Swiss Alpina has been a reference with its diving watch collection since the 1960s when the Seastrong “10” was already capable of reaching 200m/660 ft. In 2015 and 2016, the brand introduced two sports smartwatches for women and men. This year Alpina presents its brand new diving horological smartwatch, coiceived in partnership with Swiss brand MMT.
Swiss Bell & Ross has updated its classic square shaped aesthetic for its new release watches, the BR 03-92 Horograph and BR 03-92 Horolum, unveiled in the run up to this year’s Baselworld. The pieces are an evolution of the brand’s style, with Bell & Ross claiming inspiration for the Horograph from the artistic works produced at the famed German art school, Bauhaus—simple, modern and functionalist.
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.