Hiren Kumar Bose offers a quick look at the six new watches now available in the stores
The 44mm Diver Chronometer, a diving watch is crafted to withstand up to three hundred meters of potentially deadly water pressure, its inverted, concave bezel with domed sapphire glass is a breakthrough in exquisite watchmaking. The face heralds the mechanical marvel of the UN-118 movement with its silicium technology – a speciality of the Manufacture – visible through the open back. Superluminova on the indexes and hands make the hours and minutes visible not only in the dark but also at great depths. The face is adorned with a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and a date and small seconds at 6 o’clock, all nestled within the unidirectional rotating bezel. The numbers on the face have been redrawn to read 0-15-30-45. Even the rubber and titanium strap of the watch has been cleverly reworked with the clasp replaced by a pin buckle and streamlined with just one easily identifiable Ulysse Nardin signature “element”. Sturdy, blue rubber guards protect the crown.
The brand’s iconic Luminor Marina, both in 42mm and 44 mm case, is now presented in stainless steel case and bracelet with the P.9010 Manufacture automatic mechanical movement. With a special brushed finish formed of vertical stripes, and large figures covered with white luminous material it ensures excellent visibility at night and underwater. Symmetrical with the date at 3 o’clock is the counter at 9 o’clock in which the blue small seconds hand rotates, blue being the colour of Panerai and the sea, the element with which the brand has always been historically linked. The case, made of AISI 316L stainless steel, an alloy particularly resistant to corrosion, has the classic Panerai design, unmistakable thanks to the “bridge”, a device which protects the winding crown, and it is fitted with a perfectly integrated metal bracelet. The shape of each link recalls the iconic bridge and it is harmoniously integrated with the other links – without any screws.
BAUME & MERCIER
The Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar combines the Baumatic BM13-1975AC-1 movement with a perpetual calendar module to bring its latest creation to life. The Baumatic self-winding movement offers optimal reliability. In addition to a five-day power reserve, the watch resists to the main magnetic fields of daily life. This model only requires maintenance service once every seven years rather than three to five years recommended for a traditional watch. By indicating the date, the day of the week, the month and the phases of the moon while automatically taking into account the variable lengths of months and the leap year cycle, the requires no date correction before March 1st, 2100, a non-leap year.
Zenith introduces a striking limited edition of the groundbreaking Zenith Defy El Primero 21 in Midnight Black Ceramic with a Zenith Blue movement. Available in a bold mix of black and blue tones as an exclusive limited edition of 250 pieces, its chronograph boasts an outstanding frequency of 360,000 vph (50 Hz), ten times that of its El Primero predecessor, enabling 1/100th of a second precision. An exquisitely designed display magnifies the effect of this astonishing frequency: the inner bezel bears a scale graduated from 1 to 100 around which a 1/100th of a second-hand sweeps at a lightning speed of one turn per second, offering unprecedented visual impact and a surreal sensory experience of time for the wearer. Housed in a 44mm Midnight Black ceramic case, the watch’s open dial offers an unobstructed view of the revolutionary chronograph movement finished with a Zenith Blue hue and topped by a star-tipped 1/100th of a second central hand, large luminescent baton-type hands and facetted hour-markers. Sleek ruthenium-plated hour-markers and hands filled with SuperLumiNova add volume to the complex openworked dial featuring a chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock, hours and minutes in the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock, black 60-second counter at 6 o’clock and a distinctive blue 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock.
BANGALORE WATCH COMPANY
An Indian origin watch micro brand, Bangalore Watch Company (BWC) introduces ‘Strī,’ an extension of BWC’s Renaissance Automatic line in a women-friendly aesthetic. The Renaissance Strī consists of a total of five categories — three of them in rose gold plated stainless steel and two in stainless steel. The dial colours offered are Opaline, Anthracite, and a unique Emerald. Made with surgical-grade steel, scratch-resistant Sapphire crystals, a slim case design adorned with 72 Swarovski crystals, powered by Swiss quartz movements with genuine leather straps, presented in beautiful lacquer finished wooden boxes, the Collection is available on the company’s website.
Diamonds, mother-of-pearl and genuine stones come together in a sophisticated watch design in the Forever Fendi Collection. The ultimate sophistication is translated through the watch’s dial enhanced with iridescent mother-of-pearl, genuine stones or polished lacquer to catch the light. Distinguished by a contrasting interplay of finishes and colours, the iconic interlocking FF logo shaped central links on the bracelet stand out in the overall design