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The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has established the Andre Bibeau Scholarship for Veteran Watchmaking Students to assist veterans pursuing a career in watchmaking.

Any student who has been accepted or is currently studying at a full-time watchmaking school in the United States and is a veteran is eligible for the Andre Bibeau Scholarship. Prospective students may also apply, with the understanding that the scholarship is contingent on their enrollment at a full-time watchmaking school.

The scholarship will be awarded every April with awards up to $5,000 available. Veterans interested in applying can find information on HSNY’s website. 

Pvt. Andre L. Bibeau (1925 – 2016) was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. In 1943 he was assigned to the 141st Infantry Regiment out of Fort Meade, MD, and was deployed to the Italian front as a private. He was wounded twice in Italy and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart.

Upon leaving the Army, Andre Bibeau (pictured above) attended the Bulova School of Watchmaking in New York. After graduating from the Bulova School, Bibeau opened his own successful watch repair business until he retired at age 75. The Andre Bibeau Scholarship is made possible by a donation from Maj. Michelle A. Cunningham and Aaron M. Cunningham. 

“As a military family we have seen firsthand the fundamental importance of veterans having meaningful careers,” said Aaron M. Cunningham. “We are thankful that the Horological Society of New York shares our goal of helping veterans pursue their passion after their service has finished.” 

Source: HSNY

Bulova fits its vintage-inspired Lunar Pilot with an unusual meteorite dial, offering the new Limited Edition Meteorite Lunar Pilot.

The new Bulova Limited Edition Meteorite Lunar Pilot.

You might recall that in 2021 Bulova launched the Lunar Pilot collection to pay tribute to the original Bulova chronograph watch that accompanied Apollo 15 astronauts to the moon in 1971.

The latest edition of the steel-and titanium-cased watch also references outer space with its Muonionalusta Meteorite dial, created from a thin sliver of a meteorite formed 4.5 billion years ago.

Bulova explains that meteorites obtain their unusual crystalline pattern as the result of a combination of gravitational compression, collisions and the decay of isotopes. The meteorite goes through a slow-cooling process, forming a unique pattern, over the course of millions of years in space and after chemical interactions with its parent asteroid.

Bulova’s new Meteorite Limited Edition Lunar Pilot replicates the size of the original (at 43.5mm in diameter) and features a sandblasted titanium grade-5 and stainless steel case. Inside Bulova fits its proprietary NP20 High Precision Quartz (HPQ) chronograph movement accurate to 1/20th second.

Additional features include a sapphire crystal, a stamped tachymeter scale on the dial, luminous hands and markers and 50 meters of water resistance. The watch’s screw-down case-back features a lunar relief design with the watch’s production number.

Bulova is making 5,000 Meteorite Limited Edition Lunar Pilot watches, each presented in special box with a storybook, a limited edition card and a Certificate of Authenticity. 

Price: $1,495.

At the end of the year, it’s time to note our favorite 2023 debut watches. Starting today and through the end of the week, we’ll re-acquaint you with a few of our favorite timekeepers of the year. 

Starting today, we list our favorite watches in no particular order and from all price ranges.

 

Bulgari: Aluminum Chronograph

Now measuring a slightly larger 41mm in diameter, Bulgari’s Aluminum Chronograph (which won the GPHG Iconic Watch Prize in 2020) is now available in a version sporting an all-black dial, a black rubber bezel and a black rubber and aluminum bracelet. Price: $4,640.

 

 

Porsche Design: Chronograph 1 – Rennsport Reunion 7 Edition

As an enhanced edition of the famed Porsche Design Chronograph 1 from 1972, this watch retains the original’s pioneering black livery. But instead of the original’s PVD steel case, the new models are forged using a more scratch-resistant titanium carbide case. But the revived watch still enthralls with same matte black dial and 41mm case size as the original. 

For this special edition, Porsche Design engraves a ‘7’ on the strap to celebrate the seventh Porsche Rennsport Reunion. Turn the watch over to see more commemorative markings, including a platinum-colored winding rotor in the form of the RS Spyder wheel rim with a colorful Porsche Crest (used exclusively for this edition). The rotor winds the superb COSC-certified Porsche Design caliber WERK 01.140. Price: $12,500 (limited to seventy-five pieces in celebration of 75th anniversary of Porsche.) 

 

 

Oris: AquisPro 4000m 

Not only is this debut the most water-resistant diver’s watch we’ve seen from this independent Swiss manufacturer, but its also the sportiest Oris watch to include Oris Calibre 400, a superior automatic mechanical movement that boasts the aforementioned five-day power reserve, plus strong anti-magnetism and chronometric accuracy.  At 49.5mm in diameter, the watch is a wristful, but given its 4,000-meter water resistance rating, thin is out of the question. The watch’s titanium case frames an easy-to-read blue gradient dial with a seaworthy wave pattern. Oris fits a blue ceramic insert with the requisite minutes scale into the unidirectional bezel and caps off the case with a blue rubber strap. Price: $6,200.

 

 

 

Bulova: Oceanographer GMT

This nicely retro-styled model retains the look of the existing Bulova Oceanographer ‘Devil Diver’ models, but with a new GMT hand to account for a second time zone. Look for three models in the new collection. One combines brown and black tones with an IP-plated rose gold tone steel case and bracelet. 

A second steel-cased edition features a familiar red and blue GMT design often built into dive watches as well as a matching steel bracelet. The third Bulova Oceanographer GMT model (above) boasts a more monochrome look with a gunmetal IP-plated case and bezel set with a full luminous white dial. Prices: $1,295 (luminous dial and rubber strap) and $1,395 (steel bracelet).

 

 

Hublot: Big Bang Unico Nespresso Origin

Hublot combined two of our favorite things (coffee and watches) into one green-hued watch when the watchmaker teamed with Nespresso to create an environmentally friendly Big Bang watch made using recycled Nespresso capsules and coffee grounds.

The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Nespresso Origin is a 42mm limited edition watch with a case, crown, bezel, and pushers made from recycled aluminum. The watch’s caseback and movement container are both made from recycled titanium. In a world first, Hublot and Nespresso have transformed used coffee grounds into watch straps. Price: $24,100.

 

 

Grand Seiko: GMT Series

Grand Seiko continues to commemorate the quarter-century anniversary of its excellent Caliber 9S mechanical movement series with a new release of two GMT watches —one sporty model and one dressy edition—each powered by a specific edition of the caliber. 

Both watches feature dials that echo the skies over Mt. Iwate, in the Iwate Prefecture in Japan, where Grand Seiko hand-assembles its watches. The sportier edition (the Sport Collection GMT Caliber 9S 25th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGJ275, ) features a first for  Grand Seiko: a clear caseback on a mechanical watch with water resistance of 200 meters. 

On the front, you’ll see a sapphire blue and white rotating bezel marked to indicate three time zones. Grand Seiko fits its Hi-Beat GMT Caliber 9S86 to power the watch, providing a frequency of 36,000 vph and very stable  precision. The 2,000-piece limited edition is priced at $7,600. 

We’ll post more 2023 favorites tomorrow and through the end of this week. 

Bulova adds a handsome new automatic pocket watch and new automatic and quartz tank models to its vintage-themed Classic collection. All the new additions are inspired by Bulova’s own Sutton series from the early 20th century.

The new Bulova Classic pocket watch, with skeletonized automatic movement.

Pocket watch

The new pocket watch, offered in either silver-tone or gold-tone styles, measures 50mm in diameter and features an eye-catching skeletonized automatic Miyota movement with a 42-hour power reserve. 

The watch’s polished steel case and snap-open case back is nicely vertical-brush finished, recalling graceful, vintage styling of an earlier age.

Particularly note that the case’s architectural lines continue onto the watch’s chain, which includes a signature Bulova tuning fork clasp. Bulova makes the watch in either silver with blue-tone Roman numerals and markers or with a luxurious gold tone case and accents and grey Roman numerals and markers. Prices: $595-$695.

Sutton Tank models

Bulova’s new Sutton tank watches include one 33mm x 49mm rectangle stainless steel automatic model that boasts a new bracelet.

Made with a two tone design (silver-tone and gold-tone finish) with textured white dial, curved mineral crystal and an open aperture between the 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions.

The new Bulova Sutton Automatic tank watch, with a new bracelet.

Within that space we see the escapement of the 82SO Miyota automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve.

Placed on a matching two-tone silver and gold stainless steel bracelet, the watch sells for $550.

Also new are two quartz-powered tank watches, each measuring a smaller 21mm x 32.5mm size, and each featuring a stainless steel case with gold-tone finish, mother-of-pearl dial and curved mineral crystal.

One of two new quartz-powered Bulova tank models.

One model offers a diamond accented dial and is set on an alligator grain strap with matching stitching ($350).

The second version featuring Roman numeral accents and is set on a two-tone silver and gold stainless steel bracelet ($395). Bulova fits both the strap and bracelet version quick-release spring bars to allow for easy interchangeability.

Accutron adds four new colors to its electrostatic-movement-powered DNA timepiece collection to create the new Accutron DNA Casino series.

One of four new Accutron DNA Casino watches.

This sportier version of the original Accutron Spaceview series arrives in bright-hues, including green, blue, orange and red, all meant to echo the Las Vegas neon skyline.

Like the initial Accutron DNA models, these debuts feature 45.1mm steel cases in a grey finish with silver-grey accent on the outer hour/minute ring and silver-tone hands.

For each, a colorful open-work dial and crown match its brightly colored integrated rubber strap, which is set with a solid double-press deployant closure.

 

As a reminder, Accutron’s DNA collection and its Spaceview models feature watches powered by Accutron’s proprietary movement that utilizes electrostatic energy as created by rotating twin ‘turbines.’

That energy, stored in an accumulator, powers two motors. One is an electrostatic motor to power the seconds hand and the other is a step motor powering the hour and minute hands. Accutron clocks the movement’s monthly accuracy to plus or minus five seconds.

“The vibrancy and energy of the casino atmosphere came to life in the new Accutron DNA Casino collection,” says Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch America. “These new timepieces are a playful way to showcase the world’s first electrostatic powered watch movement.”

Accutron will make each watch as a limited edition of 100 pieces, each priced at $3,500.