No one’s complaining about covering brand after brand brimming with mostly wonderful new watches, but the pace is relentless, and the burden of expectations high. It’s not just a matter of gazing and cooing at watches all day and then heading off for a five-star dinner. The reality is closer to picking up an overpriced pre-packaged cheese salad from the local gas station before getting back to base. And that’s where the hard work really begins. There’s an almost irresistible temptation to just sit back and chill, but there is content to be produced, editing to be done, pictures to be sorted, and words to be written that are timely, accurate and up to date, even when in many cases the press releases are hopelessly vague and inadequate, and that’s assuming the USB stick actually works.


So it was a rare treat to see a little of Basel the other night, and this is one of Scott Sitkiewicz’s pictures of the River Rhine . The ship moored in the background is a hotel. An expensive one, naturally, designed solely for the Easy Winners. And here are some more.

DOXA SUB 300 SEARAMBLER 50 TH ANNIVERSARY

 


This new edition of the DOXA SUB T300 is a supremely classy update to the famous dive watch first championed by world famous diver Jacques Cousteau. Originally released in 1967, the DOXA SUB300 (Non T) is famous for the bright orange dial, the patented US Navy Seal non deco bezel, the dwarf hour hand, the self-adjusting beads of rice bracelet made this legend what it became over the past 50 years.

2017 celebrates the comeback of the iconic DOXA SUB300 with a remake of the original on a silvered dial. Like the original the case is solid, stainless steel measuring 42.5 mm in diameter, and 13.4 mm thick. The movement is ETA's 2824-2 Chronometer Grade version. Like the original SUB 300 the stainless-steel bracelet is DOXA's unique "beads of rice" style, with an interesting taper from 22 mm to 20 mm where the clasp is equipped with an integrated wetsuit extension. The bezel displays DOXA's innovative adaptation of the US Navy's maximum no decompression limit times, which is engraved in orange on the outer unidirectional bezel. Pre-order price is $1,990. V isit DOX A

 

GOS x WATCHUSEEK 10 TH ANNIVERSARY SAREK WATCH


Watchuseek’s founder Ernie Romers was the first professional watch journalist to feature GoS watches back in 2009 and has been a fan of their designs ever since. To repay the compliment, GoS Watches Watchuseek edition of the men´s Sarek watch celebrates both their 10th anniversary and a longtime relationship with Watchuseek. GoS, acknowledged as the “Kings of Damascus steel in horology” have just 3 pieces left of the 5 limited edition pieces made. The Watchuseek edition of the GoS Sarek is available in multiple color alternatives and is distinguished by its custom engraving on the hand finished rotor. The watch comes in a newly designed watch box made from solid Walnut, designed by GoS and crafted by Kanevad wood artisans. A full color book, revealing the remarkable similarities in look and shades of the Swedish laplands is also sent out with each order. $7,200. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Visit GoS

 

 CHRONOSWISS SKELETONIZED FLYING GRAND REGULATOR

Chronoswiss has decided to emphasize its strength in creating Regulator watches. Regulator-style watches show hours, minutes, and seconds which are read off separate dials, usually with the minutes displayed prominently in the center. This new special edition from Chronoswiss would catch any magpie’s eye;  the funnel-shaped hour scale in dark cherry red is immediately catches your attention. The Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton features a skeletonized movement in a 44 mm watch and the innovative clear lines of the piece are plain to see. Even the inside of the strap made from distinctive horn-back alligator captures your attention with the same color tone. Chronoswiss was the first brand to present a serially produced, skeletonized automatic chronograph in 1995. The Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton is a limited edition only. There are only ten of the red-gold watches and 30 watches in stainless steel priced at €8,960 and €19,140,respectively. Visit Chronoswiss

 

GRAHAM CHRONOFIGHTER VINTAGE NOSE ART


Last but by no means least, cantering in as an easy winner from Graham , the new Chronofighter Vintage series. Glamorous illustrations in the style of those applied to US military planes in the 1940s to bolster military morale applied to the ever popular Chronofighter. Price TBC. Visit Graham