1. OCEANMASTER ANTARCTICA by Delma
Cartographers long suspected the existence of a “terra australis”, but Antarctica was actually discovered only 200 years ago. It was to celebrate this event that the Australian sailor Nick Moloney, sponsored by the independent Swiss brand Delma, organised a new expedition to Antarctica, now under threat from global warming, in February 2020. On this occasion, Delma launched a limited series of 200 watches, the beautiful deep blue dial of which is reminiscent of the deep waters into which the ice plunges, while its rough texture evokes the frozen surface of the white continent. A percentage of profits goes to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition.
2. SUB 300 CARBON AQUA LUNG US DIVERS by Doxa
Doxa returned with a splash to the watchmaking scene last year with the successful relaunch of its pioneering line of diving watches, SUB. Now, the brand is renewing ties with one of its historical partners; in the late 1960s, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, co-inventor of the self-contained underwater breathing apparatus Aqua Lung, and the spiritual father of modern diving, loved the SUB 300 so much that he negotiated exclusive distribution of it for his US-based company, US Divers. The new COSC-certified model pays tribute to this collaboration. Limited to 300 units, it is made from forged carbon which, combined with the contrasting black and yellow, has a truly rejuvenating effect on the SUB.
3. LUMINOR MARINA CARBOTECH™ 44MM by Panerai
This watch celebrates the 70th anniversary of Luminor, a tritium-based substance whose luminescent properties were officially patented in Rome on 26 January 1950. Luminor watches remained a military secret until Panerai was purchased by the Richemont Group in 1997, and they were subsequently launched on the international market.
This anniversary edition, guaranteed for 70 years and limited to 270 copies, features a new Super- LumiNova™ formula called X1, which provides greater luminosity and is longer-lasting. This material has been applied to the crown guard and lever, but also to the edge of the dial, the dial markings and the strap topstitching. Carbotech™, a material made of thin superimposed carbon-fibre sheets with the fibres alternately aligned, provides the irregular texture of this watch, which will continue to shine for a long time to come, however dark the future may be…
4. MU04 GMT SPORT by Mauron Musy
The young Swiss brand is taking its Armure collection in a whole new direction – that of sport and travel – with its new GMT Sport model. Like all the brand’s timepieces, this one is certified “Swiss-crafted” (a far more demanding certificate of origin than “Swiss made”). Inspired by racing cars, the watch has a second 24-hour time zone engraved on a titanium and ceramic bezel. The case, produced entirely in-house, has the nO-Ring® gasket-free seal system patented by the brand. New horizons are opening up for Mauron Musy.