The new Sailing Yachttimer Countdown Automatic by Alpina launched recently in BaselWorld2013

A very nice looking and colourful dial. It has the look and feel of a real bruiser. Quite manly with a manly sized 44 mm.

The Yachttimer features a new colorful dial with a black surface, which displays both five and 10-minute countdown function by the rotating disc that countdowns time from 10 to 1, finishing with the fluorescent START indicator. It is framed with the minute scale that goes from 60 to 0 and finally, with the black bezel, featuring the 360° compass. Hands, numerals and hour markers are covered with white SuperLuminova that along with a super-legible red seconds hand provides superb readability.

A robust, stainless steel case with the diameter of 44 mm has an interesting cushion shape with a nicely incorporated screw-in crown. It comes either with a black rubber strap or a steel mesh bracelet. The case is covered with sapphire crystal on both sides, which means that the case-back opens a view on a AL-880 self-winding chronograph mechanism. Based on a Sellita SW5000 movement, this mechanism with a black PVD oscillating weight ensures 46 hours of power-reserve and beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.

The new Alpina Countdown Automatic watch has the superb water-resistance of 300 meters (990 feet).


The award winning Singular timepiece by MeisterSinger

This particular watch is a chronograph despite having just one hand to tell the hours and minutes!

The Singular indicates the hours and minutes with just one hand, as the dial is divided into 144 markers, each representing an interval of five minutes. The watch also has a delicate seconds hand and a 30-minute sub dial. It has a 43 mm steel case with sapphire crystal and a transparent case back, and is powered by Valjoux 7750 automatic movement.

Bulova Accutron Calibrator – allows one to fine tune its accuracy

Bulova Accutron Calibrator - allows one to fine tune its accuracy

Introducing the world’s first automatic timepiece that gives you the power to fine-tune its accuracy. The Bulova Accutron Calibrator, featuring the brand’s proprietary External Fine Adjustment System (EFAS), lets you control the accuracy of your mechanical watch simply – and without the need for a technician. The result? The finest Swiss craftsmanship, personalized to deliver 99.9% accuracy.

The new Swatch Sistem51 – a breakthrough in automatic movement design?

Swatch Sistem51 (or System 51) is an automatic movement, developed by ETA and Nivarox, made of just 51 parts and features a power reserve of 90 hours. The components are welded together to form a single assembly centered on a single screw. The movement is made of ARCAP, an alloy of copper, nickel, and zinc, which is highly anti-magnetic. The movement will be entirely assembled by robots and completely sourced in Switzerland making it truly a 100 percent Swiss-made timepiece. The price isn’t set yet but is thought to be in the USD135 range. The watch will debut in October of 2013.

This is very interesting. I believe this could be the breakthrough in redesigning automatic movement. I also suspect that this unit will be one that the Swatch group will offer to other watch manufacturers instead of the ETA movement.

The professional King Cuda 3H Xtreme by Aquanautic

Very interesting looking dial. Intrigue by the day window – why the separation of the “THU” – “DAY”???

Measuring 47mm in diameter the dial offers pretty good readability. The dial also includes a day and date indicator between 4 and 5 o’clock. The watch is driven by an ETA automatic 2834-2 movement, with a 38hr power reserve. The stainless steel and titanium case has been PVD treated.