Zenith celebrates the rebirth of a legend: The watch manufacturer is bringing back one of the earliest and most emblematic El Primero-equipped chronographs from the earliest days of the revolutionary calibre in the form of a Chronomaster Revival model. So Zenith looks back to the year 1969, a year which brought not only significant changes to the watchmaking world but to the manufacture histelf with the official launch of the El Primero calibre. The debut of the world’s first automatic high-frequency chronograph was celebrated with three distinct steel models. Among them was the A385, a tonneau-shaped steel watch with with an eye-catching gradient dial, which was the first „smoked“ dial ever to be made. And now, after more than 50 years. the A385 is making a brilliant comeback.
The Chronomaster A385 Revival is far more than just a vintage-inspired creation. This watch is an actual reproduction of the original model from the late 1960s. Zenith brought it by „reverse engineering“. Using the original blueprints and production plans, each part of the tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, including the pump-style pushers, is faithful to the original model. The only differences are the domed sapphire crystal instead of an acrylic glass and the display back. The 1969 model came with a solid steel case back which did not allow a view of the spectacular movement behind it. Luckily, these days are over and the new watch now offers an unobstructed view of its El Primero 400 chronograph movement. The case measures only 37 mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 5 atm.
What made the A385 truly stand was its smoked brown gradient dial with a vignette effect that blackens towards the edges and provides a striking sense of visual depth, as if the dial was domed. For the Chronomaster Revival, Zenith sought to recreate the same warm tones and gradient effect, almost indistinguishable from the original with its red chronograph central second hand and silvery-white chronograph counters. Hours and minutes are displayed centrally, and at 9 o’clock you’ll find the small seconds. The central seconds of the chronograph are complemented by a 10-minute conter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. Between the indexes at 4 and 5 o’clock Zenith has placed the date window.
The aforementioned El Primero 400 chronograph movement is a powerful automatic movement. It operates at a frequency of 5 Hz and provides a power reserve of more than 50 hours.
Keeping with the retro theme, the Chronomaster A385 Revival is available in two options: the first is the steel ladder bracelet, a modern remake of the Gay Frères bracelets. The second is a light brown calfskin strap.
Rolex recently introduced the new generation of its Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, watches that exemplify the historic links between Rolex and the world of diving. Both timepieces now feature a redesigned, slightly larger case and are fitted on a remodelled bracelet. Equipped with movements that focus on a high reliability and absolute performance, the two models are suitable for daily use above and below the surface. Rolex experimented with diving watches as early as the early 1950s and introduced its first Submariner in 1953, the first divers‘ watch waterproof at a depth of 100 metres. Just a year later, the waterproofness of the Submariner was increased to a depth of 200 metres. The watch was soon fitted with other technical innovations until the Submariner and Submariner Date gradually began to explore the world beyond the oceans. Today, these tool watches have become archetypes of the action watch on land as underwater.
When diving, being able to read the time with absolute certainty is a matter of survival. Therefore, the dial of the Submariner watches is designed to be clean and unambiguous. The hour and minute hands, clearly differentiated in size and shape, and the hour markers in simple geometric forms enable instant and reliable reading, preventing any risk of confusion underwater. The Submariner and Submariner Date also feature a Chromalight display: the hands and hour markers are coated or filled with a luminescent material that emits a long-lasting blue glow in dark conditions. On the bezel, the triangular zero marker is also visible in darkness. The crystal used is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire and, on the Submariner Date, is fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date.
The unidirectional rotatable bezel is fitted with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black, green or blue ceramic that allows divers to confidently monitor their dive time. It is placed on top of the Oyster case, which is a paragon of robustness and reliability. This case is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 300 metres and its middle case is crafted from a solid block of Oystersteel, a corrosion-resistant alloy, or from white gold.
Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner and the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date carry the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist. The watches are equipped with the calibres 3230 and 3235; movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Both automatic movements offer fundamental gains in terms of precision, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability. They also offer a power reserve of approx. 70 hours. These versions of the Submariner and Submariner Date are fitted with an Oyster bracelet.
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.
Earlier this year, watch manufacturer Delam introduced its new Cayman Worldtimer. This timepiece is undoubtedly inspired not only by the designs of times past, but also by the blue vastness of our world’s oceans. Here, were there are still entire worlds to discover and unknown adventures await those who dare to explore. Delma has dedicated this timepiece to adventurers who seek to discover the wonders of our blue planet above and below the surface. The Worldtimer enables its wearer to be connected, no matter where his explorations may take him.
Delma first introduced the Original Cayman in 2019 and is now adding the Worldtimer to this relatively new collection. All Cayman models are inspired by designs of the 1970s and are paying tribute to the manufacturer’s early diving watches. The new Cayman Worldtimer retains the aesthetic and technical qualities that Delma has already firmly anchored in the collection while offering its wearer a GMT function. 24 reference cities, one for each time zone, appoint the bidirectional riveted bezel framing the dial. They stand out clearly from the black (or blue) background and are clearly identified by a central hand adorned with a red arrow tip. The polished and sunray-brushed dial comes in three different versions: in deep black, a handsome dark blue or lustrous silver. Before this background, the hour, minute and seconds hands are tirelessly going around in circles. Delma has not only them but also the hour markers equipped with luminous paint, so the dial is clearly legible, even at night. The index at three o’clock is replaced by a small date window.
The Cayman Worldtimer comes in a 42mm stainless steel case with polished and satin-brushed surfaces. Delma offers this watch with two different movements: either an automatic calibre (the ETA 2893 with a power reserve of 50 hours) or a quartz movement (the Ronda 515.24H). Depending on the calibre, the case offers different levels of water-resistance: the Worldtimer Automatic is water-resistant up to 50 atm, the Worldtimer Quartz only up to 20 atm. The two different versions also differ considerably in price with the quartz watch being available from as little as 590€, for the automatic version the lowest price begins at 1990€.
The Cayman Worldtimer Automatic continues its retro optics in the straps: the watch is available with a milanaise bracelet in stainless steel or on a leather strap with contrasting seams in matching colours.
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.
Absolutely timeless, masculine and sporty: The André Belfort Sous les mers iss not only the perfect companion for trips into the abyss but also in day-to-day life. Diving watches have long since earned their place on the wrists of the masses and no longer have to limit themselves to adventures and leisure time. This is especially true for the more reserved versions in dark colours or those which come in classic designs, such as the model we introduce today.
The dial of the André Belfort Sous les mers features a design that is as simple as it is traditional. The large size of the hour-markers and hands guarantees excellent legibility in the dark and under water thanks to the generous use of lume. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the dial and comes with a cyclops – a magnifying glass – right above the date window at the 3 o’clock position. The bezel completes the attractive appearance of the Sous les mers and, not least because of its large numerals, contributes decisively to the characteristic appearance of this diver’s watch. Of course, all variants are beautiful, but the striking two-tone design – especially in the timeless red and blue „Pepsi“ version – is particularly popular with watch enthusiasts. As with all diver’s watches, the bezel of the Sous les mers can be only moved clockwise to prevent an accidental (and potentially deadly) extending the dive time.
With a diameter of 44 mm, the Sous les mers is a larger model and is therefore fully in line with the latest trends. Fans of sporty watches in particular prefer a bigger diameter. Especially in the case of diving watches, where excellent legibility is always the top priority, the dial must not only be clearly structured but also large enough. The partly brushed and partly polished details of the case and the stainless steel bracelet create a charming overall picture, which is further enhanced by the serrations on the bezel. The case is water-resistant to 30 bar or 300 metres and is equipped with a helium valve at the 9 o’clock position. This guarantees an automatic release of all gases that may have penetrated the case during the dive, so they cannot damage the watch on the way to the surface.
The Sous les mers is powered by a reliable, high-performance automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours.
In addition to the two-tone model presented here, André Belfort offers the Sous les mers in 10 other colours, fitted with stainless steel or silicon bracelets.
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.
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.
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.
Today, we’re taking a look at a new model by Mathis Montabon, one that is clearly related to all things aviation: the Aerotime II. This generously sized men’s watch combines a clearly legible dial with a powerful automatic movement and an overall great energy.
With its strong and highly expressive looks, the Aerotime II fits perfectly into the latest Mathis Montabon collection. The completely polished stainless steel case features a generous diameter of 44 mm. This timepiece does not hold back but wants to stay out, and with a weight of more than 100g it needs a man who can literally wear it. The bezel and the lugs are of slender built and together with the crown and its guard they provide beautiful lines and an airily feel for this big watch.
The slim bezel and the understated design of the case ensure that most of the viewer’s attention is drawn to the dial of the Aerotime II. A very decorative slide-rule design runs around the edge of the dial while the centre is divided between four different subdials. At the 3 o’clock position you’ll find a classic small date window. Directly opposite, at the 9 o’clock position you’ll find a date display which is further complemented by a month display at 12 o’clock. the subdial at the 6 o’clock position also provides a very handy 24-hour-display. And, as if that were not enough, Mathis Montabon has finished the dial with a beautiful sunburst pattern. In order to guarantee ideal legibility, the manufacture has used a lot of luminous paint for the prominent indexes as well as for the hands. This ensures time is clearly legible even in the dark. A red seconds hand and individual accents on the slide-rule are adding additional colour to the dial.
Powered is the Aerotime II by a powerful, reliable automatic movement. Precise and tireless, it provides the power for all the functions mentioned above.
Mathis Montabon offers five different versions of the Aerotime II Three with light-coloured dials in stainless steel or with a rose gold or gold PVD coating. The stainless steel case has also been combined with a dark dial and there is also an all-black version. All watches are supplied with a leather strap.