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.
Just in time for Christmas, Swiss watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin has entered the world of „Haute Manufacture“ with the Égérie self-winding. Gold and diamonds are beautifully combined in this watch, gracing the female wrist with stunning elegance. With its seductively precious allure, this newest Égérie model is an ideal companion for both daytime and evening wear.
Inspired by the world of haute couture and the aesthetic sophistication inherited from Vacheron Constantin’s heritage, the Égérie self-winding celebrates the collection’s unique style. The 35-mm-pink gold case is pebble rimmed with 58 diamonds. Its silvered opaline dial features a „pleats“ pattern created using the tapestry technique. The fine engraving creates a subtle play of textures and depth evoking a precious fabric. It is against this backdrop that time performs its never ending choreography, punctuated by leaf-type hands sweeping across gracefully scripted numerals recalling finely scalloped lace embroidery. Setting a final distinctive touch, the beautifully rounded diamond-set date display is offset along a diagonal line running between Vacheron Constantin’s signature and the wonderfully restrained crown, perkily adorned with a moonstone. This asymmetry enhances the personality of the Égérie self-winding, gives it a old contemporary twist – and plenty of character.
The Égérie is powered by the in-house calibre 1088. It operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of at least 40 hours. Vacheron Constantin has equipped this timepiece with a sapphire case back, revealing the fine watchmaking finishes and openworked oscillating weight inspired by the Manufacture’s logo.
The case is water-resistant up to 3 atm and it pairs its exquisite curves with a pink gold bracelet. Delightfully supple and feeling soft to the skin, it wears comfortably and barely noticeable.
The Égérie self-winding is a very worthy addition to the Égérie Collection introduced earlier this year. Aesthetically and technically outstanding and utterly fascinating, this piece of jewellery will undoubtedly delight watch lovers.