Ulysse Nardin Goes Shark Hunting With Three New Diver Chronographs

Last week, maritime-focused Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin launched the latest expansion to its Diver collection, the revamped Diver Chronograph 44mm. This latest update to the collection comes on the heels of the release of the Diver X and Lady Diver watches, which debuted last month, and the 2018 release of the time-only Diver 42mm and 44mm watches, marking a continued effort by the brand to expand the appeal of its sportiest family to a larger, luxury-focused audience.

The new Diver Chronograph 44mm is available in three colorways: black and titanium, blue and rose gold, and a novelty blue, red, and titanium “Hammerhead Shark” special numbered edition leading the trio. The 44-mm case is thickly built, with screw-down chronograph pushers and crown on its right side, and a brand-signature, inverted concave unidirectional rotating bezel filled with a rubberized material and meant to optimize underwater functionality and readability. The dial of the watch features thick, applied rectangular hour markers, with printed minute markers in between. At the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions are subdials for 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters and running seconds, respectively, while the 6 o’clock subdial also features a subtle, round date indicator. Passing over the dial are two large, paddle-like hands determining the hour and minute, while a simple pointer is used for the chronograph seconds. 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

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From Russia With “Levels”: Alexander Shorokhoff’s Latest Artistically Inspired Dual-Time Watch

Moscow-born independent watchmaker Alexander Shorokhoff founded his eponymous watch brand in Bavaria in 2003, and since then has found a niche with collectors with his distinctively colorful, artistically avant-garde timepieces, many inspired by Russian abstractionist painters. Shorokhoff’s newest eye-popping timepiece is a dual-time-zone model called “Levels” — named for its multi-level dial and constructed to display home time and local time on different planes.

Alexander Shorokhoff Levels - Blue Dial - front-back

Alexander Shorokhoff’s “Levels” is made in Germany by a Russian craftsman, using Swiss mechanical movements. 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

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

Through a Glass Darkly: Introducing the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Rock

Today we’ll be taking a look at the recently released Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Rock. The new, carbon glass-cased watch was first reveled as a concept piece earlier this year at SIHH, and is now materializing in a 100-limited edition run. Upon the first introduction of the watch, Girard-Perregaux extolled the sportiness that the new carbon glass material the piece offers, being 100 times more resistant than steel while being about eight times as light. It also used the material to highlight the ultimate sports complication in its chronograph, alongside its fully integrated rubber strap, together meant to display the watch’s versatility. Continue reading