Apart from the regular release of novelties during international watch fairs, watchmakers punctuate the year with offerings to maintain interest among the communities.
The past four weeks or so saw several latest watches releases with Rolex dominating the headlines with its 41mm Submariner alongside its 2020 lineup of watches.
Together with this stellar lineup of new watches we curated, it closes the loop between streetstyle god and bonafide watch collectors.
The Precious Trio — Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Chronograph Gold Titanium Tantalum
Whoever said three’s a crowd will cast envious looks at Omega’s newest dive chronograph crafted in a harmony of materials. It is a mouthful but as the name suggests, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Chronograph Gold Titanium Tantalum consists of a trio of materials, the standout being tantalum that made its Omega debut in 1993.
Said to be rarer than gold and harder than steel, tantalum was named after Tantalus — a figure of Greek mythology. A distinct blue-grey hue radiates from the precious metal as seen on the base of the bezel and the middle links of the bracelet.
Omega’s proprietary 18K Sedna Gold on the bezel, dial elements, crowns and bracelet links provides a lustrous warmth to the Seamaster Diver Chronograph made in numbered editions.
Discreet and unassuming, grade 2 titanium is the choice of material to allow the other two illustrious metals to shine. It is a reliable option for strength and toughness while still being light and comfortable on the wrist despite its 44mm heft.
Omega’s automatic Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9900 powers the ocean-adventuring Seamaster Diver Chronograph that is rated to 300m of water resistance.
The Updated Icon — TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph
The 160th Anniversary celebration of TAG Heuer continues with the release of an updated iteration of the iconic Carrera, named the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph. A touch of elegance is imparted to the timepiece as opposed to its sporty counterpart released last month.
Instead of reinventing the wheel that is the Carrera, TAG Heuer continues to build on the icon created by Jack Heuer in the early 1960s. The result is a contemporary timepiece that feels resolutely new, yet shares many distinct traits of the original Carrera.
A polished 42mm stainless steel case is complemented by four timeless dial colours of blue sunray, black opaline, anthracite sunray and silver opaline. The former two are fitted on a redesigned H-shaped metal bracelet with a slimmer profile while the latter two are presented with alligator straps.
Casting our eyes to the dial, the chronograph counter layout, minute track and baton indexes are referenced from the original 1963 Carrera chronograph. TAG Heuer’s high performance in-house automatic chronograph calibre Heuer 02 is the workhorse powering the stylistic update.
The “Don’t Sleep On It” Limited Piece — Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Orange Boutique Edition
Black, white and orange, symbolic colours of Bell & Ross, come together as the French brand released the BR 03-92 Diver Orange Boutique Edition.
Though Bell & Ross’s expertise lies in professional aviation watches, it replicated the same commitment when crafting its dive watch collection. The result is an ISO 6425-certified diving tool that meets the requirements defined by international standards.
Bell & Ross’s iconic square and circle case form the foundation for the 250-piece limited boutique edition. A striking shade of orange dial contrasts against the black bezel and silvery stainless steel case.
True to dive watch nature is a 300m water resistant case and a thicker 2.85mm sapphire crystal (1.5mm on the regular BR 03-92) to handle crushing dive pressures. A pair of straps are included for various preferences — woven black rubber strap and an ultra-resilient orange synthetic fabric strap.
The Camo Clad Hypebeast — G-Shock GMW-B5000TCF
G-Shock’s metal case offerings tend to garner strong interest from the watch community, especially brand enthusiasts, for its alternate approach to the classic tough G-Shock watches. Resin is often the material used by G-Shocks but ever since the metal offerings were released, it sparked strong receptions.
The G-Shock GMW-B5000TCF takes it a step further, outfitting it in titanium for the case, bracelet, bezel, and back cover. A layer of diamond like carbon (DLC) coating envelopes the watch to prevent scratches and other cosmetic damages.
The square faced case features a bold laser engraved blue camouflage pattern while the bracelet is imprinted with a three-size dot pattern that brings out the gradations of the camouflage motif.
The virtually indestructible G-Shock utilises the Module 3459 to power its numerous functions which include solar charging, Multi-Band 6 atomic timekeeping, Bluetooth mobile link connectivity, super illuminator LED light and a full automatic perpetual calendar.
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