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Best of Week 13: Lange, Bvlgari, Rolex and more Rolex - 2019/03/30 by Dale Vito


Hi guys!

Welcome back to our weekly segment that highlights a couple of interesting additions to our ever-expanding database.

For the past week I’ve been out-of-office for a couple of days, while the others were mostly spent updating our Rolex section with new models and new configurations – which means tons of new Datejust and Day-Dates for example. Still, in this week’s list there are no less than TWO highlights that are not Rolex! Impressive, no?

A. Lange & Sohne Kleine Lange 1 25th Anniversary

Even though this is only the fourth of a total of twelve limited edition watches celebrating the 25th anniversary of the resurrection of the A. Lange & Söhne brand, the formula already feels familiar. A bit too perhaps? This notwithstanding this petit Lange 1 is a stunner. And limited to only 25 pieces! LINK!

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Ceramic

I think the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo is a smashing watch not matter the material in which it is executed. The latest is this black ceramic one and it seems that once again the Roman-based manufacturer has hit a home run. LINK!

Rolex Datejust 36

Ok, so here we go with the Rolex. The Datejust 36 in stainless steel (topped of by a white gold bezel should you wish) was one of the BaselWorld 2019 novelties and it already comes in a wild number of configurations. One of my favs is one of the simplest – this 126200-0003 with a domed bezel, black dial and Jubilee-style bracelet. LINK!

Rolex Day-Date 36

Feeling lucky today? Why not ditch the Datejust 36 in favor of something a bit more, well, everything: the Day-Date 36. One of my favorites is this white gold 128239-0023, which has a fluted bezel and a blue vignette dial (which the R calls Ombré) with diamond-set hour markers. LINK!

Rolex Daytona

Whilst browsing the Rolex website it occurred to me that a couple of Daytona’s had gotten new reference numbers. I’m not sure what separates this new 116518LN-0047 from the earlier 116518LN-0039, but it still looks stunning! LINK!


Best of Week 12: Breitling, Zenith, TUDOR, Rolex and NOMOS. - 2019/03/23 by Dale Vito


Hi guys!

It’s been a while – my bad! I’m going to try and bring some new life to our blog by doing a weekly segment that highlights a couple of watches that I’ve added to our database. Easy-peasy right? So without further ado, here’s my favorite watches of week 12 – the week of BaselWorld 2019 and Swatch Group’s Time To Move event.

NOMOS Club Campus 36 National Breast Cancer Foundation

Ok, so this is not a BaselWorld release, but it was added this week nonetheless. The NOMOS Club Campus 36 708.S2 is a special edition (not limited) created by NOMOS, Timeless Luxury of Texas, USA, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It says Have Hope where we usually find Made in Germany. How good is that?

Breitling Navitimer Ref 806 1959 Re-Edition

The Breitling Navitimer Ref 806 1959 Re-Edition is a near-perfect copy of the -you’ve probably guessed it- 1959 Navitimer 806. The tech behind it is thoroughly modern though; it is powered by the brand-new caliber B09.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Adventure

Is it me, or are green dials a bit of a thing at the moment? The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Adventure has one – paired with a bronze case and a wild camouflage-colored alligator strap.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G Chronograph

I expected a Black Bay GMT S&G, but Tudor gave us a Black Bay Chronograph S&G. And I like it! Tudor’s modus operandi is to do the gold bits in a brushed finish, which tones them down just enough.

Rolex GMT-Master II Meteorite

I’ve only just begun uploading the 2019 Rolex novelties. There’s still loads and loads to come. Of the handful that I’ve added to date the GMT-Master 126719BLRO-0002 is a firm favorite. A white gold case, ceramic Pepsi bezel, and a meteorite dial. It’s over-the-top and totally awesome.

See you next week!


BaselWorld 2018: Rolex - 2018/03/30 by Dale Vito


Over the past week I started uploading the Rolex Baselworld 2018 novelties, and it’s coming along quite nicely. In this post I’ll briefly go over the various models that are live in our database at the time of writing.

GMT-Master II

Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties GMT Master

 

Star of this year’s BaselWorld is the GMT-Master. Four new variations are now in our database; three of which are of the new 12671X generation, plus the updated white gold which now features a blue dial. You’ll find them here;

Rolex GMT-Master II 116719BLRO-0002

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO-0001

Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR-0002

Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR-0001

Datejust 36

I also finished uploading all of the new Datejust 36 models, which for now exists in ‘Oystersteel’ paired with either yellow or Everose rose gold, with smooth, fluted or diamond-set bezel, with Oyster or Jubilee bracelet, and with a choice of dials. There’s quite a few in total and I won’t be posting the links to all of them – below you’ll rather find a link to the overview per metal / bezel combo.

Datejust Steel Yellow Gold 36 Smooth Domed Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126203

Datejust Steel Yellow Gold 36 fluted Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126233

Datejust Steel Yellow Gold 36 diamond Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126283RBR

Datejust Steel Rose Gold 36 Smooth Domed Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126201

Datejust Steel Rose Gold 36 diamond Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126231

Datejust Steel Rose Gold 36 diamond Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126281RBR

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties Cosmograph Daytona

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona got an update this year – it’s now available in two Everose variations. I also started updating the Daytona section with a few configurations that are either new or were missing. I will go over this again hopefully this weekend. For now, enjoy the RBOW’s in full glory;

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116595RBOW-0001

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116595RBOW-0002

Rolex Sky-Dweller

Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties Sky-Dweller New Dial

It seems that starting this year, all Sky-Dwellers now feature stick markers – no more Romans or Arabics. The white gold model is discontinued.

Rolex Sky-Dweller in all variations

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller

Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties Sea-Dweller DeepseaAlso live are the two updated Deepsea Sea-Dweller watches; with redesigned case & bracelet, and updated movement. You’ll find them at;

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660-0001

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660-0002

Other

I added a couple of previously unseen (or new) Day-Date 40 configurations; new dial variations for the Oyster Perpetual in 34, 36 and 39mm; the same for the Datejust 41; and more. I’ll furthermore upload the Datejust 31 novelties ASAP. Anything missing, any additional info? Contact me!

 


BaselWorld 2018: Breitling - 2018/03/20 by Dale Vito


BaselWorld is opening its doors to the press tomorrow and general public the day after. While most brands still keep their releases a well-guarded secret, Breitling already put its 2018 novelties online earlier today.

There have been so many articles on Breitling and its CEO Georges Kern over the past few months that there was very little left unsaid anyway. Or was there? For the biggest part the new models are not surprising, being slight updates with the newer logo of existing watches, like with this Navitimer;

Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 with black dial and stainless steel Navitimer bracelet

(Breitling Navitimer AB012121.BG75.450A)

Some also got a new case size like this SuperOcean Heritage II, which is now also available in 44mm – and also a B01-powered Chronograph!

Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 44 with blue dial and blue Aero Classic rubber strap

(Breitling SuperOcean Heritage 44 AB203016.C955.281S)

… though with that being said, some hidden gems remain to be found among the 2018 novelties, like this funky little 38mm Navitimer – which looks particularly good in black;

Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 with black dial and black alligator leather strap

(Breitling Navitimer 1 38 A1732524.BG87.1014P)

Keep an eye on our home page to see all the BaselWorld 2018 novelties being added over the next week!


SIHH 2018: the IWC 150th Anniversary Collection - 2018/01/18 by Dale Vito


IWC 150th Anniversary 2018 SIHH Collection

IWC celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. At SIHH 2018 the Schaffhausen-based brand launched a collection of 27 watches to mark the occasion. They’re now live on WatchBase, including prices in Euro. Links to their entries below!

IW505001 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

25 pieces, platinum case, white lacquered dial.

IW505002 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW505003 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW505101 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Pocket Watch Edition “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold case, white dial.

IW590203 Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

15 pieces, platinum case, blue lacquered dial.

IW590202 Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

15 pieces, platinum case, white lacquered dial.

IW504501 Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW503405 Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Double Moon “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW371601 Portugieser Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW371602 Portugieser Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW510211 Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW510212 Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days “150 Years”

1000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW516407 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

150 pieces, red gold case, blue lacquered dial.

IW516405 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

350 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW516406 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

350 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW391023 Portofino Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW391024 Portofino Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW356518 Portofino Automatic”150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW356519 Portofino Automatic”150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW459309 Da Vinci 36 Moonphase “150 Years”

50 pieces, white gold diamond-set case, white lacquered dial.

IW459304 Da Vinci 36 Moonphase “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold diamond-set case, white lacquered dial.

IW358103 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW358102 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

500 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW358101 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

500 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW502708 Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW510503 Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW510504 Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW377725 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “150 Years”

1000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

Total number of pieces: 17605.


Baselworld 2017: Longines Avigation Big Eye - 2017/04/01 by Dale Vito


Longines Aviagation Big Eye Chronograph L2.816.4.53.2

Longines Avigation Big Eye Chronograph L2.816.4.53.2

 

One my favorite BaselWorld 2017 releases is the Longines Avigation Big Eye L2.816.4.53.2 – a column-wheel operated chronograph inspired by a 1971 watch from the Longines archives.

The Longines Avigation Big Eye has received very little attention yet – I think it was not shown to press but only presented to retailers during their sales meetings. But I’m positive this will change soon once it’s properly introduced, as Longines got it right with this one. Like, VERY right.

The Avigation Big Eye is inspired by a 1971 military / pilot’s watch from the Longines archives. The brushed stainless steel case measures a reasonable 41mm across and features oversized pushers and a historically correct closed caseback. The black dial is instrumental, with the larger 30-minute counter adding a touch of style – again inspired by the 1971 original. Inside is ticking the L688 movement, which is a self-winding, column-wheel operated chronograph. It is listed in our database as having a date, yet this function is thankfully omitted for this watch.

More info, including the price, in our database.


BaselWorld 2017: Omega DeVille Co-Axial Chronometer 50th Anniversary - 2017/02/07 by Dale Vito


Omega De Ville Prestige 50 Anniversary

Omega De Ville Prestige 50 Anniversary

 

The ‘1957 Trilogy’ is not the only anniversary Omega has planned for 2017, as the DeVille, one of the brand’s most popular collections, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Omega created three watches to celebrate.

I’m not sure how I missed this release, but then again I can’t remember having read about them on any of the big blogs. So while everybody’s getting all excited for the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Trilogy (Seamaster, Railmaster, Speedmaster), it appears that Omega’s poor little De Ville is actually celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Omega has created three special editions sporting enamel dials and a special case back depicting the Greek god Chronos and a text commemorating the occasion of the release. They’re powered by caliber 2500.

You’ll find these in our ‘Base at;

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 Yellow Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.005)

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 White Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.002)

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 Red Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.004)


New: the 2017 TAG Heuer Autavia ‘Cup’ Heuer 02 - 2017/02/01 by Dale Vito


TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.BA0687

TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.BA0687

 

The result of the 2016 Autavia Cup, the Autavia Heuer 02 is set to become one of TAG Heuer’s hottest releases for 2017. It is now uploaded to our database with leather strap as well as on the bracelet – including prices in EURO.

In 2016 TAG Heuer organized the ‘Autavia Cup’, allowing fans of the brand to vote for their favorite source of inspiration for a reissue through a number of elimination rounds. The winner, announced in April of 2018, was a reference 2446 from the late 1960’s often nicknamed ‘Jochen Rindt’, featuring an inverted panda dial with 3 subdials, and a bezel inlay calibrated for 12 hours.

TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.FC8226

TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.FC8226

 

TAG Heuer went straight to work and was able to show a protoype during its November 2016 Collectors Summit, and a final production model during the 2017 SIHH Geneva Watch Week, where I finally had the chance to handle it. And I love it. It’s by no means a perfect replica, but much rather a modern interpretation of a classic whose star is on the rise, with decisively modern dimensions and a state-of-the-art movement.

I just uploaded it, both with the stunning bracelet as well as the leather strap, to our database – including prices in EURO, all sizes, and movement info. Check them out using the links below;

TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.BA0687

TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer 02 CBE2110.FC8226


BaselWorld 2017 Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001 - 2017/01/13 by Dale Vito


Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

 

Pre-BaselWorld 2017: Omega releases the Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial 304.32.44.51.01.001 with vintage-inspired ‘Racing’ dial!

In an early BaselWorld 2017 release, Omega just introduced the latest version of its 44.25mm co-axial Speedmaster, featuring a stainless steel case, a ceramic bezel insert with LiquidMetal tachymeter scale, and a bold ‘Racing’ dial inspired by the 1969-1975 Speedmaster Mark II Racing. It is the first Speedmaster to be equipped with caliber 9900, the Master Chronometer-certified version of caliber 9300.  Attached to it is a leather strap with orange rubber mid layer – the latter shining subtly visible through the racing-style perforations.

Omega Speedmaster 9900 vs Speedmaster 9300

Omega Speedmaster 9900 vs Speedmaster 9300

 

Compared to the earlier models like the 311.33.44.51.01.001, the profile is said to be slightly slimmer due to a redesign of the sapphire crystals. The size of the sub-dials is increased, enhancing readability – and perhaps even offering a more balanced look.

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

 

Check out more details of the Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001 in our database. I’ll update with pricing info as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for more BaselWorld 2017 news!

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001

Omega Speedmaster Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Co-Axial Stainless Steel Racing 304.32.44.51.01.001


2017 Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary: what’s in store? - 2017/01/11 by Dale Vito


2017 marks the 60th anniversary of one of my favorite watches: the Omega Speedmaster – and its Railmaster & Seamaster siblings. After yesterday’s release of the wonderful #SpeedyTuesday limited edition, this now has me wondering what’s left in store for BaselWorld…

For now, I’ve gathered the following info;

Omega Speedmaster Professional 60th Anniversary 31110393001001 will be a limited edition of 1957 pieces. The case is stainless steel. It is powered by caliber 1861. It comes with a bracelet, brown strap, and grey NATO strap.

Omega Speedmaster Professional 60th Anniversary 31110393001002 will be a limited edition of 180 pieces. The case is stainless steel. It is powered by caliber 1861. It comes with a bracelet, brown strap, and grey NATO strap. The difference with the -001 I’m sure will present itself in time.

Additionally, there will be the Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Loyalty’ 31130423001008. Both case and bracelet are stainless steel; it is powered by caliber 1863. It looks pretty standard from the front – I guess we’ll see what the ‘Loyalty’ bit will come to mean?

I’m sorry – this is it. No pictures, nothing. Keep an eye to our database as I will upload more info as soon as possible.

 


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