The Rolex GMT-Master II is one sharp watch with the power of two time zones. Nowadays, your smartphone updates to the correct time once you turn off airplane mode upon hitting the runway – but for earlier jet-setters it took some serious mechanical advances in watchmaking to account for changes in time. This 4-hand self-winding Rolex pays homage to the those earlier days, and the blue GMT hand keeps 24-hour Greenwhich Mean Time while the standard hand keeps the local hour. The two-toned Cerachrom ceramic bezel is virtually scratchproof and rotates in both directions to quickly read the GMT hand in various time zones. A sophisticated mechanism allows the hour hand to be adjusted in hour increments without disturbing the time keeping of the minute and second hands (whereas in other watches the time would stop and all hands would move at once). While at first glance it may look just like a Rolex Submariner with a black and blue bezel (and to be fair, they are extremely similar in many ways), the complex dual-time movement in the GMT-Master is what sets it apart. Only downside is the $9,895 retail price.
Ditching the chronograph features commonly found on Breitling watches, the Galactic 41 has a simpler face design with large hour markers and a pronounced double-window calendar display. The 41 mm case is topped with glareproofed cambered sapphire crystal and this self-winding automatic watch has 42 hours of power reserve. Waterproof up to 1000 feet, the sporty Galactic is durable enough for everyday use, yet elegant enough to wear to formal affairs. Starting at $5,985 for a steel case, the Galactic 41 is also available in other options including rose gold.
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The TAG Heuer Carrera is a sleek and clean-styled luxury watch that you can wear everyday, and while it doesn’t come cheap, it’s a much more affordable option than say a Rolex. The Calibre 5 Range of the Carrera now offers a bold Day-Date Window at 3. While it still has the same automatic movement as the standard Carrera (which also just received a slight makeover), the new Day-Date version bumps up in size from a 39 mm to 41 mm, and the retail price moves from $2,900 to $3,300.
Limited to only 500 units, the Breitling Super Avenger II Military Limited Edition is not only bad-ass looking, it’s rare. Being unique doesn’t come cheap and this special Breitling will set you back $7,400 if you can get your hands on one. We’re assuming it’ll retain its value for years to come – but it may be hard to part with that stealthy carbon-based black coating that covers the steel case. Other features of this special automatic chronograph include a glare-proofed sapphire crystal, under which are large white Arabic numerals set in military time, making for easy readings in the heat of battle (or the boardroom).
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer line is a series of luxury sport watches designed for aquatic sports and this new sailing inspired model holds true with it’s 500M/1660ft water resistance. The Aquaracer 500M Ceramic features a large 43mm case, chronograph functions, date display and is topped off with a black ceramic unidirectional bezel. Powered by TAG Heuer’s Calibre 16 automatic movement the watch has a 42 hour power reserver when not in use, and luminescent hands and indexes provide excellent visibility in the dark or underwater adding to the usability of this luxury sports watch. Retails for $4,300.
TAG Heuer recently released details on their latest concept watch, the Carrera CMC (Carbon Matrix Composite) Concept Chronograph. Made with the same space-age carbon composite found in Formula 1 cars, this futuristic Carrera weighs only 76.9 ounces and the resilient construction will allow the watch to age with less wear and tear than other luxury watches. No mention of price, but we’re sure it won’t come cheap.
The Breitling Montbrillant 01 certainly won’t go unnoticed with its bold 40mm steel case and grooved bezel. Powered by Breitling’s high-performance Caliber 01 automatic chronograph movement, the watch has an impressive 70-hour power reserve, and displays the date along with three chrongraph functions: 1/4th second, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. The bidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel also serves as circular slide rule. The name of this luxury timepiece pays homage to Breitling’s former workshop – which was located on Montbrillant Street in La Chaux-de-Fonds, from 1892 to 1979. Retails for around $8k.
If you’re in the market for a luxury watch, but want to stray from the typical materials (steel, gold, etc) check out the Movado BOLD Titanium model range. With a large 46mm Titanium case, they have a sporty, modern and luxurious look that will stand out from other timepieces. Powered by Swiss Quartz, these Movados also feature a date display and are water resistant up to 100 feet.
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We had previously featured Bell & Ross timepieces on Frachelli, and they now also offer vintage watches that are inspired by the WW1 and WW2 eras. Shown above is the Bell & Ross WW1-92 Heritage which pays tribute to the first watches worn by pilots in the 1920s. This fine crafted automatic powered watch features a large 45mm case, luminescent index hour markers and hands, display with the hour markers in the center, and thin leather strap. The WW1-92 Heritage retails around $3,700.