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Tissot Heritage Memphis Limited Edition Watches

For 2021, Swiss Tissot is re-releasing an interesting neo-Bauhaus watch it originally debuted in the late 1980s as conceived by the creator of one of the most interesting design schools of modern times: Ettore Sottsass. Today’s Tissot Heritage Memphis watches will be produced as limited edition models for both men (41mm-wide case) and women (34mm-wide case), faithfully recreating a still very interesting design while also smartly positioning the product at an affordable price point, making it appealing to a larger spectrum of collectors.
The Tissot Memphis collection was designed for Tissot by Milan-based design collective known as the Memphis Group. This was a group of industrial and artistic designs assembled and led by the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, and it lasted from 1980-1987. The Tissot Memphis was personally designed by Ettore Sottsass himself and came out in 1988. More on the Memphis Group below — but first the watch.
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Hands-on Debut: Marathon White Arctic Edition GSAR Watch

Today, Canada-based professional-use watchmaker Marathon debuts one of its most highly-anticipated timepieces in a while. This is the white-dialed “Arctic Edition” of the famed GSAR (General Search And Rescue) watch, also known as the Marathon Arctic Edition Large Diver’s Automatic. This is only the third modern watch Marathon has produced with a white-colored dial, and aBlogtoWatch debuted all of them. The new Arctic Edition GSAR is available either as the reference WW194006-00-01-3-001-0040 on a strap, or as the reference WW194006-00-01-001-0001 on the matching steel bracelet (as reviewed).
White-dialed Marathon watches began in the 36mm-wide MSAR collection in 2019 with a quartz movement-based watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here), and then later in 2020 with the also 36mm-wide automatic movement-powered Marathon Arctic MSAR diver’s watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here). The GSAR watch is very similar, but it has a 41mm-wide case; the proportions on both models is excellent, but this 41m..

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Grand Seiko SLGH007 140th Anniversary Limited-Edition Watch In Platinum

When Grand Seiko released the new Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat movement last year, the brand debuted it in the sunburst dial yellow gold SLGH002 and followed up with a steel “birch” textured dial model a few weeks back. Now, we see a high-end iteration that shows off what Grand Seiko does best on both the dial and movement sides. The newly released Grand Seiko SLGH007 Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition is a 140-piece platinum watch that shows off a new “tree ring” textured dial on the front and the Caliber 9SA5 Hi-Beat on the back.
The SLGH007 is done in a platinum case that measures 40mm-wide and 11.7mm-thick, what Grand Seiko has dubbed the “Series 9” case, which is a spin on the classic 44GS. Characterized by those large hands and prominent hour markers, the Series 9 is going to be a big part of what the future of Grand Seiko looks like in the coming years. I’ve somehow yet to wear a Series 9 piece, but I’ve heard fairly universally good things about how it wears. Of course, the SLGH0..

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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705”

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: it flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just a 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogues, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, render it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until ju..

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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition ‘Tribute To 3705’

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: It flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogs, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, renders it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until just ..

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Breitling Debuts Limited-Edition Top Time Deus

Australian lifestyle brand Deus ex Machina has carved out a loyal global following since 2006, offering enthusiasts a laid-back hand-drawn aesthetic and a rose-tinted vintage attitude for everything from surfboards to motorcycles, fashion, classic Porsches, and even coffee. As its first major release of 2021, Breitling offers Deus ex Machina its first foray into the world of timepieces, translating the café racer-inspired Deus aesthetic into a playful and distinctive limited-edition model. The new limited-edition Breitling Top Time Deus shows off the versatility of the relatively new revived Top Time line, offering a relaxed and youthful feel rarely found in this market segment.
The 41mm stainless steel case of the Breitling Top Time Deus follows the same pattern as previous Top Time releases, with an elemental design that feels true to the line’s ‘60s roots. Narrow tapering lugs, an even narrower polished bezel, and a simple cylindrical mid-case are a classic midcentury sports watch ..

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Konstantin Chaykin Announces Limited-Edition Minotaur Watch

With China becoming one of the world’s most important luxury market over the past several years, watch brands have increasingly turned to designs tailored to the Chinese market or referencing Chinese culture. Perhaps the largest category of these are watches commemorating Chinese New Year, with brands across the industry developing limited-edition variants referencing the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Boutique haute horlogerie brand Konstantin Chaykin has been a prolific part of this trend since 2019, and as the Year of the Ox begins in 2021 the brand has turned its eye toward an unlikely inspiration on this Chinese holiday: ancient Greece. The limited-edition Konstantin Chaykin Minotaur revamps the brand’s signature pareidolic “Wristmon” concept with a brand new complication and a mythical new theme centered around the legendary bull-headed monster of the Knossos labyrinth.
The 42mm case of the Konstantin Chaykin Minotaur shares much of its overall form with the rest of the brand’s ..

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Panerai Debuts Limited-Edition Platinumtech Luminor Marina

One of the great innovations in luxury watchmaking over the past several years has been the wave of durable proprietary case materials, bringing sporty toughness and scratch resistance to a vast array of bespoke carbon compounds and gold alloys. Italian watchmaker Panerai has been a prolific contender in this industry-wide material arms race and, for its latest release, the brand ups the ante by creating a new exclusive case alloy that brings immense durability to the world’s most precious metal: platinum. The new limited-edition Panerai Platinumtech Luminor Marina offers the first showcase of this advanced new material, pairing the lustrous case with a unique earthy dial colorway.
While the signature 44mm Luminor case design of the Panerai Platinumtech Luminor Marina might feel familiar, the brand takes an unprecedented road to achieve this familiar look. The case material here is Platinumtech, a new in-house-developed platinum alloy that boasts far greater hardness than traditional ..

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Omega Announces Seamaster Diver 300M ‘Beijing 2022’ Special Edition

One of the strangest side effects of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic on the luxury watch industry is the rise of what might be called “phantom limited editions.” With so many events postponed or canceled, 2020 brought with it a wide crop of limited-edition models commemorating things that never actually occurred, and perhaps the highest-profile example of this is the series of designs Omega released for the (currently postponed) 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. This “phantom limited edition” concept is beginning to drive massive collector interest, as searches for Omega Olympic models were up over 200 percent in 2020 on the popular online watch trading platform Chrono24. With this swelling consumer interest, and with major international events like the Olympics still very much in doubt for the foreseeable future, Omega is doubling down on the phenomenon in preparation for the upcoming Winter Olympics, currently scheduled for early 2022 in Beijing. The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ..

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Girard-Perregaux Announces Limited Edition Laureato Absolute Wired Watch

2021 marks the 230th anniversary of Girard-Perregaux, and while the brand has an extensive history its focus is firmly on the future of the watch industry. To this end, the historic marque has launched its first ever e-commerce platform, and to celebrate this debut the brand has created a special limited edition variant of the modernist Laureato Absolute sports watch. The new limited edition Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Wired takes a futuristic, exotic material approach to one of the brand’s hallmark designs, providing a stunning kickoff to its new online sales platform.
The aggressive lines of the integrated 44mm case follow the classic Laureato formula, but the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Wired interprets this shape in unique carbon glass. Formed by joining alternating layers of carbon fiber and fiberglass together under immense heat and pressure, the resulting material is lightweight, extremely strong, and takes on a unique striated appearance. The main body of the cas..