Mido Multifort Datometer
Mido marked its centennial celebration this year with a bunch of new models but it was a limited edition reissue of the vintage 1939 Multifort that generated the most buzz for the Swiss brand.
The new Multifort Datometer distinguishes itself from its predecessor with its new red varnish tipped date hand and the sand-blasted silvered dial and a more modern case (40 mm) and movement (80 hours power reserve). This watch is inspired by a model released in 1939 which was encased in a 38-mm-wide steel model and featured a date ring on the fringe of the dial. AED5,000
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox channels the spirit of the original 1968 timepiece. It features a crown operated mechanical alarm function driven by Caliber 956, a direct descendant of the very first self-winding alarm movement, created by Jaeger-LeCoultre, in the 1950s. This timepiece was part of a brand new Polaris collection that was unveiled by the Le Sentier brand at SIHH this year.
The movement, which packs a 44-hour power reserve, ticks inside a 42-mm steel case that is water-resistant to 200 meters. It sports a vanilla-hued “aged patina” luminous indices, a solid caseback with divers’ helmet engraving like the original, and is available on either the patterned rubber strap or a steel bracelet. Limited to 1,000 pieces, both versions are priced at AED46,00 (Approx).
At Baselworld this year, Seiko unveiled the Prospex SLA025; a high-beat diver’s watch that marks the 50th anniversary of a legendary diver, the Ref. 6159-7001 from 1968. Like the original, it features a one-piece stainless steel case construction and a flat, closed caseback. The case is 44.8-mm-wide, 15.77-mm-thick and features Zaratsu polishing – usually reserved for Grand Seiko cases - for a distortion free surface.
The watch is powered by Caliber 8L55, seen previously in the Marine Master Pro. This movement is assembled in the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio in Morioka, the home of Grand Seiko’s mechanical models. In fact the 8L55 has the same DNA as the Grand Seiko Caliber 9S85. AED25,000 (Approx)
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
The Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight’s appeal and moniker come directly from the Tudor Submariner Reference 7924 “Big Crown” that was originally released in 1958 and has since become one of the most sought-after vintage Tudors (one sold for $162,000 in October this year) on the planet.
One of the most discussed watches of 2018, the Fifty-Eight reduces what we love about the Black Bay family into a more attractive and smaller 39-mm by 11.9-mm package (for reference, the original Black Bay was 41 mm by 14.75 mm) but retains what else we love (snow flake hour hand, ….) about Tudor’s most well-known collection. AED11,935 (Approx)
Omega Seamaster 48
Omega ringed in the 70th anniversary of the Seamaster with the launch of two Limited Edition models that pay homage to the 1948 classics. Though both watches stay true to the original post-war design, state-of-the-art movements power the Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds and the Seamaster 1948 Central Second.
Both watches use a 38 mm stainless steel case with a polished bezel and a domed sapphire crystal. The polished crown has an embossed vintage Omega symbol. Both watches use a domed opaline silver dial and 18K white gold hands to indicate time. Each model is limited to 1,948 pieces and is priced at CHF5,800 (AED22,450) for the Central Second and CHF6,200 (AED24,000) for the Small Seconds.
First introduced in 1904, the Cartier Santos is widely believed to be among the first wristwatches ever made. Although the Santos has remained in the Cartier fold over decades, the new collection replaces the existing Santos 100 line that was launched in 2004.
There’s plenty of choice now – the Santos comes in four variations: steel, pink gold, yellow gold and two-tone cases (steel and yellow gold) and two sizes: medium (35.1 mm wide) and large (39.8 mm wide). What’s also really great for 2018 is Cartier’s QuickSwitch and SmartLink systems, which allow for strap changes and bracelet adjustments on the fly, no tools needed. Prices start from AED22,700 in steel and upwards.
Longines Heritage Military
Nobody in the industry produces heritage-inspired pieces with the regularity that Longines does. This year, the Saint-Imier-based watchmaker has turned the clock ahead to the Second World War to create the Heritage Military Watch, and a specific timepiece worn by a decorated veteran of Britain’s Royal Air Force.
The watch’s 38.5-mm case evokes the dimensions of the original (modest at 32.5 mm) and features an oversized winding crown, designed for ease of use while at the controls in a cockpit, and a box-form sapphire crystal over the dial. The opaline dial, which indicates the time via blued steel hands and Arabic numerals, achieves a “faux patina” through a fine misting of paint droplets used to mimic the oxidation found on the dials of historical models. AED7,800
Rado Tradition 1965
Rado has been digging into its archives to produce some vintage-inspired pieces off late. After the success of the Captain Cook model launched last year, Rado has now debuted a collection that pays homage to a 1965 original.
The original watch looked at the Manhattan skyline for inspiration and sports an unmistakable geometric design, incorporating elements such as rectangular hour and minute markers, a squared day-date complication window and the characteristic Rado red anchor at 9 o’clock. The new collection includes an XL size watch in titanium, a M size watch in steel (which we prefer) and a further limited edition M size version, with a case and dial encrusted with 302 diamonds. AED7,100 upwards (Steel M size)