We continue our arrangement of articles devoted to the absolute best watches introduced in 2018 in different classes, including Chronographs (published last week), Sport Watches, Dress Watches, Ladies Watches and Complications.
After Chronographs, for the Sport Watches class we list below our selections with links to the full articles. Selected watches are listed alphabetically, not in request of inclination.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s
The dial of the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s, introduced at Baselworld 2018, catches the look of a 70s model while adding day of the week and date indications at 3 o’clock. Similarly as with the vintage piece, it sports a subtle graduated dim coloring, more obscure on the external edge and infused with lighter tones toward the middle, hence creating the view of a larger dial size with upgraded readability. Water impervious to 30 bar (300 meters/1,000 feet), the 43 mm satin-finished case is equipped with a unidirectional bezel featuring a fired insert whose indexes are filled with Liquidmetal. The development of decision is the self-winding Caliber 1315DD beating at a recurrence of 4 Hz (28,800 vph) with a force hold of 120 hours. Read the full article.
Bulgari Octo L’Originale
First launched in 2012, the Octo by Bulgari carried a new way to deal with watchmaking with its daring case configuration described by 110 features. In 2018, Bulgari improved its collection with the Octo L’Originale (the Italian for The Original). Maintaining size and extents of the earliest Octo, this new form comes in titanium, a material that, with its fascinating matte finish, added to the achievement of the Octo Finissimo. Titanium is utilized for the 41 mm case as well as for the crown and the dial which is completed by applied hour markers. The Octo L’Original is fueled by a mechanical self-winding development – the Caliber BVL 191 Solotempo, driving the hours, minutes, seconds and date capacities – which offers a 42-hour power hold. An integrated elastic lash with folding clasp completes the look. Read the full article.
Eberhard Scafograf GMT “Black Sheep”
The 43 mm stainless steel instance of the Eberhard Scafograf GMT “Black Sheep” got a black DLC treatment to upgrade the sporty look of the watch. Black is also the two-way rotating bezel with earthenware insert, 24h scale and luminescent imprint at 12 o’clock. Also, black dominates the dial where the mallet type hands and applied indices are covered with black luminescent material for readability in obscurity. A dash of color comes from the orange of the GMT hand and GMT lettering, clearly standing out against the dial. The triple time region work is worked by means of the situation of the bezel and the central GMT hand. The “Black Sheep” is controlled by the highly reliable ETA 2893-2 caliber, a self-winding development with ball bearing which beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vph) and ensures a force save of 42 hours. Read the full article.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox
Given in a limited release of 1,000 pieces, this model highlights the special alarm work put on the map by the Memovox Polaris watch launched in 1968. This 50th commemoration watch has a famous three-crown plan: one for setting the alarm (top), one for the inner rotating bezel (middle) and one for setting the time (base). To set the alarm, it is adequate to pull the crown at 2 o’clock and turn it counter-clockwise to pivot the central circle and align the triangle with the ideal time. Vanilla Super-LumiNova, trapezoidal indices blended in with four Arabic numbers and the triangle in the dial place serving as the alarm indicator are clear references to the 1968 original. The dial is enhanced by black sunrayed, grained and opaline finishes. The 42 mm stainless steel case outlines the 4 Hz Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 956 featuring the striking component with a gong. Read the full article.
Nomos Glashütte Autobahn neomatik 41 date
Introduced at Baselworld 2018, the Autobahn by Nomos Glashütte was planned by world-prestigious item originator Werner Aisslinger, whose works can be found in galleries around the planet. The Autobahn, whose name is the German word for motorway, was inspired by the world of speed and vintage vehicles. Equipped with the new, innovative Nomos neomatik date caliber (DUW 6101), this new watch introduces another and dynamic look. The 41 mm x 10.5 mm stainless steel case outlines an unusual dial whose edge is bended reminding the external lane of a circuit. A luminous ring of Super-LumiNova covered bars makes the watch legible around evening time as well. The date ring runs along the external edge, set around the development, and allows for the elongated date window displaying three days without a moment’s delay at 6 o’clock. Water impervious to 100 meters/330 feet, the Autobahn is available in three dial varieties: white silver-plated, sports dark and profound 12 PM blue. Read the full article.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 2018
In 2018, Omega unveiled a complete facelift of the Seamaster Diver 300M, probably the best seller, presenting a collection of 14 models. Presently measured at a larger 42 mm, the new Seamaster Diver 300M has been updated in almost everything about, the diving bezel, which is currently produced using earthenware with the diving scale in Ceragold or white enamel (for longer-lasting whiteness and durability). The dials are also produced using polished fired and are available in black, blue or PVD chrome color. Omega also reintroduced the wavy example (presently laser-engraved), a popular component of the original plan. The helium valve at 10 o’clock has been given a conical shape and has been licensed by Omega with another technology that allows it to be worked submerged. The programmed Master Chronometer Caliber 8800 beats at a recurrence of 25,200 vibrations each hour and offers a force save of 55 hours. Read the full article.
Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” Ref. 126710 BLRO
Once in a while of Baselworld 2018, Rolex introduced the GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLRO in Oystersteel, equipped with a bi-directional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-color Cerachrom insert in red and blue fired (otherwise known as Pepsi) which calls to mind the colors picked for the primary GMT-Master, launched in 1955. With a traditional hour, minute and seconds display through hands; a 24-hour hand; and a bidirectional rotatable bezel with a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert, it is possible to peruse the time in double cross zones immediately. The date, appeared at 3 o’clock, is synchronized with the local time display. The lugs and sides of its Oyster case have been upgraded, and the watch is fitted on a five-link Jubilee bracelet. The GMT-Master II’s Oyster case is waterproof to a profundity of 100 meters/330 feet. Its caliber 328 is equipped with a Chronergy escapement and ensures a force save of approximately 70 hours. Read the full article.
Seiko Prospex “1968 Automatic Diver’s” Limited Edition” Ref. SLA025J1
Commemorating the Hi-Beat diver’s watch with 300 meter water obstruction made by Seiko in 1968, the new Prospex SLA025J comes in a 44.8 mm x 15.65 mm one-piece stainless steel case with super-hard coating and the exclusive Zaratsu polishing strategy to give the lugs the typical sharpness of numerous Seiko top models. The watch is fueled by the quick beating (36,000 vph) programmed Caliber 8L55 offering a force hold of 55 hours. A dual-bended sapphire crystal with hostile to reflective coating on inner surface secures the black dial offering excellent legibility. Every one of the three hands has an alternate plan, length and width and even the LumiBrite on each has a distinct shape so the time can be perused without mistake even 300 meters down. The tie is made of high strength silicone for incredible comfort on the wrist. Read the full article.
Zenith Defy Classic
Introduced by Zenith in a 41 mm brushed titanium case, and followed by a rendition in black ceramic few weeks prior, the three-hand Defy Classic comes in two dial varieties: openworked or closed. In the openworked adaptation, large luminescent implement type hours and minutes hands and a slim seconds hand with an emblematic star stabilizer clear more than five stylised branches evoking the Zenith symbol. The color of the minutes ring is a dark blue which reflects the original shade of its archetype, the 1969 El Primero. Beating inside is a Manufacture Zenith development – the programmed Elite 670 base caliber – reinterpreted for the Defy. This engine, fitted with a silicon pallet-lever and getaway wheel, is revealed by methods for an openworked approach. Blackened, organized and bested by a cut-out date plate read off on a white spot at 6 o’clock, it oscillates at 4 Hz with 50 hours of independence. The Defy Classic is water impervious to 100 meters/330 feet and can be coordinated to an integrated metal bracelet, an elastic lash covered with alligator leather, or an elastic form. Read the full article.