Monday, April 5, 2010 11:10AM - By Jeffrey Hyatt
Officine Panerai has designed a limited edition watch – The Radiomir Regatta – in conjunction with the sixth edition of Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, an international circuit of regattas reserved for vintage and classic sailing boats. With just 500 units set for production, the Radiomir Regatta features a split-seconds chronograph with a 1/8th second foudroyante function and an express scale in knots for the calculation of the average speed of the vessel.
Other features of the timepiece includes 47mm brushed titanium case, “OP” crown, Panerai OP XXI caliber (automatic mechanical), 1/8th second counter at 9’oclock, water resistant at 100 meters and leather strap with brushed titanium buckle. Among the more than 500 vintage boats taking part in the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge regattas, 2010 will also see the debut of Eilean, the Bermudan ketch built in 1936 in the legendary Scottish Fife boatyards, which was purchased and painstakingly restored by Officine Panerai, as part its commitment to safeguarding and promoting classic yachting. [via perpetuelle]
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 2:27PM - By Jeffrey Hyatt
Unveiled at the recent Baselworld show, Omega introduces two new versions of the Speedmaster collection — now featuring Moonphase complications. The stylish watch features a metal bracelet or black alligator strap, water-resistance to 100 meters, the Omega caliber 1866 (a manual-winding chronograph with moonphase, which runs at 21,600 vph (3hz) and features a Glucydur balance), power reserve for 45 hours and a display featuring central hour-minute hands and small seconds at 9 o’clock.
The case is stainless steel and measures 44.25 mm in diameter and 14.07 mm in height; the bezel features a black ceramic ring, with tachymeter scale. The dial is a blackened aventurine, with applied indices, 2 SuperLuminova dots at 12 o’clock. [via professional watches]
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:06PM - By Jeffrey Hyatt
Say hello to the P’6780 Diver, the latest diving watch from the talented folks at Porsche Design; the Porsche P’6780 Diver is just the second diving watch in 25 years from the Porsche Design team – the successor to the Ocean Diver in 1983. Seeing as it’s a diving watch, the Porsche P’6780 comes with water resistant reach depth up to 1000M/3,280ft.
The P’6780 also features a case design which allows the watch to be lifted to reset the time. This is due to the unique construction of the three-part case: The dial and the watch houses a cylindrical steel container, which is connected via a hinge with a titanium bridge, which in turn is attached to the wrist with a rubber band. The container can be lifted straight from the bridge, and the blocking of diving ring and removed his crown. The clock in the P’6780 Diver is the automatic ETA caliber 2892-A2, which dwells in the 46.8 millimeter container. [via acquire]
Friday, March 19, 2010 2:53PM - By Jeffrey Hyatt
Breitling has rejuvenated the design of the Superocean, the famous diver’s timepiece it launched in 1957; Breitling had already established itself as the official supplier to world aviation. The Superocean is equipped with an ultra-readable dial, an armored glass and a monohull case watertight to a depth of 200 meters (660 ft) – a remarkable feat at that time. Originally designed to equip professional and military divers, the original model quickly gained a following among enthusiasts in the booming field of leisure diving.
Breitling is now updating the legendary collection by debuting a Superocean with an entirely revamped design. The new dial colors are Abyss Black, Abyss Silver, Abyss Blue, Abyss Red and Abyss Yellow; the watch size remains 42mm. The Superocean collection features a rubber or steel bracelet option, Breitling’s Caliber 17 self-winding movement, over-sized Superluminova hands and hourmarkers and water-resistant to 1,500 m. The Superocean is on display at the annual Baselworld trade show in Switzerland. [via selectism]
Thursday, March 11, 2010 11:36AM - By Jeffrey Hyatt
A home run where design is concerned, the MVT01/D01/42 model is the first watch released by 4N. Limited to just 16 pieces, the watch is characterized by a manufacturer movement, with a manual winding mechanism and a 12-hour digital display. The concept of the timepiece is based on a configuration of discs rotating in a discontinuous mode.
The watch features three discs (made of aluminum or titanium alloy) with different numbers engraved on them. The discs rotate to present the appropriate time in four digits. The mechanism uses a constant force jump system which guarantees minimum energy consumption, regardless of the winding tension. 4N offers the MVT01/D01/42 in 18K white gold and platinum versions; the dial is covered by a sapphire glass crystal, and the band will be offered in a range of materials. [via a blog to read]
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 10:30AM - By Jeffrey Hyatt
At 12:01 New York time, on May 6, 1970, the world’s first digital watch started measuring time – made by Hamilton. To help celebrate the 40th birthday of this important, digital event, Hamilton is presenting the Pulsonic, a sleek, digital timepiece that marries Swiss automatic movement with a digital face that keeps the Pulsonic powered for 82 days straight.
Truly a well-designed, eye-catching timepiece, the Pulsonic’s case in stainless steel, and the black PVD or gold-plate PVD measures 39mm x 49mm. The watch features a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 50 meters. Available this October, the price tag for the Pulsonic digital wristwatch is $1,495. [via ubergizmo]
Monday, March 8, 2010 12:49PM - By Jeffrey Hyatt
A most-striking U-Boat timepiece from creator Italo Fontana, the Classico U-1001 Collection features a water-resistance rating to withstand pressures at 1001 meters below the water’s surface. A definite sportsman’s watch, the U-1001 features automatic Swiss movement with U-Boat-engraved rotor, plus a grade 2 Titanium case with 55mm diameter, thick sapphire crystal, screw-down crown protecting cap, hinged to the case, and pressure escape valve at 8 o’clock.
The collection also is highlighted by the U-Boat black, rubber strap, with titanium engraved plate and deployante buckle. A multi-layered black dial with recessed sandwich numeral and index markers comes in photo-luminescent blue, orange or beige. There are 1001 pieces worldwide – 333 of each color. [via matt baily]