REINCARNATIONS

The Peak (Hong Kong) - - Watches -

Cre­at­ing an iconic look isn't easy, and when a de­sign con­tin­ues to cap­ti­vate col­lec­tors and fans decades af­ter its birth, it's truly some­thing worth cel­e­brat­ing. As watch­mak­ers con­tinue to fi­nesse their most beloved de­signs, we take a look at what it takes to be a horo­log­i­cal leg­end.

Mark­ing its sev­enth decade in pro­duc­tion this year, Omega's Sea­mas­ter has lived a life as an icon be­yond that of a time­piece. James Bond's watch of choice, the util­i­tar­ian time­piece, even void of the bells and whis­tles of those worn by the fic­tional spy, con­tin­ues to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of col­lec­tors. This year, the watch­maker opts to un­veil sev­eral ren­di­tions of the Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M on the eve of the model's 25th birthday. The Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M Ti­ta­nium Tan­talum Limited Edi­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, caught our at­ten­tion. Tan­talum is used on the bezel and ac­cent­ing links of the bracelet. To­gether with the con­trast­ing Sedna Gold bezel, crown and bracelet links, the piece sheds that cliché blue hue of­ten found in div­ing watches. And of course, fast ap­proach­ing its goals to in­te­grate Mas­ter Chronome­ter move­ments into its en­tire line-up, this limited edi­tion piece is pow­ered by an in-house Omega move­ment.

The only pi­lot watch that can ac­tu­ally call it­self by that name, Zenith trade­marked the Pi­lot name and had been driv­ing the col­lec­tion for­ward with var­i­ous ren­di­tions of the chrono­graph, bring­ing fresh, mod­ern de­tails to this clas­sic. This year, the watch­maker launched the Pi­lot Type 20 Ex­tra Spe­cial Chrono­graph, bring­ing a new matte blue shade to the dial. De­signed for high-flying pro­fes­sion­als, the de­sign has al­ways been dis­tin­guished by its large, leg­i­ble dial. Large nu­mer­als dom­i­nate the dial while two chrono­graph coun­ters are po­si­tioned at three and nine o'clock, bring­ing a vis­ually har­mo­nious bal­ance to the de­sign. The piece's bronze case, paired with an oily nubuck strap, is rem­i­nis­cent of vin­tage mod­els. An El Primero au­to­matic move­ment sus­tains the time­keep­ing func­tions for up to 50 hours when fully wound. Clean de­signs have al­ways been the sig­na­ture at Glashütte Orig­i­nal, but within the pa­ram­e­ters of a clas­sic round dial, the watch­maker still man­ages to cre­ate a few sur­prises. This year, the launch of the Sen­a­tor Ex­cel­lence Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Limited Edi­tion gets a new face by way of a skele­tonised dial. The per­pet­ual cal­en­dar func­tion con­tin­ues to be pleas­ingly laid out for easy read­ing. The one thing that's dif­fer­ent is the cutout of the dial plate; the guil­loche base­plate is re­vealed just be­neath the black dial in a con­trast­ing shade of white. The moon phase, hands and minute mark­ers all add a pleas­ing hint of blue to the other­wise monochro­matic dial. There's been plenty of buzz sur­round­ing Rolex's new ‘Pepsi' Gmt-mas­ter II. The de­sign has been given an en­tirely new look with the Oys­ter­steel Ju­bilee bracelet. It's also the first time that Rolex has pre­sented the Cer­achrom bezel in a blue and red bi-colour ex­e­cu­tion. This time­piece that dates back to 1954 gets not only a new ce­ramic bezel and bracelet but also a new cal­i­bre. Fol­low­ing the launch of the white gold ‘Pepsi' in 2015, this stain­less steel ver­sion has been a long-awaited launch for the brand's fans.

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