Water Babies

Water Babies

0 812

< Panorama >

Designed to weather all kinds of storms,the latest divers watches are  a study in sturdiness d style. Srirekha Pillai dives into  Collection 2010

Fighting the sand and the surf, the wind and the waves, divers’ watches for years have earned their place on the wrists of professional underwater explorers and navymen, thanks mainly to their functionality. The latest edition of these watches, exhibited at SIHH and Baselworld this year, conform to the rules of the water world, while making subtle style statements. The dials and colours, the looks and materials, the figures and denominators, have gone in for a sea change.

Breitling’s SuperOcean and Omega’s Seamaster Ploprof have touched new highs (ironically, by plunging to greater depths), with water resistance to an astounding 1,500 metres (5,000 ft) and 1,200 metres (4,000 ft) respectively. Jaeger LeCoultre’s Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEALs has also seen a change in statistics. The watch has shrunk from 44mm to 42mm. Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms has expanded its horizons by incorporating the complications of a moon phase and a complete calendar. Tissot’s Sailing-Touch too boasts of an extensive list of touch-activated functions, including meteorological forecasting ability, a tide-calculator and a regatta countdown.

With changing times calling for a change in trends, new-look watch models are not hard to find. Most remarkable is the audacious blending of pink gold and rubber in Jean Richard Diverscope JR1000 Goldwaters. Unthinkable, but true!

Breguet’s Marine Royale too has gone in for a makeover. The watch, which was launched in a rose gold format at Basel in 2009, returns this year in an all-new white gold avatar. Sail through some of the models that reflect the changing tides and times …

Breitling

SuperOcean

A born diver, the new SuperOcean confidently faces underwater pressure down to a record depth of 1,500 metres (5,000 ft). Made from a steel alloy that is particularly resistant to corrosion in a saline environment, the SuperOcean has a case that is formed from a metal bar subjected to a succession of high-pressure stamping and firing operations that have endowed it with peerless endurance. The bezel is slightly hollowed to show off the slightly raised numerals and hour-markers, and then coated in black rubber, finely molding the brushed metal surface. The watch is also ahead in terms of the readability factor, thanks to oversized hands and hourmarkers accentuated by a luminescent superluminova coating that is visible even in ocean darkness. A fresh, sporting and original look that is bound to be equally at home in the ocean depths as on dry land, the SuperOcean is available in five colours – blue, yellow, red, silver and black.

 Omega

Seamaster Ploprof

A born diver, the new SuperOcean confidently faces underwater pressure down to a record depth of 1,500 metres (5,000 ft). Made from a steel alloy that is particularly resistant to corrosion in a saline environment, the SuperOcean has a case that is formed from a metal bar subjected to a succession of high-pressure stamping and firing operations that have endowed it with peerless endurance. The bezel is slightly hollowed to show off the slightly raised numerals and hour-markers, and then coated in black rubber, finely molding the brushed metal surface. The watch is also ahead in terms of the readability factor, thanks to oversized hands and hourmarkers accentuated by a luminescent superluminova coating that is visible even in ocean darkness. A fresh, sporting and original look that is bound to be equally at home in the ocean depths as on dry land, the SuperOcean is available in five colours – blue, yellow, red, silver and black.