Parmigiani Unveils the World’s First Timepiece with Islamic Calendar

In this feature by our colleague Nitin Nair of WatchTime’s Middle East edition, we explore the recently launched Parmigiani Hjiri Perpetual Calendar, the first watch that follows the lunar Islamic calendar and displays the months of the year in Arabic.

Parmigiani Hjiri Calendar - reclining

Parmigiani has created the first watch with a Hjiri perpetual calendar.

In haute horology’s Hall of Fame, a special place is reserved for the perpetual calendar complication. While the tourbillon escapement has a flashy, exhibitionist quality to it, the perpetual calendar is considered the trickiest to make by watchmakers. A perpetual calendar launch is still a major flex by a watchmaker and Parmigiani Fleurier has flexed hard by unveiling the first wristwatch to use the Islamic Hijri Perpetual Calendar. Continue reading

Creating a Buzz: The New Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito

At Breitling’s Los Angeles Summit this past September, the Swiss brand debuted a number of different models (including an all-new Avenger collection) and showcased many of its already popular designs. But one watch unveiled at the event seemed to stand out in the crowd: the new Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito. The new watch was above all praised for its attractive color scheme, effectively based on the already fashionable Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph design, and bringing together interesting elements of vintage and modern styles. Continue reading

Pedals in the Metal: RGM Introduces Model 500-GMT-RS Limited Edition Richard Sachs

Last Monday, Pennsylvania-based watch manufacturer RGM released the Model 500-GM-RS, a new sports watch released in partnership with bicycle frame builder Richard Sachs. This new model is the second watch to result from the collaboration between Sachs and RGM founder Roland Murphy — like the first one, a limited-edition, bespoke timepiece that speaks to both brands’ shared love for traditional styles, handcrafted workmanship, and functional art.

RGM Richard Sachs LE - front

 

The new 500-GMT-RS uses a 41-mm steel case that rises 11.3-mm off the wrist. The case uses polished finishing throughout, with the sides using a ribbed design reminiscent of the tubbing used in bicycle frames, while the crown is a complement to the style in its sturdy appearance. Surrounding the face is the watch’s bidirectional GMT bezel, marking the first time RGM has used this function on one of its watches; the bezel features engraved Arabic numerals for each of the even-numbered hour positions, and simple dots for the odd-numbered hours, both of which are filled with ceramic. Continue reading

Excelsior! Citizen Honors Marvel Founder Stan Lee With Limited-Edition Watch

Japan’s Citizen Watch Co. began its high-profile partnership with Disney Entertainment and Marvel Studios in 2018 and has launched several rounds of Marvel superhero-themed watches in the months since, the most recent additions debuting at this year’s New York Comic Con. Now, just in time for the holidays and in the closing months of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary year, the company unveils its first timepiece dedicated to Marvel’s legendary founder, Stan Lee, who passed away in November 2018.

Citizen Eco-Drive Stan Lee Limited Edition - front

Citizen Stan Lee Limited Edition Timepiece Continue reading

Time On a Thin Blue Line: Blancpain’s Boutique Exclusive Villeret Ultraplate

Blancpain made a splash (you should pardon the expression) back in May with new/old variations on its iconic Fifty Fathoms divers’ watch as well as the re-release of a nearly-forgotten aviation watch from its archives, the Air Command. Lest we forget, however, the centuries-old Swiss maison is no slouch in the simple, understated dress-watch department either, as evidenced by the latest addition to its elegant Villeret collection, the Villeret Utraplate, a platinum-cased, blue-clad time-only model limited to 88 pieces and offered exclusively in Blancpain boutiques. Continue reading

Bronze on Bronze: The New Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date (With Live Photos)

In production continuously since 1938, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date, originally envisioned as a tool watch for aviators, has become Oris’s signature piece, even playing a key role in its revival as an all-mechanical brand in the wake of the 1970s Quartz Crisis. Oris marked the 80th anniversary of this emblematic timepiece last year in a watch with a bronze case and dark green dial. This year, the Hölstein-based brand ventures even further into the watch world’s new Bronze Age with another special edition, this one combining a bronze case with a solid bronze dial. Continue reading