The Next James Bond Movie Watch Revealed: Introducing the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition

Earlier this week, after much anticipation and speculation, Omega has announced the release of the watch to be worn by cinematic super-spy James Bond in the upcoming Bond film, No Time to Die: the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition. This new timepiece will feature a similar red, black, and brown color scheme to that seen on previous Seamasters, but is now updated using the Seamaster Diver 300M design, with different vintage-look details, and set to run as a non-limited edition.

For reference, the last official Bond movie watch was the Seamaster 300 “SPECTRE” piece, which was a neo-vintage-inspired model released in 7,007 editions in the fall of 2015 alongside the 24th Bond film, simply titled Spectre. This new model is designed in the style of the Seamaster Diver 300M, a descendant of the original Seamaster first released in 1993, which has since evolved to become one of the most popular luxury dive watches out there — in part because of its long-term presence on the wrist of James Bond throughout the popular movie series. It’s no secret that Bond — created by author Ian Fleming in 1953 and a mainstay on the big screen since 1962 — has been a major cultural influence on purchasing decisions. Regarded by many as the pinnacle of male sophistication and style, the character has made quite an impact over the decades on the wristwear of his legions of fans worldwide. Continue reading

Panerai Releases Two New Watches Alongside Extended “Pam.Guard” Warranty Program

Panerai is releasing two new gold watches this month as part of its Luminor Due – 42mm series, the PAM1041 and PAM1042. The two new timepieces will be the first to be covered under the Swiss-based, Florentine-founded brand’s new Pam.Guard program, which lengthens Panerai’s standard warranty from two to eight years with additional membership benefits gained for all those who join the program.

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In addition to covering these two new models introduced at the kickoff of the program, the Pam.Guard offer will also be available to all other Panerai models purchased within the past two years from official dealers. This news comes on the heels of a number of other Richemont-owned watch brands also extending their warranty programs; we covered IWC’s establishment of its new “My IWC” program a few weeks ago, and Cartier was one of the first in the Richemont family to release details on its new program prior to that. Continue reading

The White Sands of Time: Hublot Launches Classic Fusion Eden Rock Limited Editions for Him and Her

Among its many collaborations and partnerships, Hublot last year worked with the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France, to create a special limited-edition timepiece, and followed up the exotic sun-and-sand theme with another special edition celebrating the Isle of Capri at the opening of the Swiss brand’s boutique there. This week, Hublot rolled out the latest ultra-exclusive watches born of its partnership with the Oetker Collection of luxury hotels, both inspired by the legendary Eden Rock de Saint Barthélemy. For men, the maison offers the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Eden Rock, with a skeletonized chronograph caliber; for ladies, its the Classic Fusion Eden Rock, a three-hand with diamond-set bezel and ruby indices. Continue reading

One Hand, Two Barrels: Meistersinger Circularis

In this article from the WatchTime archives, we size up MeisterSinger’s single-hand, double-barrel Circularis, which boasts a power reserve of five full days. Original photos are by Nik Schölzel.

No watch can function without a movement, so the watch industry was understandably anxious when the Swatch Group announced in 2010 that it planned to curtail movement sales to companies outside the group (it is doing so gradually, over a period of years). The German brand MeisterSinger, like many other mechanical-watch brands, began looking for alternatives to Swatch Group movements. The result was Caliber MSH01, made exclusively for MeisterSinger by Synergies Horlogères, in Bienne, Switzerland. Continue reading

Flying High: IWC Announces Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels”

Last week, famed pilot watch manufacturer IWC unveiled its latest release, the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels.” The blue-clad model is a special edition of the Schaffhausen-based brand’s Pilot’s Watch Chronograph series, released in partnership with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.

The Blue Angels are the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. The group was formed in 1946 — making it the second oldest aerobatic team in the world — and since its creation has showcased countless flight demonstrations and undertaken innumerable community outreach projects. As part of the 141-member team’s work, they participate in air shows and flyovers across the United States, performing for more than eleven million spectators each year. The group is likely best known for they flyovers at major sporting events, such as Super Bowl 50 in 2016, which have inspired awe and excitement for generations of Americans. Continue reading

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Chronograph

Today on “Vintage Eye,” we’ll be focusing our gaze on Alpina’s new Startimer Pilot Heritage Chronograph, a neo-vintage bicompax monopusher chronograph released earlier this fall. This new model takes its inspiration from a 1970s helmet-style case design common in racing watches during the era — like this Bulova seen below via Analog/Shift— and an older-style monopusher, coming together to develop a unique watch uncommon at its price point.

The Startimer Heritage Pilot uses a 42-mm wide stainless steel “helmet” style case, comprised of brushed and polished facets. At the two o’clock position its single chronograph pusher used for starting the mechanism, stopping it, and resetting it, with a signed crown just below it. The dial is available in three color options, the first a silvered white option with two anthracite subdials evoking the panda dial aesthetic which is particularly popular on neo-vintage chronographs; and the other two use a blue sunray dial with silver registers, differing only in the colors of their hands and their tachymetric scales. This scale is angled on the outer edge of the face, while printed markers are used for each minute, with applied metal markers accented with Super-LumiNova used at each hour position. The model has two subdials, one for running seconds at 9 o’clock,  the other for a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. Sweeping over the dial, with the printed Alpina logo at the top, are two slim hands accented with lume, while a simple pointer tallies chronograph seconds. Continue reading