Maurice de Mauriac L1 Watch

Ahead of this year's Baselworld, Hodinkee gives us a look at the Maurice de Mauriac L1, created by award-winning furniture designer Fabian Schwaerzler. The beauty of the L1 is in its minimalism. It houses an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement and...

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42mm

The good folks at Hodinkee are dishing out some impeccable coverage around SIHH and here's a look AP's 2014 collection of 42mm Royal Oak Offshores, the biggest upgrade to the lineup in recent years. Six new models will be replacing...

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Ralph Lauren RL 67 Safari 39mm Chronometer

Here's an early look at Ralph Lauren's RL 67 39mm Safari Chronometer watch ahead of its official unveiling at SIHH. The 2014 edition comes in a smaller casing than last year's 44mm and features their self-winding calibre RL300-1 which is...

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OMEGA Speedmaster Mark II

As we lead into BASELWORLD 2014, OMEGA's unveiled details around the Speedmaster Mark II, a reintroduction of the original 1969 Speedmaster Mark II. The timepiece had a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound caliber 861 found...

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IWC Schaffhausen TOP GUN Pilot’s Watch Collection

IWC Schaffhausen TOP GUN Pilot’s Watch Collection

IWC Schaffhausen has introduced three new Boutique models to extend the TOP GUN Pilot’s Watch squadron. A Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar, a Big Pilot’s Watch and a Pilot’s Watch Chronograph are all set to release bringing along some much-welcomed color to the overall IWC offerings. Available in limited numbers at IWC Boutiques worldwide, these watches feature red, green and blue hands and indices. Inspiration came from the cockpit instrument displays found in jets, which glow in various colours at night. The pieces are relatively light and feature ceramic cases while the back and crown are made of titanium.

This watches are a perfect mix of elegance and ruggedness. The IWC Schaffhausen TOP GUN Pilot’s Watch Collection can be found in limited editions through IWC Boutiques worldwide.

Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Blackbird

Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Blackbird

From Bell & Ross comes the limited-edition Vintage BR 126 Blackbird. With inspiration coming from the Lockheed SR-71 stealth aircraft of the 1960s. This ‘Blackbird’ aircraft completed intelligence and photo tracking missions from 1960 to 1980. Its modern design and matte black finish that absorbed radar waves influenced the BR 126 as you can it features a black PVD finish and an anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal while its flyback chronograph movement offers pilot-friendly time saving functions. The BR 126 Blackbird comes on an orange canvas strap, to match the orange dial details, boxed with a black rubber strap as well.

The Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Blackbird is limited to 500 pieces with pre-orders being taken now by select stockists. The watch is due to ship in October.

IWC Portuguese Chronograph Classic

IWC Portuguese Chronograph Classic

Hodinkee has informed us of IWC’s latest addition to their Portuguese Chronograph line of watches — the Chronograph Classic. Ditching the Valjoux-based movements, this beauty features an in-house IWC chronograph caliber 89361. The Portuguese Chronograph Classic features a 42mm case so it’s slightly larger than the normal Portuguese but features an arched-edge front glass that makes it appear to be a bit smaller than it actually is. The IWC caliber 89361 features a special register at 12 o’clock that displays elapsed time over 12 hours in the same format as a traditional watch or clock. This IWC caliber is also a flyback chronograph. Power reserve for caliber 89361 is 65 hours, while with the Valjoux it was just 44. Running seconds can found at 6 o’clock while the dial features applied arabic numerals with a railroad minute track. The data display at 3 o’clock is also something else not seen with the original and gives the new Chronograph Classic some much-welcomed differentiation.

The new IWC Portuguese Chronograph Classic is available in both rose gold and stainless steel, each with slate grey and silver dial options. All examples come with hand-made Santoni straps. Prices are set at $24,200 for rose gold and $14,400 for steel.

Introducing | Xetum Kendrick Watch

Introducing | Xetum Kendrick Watch

From San Francisco-based watch brand, Xetum, comes the new automotive-themed Kendrick. Xetum, led by founder Jeff Kuo, delivers timepieces that are purposely modern in design and feature automatic mechanical Swiss movements. Though the first two watches in the Xetum lineup have more of an aviation influence, the Xetum team looked to automotive instruments to guide the design of the Kendrick. The design features bold red and blue color schemes that grab your attention and are perfect for the summer months ahead, though we see this to be a great all-season watch. The Kendrick comes on a NATO or black rubber strap, both of which pair up quite nicely with the automotive theme. For the NATO straps, we’ve chosen colors that complement those of the dial, and the black rubber strap offers a sleek look to pair with the clean dial design as well as a butterfly clasp closure.

Like all Xetum watches before it, the Kendrick is designed in California and made in Switzerland. Available in three colorways — white with black, black with blue, black with white — it’s available now through Xetum for $995.