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Independent Swiss watchmaker Norqain launches the Independence 22 Skeleton, a limited edition steel version of its black DLC model that quickly sold out last year.

The new Norqain Independence 22 Skeleton.

The newest version features a 42mm stainless steel case with brushed, polished and sandblasted finishing. But the real draw is how Norqain frames its ruthenium-colored, COSC-certified, Sellita-based caliber NN08S with exposed gears, wheels and bridges.

Each supporting bridge within the architecturally designed movement is held by at least two arms. This creates a particularly rigid movement, according to Norqain, which offers a “exceptional shock resistance and a high level of robustness.”

Under the Norqain-logo-printed sapphire crystal you’ll see two skeletonized hands and a red-tipped seconds hand. All are coated in top-quality white SuperLuminova.

Norqain says it will make 300 Independence 22 Skeleton watches, and will make additional pieces upon request.

Price: $3,990.

 

A. Lange & Söhne releases its 1815 Rattrapante with a platinum case, adding a new look to the highly complex chronograph with split-seconds mechanism. The German watchmaker had previously offered the watch, its first pure split-seconds model, only cased in its own Honey Gold alloy.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante, now in platinum.

The new look also provides a bright silver dial and dark blued hands that add a regal air to the watch. The watch’s classical railway-track minute scale and the large Arabic numerals retain watchmaker’s own historic style, especially apt for a collection named for the birth year of its founder Ferdinand A. Lange.

While the dial appears traditional, its layout is somewhat unusual for an A. Lange & Söhne chronograph. Watchmakers opted to place the 30-minute counter and the subsidiary seconds dial at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively, on the vertical center axis, veering from the more traditional positions at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock.

The watchmaker’s beautifully decorated caliber L101.2, fully visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback, treats the wearer to a micro-engineered show as gears and levers slide and click through elapsed and lap-time measurements, a display centered on the movement’s two column wheels. (See specifications below for details).

A. Lange & Söhne equips the movement with bridges and cocks made of untreated German silver, a screw balance, screwed gold chatons that secure the jewels and a hand-engraved balance cock. And of course all the levers, springs and jumpers are decorated with straight graining while all peripheral chamfers are polished.

A. Lange & Söhne will make the 1815 Rattrapante with a platinum case as a limited edition of 200 pieces. Price: Initially listed at $154,200, the price is now upon request.

 

Specifications: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante

(Ref. 425.025, 200-piece limited edition)

Movement: Lange manufacture caliber L101.2, manually wound, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates made of untreated German silver; balance cock and chronograph bridge engraved by hand. Shock-resistant screw balance; balance spring crafted in-house, frequency 21,600 vph, precision-beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring. Power reserve is 58 hours when fully wound.

Case: 41.2 mm by 12.6mm platinum. Crown for winding the watch and setting the time, two chronograph pushers, one pusher to operate the rattrapante (split-second) mechanism.

Dial: Solid silver.

Strap: Hand-stitched black alligator leather with platinum buckle.

Price: Initially listed at $154,200, the price is now upon request.

 

Detroit Watch Company looks to the skies as it expands its primarily ground-based collection of affordably priced automatic models, most of which are inspired by its local industry and – unusually – its area code. Look for a new set of pilot-styled watches called Aviator in the collection, which are debuting with two options: a power reserve model and a chronograph.

The Detroit Watch Company Aviator Chronograph.

You might be familiar with the company’s very cool City Collection 313, which mimics an analog telephone dial, or its impressive M1-Woodward series, named for a legendary Detroit avenue. Each delivers distinctive style borne of its hometown as filtered through the eyes of Detroit Watch Company founders Patrick and Amy Ayoub, who started the company together nine years ago.

The Detroit Watch Company Aviator Chronograph, black DLC version.

The pair’s latest designs, each limited to 100 pieces, echo popular pilot watch designs, but with a Detroit twist. Both are built with 42mm steel cases, with a black DLC option also available in an additional twenty-five editions both models. And each features a dial and crown imprinted with a Detroit Fleur-de-Lys.

The Detroit Watch Company Aviator Power Reserve, black DLC edition.

On the Aviator Power Reserve you’ll find a prominently placed power reserve indicator at the 6 o’clock position, alongside a large sub-seconds indicator.

The Detroit Watch Company Aviator Power Reserve.

The Aviator Chronograph offers pure pilot styling with a day-date display, a red-tipped chronograph seconds that also boasts a stylized Detroit ‘D’.

These are super-solid steel-cased watches with distinctive styling, Swiss automatic movements – all sold at an impressively affordable prices. Prices: $1,495-$1,595 (Aviator Power Reserve) and $2,200 – $2,350 (Aviator Chronograph)

 

Specifications: Detroit Watch Company Aviator Power Reserve

(Limited to 100 numbered pieces. 001/100. 25 pieces in DLC)

Movement: Automatic Swiss Sellita SW279-1, deluxe finishing, Glucydur balance, Incabloc shock absorber, date, 28,800 vph, 38-hour power reserve. Decorated movement with blued screws, perlage, Cotes de Genève.

Dial: Black or green, date display in window, power reserve subdial counter.

Case: 42mm x 9.7mm polished/brushed stainless steel, screw down crown. Exhibition caseback. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Also available in DLC (with black dial). Water resistant to fifty meters.

Strap: Calf leather with buckle and quick release spring bars. Ballistic (Kevlar) strap with deployant clasp on DLC edition.

Price: $1495-$1595 (DLC Edition)

Specifications: Detroit Watch Company Aviator Chronograph

(Limited to 100 numbered pieces. 001/100. 25 pieces in DLC)

Movement: Custom Swiss Valjoux Eta 7750 automatic & manual winding, chronograph. Shock-absorber-Incabloc, anachron hairspring, Glucydur balance, 28,800 vph, 48-hour power reserve, custom DWC decoration.

Dial: Blue or black, day-date display in window, minutes subdial counter, hour subdial counter, small second subdial.

Case: 42mm by14.2mm polished/brushed stainless steel, exhibition caseback sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, water resistant to 50 meters.

Strap: Calf leather with buckle and quick release spring bars. Ballistic (Kevlar) strap with deployant clasp on DLC edition.

Price: $2,200-$2,350 (DLC edition).

 

Tutima Glashütte releases the M2 Seven Seas S-PVD, an addition to one of its best selling collections, with a smaller steel case, a hardened black PVD coating and spectacular yellow dégradé dial that melts to green at its edges.

The new Tutima M2 Seven Seas S-PVD.

Now with a debut 40mm case, considerably smaller than the collection’s standard 43mm diameter, Tutima’s new M2 Seven Seas S-PVD retains its sportiness, notably with an ultra-hard black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel and a full 500-meter water resistance rating.

For those who prefer a moderate-sized sports watch, this new 40mm case fits well on narrower wrists, especially with the M2 Seven Seas’ integrated lugs. The lugs support a sharp-looking leather and rubber strap, which has its rubber underneath (on the skin) and its top with green-stitched leather, nicely matching the green color around the dial’s edge. All hands and indexes are coated with a generous helping of SuperLuminova.

As ever, Tutima fits a practical folding clasp to the strap to allow the wearer easy adjustment. Inside you’ll find Tutima’s automatic ETA-based Caliber 330.

Price: $1,980.

Ulysse Nardin launches the Diver Chronograph 44mm Limited Edition Great White, a shark-themed version of its Diver Chronograph, and expands its fund-raising for shark conservation.

The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph 44mm Limited Edition Great White.

The new watch is the latest of the Le Locle-based watchmaker’s extensive collection of shark-themed models. 

Ulysse Nardin launched its first such line in 2010 with the Diver Hammerhead and has added several shark-themed watches since that time, including the Diver Blue Shark (2019) and last year’s Diver Lemon Shark. Each debut included a fund-raising element for shark environmental health.

Ulysse Nardin pairs the debut of the new watch with several environmental initiatives. These include donating to One Percent For The Planet, which means Ulysse Nardin will donate one percent of annual sales of all “shark watches” to support non-profit organizations focused on sharks.

Mike Coots wears the new Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph 44mm Limited Edition Great White.

Ulysse Nardin will also partner with Sharktrust, a leading European shark conservation charity. In addition, the watchmaker adds shark expert and photographer Mike Coots to its ‘friends of the brand” list. 

The new watch is a 44mm titanium-cased chronograph with a white, unidirectional rotating rubberized bezel. The bezel frames a grey “shark skin” dial with blue and white accents and the words Great White just below the Ulysse Nardin logo.

Not surprisingly, you’ll find a shark silhouette on the watch’s white rubber strap. An image of a great white shark is stamped on the case back. As a serious dive watch, water resistance is a full 300 meters.

Inside Ulysse Nardin fits its excellent automatic Caliber UN-150 with silicon escapement wheel, anchor and balance spring.

Ulysse Nardin is making the Diver Chronograph 44mm Limited Edition Great White as a limited series of 300 pieces. Price: $13,300.