserts of the diving scale defined by the bezel are white, with a white dot at 12 o’clock. The depth indications in feet on the outer bezel ring are yellow for visual differentiation, with a yellow dot at 12 o’clock.
The bright yellow minute hand of the Doxa SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers is the same yellow as the Aqua Lung logo placed at 7 o’clock.

With a diameter of 42.5 mm, the SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers features a pressure-resistant titanium chamber and a screw-down crown to protect the movement. This watch is water-proof up to 30 bar and is equipped with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal which echoes the domed plexiglass of early SUB generations.

Precision, robustness, reliability: All the automatic movements that power the 300 units of the SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers are COSC certified. This guarantees highest standards in chronometric performance and scrupulous compliance with important quality features. The calibre ETA 2824-2 works at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of 40 hours minimum.

The watch is fitted with a black soft rubber strap.

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For the Anniversary: “Homage to F. A. Lange Special Edition

This year, A. Lange & Söhne presented three extraordinary models of the 1815 watch family with the epithet “Homage to F. A. Lange”. The three limited editions with cases made of honey gold as well as special movement decorations and dials are dedicated to Ferdinand A. Lange and the foundation of the manufactory 175 years ago.
IN 2020, A. Lange & Söhne is celebrating not only its 175th anniversary, but also the 30th anniversary of a courageous new beginning. Inspired by long-standing tradition, the watchmakers of A. Lange & Söhne today strive to advance precision watchmaking with innovative ideas and excellent craftsmanship. Their driving motivation of never standing still is also reflected in the new anniversary edition “Homage to F. A. Lange”.

The 1815 watch family, which bears the birth year of the founder in its name, is inspired by tradition and therefore primarily stands for the classic side of A. Lange & Söhne. The family’s design transports the spirit of the pocket watches of yesteryear to the mechanical wristwatches of today. Central to this are values such as distinguised restraint and the demand for precision.
The unifying element of the three new limited editions is the case material honey gold. Additionally, all three models are characterised by special movement decorations and a special dial.

The 1815 watch family, which bears the year of the founder’s birth in its name, is strongly inspired by the Trdition and thus stands above all for the classic side of A. Lange & Söhne. Their design transfers the spirit of the pocket watches of yesteryear to the mechanical wristwatches of today. Central to this are values such as forward-looking restraint and the pursuit of precision.
The unifying element of the three limited edition watches is the honey gold case material. Furthermore, all models are characterised by special movement decorations.

1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange”

With a diameter of only 38 millimetres, this timelessly elegant two-hand wtch is a mere 6.3 millimetres high. With Arabic numerals and a railway-track minute scale, the intricately hand-made enamel dial emphasises the design inspired by Lange pocket watches. This wristwatch is limited to 175 pieces.
The 1815 Thin Honeygold is powered by the in-house calibre L093.1. This hand-wound movement offers a power reserve of 72 hours.

1815 Rattrapante Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange”

This is the first watch from A. Lange & Söhne which places the classic complications of timekeepking – chronograph and rattrapante – in the spotlight in their pure forms. Additionally, for this watch (which is limited to 100 pieces) the honey gold case was used for the first time in combination with a black dial made from solid silver.
The 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold is powered by the new hand-wound calibre L101.2, which operates at a frequency of 3 Hz and offers excellent precision.

Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange”

Only 50 pieces of the most complex timepiece of the new anniversary edition will be made. Two of its five complications – tourbillon and fusée-and-chain transmission – have the single purpose of further increasing the accuracy of the watch. Orchestrating the perfect interaction between chronograph, rattrapante and perpetual calendar is a major watchmaking challenge. The dial is made of black-rhodiumed honey gold with raised numerals and scales that stand out from the dark background as a ground relief.
The calibre L133.1 features not only elaborate finishes but also an outstanding complexity. It consists of 684 individual parts.

These limited watches from the special anniversary edition “Homage to F. A. Lange” will undoubtedly quicken the pulse of every collector.

Breitling Introduces new Chronomat Collection

The Chronomat holds a significant place in Breitling’s history. Introduced in 1984, when extra-hin quartz timepieces were the order of the day, the manufacturer placed a bold bet on an impressive mechanical watch that proved to become an icon of its era. Nearly 40 years later, the redesigned Chronomat is set to appeal to today’s generation of men and women.
The new Breitling Chronomat is truly an all-purpose sports watch, at home everywhere. Its features recall the classic namesake and make it instantly recognizable.

When the Breitling Chronomat was launched in 1984, it marked a welcome return to mechanical Swiss watches, which had all but disappeared. Inspired by the Frecce Tricolori watch, which launched in 1983, the Chronomat celebrated Breitling’s centenary. The combination of the technical legacy with particularly stylish design codes made the Chronomat the ultimate sport-chic watch and expressed the new-found confidence of the chronograph watch.

Every Chronomat has features that make it instantly recognizable: The signature rotating bezel is highlighted by rider tabs, which make the manipulation of the bezel easier. The ones at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock are interchangeable, so the wearer can use them either for a “count up” or “countdown” function.
The hands of every Chronomat are coated with Super-LumiNova to enhance legibilty in all lighting conditions. All of the models (except for the Chronomat Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition) feature a red second hand.
Breitling offers the Chronomat B01 42 in different versions. In silver, copper, or blue with black contrasting chronograph counters or black with silver contrasting chronograph counters.

Like all Breitling watches, the Chronomats are COSC-certified chronometers. They are powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, an in-house automatic movement that delivers an impressive power reserve of about 70 hours. It works at a frequency of 4 Hz.
The movement is housed in a 42 mm stainless steel case which provides a water-resistant of up to 20 bar. And the eye-catching, highly recognizable Rouleaux bracelet perfectly expresses Breitling’s modern-retro style.