E.C.Andersson Calypso Arctic Sport – Finally in Stock, Delivered Before Christmas

It’s been a long wait for fans of E.C.Andersson Watch Company since the pre-order release of the Calypso Arctic Sport. Right on schedule, however, all orders have finally been shipped and a stock of 30 pieces remains for new customers, with immediate shipping worldwide. As has become customary, E.C.Andersson offers a 10% discount for WatchTime readers on the last remaining watches, and orders made before the 18th of December will arrive before Christmas day.

E.C. Andersson Calypso Arctic Sport - flat

The Arctic Sport is the third iteration of the Calypso collection, and perhaps the model best manifesting E.C.Andersson’s bold take on Scandinavian design. It’s made with the Northern winter in mind, targeted to outdoorsmen who often find themselves in nature without access to electric or natural light. The anti-reflective dial, however, is just as legible during the few hours of sun, when snow may cast a blinding glare. Continue reading

Smokin’ Aces: Alpina Launches The Shadow Line

As shorter days and longer nights become the norm across the throughout the fall and winter months, Alpina is embracing the dark, releasing a range of six new timepieces with smoked dials in two of its product families, the Alpiner 4 and Startimer Pilot, collectively called the Shadow Line.

Alpina Alpiner 4 Shadow Line - front

Alpina Alpiner 4 Shadow Line (Ref. AL-525BB5FBAQ6)

The Alpina Alpiner 4 Shadow Line is an all-black, stealth-look extension of the mountaineering-inspired collection introduced in 2014. Its 44-mm black PVD-coated stainless steel case is outfitted with a bidirectional compass bezel, an extra-thick, scratch-resistant convex crystal, and a solid caseback engraved with the “Alpina 1883” logo. The sunray-finished, dark fumé dial has luminous-treated, pearl-black indices and hands, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a prominent red seconds hand with Alpina’s traditional triangle counterweight. Inside the case — which, like all Alpiner 4 cases, is engineered to be not only water-resistant (to 100 meters) but also highly antimagnetic and impervious to shocks — is Alpina’s automatic mechanical AL-525 movement, offering a 38-hour power reserve. The other notable feature, which is found on all the Shadow Line models, is Alpina’s specially developed “connected” strap, made of black leather and housing a hidden chip in its buckle that can track steps, calories, sleep cycles, and other data and display it on a companion app called the MTT-365, which can be downloaded to iOS and Android devices. The Alpiner 4 Shadow Line will retail for $1,495. Continue reading

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Doxa SUB 300 Searambler “Silver Lung”

In 2017, the storied Swiss dive watch brand Doxa shocked the market by selling 300 of its SUB 300 Professional “Black Lung” watches only hours after their release. The new watch was a re-issue of a vintage model known as one of today’s most famed and collectible dive watches, the SUB 300 Professional “Aqua Lung.” This original “Black Lung” watch used the “Professional” bright orange dial, which was so named because scientific testing found that color to be more visible than all others tested at 30 meters underwater, and thus the best to be used by professional-level divers rather than hobbyists and more shallow-water divers. It was dubbed the Sub 300 for its 300-meter-plus depth rating, and it eventually gained the “Aqua Lung” moniker for the black Aqua Lung logo on its bottom corner toward the 7:30 position, with Aqua Lung referring to the diving-equipment company Jacques Cousteau founded in 1943, which is credited for producing the world’s first self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA). Continue reading

From Purpose to Style: The New Breitling Premier Collection

“We want to fish in a bigger pond,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern announced to the assembled audience of international media at the first Breitling Summit, held October 22 at Spring Studios in London. It was a reference to Breitling’s initiative under the leadership of Kern, now in its second year, to embrace other product segments and categories beyond the aviation-centric styles for which the Swiss brand has long been renowned.

Breitling Premier Automatic Day & Date - reclining

Breitling Premier Automatic Day & Date 40 with silver dial and brown alligator leather strap Continue reading