Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph
Released to mark the Berlinale this year (Glashütte Original is a sponsor), the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph – as the name suggests - evokes the geometric forms and colorful visuals of the 1960s. The new collection, a set of five new chronograph watches with five dazzling, colored dials is produced at the company’s own dial-maker in Pforzheim.
The cushion-shaped square cases, domed dials, curved hands, and period-appropriate wavy Arabic numerals are all hat tips to the watches the brand made in the Sixties. It is stylish, well crafted and sits perfectly on the wrist with a polished case that’s 41.35 mm wide. The watch is powered by the self-winding manufacture Caliber 39-34, an integrated chronograph movement with a 40-hour power reserve. It is limited to just 25 pieces in each of the five colors and is priced at around $10,000.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback
The Manero Flyback was introduced last year in precious metal but this year the Lucerne brand unveiled an extremely attractive version in stainless steel with a greyish blue dial. The watch is 43 mm wide and features a vintage-style bi-compax layout with a tachymeter scale on the fringe of the dial.
This chronograph hits the sweet spot between dress watches and sports chronographs. At 43 mm wide, it is a big watch but thanks to proportioned case and lugs, it wears much smaller. The greyish blue dial is so unusual and striking and pairs very well with the grey alligator leather strap. There’s a real sense of refinement about this timepiece. $8,5000
Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition
Chopard marked 90 years of the classic Italian open-road endurance race, with a gorgeous timepiece, the Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition. Just 90 pieces — one for each year since the first race — have been made of this model and it is the first in the Mille Miglia collection to be awarded the prestigious poinçon de Genève, or Geneva hallmark.
The Mille Miglia Classic XL’s 18k rose-gold case measures a generous 46 mm in diameter and 13 mm thick, with a softly polished bezel and short dipping lugs. Also in rose gold are the chronograph pushers, whose shape is inspired by a car engine’s pistons; and the crown, which is reminiscent of a vintage gas-tank cap and whose large, notched design makes it easy to handle even while wearing leather driving gloves. Read more here.
Hamilton Intra-Matic 68
The Intra-Matic 68 pays tribute to the classic chronographs that Hamilton produced during the Sixties and the Chronomatic, which came a little later. The classic "reverse panda" dial is a nod to the Chronograph B model from 1968. The two white chronograph counters are in stark contrast to the black dial which it itself circled by a white tachymeter scale.
A 39 or 40-mm case would have been ideal given the vintage design, but a 42 mm stainless steel case is what we get. This stylish chronograph is paired with a black perforated calf-leather strap and is powered by a Valjoux 7750 movement. This is a limited edition of 1,968 pieces and is priced at $2,195. Read more here.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph
Unveiled at SIHH 2017, this was one of the nicest looking watches on display in Geneva this January. The beautiful sector dial is a throwback to trench watches first seen during WW1. Sector dials have not been seen on watches since the mid-20th century.
The two-register layout, the skeletonized hands, the brushed silver and blue accents on the dial, and the rectangular pushers all lend a sophisticated simplicity to this timepiece. Encased in 40 mm stainless steel, the watch is powered by the manufacture Caliber 751G. A 4 Hz movement, it has a power reserve of 65 hours and the watch is priced at just under $10,000. This watch is Jaeger-LeCoultre at its sophisticated best.
Oris Williams 40th Anniversary limited edition
A mechanical chronograph to mark Williams Racing’s 40th year in Formula One World Championship, this watch uses the F1 team’s distinctive blue color scheme on the dial and has the team logo embossed on the caseback.
The 40 mm stainless steel watch is characterized by the same streamlined case of the Seventies watch – the Chronoris – that inspired its creation. The case has a mix of brushed and polished surfaces and is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal. The black dial has a twin-register layout with a 30-minute counter at 12 o’ clock and a 12 hour-counter at 6 o’ clock. The only pop of color on the dial is a ‘Williams blue’ track on the tachymeter scale along the edge of the dial. Read more here.
Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture
The Flyback Chronograph Manufacture unveiled at Baselworld this year is available in two variants – a traditional silver guilloche dial version dressed in a stainless steel case and a casual smooth grey dial in rose gold. We, however, are are partial to the sports-chic version gray version.
Encased in 42 mm PVD-coated rose gold, which has a mix of brushed and polished surfaces, it features a polished beveled edge along the lugs and rectangular chronograph pushers. The tricompax dial features sub-dials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock for the 30-minute chronograph counter, hand-type date display, and small seconds indicator, respectively. A tachymeter scale appears on the dial’s outer edge. An in-house flyback chronograph movement powers the watch. The best bit? The watch is priced at just $4,295. More here.