New Watch Alert: Chronoswiss, Seiko, Montblanc

Chronoswiss Opus Chronograph FlagĀ – $11,400 As a legibility freak, I’m not a big skeleton watch guy. It’s fun to wear an X-ray of a complicated movement, but I prefer to see the bits through a transparent caseback. New watch alert! By modifying their Opus Chronograph with “the three most used colours for national flags” (tell that to Pan-Africans), the 41mm Chronoswiss Opus is the brand’s easy-to-read magnum opus. You got your . . .

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New Watch Alert: PD, OMEGA, HappieWatch

Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 – $151,050 New watch alert! You can only buy the new Porsche Design Chronograph if you buy a Porsche GT3. That”ll run ya $143k for the 911 (plus options) and $8050 for the watch. Talk about a missed opportunity. This is easily the best-looking Porsche Design watch in decades – at the exact moment the Porsche corporate mothership sold out to TAG Heuer. While it’s almost worth buying a GT3 to get the watch, it’s worth noting that the high-performance German sports car is about as suitable for daily driving as tank is for casual off-roading. Whereas the configurable chronograph . . .

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Bulova New Watch Alert

Bulova Precisionist X Sport – $995 Almost a year ago to the day our man Ibis reported that Bulova is Having a Moment. Post Citizen Group-buyout, the brand started selling a wide range of handsome timepieces. This is not that. The average human reaction time to a visual stimulus is 0.25 seconds. The ten year anniversary Precisionist is a 1/1000th of a second chronograph. That’s how much time it takes to see that this watch is pug ugly. And big (45mm). But then there’s a lot going on . . .

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New Watch Alert: Longines, Vostok, Grand Seiko

Longines Dolcevita – $1800 “The Longines DolceVita has never been the most appealing watch of the brand.” New watch alert! When monochrome-watches.com slates a watch, you know Longines has a problem. Needless to say, monochrome softens the blow; Brice Goulard predicts that the model’s new Art Decor Sector dial “might change the situation.” Well, The Situation has changed (he’s been sober for five years). Meanwhile, the SweetLife’s new dial is unlikely to transform the fortunes of the mid-market brand’s Cartier Tank Americaine-a-Like. Especially when you compare the DolceVita to . . .

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New Watch Alert: BALL, Longines, Bulova

BALL Roadmaster TMT Ceramic – $2,149 (pre-order) I’ve consistently argued that the tourbillon is watchmaking’s most useless – if awesome – complication. A watch mounted thermometer runs a close second – unless you’re a hypothermia-averse polar explorer or ice fisher. Props to BALL for being new watch alert enough to know that making a better watch isn’t the key to competing against Rolex, OMEGA, et al. It’s making something different. And here it is. “Distinctive enough” to forgive the BALL Roadmaster TNT Ceramic’s “unique” date window position? . . .

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