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Sinn Debuts Limited Edition U1 DS Watch

2021 marks the 60th anniversary of German tool watch brand Sinn, and the marque has a year of unique novelties planned to celebrate the occasion. For the first entry in this planned series, Sinn returns to its tough and functional U1 diver line with a unique dial variant cased in its signature German submarine steel material. The new limited edition Sinn U1 DS combines the brand’s core design philosophies with an aggressive and weathered new look that emphasizes Sinn’s definitive toughness.
The 44mm German submarine steel case of the Sinn U1 DS follows the same rounded utilitarian pattern as regular production models, with a deep and even bead blasted gray tone throughout in initial images. The 4 o’clock screwdown crown, tall case sides, short wide set lugs, and unique shallow scalloped dive bezel are all present here, offering a more tool oriented perspective on dive watch cues than many of its competitors. The insert-free unidirectional bezel features a full engraved dive scale, kee..

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Louis Erard Unveils Limited Edition Excellence Émail Grand Feu Watch

Enamel dial finishing is an art unto itself in watchmaking, and among this labor intensive discipline few processes carry the prestige of the traditional Grand Feu enamel technique. While Grand Feu has been used in horology for centuries, the complexity and difficulty of the process has traditionally confined this finish to high-end luxury models. Louis Erard looks to change this preconception with its first major release of 2021, bringing the richness and tradition to a somewhat more democratic price point. With a timelessly clean dress design and an impressively affordable take on the classic Grand Feu enamel dial, the new limited edition Louis Erard Excellence Émail Grand Feu stands as an impressive dark horse contender in this traditional dress watch segment.
While on the large side for a dress design at 42mm wide, the stainless steel case of the Louis Erard Excellence Émail Grand Feu is pure classic dress watch in its design. A fully polished finish, rounded case sides, an elegan..

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Casio Unveils Limited Edition G-Shock MR-G Kachi-Iro Collection

Within the extensive stable of Casio’s rugged G-Shock line, the luxurious MR-G series occupies the very top of the hierarchy. MR-G often combines the best of Casio’s quartz and connected technology with world-class finishing and design inspired by Japanese culture, and for the line’s first release of 2021 the brand continues this trend. For these models, the inspiration is kachi-iro, a deep navy blue pigment that has been the color of victory in Japan for centuries and was often used as decoration on traditional samurai armor. The limited edition Casio G-Shock MR-G MRGB2000B-1A and Casio G-Shock MR-G MRGB2000R-1A combine this traditional color with unique materials, a variety of finishing patterns, and a dazzling array of features for a striking, unorthodox, and durable take on luxury watchmaking.
Both the Casio G-Shock MR-G MRGB2000B-1A and the MR-G MRGB2000R1-A begin with the hefty angular integrated case of the MRGB2000 series in black DLC-coated titanium, treated with a deep layer..

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Laco Debuts Limited-Edition Augsburg Oliv 42 And Aachen Oliv 42 Watches

Over 80 years after their introduction, the flieger design standards set down by the German Luftwaffe in the early days of World War II remain the backbone of most modern pilot watch design. German tool watch specialist Laco has one of the closest ties to this design lineage of any brand, as one of the five companies contracted by the German government to make the original flieger watches, and the brand has continued to evolve the clean and utilitarian style ever since. Laco’s first major releases of 2021 continue this tradition, reimagining two of its core pilot styles with a patinated military look. The new limited-edition Laco Augsburg Oliv 42 and Laco Aachen Oliv 42 help to prove the longevity and versatility of the core flieger design, giving the utilitarian concept a rugged new sense of worn personality.
Both the Laco Augsburg Oliv 42 and the Laco Aachen Oliv 42 begin with Laco’s elemental 42mm flieger watch case in stainless steel. The form of this case should be familiar to an..

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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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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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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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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..