Maurice Lacroix indulges its luxurious side with the Eliros Sunshine, a gilded addition to its fashion-forward Eliros collection.

The new Maurice Lacroix Eliros Sunshine.

While the glittery dial and strap on the 40mm quartz watch catch your eye immediately, it’s the textured pyramid pattern that sets the watch apart from other chic wristwear.

The watch’s sapphire crystal will thwart your attempt to run your finger over the dial to feel the peaks in the golden pyramid range. But you’re free to caress the supple gold strap, which features its own dimensional pleasures.

Maurice Lacroix ensures that the gold hues on the dial and the case match the brightly colored leather strap by utilizing an immersion technique for both components. And to further underscore the fashionable intent of the Eliros Sunshine, the Swiss watchmaker packages the watch into dual-use box and handbag made with a textured material that matches the watch strap.

The watch’s gold-colored leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, and its thin gold-colored seconds hand, remain relatively easy to read even with their matching shades. Not surprisingly, the Maurice Lacroix stylized M logo is also quite visible on the dial, just atop the name, spelled out for all to see.

Confident of their stylish new Eliros Sunshine, the folks at Maurice Lacroix ask you to “form an orderly queue for one of the hottest watches this season.”

Price: $850.

Luminox enhances its Bear Grylls Survival Collection’s sustainability quotient in the latest Bear Grylls Survival Rule of 3 watch through the use of new up-cycled plastic Ocean Material for the case, bezel and black strap.

The new Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Rule of 3 Tide watch.

Built in partnership with Swiss-based Tide Ocean SA, the material is as durable and water resistant as Luminox’s own Carbonox, which cases earlier Bear Grylls models.

Luminox is making the new Bear Grylls Survival Rule of 3 Tide watch in two versions: black dial with black up-cycled Ocean Material strap and green Ocean Material bezel or black dial with orange rubber strap and green Ocean Material bezel.

As a company, Luminox has greatly enhanced its watch manufacturing process using recycled and up-cycled materials and has developed company wide CO2 neutral status since 2020.

For the uninitiated, the Rule of 3 states that an adventurer can not survive without air for 3 minutes, shelter for 3 hours, water for 3 days and food for 3 weeks. This accounts for the extra-large numeral 3 on the dial in its appropriate position on all watches in the collection.

Just across the dial, the Bear Grylls Never Give Up logo balances the large 3. You’ll also find the Rule of 3 also spelled out on a removable sliding tab on the watchstrap.

Luminox is well known for placing self-illuminated hands and bezel markers on its watches. The illumination, which emanates from micro gas tubes, remains bright for up to twenty-five years. Here, the primary hour markers, hands, and 3 are illuminated.

The 42mm Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Rule of 3 Tide watch, powered with a Ronda quartz movement, is water resistant to 200 meters. Price: $495.

With the new Casquette 2.0, Girard-Perregaux revisits its Casquette, a futuristic tubular LED watch first seen in 1976. The watchmaker this week introduces an updated version of the quartz-powered watch with new case materials and new functions.

The new Girard-Perregaux Casquette 2.0.

Like the original model, which Girard-Perregaux offered from 1976 to 1978, the new version retains a forward-facing, driver’s-watch-style case and characteristic red LED display showing the hours, minutes, seconds, day, and date.

For the Casquette 2.0 update however, Girard-Perregaux has added several functions to the display, including the month, year, a chronograph, a second time zone display and a ‘secret’ date. (The latter function allows the wearer to save a memorable date, such as an anniversary or birthday, to appear each day at a time specified by the wearer.)

To complement the new features Girard-Perregaux also updates the Casquette’s watchcase by utilizing black ceramic and grade 5 titanium. The original Casquette was offered in three case variants: polycarbonate, yellow gold plate and steel.

The original Casquette, from a 1975 ad.

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Astute observers may recall that Girard-Perregaux entered a Casquette into last year’s Only Watch charity auction. That one-off watch featured a new movement, the Caliber GP03980, which now powers the Casquette 2.0 series. Made in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department, the watch sold for CHF 100,000, and foreshadowed the release of the Casquette 2.0.

“Not all watches retain their looks and desirability with the passage of time,” says Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux. “However, since production of the original Casquette ceased in 1978, the interest in this watch has never diminished. We regularly receive inquiries and have witnessed these models attract much attention, fetching 10 times their original sales price on the pre-owned market.”

To display the time or access any of the new Casquette 2.0 features, the wearer must first press a pusher. This on-demand feature extends the quartz movement’s battery life, which Girard-Perregaux estimates is two years.

The newly designed ceramic bracelet features a rubber interior that Girard-Perregaux says is “more flexible and comfortable than its counterpart fitted to the original Casquette.” And you’ll now find a folding titanium buckle holding the bracelet to the wrist.

Girard-Perregaux is limiting the production of the new Casquette to 820 pieces– a reference to 8,200, the total number of Casquette watches made in the 1970s. The pricing for the Casquette 2.0 is almost as retro as the watch design: $4,700. Already sold out on the Girard-Perregaux website, you might find it in select Girard-Perregaux retailers.

Specifications: Girard-Perregaux Casquette 2.0

 limited edition of 820 pieces)

Case: 42.40mm by 33.60mm by 14.64mm
 black ceramic and grade 5 titanium, grade 5 titanium pushers, sapphire crystal. Case-back: titanium secured by 4 screws. Water resistance: 50 meters.

Dial: Tubular LED display.

Movement: GP03980
quartz. Frequency: 32,768 Hz, 45
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month, year, chronograph, second time zone, secret date.

Bracelet: Black ceramic with rubber interior and folding titanium buckle.

Price: $4,700.

By Gary Girdvainis

Vostok-Europe launches into orbit with its new Space Race edition. Celebrating the years 1957 through 1975 (as etched on the case back), the watch touches both sides of the Cold War-era of the last century.

The Vostok-Europe Space-Race, quartz chronograph model.

The critical dates and the events in the challenge to get to the moon occurred in this eighteen-year window. From Sputnik to Gagarin to John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, all these events and related personalities made their marks within those fateful dates. This is all honored in the new Space Race watch.

The Vostok-Europe Space-Race, automatic model.

Vostok-Europe is a boutique watch brand based in Vilnius, Lithuania, with seventeen years on the market. They build mostly sport and recreational watches, particularly dive watches.

The Space Race won’t be the only watch in their collection with ties to space travel. The Lunokhod II is inspired by a series of lunar rovers the Russians put on the moon. The N1 Rocket and the Energia both celebrate two of the most complex and largest rocket systems ever built.

The Space Race series features two models. One is driven by a YN55 automatic movement and the other is powered by a Miyota quartz chronograph movement. The case size is 47mm by 17mm, so these are not small watches.  A K1 glass system protects the watch. With a 200-meter water resistant design, this is nearly a professional grade diver, save for the required rotating bezel.

The Space Race comes in eight different color dial options. The strap is an extra thick leather and there are also mesh and rubber bracelet options.

Prices range from $369 to $549 and are available at www.R2Awatches.com

Geneva-based Alpina re-affirms its deep connections to the sporting world by introducing an eye-catching, affordably priced quartz chronograph in partnership with the snow sport Freeride World Tour.

The new Alpina Alpiner Quartz Chronograph Freeride World Tour Limited Edition.

The new limited edition Alpiner Quartz Chronograph Freeride World Tour 2022 commemorates Alpina’s fifth year as a partner of the ski and snowboarding competition series.

To be produced as a limited edition of 100 pieces, the 42mm steel watch is designed to recall the original 1938 Alpiner4, complete with Alpina’s red triangle logo at the base of the seconds hand.

Like the original Alpiner4, this new model also combines the four primary features that typically define a sports watch: anti-magnetism, shock resistance, water resistance and a steel case.

This limited model, however, incorporates the Freeride World Tour ‘alpine peaks’ logo at 12 o’clock and on its solid caseback (atop an engraving of the Swiss extreme skiing mountain Bec De Rosses). The watch also adds a chronograph, which is displayed here on the black dial via three counters, each framed by a silver circle.

Alpina touts an impressive four-and-a-half-year battery life for its quartz movement.

Price: $1,295.