Watches Of The Month: May 2017

The finest wrist-worthy timepieces from Bell & Ross, Hublot, Chopard and more
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BELL & ROSS \nLIGHT FANTASTIC \nBR03-02 HOROLUM \nThe latest oversized wrist wear from Bell & Ross is all about light, albeit of the luminescent kind. The Arabic numerals and hands have been coated in Superluminova, the intense green light that illuminates runways – and gives the watch extraordinary night readability. It's limited to 500 pieces.
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HUBLOT \nSTART YOUR ENGINES \nBig Bang UNICO Ferrari King Gold \nFRESH COAT OF PAINT \nHublot has pulled the wraps of three new watches in one of the brand's most important partnerships – that with Ferrari. The new models show some significant cosmetic changes to the Big Bang Ferrari case, pushers and dial (which Hublot says is more reminiscent of the automobiles themselves). \nDIAL TIME \nThe most notable new element is the redesigned and refined dial – which again is mostly sapphire crystal over a skeletonized view of the movement. The 60-minute chronograph subdial – which includes an integrated date indicator – is directly inspired by the distinct tachometer gauge used on Ferrari instrument panels. \nBEAUTFUL BEZELS \nThere's a new bezel design, which has countersunk notches for the bezel screws. This gives the watch a more 'engineered' feel about it, more akin to that of a Ferrari's exposed break pads on the wheels. It's limited to just 500 pieces. \nLOOKING GOOD \nThe crown maintains its neat twist and lock system but has an updated look. They are now more streamlined and set into the case. They were inspired by pedals from Ferrari car cabins, and come complete with dual stripes. The back of the case now has 'Ferrari' emblazoned across the left-side profile.
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CHOPARD \nTWO-TONE TIMEPIECE \nLUC XPS TWIST QF FAIRMINED \nBack in 2013, Chopard announced its Fairmined Project – an initiative to use ethically sourced Fairmined Gold in partnership with South American NGO the Alliance for Responsible Mining. The first watch to use this type of Gold was the Qualite Fleurier, back in Baselworld 2014. But for this year, Chopard has introduced another model to its growing LUC collection: the XPS Twist QF. Limited to just 250 pieces, the dial has a dark, slate grey color and mesmerizing sunburst effect. The hour, minute and seconds hands are also crafted out of the same Fairmined 18-carat rose gold as the case. Chopard also decided to incorporate an offset seconds subdial, a departure from the previous iterations o the LUC range.
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChang \nTo commemorate the start of the countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Omega has unveiled two unique clocks in Seoul and New York. They also revealed a limited-edition Olympics watch, an exclusive Planet Ocean in blue and red, a tribute to the flag of South Korea.
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Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II \nThree years after the original, the second Expert Solar combines real Swiss watch looks with a bucket of technology beneath the dial. The 45mm case is made out of titanium and gives you an Altimeter, compass, chronograph, perpetual calendar and two different alarms at the push of the sapphire crystal screen.
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Breitling Colt Skyracer \nBreitling debuted the Colt Skyracer at Baselworld, and it's another tool watch that the brand is known for. You get Breitling's signature carbon case material, along with a very-accurate thermocompensated calibre 74 SuperQuartz movements (which is COSC Chronometre certified).
Mon 15 May 2017 11:31 AM
By Thomas Shambler