Mysterious: The Chronomaster Revival Shadow

A timepiece shrouded in mystery. Its existence has eluded collectors and Zenith collaborators alike for decades, wondering whether it actually existed. As the legend goes, in 1970, shortly after Zenith debuted the groundbreaking El Primero calibre, the manufacture had produced a prototype of a manual-winding chronograph, housed in a blackened steel case. Only a handful of this prototype was made, but the model was never officially produced or marketed. Some of the watchmakers and longtime employees of Zenith had heard of the rare watch, and there were even sightings. But they were largely unconfirmed and so the watch remained a mystery.
After Zenith began celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seminarl El Primero chronograph calibre in 2019, the manufacture’s team set out ot find the prototype of the black chronograph, which hadn’t been seen since the early 1970’s. The time had finally come to complete the black watch project that had begun almost half a century earlier. The Chronomaster Revival “Shadow” does not directly reproduce a historical watch but reimagines what could have been.

The Chronomaster Revival “Shadow is heavily inspired by the obscure black chronograph prototype from 1970 and housed in a 37 mm case, a faithful reproduction of the very first watch fitted with the El Primero – the A384. But instead of the traditional choice of stainless steel with a superficial layer of black coating Zenith has opted for microblasted Titanium, bringing out the dark grey nuances of the lightweight yet highly durable metal with its completely matte finish. The case is waterproof up to 5 atm.

In spite of its dark demeanor, the Shadow remains a highly legible chronograph, with grey counters and tachymeter scale subtly contrasting against the deep, matte black dial. The hands and applied markers are filled with white Super-LumiNova that emits a bright green glow in the dark.
Hours and minutes are displayed centrally, and at 9 o’clock you’ll find the running second. The central second hand belongs to the chronograph, at 3 o’clock you’ll find the 30-minute-counter and at 6 o’clock the 12-hour-counter.

Unlike the prototype from 1970, which feature a manual-winding chronograph movement, the Chronomaster Revival “Shadow” features the most prolific automatic chronograph ever made, the El Primero 4061. It operates at a frequency of 5 Hz and provides a power reserve of at least 50 hours.
And of course, the watch is equipped with a display back, so the movement can be admired accordingly.

The Chronomaster Revival “Shadow” is delivered with a black rubber strap with a cordura-effect and a touch of white on the stitching.

Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition

Oris’s latest high-performance limited edition diver’s watch is made in support of Coral Restoration Foundation, an organisation bringing Change for the Better to the world’s oceans. And they need it, because below the surface, a global ecological disaster is unfolding.
Over the last 30 years, scientists calculate, we have lost about 50 percent of the world’s coral reefs to coral bleaching and man-made causes. And without direct action, coral reefs could become extinct inside 80 years which would be catastrophic because they provide essential ecosystem services.
Oris supports a number of non-profits, working to secure the future of the oceans. Earlier this year, the manufacturer released the first Oris Carysfort Reef Limted Edition, a 50-piece limited edition in gold and now it’s time for the second piece in stainless steel. This year that is. Overall, this Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is the third watch Oris has produced in support of Coral Restoration Foundation.

This watch is based on the famous Oris Aquis and of course, it’s a diver’s watch. It comes in a stainless steel case which measures 43.5 mm in diameter which is on the larger side, especially for Oris. But we’re not complaining, because it gives the dial room to breathe and prevents an overcrowded, hard to read look. The case is water-resistant up to 30 bar and is equipped with a bi-directional rotating ceramic bezel. Its black and blue colors are symbolizing day and night because thanks to the engraved 24-hour scale, the bezel can show another time zone – a third one that is.

The dial is deep blue and shows the very typical, easy to read Aquis design with big hands and indices, all generously coated in Super-LumiNova for easy readability no matter the lighting conditions. The Carysfort Reef Limited Edition shows hours, minutes and seconds, all via central hands. The fourth central hand is reserved for the GMT-function. The 6 o’clock position is home to a small date window. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

Inside the Carysfort Reef Limited Edition works the Oris calibre 798. This automatic movement is based on the Sellita SW330-1, works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of op to 42 hours. It is hidden behind a beautifully engraved case back.

You probably already figured that the Carysfort Reef Limited Edition is a limited edition. There will be 2.000 watches available.

The Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo

With its newest two watches, Longines looks back to the wild parties of the later 1940s and the carefree spirit of this time. After the harsh war came a time of prosperity and celebration. Elegance was back in fashion; men wore suits and women wore recently-introduced nylon stockings. People got dressed up to go out and dance to the rhythm of jazz bands. And the new Longines Heritage Classic – Tuxedo creations – one with 3 hands and the other featuring a chronograph – are inspired by two historic pieces designed in the spirit of their time.
Collectors have nicknamed the historic watches “Tuxedo”, because the contrast of the black and white on their dials reminds us of the suits worn during the elegant and festive evenings of the time.

To respect the spirit of the original models, Longines has chosen her not to add the word “Automatic” on the dials. In kepping with the aim to create timepieces as faithful as possible to historical models, there is also no date window on the contemporary models.
The 3-hand model stands out for the aesthetics of the dial, a typical and very popular design from the 1940s. An opaline silver disc surrounded by a sublime matt black circle of thin baton hands covered with Super-LumiNova. The small seconds counter, located at 6 o’clock, is off-centre; this detail contributes to the charm of this 38.5-mm-diameter timepiece housing the exclusive L893.5 automatic movement featuring a silicon balance spring.

The chronograph version displays matt black, opaline and midnight blue, colours as elegant as they are refined. Several zones feature on its dial, and a tachymetric sclae – quite rare for a Longines watch – also enriches its circumference, just like on the original model. The Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph – Tuxedo houses in its 40-mm-case the calibre L895.5, a movement developed exclusively for Longines Heritage timepieces.

Both Longines Heritage Classic – Tuxedo watches are presented on semi-matt black leather straps, perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the late 1940s.

New Timepiece with Style and Depth from Certina

Elegant and functional, innovative and mindful of tradition: the latest incarnation of the Certina DS PH200M has many facets. Even though the watch has matured both externally and internally, it remains thoroughly true to the 2018 model of the same name: as the successor to a historic timepiece with a marked underwater affinity, the new model is equally committed to its underwater connection.

Certina equipped the DS PH200M with a sturdy stainless steel case which leaves a lasting impression with its diameter of 42.8 mm in. It is further enhanced by a convex rotating bezel in dark blue ceramic with a gold-coloured scale. Super-LumiNova highlights on the dark blue dial, the hands and the bezel provide orientation even when visibility is poor – whether the cause is nightly darkness or the depths of the ocean.
In addition to hours, minutes and seconds, which are all displayed centrally, the DS PH200M also provides a date display in a small window at the 3 o’clock position.

The increased resiliance of the watch in general – and a water-resistance up to 20 bar – is ensured not only by the traditional DS Concept, which comes into effect once again in this new edition, but also the screw-down crown and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which protects the dial of the DS PH200M.
The watch is powered by the Powermatic 80 calibre. This automatic movement is equipped with the innovative Nivachron balance spring. It is not only immune to magnetic fields but also exceptionally resistant to shocks and changes in temperature. The movement can be viewed through a sapphire crystal case back.

The Certina DS PH200M is worn on a grey-blue NATO bracelet.
Besides the completely blue model presented above, Certina also offers other versions of the DS PH200M. Among them a model with black bezel, a PVD-coated black case, a brown calfskin strap or Milanaise bracelet. Thanks to the quick-change system, which is being used by more and more watch manufacturers in some version, Certina’s bracelets can also be changed easily at home.

The Hindenberg Air Lancer Is a Beautiful Tribute to Aviation

From the very first models in the very first collection, watch manufacturer Hindenberg made one thing very clear – that its heart beats for aviation and iconic pilot’s watches. Today, we are going to introduce one of the Swiss made models in the current collection, the Hindenberg Air Lancer. This watch combines a beautiful classic look with impeccable Swiss quality.

The dial boasts two bold and different types of cutouts. Through the middle one parts of the movements can be seen while the two lateral ones operate as an unconvential date display. The date indication can be found at three o’clock via a small blue arrow. At nine o’clock we meet the cutout of the date disc once again – a beautiful detail that would otherwise stay hidden beneath the dial.
Overall, the compact indices predominate, but at three, six and nine o’clock, Hindenberg has opted for Arabic numerals. The logo appears at twelve o’clock. Due to the generously sized hands, the Hindenberg Air Lancer offers excellent readability. The minute and hour hands are also filled with lume to guarantee this excellent legibility throughout the night.
The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The Hindenberg Air Lancer features a 42-mm-stainless steel case, measuring 11 mm in height. The watch sits prominently on the wrist without being overpowering and it slips under every sleeve with ease.
The case is water resistant up to 10 atm.

This watch is powered by a reliable, automatic movement. The Sellita SW200-1 is a swiss made calibre, known in the industry for its absolute reliability and precision. This movement features hours, minutes and a central second hand, as well as a date display. Fully wound, it provides a power reserve of up to 38 hours.

Hindenberg provides the Air Lancer with a beautiful leather strap, white contrast stitching including which beautifully complements the look of the dial.
The Air Lancer comes in four different versions; a stainless steel model with a silver coloured dial, two with a black dial – one of which also features a black PVD-coated case – and one brown model.

Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Automatic

The Vintage Rally Healey limited editions have worked their way into the affections of countless classic car enthusiasts in the past. These watches were created as a result of a partnership between the Frederique Constant Manufacture and the Austin-Healey car brand which dates back to the year 2004: seventeen years of allegiance and fellowship between watchmaking and mechanics, punctuated by rallies, meetings, races and a shared passion for retro design.
The previous edition of the Vintage Rally Healey Automatic dates back to 2018; now it’s back with two new versions. Putting its tradition of sporty chronographs on hold, Frederique Constant has given the Vintage Rally Healey Automatic a more urban design. Designed for the gentleman drivers who also appreciate a getaway from the racing track, this timepiece allows to casually enjoy a new design imbued with retro charm.

Stylish and timeless, the first model features a 40 mm rose gold case, that coordinates with the hour markers and hands; it is also water-resistant up to 5 atm. For optimum legibility even in the dark, Frederique Constant worked with a luminous treatment. The flange counts down the minutes against a chocolate coloured background that matches the calfskin strap. With its perforation, it underscores the neo-vintage quality of the watch.

The second version’s entire dial is adorned with the legendary deep, bold green colour of the Healey company. A study in contrast and a return to the roots of one of the most iconic rally car colours, “British racing green” has long been associated with the vintage Austin Healeys that are especially desirable among collectors. Frederique Constant’s rendering is especially sleek and stylish and the revival of this shade on a three-hand model enables the wearer to subtly show off their love of vintage cars without compromising the timeless elegance of a more urban timepiece.

Both versions are three-hand models with a date window at 3 o’clock. They are all powered by the automatic FC-303 calibre. It works at a frequency of 28.800 beats per minute and provides a power reserve of up to 38 hours.

Bell & Ross Flight Instruments: BR 03-92 HUB

Bell & Ross, the ultimate reference for professional aviation timepieces, goes back to its origins in high performance military instruments with a new interpretation of its iconic watch, the BR 03-92 HUD. The Instrument collection is directly inspired by the aeronautical essential navigation tools of aircraft cockpit and highlights bell & Ross’ four fundamental requirements: legibility, functionality, precision and water-resistance.
Fully in line with the characteristics of this collection, the new BR 03-92 HUD gets inspiration from the avionics displays of fighter jets equipped with the most cutting-edge technology.
Everything started in 2005 with the BR 01 which was inspired by the cockpit clocks of 1970’s airplanes. Then in 2010 the BR 01 Radar entered the market, followed by other models like the BR 01 Turn Coordinator. And now, ten years later, the watchmakers at Bell & Ross are turning all their attention to the Head Up Display (HUD). This new introduction completes the Flight Instruments Family.

The HUD is a transparent glass screen that displays all information that is essential to fulfill a mission in the pilot’s visual field. For optimal effectiveness, its primary function is to keep the pilot focused on the target ahead without having t take the eyes off their line of sight. The HUD takes on the augmented reality concept; with displaying digital data onto the windshield, pilots can be alerted about everything from the horizon line, altitude or speed to navigation aids. If you think that that sounds vaguely familiar it’s because the HUD is now also frequently used in the automobile industry.

The design of the BR 03-92 HUD embodies the spirit of Bell & Ross’ Instrument watches, as a contemporary style, the black matte ceramic case features the iconic “circle in a square” that evokes the silhouette of an aircraft cockpit clock.

The technical and graphical tools with tips to translate this display type at the much smaller scale of an analog mechanical watch was an innovative exercise at the brand’s creative studio. Arranged in tiers, the BR 03-92 HUD is built around superimposed levels to create an overlay that echoes the real HUD instrument.
The watch hinges on three layers: On the upper level, the green-tinted sapphire crystal gives the illusion of the digital HUD-type display, using the surface of the disc dial and that of the crystal. Here are the four brackets found from HUD line of sight. On the middle level, the black and green hands reveal the minutes and seconds. The hand’s center parts were purposely hidden to further increase the legibility. On the lower level, the hours are indicated by a green triangle marker which appears in the center through an independent concentric disc. The watch also features a small date at 4 o’clock.

And of course, the coatings are worth noting on this timepiece. By using the green color, Bell & Ross recreates the graphic style of this Instrument as closely as possible. The green on the dial mirrors the computer-type display of the HUD, and the cases anti-reflective matte black background provides a striking contrast and the sapphire crystal is tinted.
To provide an intense green light, hour numerals, indices and triangle as well as the minute-circle and hands are coated with green Super-LumiNova.

The BR 03-92 HUD fits perfectly in the Instruments family which guarantee ultra-legibility at all times. The combination of green tinted sapphire crystal on green information emphasizes this.

The watch is powered by the calibre BR-CAL.302, an automatic movement known for its absolute reliability.
The utilitarian approach of this watch is completed with both a black rubber and an ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric strap.

The BR 03-92 HUD is a limited edition of only 999 pieces.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered

The new Grande Seconde Off-Centered by Jaquet Droz is daring to create contrast, is playing with light and transforming materials. Its new theme of gold and black jade bringts together the principal codes of the Maison in a wonderful timepiece that breaks with conventions ever so elegantly.

While the design of the Grande Seconde, created by Pierre Jaquet-Droz almost three centuries ago, is ever recognizable, it is a trademark of the Maison. And in the Grande Seconde Off-Centered it is as characteristic as ever – even if it brings a resolute difference into the collection: the time is off-center. The alignment of the hours and minutes with the independent large seconds is respected but along a slightly slanted axis, from 1 o’clock to 7 o’clock.

For the dial, Jaquet Droz focuses on one of its most impressive skills: the masterful use of minerals. Mineral dials offer unique motifs time and again. The stones, sometimes dating back several millions of years, are perfectly set in scene and reveal themselves in all their magnificent singularity.
Black jade is one such treasure. Almost exclusively of Australian origin, it comes from two principal sites in the south and east of the continent. It is an extremely hard stone, thanks to the presence of metal in its composition, and requires lengthy polishing to reveal the tiny silver sinclusions that are its hidden secret. Almost imperceptible to the naked eye, they enrich black jade with a unique reflection that does not only look stunning, but allows the knowledgeable eye to distinguish it from onyx.

The barely 1 mm thick mineral sheet of the dial is paired with a 43 mm red gold case featuring warm, coppery highlights. The two time display circles and their hands are also in red gold, creating a fascinating contrast with the black background.
Inside the 3 atm water-resistant case works the Jaquet Droz 2663A.P. This in-house automatic movement works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provide a power-reserve of up to 68 hours.

The new Grande Seconde Off-Centered is a limited edition of 88 pieces. It is completed by a black alligator leather strap.

Urwerk Ur-100 Gold Edition

This new creation is the fourt episode in the UR-100 intergalactic saga, recounting the adventures of an atypical time instrument written, produced, and directed by the horological studio Urwerk. Approaching light speed, the UR-100 pushes the boundaries of technology, design, indications and functionality. Like other Urwerk models, this latest UR-100 clearly shows that science fiction has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Baumgartner and Frei. Why else would this newest model be named after the popular Star Wars droid C-3PO.

First and foremost, the UR-100 is slim – extra-flat for a satellite-geared watch – with angular contours; it’s an elongated octagon with three notched sides. The form uses subtle asymmetry, taking clues from Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. The UR-100 is cutfrom a solid block of yellow gold, its surface satin-finished to the same pale shine as the Star Wars droid. It measures 41 x 49.7 x 14 mm and is pressure tested to 3 bar.
Topping the case is a sapphire crystal bubble reminiscent of the shape of the first Urwerk models, the dome housing the control center of this intergalactic visitor.

The UR-100’s astrophysics govern the Urwerk universe with rotating satellites displaying the hours and minutes. Isochronal revolutions create a miniature cosmic ballet, the hour satellites also displaying minutes as they traverse 120 degrees across the bright green scale. A bold red arrowhead marks the confluence of hours and minutes, offering a unique, highly legible, and intuitive time display.
At last, but certainly not least, are the discreet spacetime indications on each side of the top of the dome’s periphery. After each of the three red minute arrowheads pass the numeral 60 they disappear and then reappear again on two separate kilometer scales. The first display at 9 o’clock marks the 555 km traveled along the equator during 20 minutes of the earth’s rotation, the second display at 3 o’clock indicates the distance – 35,740 kilometres – traveled by the earth as it orbits the around the sun over 20 minutes.

The UR-100 is powered by the calibre UR 12.01. The automatic winding system is equipped with the legendary “Windfänger”. This planetary gear limits the speed of rotation of the rotor, minimizing both excessive winding and wear and maximizing reliability and lifespan.
This automatic movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of at least 48 hours.

The UR-100 C-3PO is a special edition limited to 25 pieces.

Ready for Every Adventure with the Tudor North Flag

The modern adventure is a new neo-romantic vision of our relationship with nature, marked by the desire for outdoor experiences in which aesthetics play an important role. This trend originates from the simultaneous need for activity and the desire to take calculated risks against the backdrop of the great outdoors. Even if it may have to be postponed in the times of Corona, Tudor has been comitted to the pioneering spirit for several years and has presented its watches within the context of modern adventure. Technical, reliable, relevant and highly evocative, Tudor watches are made for the modern adventurer – even if he has to endure isolation at the moment.
Traditionally, Tudor’s watchmaking culture places the quality of its producs and the experience of their wearers at centre stage.

Today we introduce the Tudor North Flag, which belongs to hte coldest and most remote extremities of the planet, visited by expeditions and studied by universities but never inhabitited by man. This watch is one of the first, Tudor has equipped with its first Manufacture movement.

Angular and entirely satin-finished, the case of the North Flag creates a highly technical perception. Matt ceramic, isible on the side, and brushed steel on the upper face, integrate to strenghten the general technical feel conveyed by this model. The case is also water-resistant up to 10 atm.
The dials of the North Flag enhance the practical look of the case. In addition to the hour, minute and central second functions, the watch provides a date display at 3 o’clock and the power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. Yellow highlights loosen up the black dials.

The new calibre, Tudor MT5621, powering the North Flag model, provides impressive autonomy due to its power reserve of approximately 70 hours. This automatic movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and comes with a COSC certification. The sapphire crystal case back shows the movement in all its glory and matt finish and openworked central rotor.

The Tudor North Flag is completed by a stainless steel bracelet with alternating brushed and polished surfaces or a matt black leather strap.