This year, Delbana celebrates 90 years of watchmaking, a significant milestone and success. And of course, the manufacture set out to create a new series of automatic timepieces inspired by its own history under the name of a classic: The Delbana Recordmaster. Originally introduced as a men’s model in the 1950s, the new Recordmaster I embodies Delbana’s heritage and DNA of quality and style at an affordable price. And this new watch is marketed to men and women alike.
When the Recordmaster was originally released, advancements in vinyl records had a profound impact on the music industry and society as a whole. The new method of recording and transmitting sound has been replaced by continuously changing audio formats but remains a nostalgic and cherished part of history – and for a lot of people vinyl records are not a thing of the past at all. The 1950s and 60s also represent a prime moment in Delbana’s history, a time period, where some of the brand’s most innovative models were introduced.
True to the original, the design of the new Recordmaster I is characterized by a series of stepped black microgrooves which mimic the texture of a vinyl record and serve as a backdrop for applied arrowhead indexes and retro Arabic numerals. The perimeter of the dial is further appointed with the minute track containing oversized circular hour markers that provide a whimsical touch and remind of sheet music and notes while the center of the dial is detailed with a delicate silver guilloche pattern. Delbana has equipped the hour markers as well as the hands with a generous amount of lume, therefore readability is a given, even in the dark. The minute and hour hands are not only luminous but cathedral shaped, while the seconds hand comes in a striking red. A vintage Delbana logo recalls the classic inspiration while the addition of the date at 3 o’clock adds a further design element and convenience.
The ridged crown is engraved with the Delbana tower and solidifies the well-proportioned design. At 40 mm in diameter, the size of the new model is slightly larger than those of the past while practical and comfortable for daily wear. The polished stainless steel surfaces of the case and clasp give it a modern yet very classic appearance. The case is water resistant up to 5 atm.
The automatic movement Delbana chose for the Recordmaster I recalls early pieces of the manufacture, before quartz was introduced. The Sellita SW 200-1 is visible through a transparent case back to allow the owner to experience the joy of an automatic Swiss Made wristwatch. It works tirelessly at 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of about 38 hours.
Delbana offers the Recordmaster I on a black leather strap. This watch is a limited edition which consists of only 90 pieces.
Junghans is celebrating the 100th Bauhaus anniversary this year in a proper way. Not surprising, since hardly any school or style has influenced the Junghans models and their design as much as the Bauhaus. And, of course – how could it be otherwise – is celebrated with a special, limited edition watch. The Junghans Form A 100 Years Bauhaus is a tribute to the colour circle of Johannes Itten. As one of the first teachers at the State Bauhaus in Weimar, the Swiss painter, art theorist and art teacher developed a new theory of colour types and introduced it into his lessons. Accordingly, Junghans designed the hourly squares in the 12 colours of the Ittens colour circle.
The new colour type theory is based on the three primary colours blue, yellow and red, from which three new secondary colours emerge through mixing: orange, green and violet. The six tertiary colours are created by mixing a secondary colour with a primary colour. Johannes Itten’s colour circle consists of a total of 12 colours – as if he had already thought of a watch. The colours give the Form A a unique and colourful expression; perfect not only for artists. And not only for Bauhaus-friends and fans.
The Form A 100 Years Bauhaus is a timepiece with its own individual character and highest recognition value. It is powered by an automatic calibre, the J800.2. It shows hours, minutes and seconds via central hands and the date in a window at three o’clock. It also provides a power reserve of 38 hours. Since Junghans has equipped the Form A with a tinted mineral glass back, the owner can view the movement. All this is built into a 39.3 mm stainless steel case. It is water resistant up to 5 bar and is worn on a stainless steel Milanaise bracelet.
Of course, Junghans delivers this special model in a special box, which picks up the Bauhaus theme again and frames each watch nicely. The Form A 100 Years Bauhaus is limited to 1000 pieces and costs € 870.
It’s summer, it’s time for more outdoor sports again. And because things can get a little rougher than expected fast, Nomos Glashütte has designed the new neomatics to be extra robust. However, this has no negative effect on the wonderful design – the neomatics are as slim and clear as ever.
The new line includes two Tangente Sport models and one Club Sport model. They are all extremely robust and able to meet a wide range of requirements. Nomos has designed extra strong cases and reinforced the seals. Sapphire crystals protect the watches from shock, impact and of course, water. The watches resemble small, perfect safes, but their proportions always remain extremely pleasant. With a diameter of 42 mm, the watches are relatively large. The cases are water-resistant up to 1000 feet, which is also displayed on the 6 o’clock position on the dial. Which translates into a water resistance of 30 atm. However, this does not make the Tangente Sport and the Club Sport diver’s watches; for this, it would need an appropriate bezel.
While the Tangente Sport is available in two colour versions – white silver plated and blue black – there is only one version of the Club Sport dial: a deep dark black. By using a larger amount of Super-LumiNova, Nomos Glashütte has given the hours and hands more luminosity than ever before. At three o’clock there is a large date window and at the 6 o’clock position Nomos Glashütte has placed the running second.
All watches are driven by the DUW 6101 neomatic date calibre. This automatic in-house movement provides a power reserve of 42 hours.
Nomos Glashütte has specially redesigned the bands on which the three models come. The link works of art made of solid stainless steel are robust, durable and super-flat. The 145 Bauhaus-look steel parts are screwed together by hand. Nevertheless, the straps are easy to install, shorten or lengthen with a simple screwdriver. An additional fine adjustment by means of a spring bar helps with readjustment.
Audemars Piguet has introduced a new watch line called Code 11.59 at the beginning of this year. Once again, the watch manufacturer was faced with the challenge of setting new standards. From the very beginning, the company has been working with the best craftsmen, who perform their profession at the highest level. Nevertheless, Audemars Piguet is constantly trying to penetrate new fields of highest craftsmanship and to advance the technical perfection of its own procedures and production standards.
With 13 models, including four complications, code 11.59 represents one of the most comprehensive launches in the history of Audemars Piguet. Also, for the first time the Manufacture is presenting a collection designed for both men and women.
The selfwinding chronograph’s deep blue or black lacquered dial offers a perfect mirror finish. The pink or white gold case echoes the polished gold curved indexes and singular numeral at 12 o’clock as well as the raised logo and long stick hands. The chronograph counters are circled by gold threads with polished V angles, a difficult finishing on lacquered dials. At the 3 o’clock position you will find the subdial for the hours, at 9 o’clock the one for the minutes. The small second is placed at 6 o’clock and at 4.30 Audemars Piguet has lodged the date window. The latter blends in seamlessly in the background of the dial.
Audemars Piguet has lacquered the inner bezel – depending on the version – in blue or black. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal which was specially designed for this collection. It is complex, double curved and glareproofed and with its arched profile it embodies the watch’s contemporary design. The glass’s internal surface is shaped like a dome, while its external surface is vertically curved from 6 to 12 o’clock. Its shape perfectly integrates the extra-thin bezel and extends from edge to edge. The play of depth, perspective and light creates a unique visual experience.
The new in-house calibre 4401 symbolizes Audemars Piguet’s constant quest for innovation. This calibre is endowed with an instant-jump date indication, integrated column wheel chronograph and flyback function that enables to re-start the chronograph without stopping and resetting it first. It has 70 hours of power reserve, as well as a dedicated pink gold beautifully openworked oscillating weight invisible through the sapphire crystal case back. This calibre also presents reinforced chronometry.
The movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz or 28,800 vibrations per hour and consists of 367 individual parts.
The Selfwinding Chronograph is housed in a 41-mm-case with a water-resistance of 3 atm and is fitted with a hand-stitched large square scale blue or black alligator strap.
Gaspard Sartre, known for its beautiful, minimalistic watches, just introduced new bracelets to extend the current collection – and the colours are what every football fan dreams of. One to support your national football team, one to support your favourite club, ten different colour combinations to switch and mix with your favourite watch. We’re sure these brightly coloured bracelets will quickly find admirer and fans.
The Gaspard Sartre football collection features the national colours of Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria. Additionally you can also find some club colours.
Regardless of the national colours you choose to wear, which club you support, if you’re watching in the stadium or at home – the new colours are standing out on the wrist. And of course they are not only great for football fans. You don’t like football at all? No problem. Nevertheless somewhere within this collection of bright coloured bracelets you will find the right colour-combination that fits your taste.
All the new bracelets can – like every other bracelet from Gaspard Sartre – be bought without a watch. You can choose between two different widths (18 millimetres and 20 millimetres) suitable for the watch you already have at home.
Every bracelet of the Gaspard Sartre Football Edition is equipped with a stainless steel clasp.