Yes it’s virtually THAT time of the year again, when all our thoughts are obsessed with gift giving, what to get countless loved ones. Nonetheless, gift giving itself just a one way street, yes it is lovely to give but reviving is sometimes equally as rewarding. With this thought in mind we’ve tirelessly sort through every watch brand conceivable to come up with is a watch to suit Everyman, and his budget.
Between 1940 and 1945, OMEGA delivered more than 110,000 timepieces to the Royal Air Force and other branches of the military. The watches were highly valued by British airmen and sailors for their water resistance and reliability.
At the end of the war, OMEGA responded to the demand for a timepiece with the same robust technology but more aesthetically suited to civilian life. The result was the Seamaster line, OMEGA’s first family of watches: beautifully-designed timepieces, given even greater water-resistance than their military counterparts by OMEGA’s novel use of the O-ring gasket technology.
As part of the Seamaster 70th Anniversary celebrations, OMEGA is releasing four limited edition tributes to those early battle-proven timepieces: two stainless steel models first seen at Baselworld 2018 and two luxury editions in platinum.
All four watches are driven by METAS-certified Master Chronometer movements, tested at the industry’s highest level and resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. Both stainless steel models feature a polished bezel and opaline silvery domed dial. Each timepiece is presented in a special soft brown leather collector’s box, with spare NATO strap in the original Admiralty grey colour, spare leather strap and strap changing tool. The polished crown and polished-brushed stainless steel buckles are embossed with a vintage Ω.
Since the launch of their first diver’s watch in 1965, Seiko has brought to professional divers a stream of innovative new technologies and designs that have made diving safer and easier for the professional and recreational diver alike. These innovations include the world’s first titanium diver’s watch in 1975, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case.
By a strange co-incidence, a few months after Seiko’s first diver’s watch appeared two American dive enthusiasts decided that standards of training in diving needed to be raised and founded the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Over the past fifty years, PADITM has become the world’s most trusted scuba diving training organisation.
Likewise Paying homage to the Tudor diving watches from the 50s, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight celebrates 60 years since the launch of the first Tudor watch waterproof to 200m. A smaller case size of 39mm with a vintage aesthetic housing a new mid-size manufacture movement making the overall dimensions of the watch much smaller than the 41mm Black Bays (case width is reduced by 2.6mm).
The new Greenwich skeleton watch by Rotary is designed primarily to present the automatic movement in all its glory; the many sophisticated elements within the timepiece enable the collection to shine. Intricate in its entirety, the new contemporary Greenwich showcases the complexity of the movement with an integrated dial. In addition, incorporating a radial brush finish on the lower dial compliments the overall aesthetic.
The Camper MK1 is a re-release of the first Camper model from the 80s, a ‘civilian’ version of the watch originally adopted by the US Army for its convenience, functionality and durability.
The watch features a custom colorway with a fabric strap, a quartz movement and 30m water resistance qualities. It is presented in a tin display case, and comes with a warranty granted by Timex.
A new addition to a classic range from Rolex, as it has unveiled the new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea. A divers watch which is waterproof to 3,900 metres (12,800 feet). The new Rolex Deepsea is equipped with calibre 3235, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. This self-winding mechanical movement offers funda- mental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetism, convenience and reliability.
BAPE, the Japanese lifestyle and streetwear brand, has selected 25 partners, including Bell & Ross, to celebrate the brand’s much-awaited 25th anniversary. BAPE isn’t just a clothing line in the same way that Bell & Ross isn’t just another watch brand. It is a lifestyle. Rising from a common passion to design functional products with a clear identity, and a strong taste for timeless inspired military style, the two brands have linked up to play around with their closely related universes. This exciting news was unveiled during BAPE’s recent “BAPE XXV” exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. A story being told with BAPE’s subtle humour!
The 25th anniversary version will feature BAPE’s logo – an Ape’s head – printed on its black dial at 6 o’clock and ultra-phosphorescent green numbers. Its modern design and functional dial fulfils the mission of displaying time with the utmost efficiency thanks to the Superluminova® C3 treatment.
Last but by no means least, Breitling introduced its first collection of truly elegant watches, which were defined by their fashionable flair. The new Breitling Premier collection combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design that are worthy of the watch brand’s proud heritage.
The Premier collection introduces five distinct models whose elegance is worthy of their historic name and whose quality and performance are pure Breitling. While Breitling is highly regarded for its aviator and diver’s watches, these eye-catching time- pieces have been created especially for use on land, which was, of course, Breitling’s first environment.
The new Breitling Premier collection takes not only its name, but also design inspiration from the Premier watches manufactured in the 1940s. Like the great films that were released in this era of global conflict and economic uncertainty, those watches offered a form of escape through a certain elegance that people were craving