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It’s Alright Baby Blue

This limited edition Viro model is one of those laidback designs that grows on you the more you look at it. It’s retro motorsport, yet still looks clean and modern. You can’t go wrong with Stoke pottery blue and white, offset with orange hands.

Here’s the word from Union Glashutte;

This special model, limited to 128 pieces, is a real eyecatcher. Its round 44 mm stainless steel case is equipped with smooth, easy-to-use push-buttons for starting, stopping and resetting short timing measurements.

The high-quality sapphire crystal provides clear view of the dial, thanks to its anti-reflective coating on both faces. The blue calfskin leather strap with large, sporty orange dimples and matching underside draw immediate attention to the wrist. For total versatility, the watch is also delivered with an interchangeable stainless steel bracelet.

The Union Glashütte Viro Chronograph Limited Edition Silvretta Classic 2021 skilfully combines total functionality and highly sporty appearance. The blue sub-dials of the 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date window and matching blue outer tachymeter scale beautifully offset the silver-coloured main dial area, with its small-second display at 9 o’clock and fine gradient finished indices.

The black nickel-plated hands with Super-LumiNova® coating ensure absolute clarity while bright red provides the necessary contrasts on the tip of the central stop second sweeper and the sub-dial indicators. This special chronograph is water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar.

Retails at £2330 in the UK. More info here. 

Omologato Sponsors Classic Ferrari Race Series

Motorsports watch brand Omologato is moving into race sponsorship to reach new customers. Here’s the press info;

We are delighted to announce Omologato as an Official Race Series Partner of the Pirelli Ferrari formula classic series and Official Watch Partner of the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain.

This new agreement will burst into life on the 15th and 16th of May 2021 when the PFfc series commences at Brands Hatch, as the Official Support series to the Ferrari Challenge UK and will see the debut of the Omologato logo on the front wings of all Ferraris in the Club’s classic series. Our competitors will also be vying for the newly-created end of season Omologato Trophy and presentation watch.

The PFfc covers Ferrari tipos from the 1970s to the 1990s including 308 GT4s, 328s, 355 Challenge, even a spectacular 550 Maranello and perfectly encapsulates the spirit of close, committed racing. The calendar covers the key UK circuits and an overseas round at Spa-Francorchamps as well as the Club’s own Ferrari Club Competizione event at Croft Circuit on the 26th and 27th of June.

Announcing the new partnership, Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain Chairman Christian Mineeff commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Omologato to the Ferrari Owners’ Club and specifically our Pirelli Ferrari formula classic series where the shared passion for racing between our drivers and Omologato will be brought to life on track. As Official Watch Partner to the Ferrari Owners Club, Omologato will be represented at our flagship events, in our publication, Ferrari magazine and with unique experiences for our members.”

“I’m delighted to be working with the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain,” added Omologato Founder Shami Kalra. “I’m a motorsport fan to the core and to be involved with such a prestigious partnership is an absolute pleasure. Our announcement coincides with the launch of our Maranello California ’57 watch, which celebrates the year the legendary 250 California GT was launched.”

2021 Pirelli Ferrari formula classic calendar:

  • 15/16 May – Brands Hatch Indy & GP
  • 12/13 June – Donington Park
  • 26/27 June – Croft Competizione Weekend
  • 10/11 July – Snetterton
  • 15 August – Brands Hatch ‘Festival Italia’
  • 17-19 September – Silverstone
  • 1/2 October – Oulton Park
  • 15-17 October – Spa-Francorchamps

Blanchard Chrono: Superlume, Custom Bezels & More

Blanchard watches in Florida are doing the retro motorsport thing in style. They’re making chronographs for guys who race, and they don’t care if it sounds sexist and upsets the professional grievance hunters that lurk under every troll bridge on Twitter. Good for them we say.

The Seiko VK64 powered watch has three different dial designs, with the white dial, black sub-dials being our fave, plus four bezels. You get a little Allen key to undo the three tiny nuts that hold the bezel in place. There are two race circuit themed bezels as well, plus you get a springbar and spare straps in case you fancy a NATO option. 100m of water resistance, steel case, wonderful blue superlume dial at night.

This has a lot going for it and considering Robert Blanchard decided to start making watches in 2019, the company are offering a classy, old school motorsport chrono for not a great deal of money. A fast start is crucial, as they say in racing circles. Plus, they say they have more models and custom variations in the pipeline. Here’s the word from Blanchard;

The Gentleman Racer, gives you the ability to interchange bezels. Currently we are offering four designs with more to come in the future. The Gentleman Racer comes with your choice of three dial colors, and the options of a custom nylon NATO signed strap or a beautifully crafted tapering stainless steel bracelet with signed clasp. This premium chronograph was designed for race car drivers and spectators like yourself.

The project is already well funded by the way, delivery expected in June 21, price is about £213, plus import duty and VAT etc.

You can get the early bird deals here. 

Hamilton Intra-Matic Mechanical Chrono

Old school hand-winding? Hamilton can help you out there buddy, with their new Intra-Matic chronograph, which features no automatic rotor. The new H series edition retails at just under CHF2000, which is about £1500, making this an expensive retro styled watch. Not as expensive as the automatic version though, so that’s a bonus. You get much the same American Classic styling; we love the vintage pushers and the big winding crown, and the dial choices of black or white really offer a homage to the 60s/70s.

But there are plenty of other Valjoux 7750 or ETA powered retro chrono models out there below a grand. Fact is, the Hamilton name does not add a great deal in terms of resale value – just wander into any UK pawnbroker with a Khaki and see what you get offered for it. Shocking. So you could buy this watch and lose half the retail value the moment you walk out of the door – the same cannot be said about a Rolex Oyster, Breitling Superocean or Tudor Black Bay in all fairness. But they all cost serious cash…

This latest Hamilton has an impressive 60 hour power reserve, a nice Milanese bracelet option rather than a leather strap and it’s Swiss made, which counts for something in terms of prestige. But the H31 movement inside is based on the Valjoux 7753, which is an old design. Nothing wrong with that of course, but for two grand maybe a pre-owned Tudor, Omega or Breitling is a better bet in the long run when it comes to retained value? Just saying.

 

About Vintage Re-Imagine Frederique Constant Vintage Chrono

Here’s the word from Frederique Constant, as they launch a new vintage style chronograph in partnership with About Vintage and we have to say, we love this understated design, nice beefy pushers too.

The 1988 Flyback Chronograph is a redesigned version of Frederique Constant’s famous Flyback Chronograph Manufacture. As they began the redesigning, About Vintage particularly had one thing in mind:

“About Vintage is an ode to the classics, a humble celebration of remarkable achievements in horology. As we redesigned the classic Flyback Chronograph, we were constantly reminded of why we began this whole journey of watchmaking. That is how we came up with the new design; the original timepiece with a touch of Scandinavian simplicity and vintage-inspired elements.”, says Thomas Andersen, co-founder at About Vintage.

Exclusivity on a new level

When Frederique Constant and About Vintage decided to join forces on this new timepiece, it was in fact not the first time for the two watch makers to share visions.
Back in 2018 they designed the 1988 Moonphase which became the most exclusive timepiece in About Vintage’s collection. However, this has changed as they welcomed the new 1988 Flyback Chronograph, since this is more exclusive both in limitation, quality and price.

More details at; www.aboutvintage.com

Hoffman Racing 40 Yellow Gold Edition

Hoffman has updated its Racing 40 model. The Seiko Mecaquartz powered watch has that classic motorsport chronograph feel. The latest Yellow Gold edition has a polished and brushed yellow gold case with a black bezel with engraved markings.

The updated dial is dual-layered with a black upper dial, and creme-colored lower dial. The sub-dials, accentuated by a circular pattern, show chronograph minutes and 24-hour time. The stainless steel watch features a scratch-proof sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and polished leather strap. It retails at $229.

More at Hoffman Watches.

New TAG Heuer Carrera Chrono Models

The latest from TAG: To mark the brand’s 160th anniversary this year, the TAG Heuer Carrera collection welcomes yet another addition. The iconic chronograph features an elegant design reminiscent of historic models with a touch of modern flair. These four chronographs have a refined and modern look inspired by the pure style that first made the TAG Heuer Carrera iconic.

The sophistication of this reinterpreted TAG Heuer Carrera comes from its sleek stainless-steel bezel, which has been designed without a tachymeter scale to keep the overall aesthetics in line with the unforgettable silver-dial Heuer Carrera that was originally launched in 1963. This 42 mm timepiece maintains its chronograph functionality with two push buttons and subdials. Available in opaline black or sunray brushed blue, anthracite and silver, the dial features “azurage” subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock and a running small-second counter at 6 o’clock above a discreet date window. The heart of this timeless TAG Heuer Carrera is the brand’s in-house movement, the Calibre Heuer 02.

The models with black and blue dials are presented on a streamlined H-shaped stainless-steel bracelet. The angles of the outer and inner links are rounded for a more fluid appearance and the bracelet is thinner for improved comfort. The bicoloured version with a silver-coloured dial and rose-gold-plated hands and the model with a deep anthracite dial are paired with a handsome brown alligator leather strap. The screw-down sapphire caseback provides a fascinating view of the innovative movement inside, made even more exclusive by its rose-gold-coloured oscillating mass.

The TAG Heuer Carrera line has always featured the most advanced watchmaking technology developed by the brand. The redesigned models are powered by the Calibre Heuer 02 movement, which is visible through the transparent caseback. This sophisticated in-house innovation is entirely Swiss-made in TAG Heuer’s Chevenez manufacture. It comprises 168 components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch – signatures of improved chronograph timekeeping and high-quality manufacture movements. It also boasts an impressive power reserve of 80 hours.

A history of elegance

Former TAG Heuer CEO Jack Heuer dedicated himself to the intensive study of industrial design, which heavily influenced the DNA of his most beloved collection and has shaped the design and construction of all TAG Heuer Carrera models since 1963. With these new reinterpreted models, the flowing and elegant touches that sparked Jack Heuer’s interest decades ago are more apparent than ever. The uncluttered three-dimensionality of the original dial with its three subdials made it easy to read at a glance and was a truly groundbreaking design at the time – and it is now echoed on these signature innovations. Other details, such as the applied indexes that follow the angle of the flange, drawing the eye in to the time, take their cue from another area that inspired the TAG Heuer Carrera, one in which excellent legibility is of course of the essence: motor racing.

Born on the racetrack yet equally at home at a formal evening event, the new TAG Heuer Carrera timepieces exude sheer elegance and make a striking statement in any situation. They not only serve as a tribute to the collection’s acclaimed roots, but also demonstrate the brand’s expertise in seamlessly combining sophistication in design and watchmaking.

Dan Henry Choco Chrono Limited Edition

This latest limited edition Choco Chrono from Dan Henry has old school looks. Featuring a distressed leather strap, chocolate brown dial, plus details like the onion crown. It has that vintage `tropical dial’ look about it, which helps this model stand out from the crowd. There’s some french script and a splash of red on the dial as well, which definitely adds that bit of extra visual punch. Those gold syringe style hands, plus gold numerals, are a neat touch.

Upgraded from a previous Dan Henry Choco Chrono model, this one features a anti-reflective sapphire crystal too. It’s a handsome quartz chronograph, powered by the trusty Miyota movement, with a smooth second sweep, it comes with a NATO strap, plus watch roll.

The measurement conversion tables on the caseback and big beefy chrono pushers, all add a tool watch vibe. It’s limited to 1939 pieces by the way, so not super rare.  At $270 it isn’t expensive, so if you’re looking for an Indie alternative to a mainstream quartz chrono, this could fit the bill.

On sale now at Dan Henry watches USA.

Breitling Endurance Sport Quartz Models

Breitling, like many Swiss brands has a problem. Just like Honda cars, they have an ageing customer base and although models like the Navitimer, Avenger and Top Time all tick the right boxes for many watch enthusiasts, there’s no denying the the Breitling For Bentley thing is no clickbait for younger consumers.

The solution? A quartz range, in brighter colours, lower entry prices and a partnership with a global fitness app.

Here’s the word from Breitling’s press office;

Breitling’s Endurance Pro, featuring a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz™ movement, is the ultimate athletic watch, positioned in the brand’s Professional range. Designed both as a lightweight watch for active sports users, and a casual, everyday sports chronograph, it is the perfect lightweight luxury sports watch.

The launch is accompanied by the Breitling Endurance Pro Strava Challenge, which offers the opportunity to compete for some incredible prizes. That comp got underway about a week ago by the way, so you only have a few days to get your cycle clips on.

The Breitling Endurance Pro combines an ultra-lightweight 44 millimeter Breitlight® case and a thermo-­compensated SuperQuartz™ movement ten times more accurate than conventional quartz, and it offers optimal comfort, matchless precision, and functionality that will appeal both to committed athletes and to more casual sports enthusiasts.

Designed for men and women who lead active lives, the Endurance Pro is equal to the challenges of a rigorous workout but fashionable enough for everyday wear.

As Breitling CEO Georges Kern explains, “When Jan Frodeno first became a member of our Triathlon Squad, he asked me what Breitling he should wear. We started brainstorming about the perfect sporty lifestyle watch and that conversation led to the development of the Endurance Pro. With this watch, we adapted our SuperQuartz™ technology to the needs of people who play hard. The Breitlight® case is so light it won’t interfere with anyone’s training routine or sporting activity.”

Strava App Partnership

Breitling have tried hard to connect with a younger generation using Strava. That’s not to say that a 50-year old guy cannot log his racing bike rides, or attempt an Iron Man of course – lots of older people use Strava. But fitness as an integral part of your lifestyle is an easier habit to maintain when you’re under 40, so the tie-in with Strava is a smart move by the Swiss watch giant.

Those who take part in the Strava Challenge, which goes live on 26 August 2020, will be competing for some great prizes, including a Breitling Colnago C64 bike, Breitling Endurance Pro watches, and Breitling jersey kits. To be eligible for the prizes, competitors will have to complete 500 minutes in the activities of their choice; swimming, running, cycling, hiking, or another sport.

Unlike triathlon stars, participants in the Breitling Endurance Pro Strava Challenge have just two weeks to rack up their 500 minutes. The winners will be selected at random from the pool of competitors who complete the Challenge. Additional information is available at www.breitling.com/endurancepro.

Kickstarter: Militex Launches Duxford Motorsport Chronographs

UK based Militex Watches has launched their Duxford Spirit range on Kickstarter, looking to raise some 28K to produce motorsport themed meca-quartz watches. The handsome chronographs feature Seiko VK series movements, housed in 316 stainless steel case. They also have sapphire crystals, ceramic bezels and luxury leather straps. Each watch is numbered too by the way.

NATO strap works well too.

There is a black, white and cream dial option in the range. They all have the usual chrono stopwatch feature of course, plus lumed hands and markers, sub-second dial and a date window at the 4pm position. Decent lookers. A 42mm case size is just right for many watch enthusiasts and a 22mm lug width lets you choose from thousands of replacement strap options if you don’t like the 70s style perforated ones supplied.

We like the contrast stitching on the straps, just right, and the straps have an engraved buckle too. Little extra detailing like that always sets something apart. If you buy on the early bird pre-order then you get a second strap as part of the package, which is welcome.

Priced at £149 or £468 for a set of three watches, plus three spare straps, it is a fair price for a project that has taken two years to get off the ground. Based in Duxford, Militex are expecting to ship the first production watches in mid-December. More details here.