Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced its sport-luxury collection, the Polaris, at SIHH 2018 and has continued to expand the series — inspired by a legendary 1968 divers’ watch with one of the earliest mechanical alarm functions – since then. The newest member of the family is an 800-piece limited edition, sold exclusively in North America, that adds lush blue livery to one of the most period-accurate models, the Polaris Date
You’ve likely been hearing and reading a lot about this year’s 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, and if you’re a watch aficionado (that’s why you’re here, right?) that means you’ve also been reading and hearing a lot about Omega, maker of the first watch worn on the moon — hopefully much of it directly from your trusty WatchTime team. However, there is another Swiss watch manufacturer — much younger and of less historical renown than Omega — that has also embraced the moon landing and its cultural significance in a very direct and personal way to produce a very noteworthy new collection of limited edition timepieces. That manufacturer is RJ, formerly known as Romain Jerome, and the watch series is the Arraw 6919 — bearer of RJ’s first in-house movement with (appropriately) a patented moon-phase mechanism as well as an industry-first case material incorporating recovered steel from the Apollo 11 spacecraft
German watchmaker Mühle Glashütte turned 150 years old in 2019, looking back on five generations of family stewardship through turbulent times for both Germany and the watch industry.
It’s no secret that 1969 was a monumental year for the watch industry. From the race to introduce the world’s first automatic chronograph to the placement of the Omega Speedmaster on Neil Armstrong’s wrist as he became the first man to set foot on the moon, watch collectors worldwide knew that 2019 would prove fertile ground for limited editions remembering the significant year. While the Speedmaster, Zenith El Primero, and TAG Heuer Monaco commemorative editions have been covered throughout the year, other timepieces celebrating their golden jubilee deserve a spot in the limelight as well.
Chronoswiss, whose stock-in-trade is the regulator watch, continues to develop new and intriguing variations on that 19th-century device in its increasingly colorful collection of Flying Grand Regulator wristwatches. The first Open Gear versions of the model, which placed wheels and bridges on the front of the dial in an openworked configuration, debuted in 2018, and this year the Lucerne-based brand takes this design to the next level with the Flying Grand Regulator Open Gear Retrograde Second, or ReSec, one of the Lucerne-based brand’s showcase pieces at the upcoming WatchTime New York event in October.
Doxa, one of the most important but largely unsung pioneers in the history of diving watches, celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2019 with the release of an extremely limited (13 pieces) gold-cased version of its revolutionary SUB 200 T.Graph. Now the Swiss brand follows it up with another special edition more suited to its tool-watch pedigree, housed in a stainless steel case and powered by a vintage Valjoux 7734 movement. Doxa SUB 200 T.Graph Steel Limited Edition The watch is a contemporary take on the original T.Graph, which debuted in 1969 on the heels of its groundbreaking predecessor, the SUB 300 Professional from 1967.
This week we revisit our Dutch friends at Maen Watches and look at their newest announced release, the Skymaster 38, a sporty GMT chronograph channeling 1960s and ’70s Heuer and Omega designs. This new watch is named for the historic Douglas DC-4 Skymaster plane, known as the first aircraft to begin scheduled transatlantic flights between Amsterdam and New York City
As my colleague Mark Bernardo pointed out during WatchTime’s post-Baselworld Round Table earlier this year, 2019 has often felt like it is “more about new colors than new complications.” Diverse colorways have no doubt been trending upwards in recent years with blue, green, and brown all making major headway onto the wrists of watch collectors. One color that we did notice on the upswing so far this year, especially at Baselworld, was orange.
I wouldn’t be lying if I said I thought De Bethune was one of the most consistently interesting brands in independent watchmaking these days. Ever since Pierre Jacques returned to his role as CEO in October of 2017, the brand hasn’t come close to a misfire
America’s luxury watch extravaganza, WatchTime New York, is returning for its fifth consecutive year at midtown Manhattan’s Gotham Hall on October 25-26.