Introducing – Certina DS1 celebrates 60 years of DS in style

The DS Concept put Certina on the map and was a big step to making Swiss watches more reliable and water-resistant while keeping them affordable. Now that system celebrates its 60th birthday and of course that had to be celebrated with a watch. So meet the new Certina DS1 Big Date 60th Anniversary and its combination of style, good mechanics and affordability.

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Introducing – Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition “Blue Double Gradient”

Back at the SIHH 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a brand new collection with both vintage and sporty inspiration – something that was clearly missing in the range. Based on the famed “Polaris Memovox” from 1968, the brand developed an entire line-up comprising a chrono, a WT-chrono, a time-only, a Worldtime and of course, an alarm “Memovox” version. Last but not least (and a personal favourite), was the vintage-inspired time-and-date diver, which is the base for today’s novelty, with new “Blue Double Gradient” dial. Meet the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition.

Value Proposition – The anOrdain Model 2 – An Affordable, Sporty Sequel with Vitreous Enamel Dials from Scotland

Lewis Heath founded anOrdain a few years ago and assembled a team of jewelery designers, a typographer, graphic designer, product designer and watchmaker to collaborate on something truly unique. The principle focus was on Grand Feu enamel dials, a difficult craft that’s almost always reserved for much pricier, luxury timepieces. Many such brands outsource their enamel dials, but anOrdain spent the better part of three years perfecting its own in-house production. The result was the Model 1 in 2018 with the deep richness of enamel in assorted colors, limited to a production of only eight dials per week. The Model 2, their second attempt in creating nice and affordable pieces, adds a sportier touch with new hands, typography and a smaller case, but enamel dials remain the centerpiece. Let’s take a closer look at the sequel from this independent Scottish brand.

Hands-on – Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Black Manta Special Edition

An increasing number of ray species are facing extinction. In tune with their sustainability commitment, Carl F Bucherer has supported Manta Trust since 2017 to advocate for the protection of rays. Following a first ScubaTec Manta Edition released in 2017, the “Black Manta” is Carl F. Bucherer second’s special edition dive watch to support the charity activities and raise awareness for their cause. In particular, thanks to the brand’s support Manta Trust will be able to launch an explorative research project to better understand the movement patterns and behaviour of manta rays in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Introducing – Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Satin-Brushed Blue (Live Pics)

The Grande Seconde Quantieme by Jaquet Droz has become in a few years the cornerstone of this collection, defined by its elegant and balanced 8-figure shaped display. Combining the model’s originality, refinement and minimalism with daily practicality, it feels like the most coherent watch to get… Hence why JD is regularly bringing new versions of this watch. And the latest Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme, with its Satin-Brushed Blue dial, is another handsome edition.

Introducing – Junghans Meister Chronoscope with Gold and Blue Scheme

The German Junghans Meister collection was first introduced in the 1930s and we recently reviewed some compelling models including the Meister Driver Handaufzug and Meister Hand-Winding, concluding that both were excellent value propositions. The Meister Chronoscope line adds a chronograph complication to the distinctive styling of the collection. Limited editions are always eye-catching, but new […]

Independent Watchmaking – Young Talent Antonin Falk and his Jumping Hours and Retrograde Minutes Montre École

It is always a pleasure for us at Monochrome to discover new watchmaking talents and their work. Today we are taking a look at Antonin Falk and the watch he crafted in the frame of his watchmaking studies. A 19-year-old French man coming from Savoy, Antonin Falk is studying watchmaking in Morteau, a town next to the Swiss border and Le Locle / La Chaux-de-Fonds. He was named ‘Best Apprentice in France’ (MAF Or National Horlogerie 2016) hand-crafting a Breguet hand and pipe.

Hands-on – Meistersinger Urban Day Date (live pics and pricing)

Meistersinger made a name for itself by offering products with a distinctive feature: single-hand watches. With its simple designed, frill-free watches the German manufacturer provides its own cool, offbeat, take on watchmaking. The brand was founded in 2001 by Manfred Brassler and is founded on the idea of ‘creating an alternative to wristwatches that show time as something constantly racing along’, crafting distinctive timepieces for those who want to keep track of time but are not obsessed by seconds.

Introducing – Doxa Sub 200 T.GRAPH Stainless Steel Limited Edition

In 2019, Doxa celebrates their 130th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of one of their iconic watches, the Sub 200 T.GRAPH. At Baselworld, we had listed the reedition of the model as one of our favorite dive watches of the fair… with one regret. This limited edition was released in a series of 13 watches only in gold. Well, to our satisfaction, Doxa now releases a stainless steel limited edition of the model.