Omega Spacemaster Z-33 Fully Reviewed

When pulling negative G-forces, inverted and with weapons systems hot, the last thing a fighter pilot needs is an unfriendly watch. The Omega Spacemaster Z-33 is heir to the throne of the original Flightmaster and provides an ease of use that adapts to the most challenging circumstances. 

Unlike the interlude with the accomplished X-33 (you really have to see this X-33 article), the Z-33 returns to its roots, but also adds some no-nonsense functionality that makes it brilliant. With the Z-33, you will never see a cadre of clones adorning the wrists of hipsters, nor will you see anything like it on the tarmac.

Parmigiani launches the Transforma Rivages

Parmigiani has just released the Transforma Rivages, a new titanium/carbon version of the Tonda Transforma Chronograph they released last year. The new version is limited to 100 pieces and has been designed in especially for Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm.

Of course this has a reason! Bernard Stamm has just left for a three-month solo trip around the world, taking part of the legendary Vendée Globe race, together with 19 other skippers and their yachts. The new Transforma Rivages has been adapted to the needs of Bernard during his challenging trip.

The Übercool Döttling Gyrowinder Watch Winder

Do you need a watch winder? No, actually you don’t, but it makes life easier when you own several mechanical watches with an automatically wound movement. And the Döttling Gyrowinder is by far the coolest looking single-watch winder I have ever seen. 

The design reminds me of (my favorite) Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos, the Réédition 1930. Besides some visual characteristics, they have more in common. Both devices are magnificent technical marvels and then there’s something else. Have you consider its name? Indeed, Jaeger-LeCoultre created the Gyrotourbillon, a tourbillon that is constructed in a similar way. Let me tell you more about of the magnificent features of Döttling’s Gyrowinder.

Baume & Mercier introduces Clifton 1830

Baume & Mercier have recently launched an antirely new collection, named Clifton, and yesterday they introduced the top line model of the collection, the new Clifton 1830. This is a lovely dress watch, with classic looks, in red gold and with a proprietary manual wind movement.

The Clifton 1830 comes in a red gold case, measuring 42 mm in diameter. The beefy case has lovely classic lugs and shows more tasty details, like the applied numerals and stick markers, the blue small seconds hand and more. One thing that I particularly like: it’s got a proprietary movement delivering 90 hours of power reserve.

Ludovic Ballouard Half Time

Earlier this year, Ludovic Ballouard introduced his second timepiece, called Half Time. Like his first timepiece, the Upside Down that caused a lot of enthusiastic reactions in the watch communities, it displays time in a rather unusual way. Our contributor Robin takes you on a trip and introduces mister Ludovic Ballouard and his ingenious timepieces.

Ludovic Ballouard, not exactly a name that rings any bells. I believe only hardcore watch aficionados or frequent Monochrome-readers know about this craftsman and his subtle yet very complex timepieces.

Roger Dubuis extends Excalibur collection with a Chronograph

After introducing the renewed Excalibur collection earlier this year, Roger Dubuis announces two new models for the Excalibur collection. There will be a diamond-set Excalibur 36 with a new bracelet and a new chronograph, the Excalibur 42 Chronograph.

Roger Dubuis makes it easy: the number in the watch’s name stands for the actual diameter, so the Excalibur 42 Chronograph is a men’s size watch. This particular one features the in-house automatic chronograph movement, caliber RD681, that is powered by a micro-rotor.

Cartier’s in-house Chronograph movement – Calibre de Cartier Chronograph

In 2010 Cartier introduced the Calibre de Cartier featuring Cartier’s in-house movement caliber 1904-PS, a solid base movement that found its way into the new Tank Anglaise as well. Last week Cartier introduced their new in-house chronograph movement, caliber 1904-CH, in a watch with the familiar Calibre de Cartier case and face. 

This is of course very different from the classic elegant Cartier mono-poussoir models from the esteemed CPCP collection, however a great next step for Cartier’s mainstream collection. This is the new Calibre de Cartier Chronograph with caliber 1904-CH movement.

Winners of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve 2012 – Weekly Watch Photo

This year a watch has won two prizes and as far as I could go back in historic results, this is a first. The MB&F Legacy Machine 1 has won both the Best Men’s Watch Prize and the Public Prize! Congratulations from the entire Monochrome team to all winners and double congrats to MB&F!

The “Aiguille d’Or” or “Golden Hand” was won by TAG Heuer’s Mikrgirder and there are more winners in the different categories, which we’ll show you. However first the Weekly Watch Photo, for which we selected a magnificent photo of the (double) award winning Legacy Machine 1, photographed by Kazuyuki Takahashi.

Two new versions from Ressence

After the first announcement of the Ressence Zero Series, in 2010, it has been fairly quiet around this young and innovative Belgian brand. Technical start-up problems were holding deliveries back, however since esteemed watchmaker Ludivic Ballouard is involved in the assembly, things are going very well.

So time for something new and Ressence just ‘soft-launched’ two new version, of the Zero Series. The watch that caused quite a bit of a ‘storm’ in the horologcal world, because it so much resembles (much more expensive) Harry Winston’s Opus X. Today we can show you a black coated version of the Type 1001 and the Type 1005 with a brown Two-Tone dial.

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Limited Edition for Tiffany & Co – A Solid Investment

Patek Philippe has cooperated with Tiffany & Co on many ocassions throughout the past 160+ years, a cooperation that was celebrated in 2001 with the introduction of the ‘T 150′ Annual Calendar, that was limited to 450 pieces.

Now they celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Patek Philippe boutique located in the Tiffany & Co flagship store in New York, by introducing a ladies wrist watch and the new Annual Calendar watch (Ref. 5396G) in white gold, that is limited to 100 pieces. This is what we call a beautiful timepiece AND a solid investment.