With that said, I still look carefully at each new F.P. Journe watch I put on my wrist and continue to discover a variety of ways the brand can surprise me. Anyhow, that's really a larger discussion about a brand I am fond of, and I should get back to the timepiece at at hand, the F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain.
That said, the lugs may save themselves from ridicule on two fronts. Firstly, they are built to take a screw bar as opposed to a spring bar. This is something that pleases me, especially when such an enormous case is in play. Secondly, the lugs are quite pleasantly shaped and ergonomically contoured, and do a good job of keeping the 44.6mm housing as small as possible on the wrist. My favorite style and color scheme is undoubtedly the Itay Noy Part Time-DN.BK. On this watch in particular, the lugs look good, because the grayness of the dial softens the whole relationship between the face and the case. The lugs, as a result, seem to blend into the dial and create a clean and natural continuation from display to wrist.
The watch Alpina debuts its Swiss Horological Smartwatch line actually has two variations: one is a ladies' watch, the Alpina Reference AL-285BTD3C6B, which is a 39mm wide stainless steel watch, with 100 meters of water resistance (double that of the Frédérique Constant). The Alpina features the same AL-285 quartz movement and the same functionality, indicating that the technology can be fitted into a relatively small, 39mm case – which is very impressive. This Alpina model is available with a few different versions, depending on the diamond setting of the dial – we have seen versions that were more masculine with no diamonds, as well as one with diamond-set indices and bezel.
Overall, the Porsche Design Timepiece No.1 is interesting not necessarily because of its looks – which, again, are unique enough to carry on the Porsche Design DNA – but because it marks a very new beginning for the company. Having loved some of the retro-inspired designs (like this P'6540, hands-on here) as much as the funkier, more daring ones (such as the stunning P'6780 Diver, review here), I am excited to see what the future holds for the company that now, at last, is free to set its own path. The Porsche Design Timepiece No.1 is priced at ,550. porsche-design.com
And it's the tune, and nothing but the tune, that Girard-Perregaux want to reach your ears! Girard-Perregaux have elected to keep the flywheel hidden to eliminate acoustic interference. However faint the whizzing of the flywheel (located on the movement-side, and which is used to regulate the hammers' striking speed) may be, Girard-Perregaux wanted the sound from the gong to be as clear as possible.
The ceramic bezel looks great and offers cut markers. The entire point of the odd Omega Seamaster Ploprof case design is to have a pusher that, when depressed, allows for the rotating diver's bezel to turn – the Helium escape valve has been placed on the underside of this bezel lock pusher column. There is also that hardcore looking crown guard system that opens up as you unscrew the large crown. It's really part of the character of the watch, even if you don't need a dive watch built like a tank.
The new Alpina Alpiner 4 Flyback Chronograph is 44mm wide in stainless steel with with a sapphire crystal and a screw down crown. While not a dive watch, water resistance is 100m (330ft) and the case back is solid (presumably to ensure anti-magnetism). Lume is provided by SuperLuminova and legibility is very good.
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Stylistically speaking, this is one of my favorite watches to hit the market this year – it's a shame that there are only going to be 28 of them! I love the symmetry of the dial, the luxuriousness of the 18k gold tourbillon bridges, the synchronized dance of the twin-tourbillons, and the NAC gray-coated face, finished with Geneva stripes. Aesthetically, this watch brings to mind one of my all time favorites, the MB&F Legacy Machine 1 (hands-on here), which, incidentally, also has two independent time indications, albeit governed by one single escapement. The Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time does add two tourbillons, transforming itself it into more of an horological heavyweight (not that the LM1 would be anything but a marvel of modern horology). It's no longer a new thing to display a tourbillon on the dial, but it does seem to be a sensible place to put it if your watch contains one. They are so interesting to look at. Even if you forget what it's there for, it still looks really, really cool. And two is always better than one, right?
At 42 mm wide and 14.3 mm thick, sizing is the same as the original Spherotourbillon from 2012, but the case has been rendered in platinum, which looks stunning when combined with the color from the moon phase indicator and the off-white shade of the dial. Along with a mix of gold and blued-steel markers and hands, the dial carries a small metal plate with the edition number in the total run of 75 units.
I applaud the Frédéric Jouvenot Sîn for the way its design mixes this scarcely encountered day-night indication with a modern, technical looking case. The case is ergonomically designed, DLC-coated and water resistant to 50m. But there is one point that sits a little uncomfortably with me, and that is its silhouette.