With the holiday season fast approaching, brands are offering one last hurrah and showing off their latest watches. In the past month, we saw not one but two big releases from Bell & Ross and Oris. Bell & Ross debuted their BR 05 collection, which is an all-new collection and their take on the popular integrated sport watch category. Oris, on the other hand, showed off its Propilot X Calibre 115 watch, a highly technical sport watch with an in-house movement that has a 10-day power reserve.
New watches aside, we also take a closer look at the rather obscure equation of time complication. Just what is it, exactly, and what are some watches that have it? Moving along, we turn our spotlight to two independent watchmakers. First up is Akrivia, who has just announced a partnership with the legendary case maker Jean-Pierre Hagmann. And then we take a look at Philippe Dufour’s association with Japan and why he is so popular in the Land of the Rising Sun.
1. INTRODUCING THE BELL & ROSS BR 05 WATCH COLLECTION
One of the biggest new watch releases of September has got to be Bell & Ross’ new BR 05 collection. If you haven’t already heard, it’s the brand’s take on a luxury sport watch with an integrated bracelet. These types of watches are exceedingly popular today, and it makes sense that Bell & Ross would want to offer its own rendition of it. At first glance, it looks derivative, but delve deeper and you’ll see that it draws strongly on the brand’s past designs. It has a round dial and a square case like the seminal BR01, and it has Arabics at the quarters, as well as large lume-filled hands. Don’t be so quick to dismiss it. Take a look in the link below.
2. ORIS BIG CROWN PROPILOT X CALIBRE 115 WATCH DEBUT
High-end steel sport watches are all the rage, and Oris also launched a new steel sport watch earlier this month. It’s called the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115, and it looks very different from anything Oris has ever put out. It has a skeletonized dial and a new in-house movement called ― you guessed it ― the Calibre 115, a skeletonized movement with galvanized components and a long power reserve of 10 days. What’s really cool, though, is the bracelet, which features a clasp that looks like it came straight out of a jet fighter. I’m not sure about the watch’s aesthetics but I like that Oris is bold and is willing to take risks.
3. HANDS-ON: ORIENT TRITON DIVER WATCH
Seiko divers are great, we get it, but dive watches from Orient are worth a closer look, too. Orient, if you don’t already know, is a subsidiary of Seiko. Like Seiko, it manufactures all of its own movements in-house. The Triton is said to be the successor to Orient’s more rugged M-Force dive watches. The design is no-nonsense. The case is 43mm-wide and offers 200m of water resistance. The dial features large sword hands and a useful power-reserve indicator ― the latter is something of an Orient trait. Dive watch fans shouldn’t miss checking out this watch.
4. ON ARIEL’S WATCH: HIGHER LUXURY WATCH PRICES ARE COMING, BUT THAT’S PROBABLY A GOOD THING
Have you noticed that the prices of watches seem to be rising? This can happen in two ways. The first is overtly by the brand (Grand Seiko and Seiko come to mind), and the second is by market forces. Rolex’s steel watches are a fine example because, even though prices haven’t necessarily increased, demand is so high such that the real street price is far higher than retail price. Obviously, no one likes price increases, but it’s necessary to understand why this is happening so that we remain informed and make better purchasing decisions.
5. Casio G-Shock NeoTokyo Watches Channel 1980s Anime
Casio G-Shock is very good at playing with colors to come up with new models of existing watches. Its latest offering is called Neo Tokyo and it sees the brand taking four of its most popular models and giving them new colorways. The end result is certainly very interesting, and to me, at least, attractive. The use of black, red, yellow, and dashes of dark blue and teal give the watch a mysterious kind of street vibe. The best thing about them is that prices start at just $99, so they can be a cheap and fun addition to the collection.