May 2009


Well, full sized is a relative term. Back in the day, 36mm was full sized. Now, 42mm is the minimum that many would consider full sized. For me, 42mm is perfect size.

Enter the new Chronoswiss Chronoscope CM – a Regulator layout, with Mono-pusher Chronograph movement, based on the good ol Enicar that they love so much over there. Caliber C125 movement, and case measures a healthy 42.5mm in diameter! Finally a classic looking Chronoswiss with a big case. The timemaster was big enough, but the dial was not to my liking.

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The watch is available in both Rose Gold and Stainless steel variations, and like most Chronoswiss watches has a Sapphire display back. At any rate, the movement is a unique modification by Chronoswiss, and the size is great. Combined with the unique and quintessentially Chronoswiss dial, this watch will be on my short-list.

When A. Lange releases a new watch, it is always of interest as they always do something unique, and the Lange Zeitwork is no exception. This watch has unique Jump hour and Jump minute complications, displayed “digitally” on the dial. The small seconds is located at 6 o’clock and the power reserve indicator is at 12. Healthy size of 42mm in diameter with a thickness of 12.5mm. The dial is solid sterling silver and the crystal is sapphire. This watch has an incredible parts count of 388 parts, with typical A. Lange & Sohne attention to detail.

Movement: Lange caliber L043.1
Manual Winding
66 jewels
18,000 vph
Power Reserve 36 hours
388 parts
18kt white, rose or yellow gold or platinum

Jean-Frédéric Dufour is the new President and CEO for Zenith SA as of June 1, 2009. Philippe Pascal, LVMH President, named Dufour the new Zenith President and CEO and comes to Zenith since being at Chopard since 2001. He replaces Theirry Nataf, who held the position previously.

Zenith has undergone a large number of changes since Nataf took over so it will be interesting to see what kind of direction the company takes under the direction of Dufour.

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iPhone apps are the next big thing for Swiss Watch companies attempting to attract a larger audience and give their Brand followers an additional medium to express their loyalty… enter the world of Apple iPhone Apps! Everyone that’s living outside of a cave knows what the iPhone is, and most people are aware that one of the big selling points of the iPhone is that “there’s an app for that!” Well… now there’s an app for high-end watch collectors too! Three watch brands have recently announced iPhone Apps.. Glycine, Bell & Ross, and Victorinox Swiss Army.

Most of the apps are essentially just virtual watches that appear on your iPhone screen, as in the case of the Glycine and Bell & Ross. The Victorinox one goes a bit further to offer some interesting additional features and Store Locator and News.

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Bell & Ross
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Victorinox
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All are available at the iPhone App Store

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