By Tracey Llewellyn
By Tracey Llewellyn
Sporty in look if not function, Breitling’s legendary Navitimer pilot’s watch is now available in a 38mm version. The absence of chronograph sub dials provides a clear and clean dial aesthetic and the watch features a newly designed, beaded bi-directional bezel with the familiar Navitimer slide rule function. The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 is available in steel as well as steel and gold and has dial options of blue, silver or black. All in all, this is a beautifully compact, simple three-hander with a date window that is robust enough to see you through any occasion.
In celebration of its 30 years as official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia, Chopard has created the Racing Colours collection of automatic COSC-certified chronographs. Inspired by the legendary cars that competed in the race between 1927 and 1940, the cases are vintage in style while the dials and matching strap lining and stitching – in Speed Yellow, Rosso Corsa, Speed Silver, British Racing Green and Vintage Blue – are a nod to the motoring tradition of associating countries with a colour. Although large at 42mm, the colourful design ensures these watches will be adored by both men and women.
This year, the ultimate macho dive watch took on a new feminine guise in the form of the slim 38mm Due. This watch is the smallest timepiece Panerai has ever made, and is powered by a Richemont automatic movement with three days of power reserve. In a steel case, black and white dial variants are available, all with a small seconds sub dial at 9 o’clock. There is also a rose gold model with white dial. All models feature the patented Panerai Luminor crown guard. Pastel strap colours soften this once overtly masculine design further.
Continuing its aim to produce beautiful, complicated watches designed specifically for women, this year Patek Philippe has introduced the ref. 7150/250R manually wound classic chronograph. The rose gold watch features a bezel set with 72 diamonds, guillochéd chrono pushers, an opaline dial with gold applied Breguet numerals and an alligator strap. On a practical level, the 38mm case is water resistant to 30m and the dial features a centre chronograph hand, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a pulsometer around the perimeter.
Recognising the demand for women’s watches to be both elegant and technical, TAG Heuer has introduced a new version of its Aquaracer equipped with Calibre 9 automatic movement. As sporty as it is feminine, the 32mm case features a 12-sided unidirectional rotating bezel and is water resistant to 300m. Available with a black or white mother-of-pearl dial and optional diamond setting, the generous application of white Super-LumiNova on the hands and indices ensures ultimate legibility in all light conditions – even deep under water.
One of the most successful new watches of the 21st-century, Tudor’s dive watch, the Black Bay has been launched in a diminutive 39mm version with similar proportions to the brand’s first wristwatch waterproof to 200m, which debuted in 1958. The steel case is 39mm in diameter and touches of gold have been added to the hour markers, hands and minute track of the bezel, while the winding crown features the Tudor rose logo in relief. The watch is powered by the COSC-certified, in-house Calibre MT5402 and is available on a leather or fabric strap, or a riveted bracelet.