Chronoswiss has built much of its reputation on its ability to conceive and execute numerous clever variations on the classical regulator dial — this year’s ReSec models being possibly the most prominent recent additions to the collection — and one of the most eye-catching spins on this classical arrangement can be found in the Flying Regulator Night and Day model, which adds an attractive and quite practical day-night indicator to the regulator ensemble, which already included the distinctive funneled subdials as well as a curved triple-date aperture at 3 o’clock. I had a chance to spend some time with the most elegant version of the model, which matches a black dial with a 18k rose-gold case.
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.
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.
As this seminal Golden Anniversary year for the watch industry winds down — and timepieces commemorating a half-century of the Zenith El Primero, the Heuer Monaco, and the Omega Moonwatch have all been given their due — one milestone from 1969 remains largely unheralded: Seiko’s invention of the first wristwatch with a quartz movement, the original Quartz Astron. The Japanese watch giant remedied that this week, with the release of the 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition — a series of just 50 pieces in gold that brings together in one watch the original technical innovations of the first Astron and the ultra-modern GPS functionality of the revamped 2012 version.
Of the many amazing watches we saw this year at WatchTime New York, it seemed many brands were keen to debut their newest and most impressive dive watches. This year, we saw some amazing new dive watches from Glashütte Original, Blancpain, Maurice Lacroix, Omega, and De Bethune, among many others.
The new Spezialist SeaQ Panorama Date is one of the latest releases from Glashütte Original and is the most modernized edition yet of the SeaQ line. This series is modeled after the vintage Spezimatic Type RP TS 200″, which was also on display at the event— a 1960s-1970s era dive watch developed for sports divers in its time. The new watch is 43.2-mm in steel, water resistant up to 300 meters, and features a robust case complete with crown guards, unidirectional bezel, and a screw-down crown. The model is available with either a sunburst black or sunburst blue dial, which uses large applied Arabic numerals alternating with prominent applied rectangular hour markers. At the 4:30 position is the piece’s namesake panoramic date window, while sweeping over the dial is a large arrow hand for the minutes, sword hand for the hours, and a lollipop-tipped counter for the seconds.
WatchTime New York 2019, the fifth edition of America’s luxury watch show, kicks off tonight, with a record number of sponsoring watch brands and a host of panels, activities, and opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow timepiece enthusiasts and watch industry VIPs. Scroll down to check out each brand’s showcase watch; click on the links to read about them in more detail.
WatchTime New York is just a week away, and Team WatchTime is steadily growing more and more excited for the 37 brands we’ll be hosting on October 25-26 at Gotham Hall in Manhattan. One of those brands is famed haute horlogerie manufacturer F.P. Journe, and this year the high-end Swiss watchmaker will be presenting its updated Automatique Lune watches from the Octa collection. The Automatique Lune was first introduced in 2007, but in 2019 the Geneva-based company refreshed the interesting moon-phase watches with updated dials, case sizes, and crowns.