If you've been longing for something "extra special,"Swiss Zenith has you covered with a whole line of aviation-themed watches that includes the new-for-2017 Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph in bronze. It appears to have a lot going for it as well: bronze case, giant onion crown and pushers, huge luminescent numerals, and a trusty high-beat El Primero movement. Pricing is borderline tempting as well.
Black on white and white on black. Swiss Zenith released two new El Primero chronographs fitted in black ceramicised case with two opposite chiaroscuro dial interpretations.
The three counters – originally in anthracite, blue and light grey – create here a ‘visual opposites’ effect against a finely sunray-patterned ebony black or silver-toned base, punctuated by black luminescent faceted hour-markers and hands enhanced with bright red touches and protected by a domed sapphire crystal.
This year my favorite piece to play with was the stylish new Christophe Claret Allegro, the third musical creation from the brand (following the successes of the Soprano and Adagio before it.) Presented in a healthy-sized 45mm x 14.1mm case in your choice of 18k red gold with titanium elements or 18k white gold with titanium elements, the almost casual style of the Allegro belies its incredible complexity. In fact at first glance you could be forgiven for thinking it was a chronograph, thanks to the twin pushers on either side of the crown and the dual sub-dials.
Swiss Montblanc introduced a pair of new world-time watches in its TimeWalker collection, called Montblanc Timewalker World-Time Hemispheres, at SIHH 2013. Each of the watches has a dial with a world-map motif as seen from the poles — one for the northern hemisphere, one for the southern.
The Christophe Claret Maestro is visually very similar to the style we have become used to from the brand over the the last few years, a technical and architectural piece of modern horology, however still relying on traditional codes of Swiss watchmaking. In the Maestro we can find design cues from the Soprano (Minute Repeater Tourbillon), the Allegro (Minute Repeater) and the Maestoso (Constant Force).