Nomos Glashütte Celebrates 175 Years of Watchmaking History

This year, German watch manufacturer Nomos Glashütte is celebrating “175 Years of Watchmaking Glashütte” and with that its own history. This celebration is certainly done in style and with haute horlogerie packaged in stainless steel in form of Lambda watches in enamel white, black, and blue limited edition.
The name Lambda comes from the world of mathematics where it stands for “intrinsic values” – which are values that remain constant. In this anniversary edition, Nomos skillfully combines a new stainless steel case, a new size and new dials in enamel. The official name name of the series is “Lambda 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte”. All models in this special edition celebrate the stunningly simple beauty of Nomos Glashütte watches.

The polished stainless steel case makes the Lambda extremely suitable for everyday wear. The case frames the dial with a slender bezel, while the transition from the side to the back is a radiodrome; that is, a curve with a shrinking radius. The lugs reflect the curved from the case as well. The latter presents itself with a diameter of 40.5 millimetres and is water-resistant up to 3 bar.
The enamel gloss of the dials offers an unusual optical depth; an effect enhanced by the curve of the dial and the sapphire crystal glass. Nomos Glashütte has equipped the Lambda with a complication – a power reserve indicator. It is a very prominent feature, as it sweeps an arc across the dial and tracks 84 hours, or three-an-a-half days, accurate to the hour. The four needle-thin hands give this watch model a graceful elegance – with finds featues reminiscent of a kinetic sculpture.

All three Lambda 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte models are powered by the DUW 1001 calibre. This flat automatic movement with twin mainspring barrels is lavishly finished; the fine sunburst polishing on the three-quarter plate is not only eye-catchingly beautiful but also visible through the sapphire crystal case back.

All three versions of the Lambda 175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte are limited to 175 pieces per colour. The watches are completed by a leather strap.

Special Edition for the German Reunification from Sinn

Germany has just celebrated the 30th anniversary of German reunification on 3 Octorber 2020. And of course, German watchmaker Sinn is acknowledging this event with the release of a special edition, the U1 DE.
For Sinn, this historical date has also it’s own significance. For the watchmaker, it’s synonymous with the story of two companies which continue to actively embrace the merging of East and West to this Day. What is meant is the partnership between Sinn Spezialuhren and Sächsische Uhrentechnologie GmbH Glashütte, which was established in 1999.

To mark this special occasion, Sinn has designed the watch in Germany’s national colours. The colours black, red and gold, which have always been a symbol of German reunification are anchored in the constitution as the colours of the flag, go all the way back to the Wars of Liberation in 1813 and 1815. The black, red and gold flag appeared in its present-day form at the Hambach Festival of 1832 for the first time. The Reunification was celebrated with the raising of the German flag in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin. So there are more than enough reasons to immortalize the colors in this special edition.

Sinn equipped the U1 DE with a black housing made of German Submarine Steel. It comes in a diameter of 44 mm and with its screw-fastened case back and the screw-down crown (the latter is placed at 4 instead of 3 o’clock in order to prevent it from squeezing into the back of the hand) the watch provides a water-resistance of 100 bar. In addition, the case is also low pressure resistant.
The dial offers hours, minutes and seconds and the seconds hand comes in a very glossy gold. At 3 o’clock, you’ll find a small date window. To ensure the best readability under bad lighting conditions, Sinn has equipped all indexes and hands with luminous paint.

The Sinn U1 DE is powered by the calibre SW 200-1. This automatic movement operates at a fequency of 28.800 vph and guarantees high precision and a very reliable performance.

This special edition is also a limited edition of only 300 pieces. The watches can be fitted with either a leather, silicone or stainless steel bracelet, depending on the customer’s preference.

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.

In the Kitchen with the Chrono Diamond Argos

The Chrono Diamond Argos is a true titan in the collection of the Swiss watch manufacturer. Reliable, robust and extremely attractive, this wristwatch is the perfect companion in almost every-day situation. This also applies to the kitchen, a place where the exact timing is of the utmost importance. So it is fitting that Chrono Diamond’s latest brand ambassador is a professional chef. But before we introduce Miguel Sánchez Navarro, let’s look at his watch, the Chrono Diamond Argos.

This elegant wristwatch features a generous 44 mm stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 5 atm. Chrono Diamond offers the Argos in pure stainless steel or with various golden PVD-coatings.
The large, clearly designed dial – created on the one hand by the large diameter and on the other hand by the slim bezel – can be read without effort at the first glance which is not only crucial in a fast-paced environment. The Argos is also a chronograph. The timekeeping function is not only popular in everyday life, but also in professional kitchens.

This wristwatch is powered by a powerful and reliable movement. Like everything else from Chrono Diamond, the movement is entirely made in Switzerland. The movement uses four central hands to display hours, minutes, the chronograph seconds and the day-date. The subdials show the running second, chronograph minutes and hours. At the 12 o’clock position you’ll find a double window which displays the date and the month.
This robust watch for all situations comes with a leather strap.

And now let’s look at the new brand ambassador who has joined the ranks of Chrono Diamond this year: Miguel Sánchez Navarro. The professional chef was born in Spain and trained at the cooking school Karlos Arguiñano which is famous beyond the Basque Country in which it lays. Afterwards, his odyssey through Michelin-starred kitches worldwide began. Navarro has worked in the Akelarre which is decorated with three stars and in various restaurants in New York, among others with Eric Ripert.
After this superb entry into the world of gastronomy, the chef traveled Latin America in search of new inspirations and flavors. Miguel Sánchez Navarro found exciting local and sesonal products as well as stimulating collaboration with local chefs.

From the very start, Sánchez Navarro was fascinated by one fact more than anything: that the process of cooking can be so extraordinarily new, creative and exciting while at the same time being invariably based on traditional techniques. Heat and time have always been central and will continue to play a crucial role in cooking in the future.

And now Chrono Diamond’s watches will help Miguel Sánchez Navarro in preparing his unique dishes. An important collaboration, because time – and of course timing – plays a crucial role in the art of cooking.

Chrono Diamond has just introduced its latest brand ambassador: Miguel Sánchez Navarro. In the future, the Swiss manufacturer’s watches will help the Spanish chef to prepare his unique dishes. An important collaboration, because time – and of course timing – plays a crucial role in the art of cooking.

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.

Mido Baroncelli Mechanical Limited Edition

Mido presents its slimmest mechanical watch to date: The exclusive, elegant and very slim Baroncelli Mechanical Limited Edition. This watch is a streamlined, etheral interpretation that, thanks to its radiant appearance, perfectly reflects the brand’s classic watch heritage.
Mido created the Baroncelli collection back in 1976, celebrating the timeless beauty of the Rennes Opera House. This building has always stood out both for its rich programme of performances and for the harmony of its neoclassical construction. Mido took inspiration from its rounded architecture as well as the statues of the Muses of Antiquity placed on top of the façade.

Perfectly representing Mido and its history, which has been marked by numerous creations with timeless designs, the Baroncelli Mechanical Limited Edition is dedicated to fine watchmaking enthusiasts. For the dial, a deep black lacquer was chosen and diamond-cut hands and indexes with rose gold PVD-treatment stand out against the glossy background. At 6 o’clock, a small second is positioned and the Mido Mechanical signature and the “Limited Edition” inscription at 3’clock highlight the rarity of each watch in this series.

The Baroncelli Mechanical Limited Edition is powered by a very slim mechanical movement. It is approximately 2.5 mm thick, making this watch the slimmest mechanical calibre to be offered by Mido. The movement is based on the ETA 7002; it operates at a frequency of 21,600 Hz and offers a power reserve of at least 42 hours. In keeping with tradition, Geneva stripes adorn the components visible throught the sapphire crystal case back which is engraved with the individual serial number of each model.
All this is housed in a polished case featuring rose gold PVD-coating, less than 7 mm high in total. The case is also water-resistant up to 3 atm.

The Baroncelli Mechanical Limited Edition consists of only 2020 watches. Mido paires every one of them with a black semi-matt crocodile-look lether strap and a folding clasp.