Girard-Perregaux presents its Sea Hawk dive watch in new hues for 2014. The cobalt blue dial is accented with coral orange hands and coral orange 15-min diver’s scale on the bezel. As a reminder, the Sea Hawk received a major design upgrade in 2012 which brought new life to the iconic diver’s line. Save for the new color-set, this 2014 model carries forward the characteristc design elements including the “honeycomb” textured dial, luminescent three dimensional hour markers, and a sloping outer flange which bridges the dial with the case/bezel. The case remains 44mm x 17.1mm in stainless steel, with 1,000m water resistance rating, helium escape valve, and meeting all of the other ISO 6425 dive watch standards. Offered on blue rubber strap (Ref 49960-19-431-FK4A) and bracelet (Ref 49960-19-431-11A), too.
Before we get to the last of Blancpain’s new additions to the 2014 Villeret collection, let’s switch it up with a look at the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Chronograph. The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe line debuted last year in basic 3-handed models & steel cases. This year the line is really stepped up with a satin-brushed black ceramic case and ceramic bezel. On top of this, Blancpain has fitted this watch with a new automatic mechanical manufacture caliber — the Blancpain Cal. F385. The Cal. F385 is a column wheel chronograph with vertical clutch; it has a silicon balance spring and beats at 36,000 vph. Moreover, this is a water-resistant chronograph — the pushers are constructed to enable use underwater to depths of 300 meters. Exceptional features for a chronograph watch.
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***UPDATE: See our “closer look” at the Tudor Black Bay blue, with extensive photo gallery, here>>>
Not to be outdone by its bigger brother Rolex, Tudor also has a strong lineup this year, including this new Heritage Black Bay with blue bezel. It comes on a dark blue aged-leather strap for $3,100 or a polished steel bracelet for $3,425. Both versions come with a fabric strap as well. And don’t overlook the white “snowflake” hands which look very nice inside the blue bezel.
With this our official coverage of Baselworld 2014 beings: Rolex has just unveiled the Sea-Dweller 4000, featuring a 40 mm case, black ceramic bezel, helium escape valve and depth rating of 4000 feet (1220m). The bracelet is also upgraded with Rolex’s Glidelock & Fliplock clasp features on the bracelet. The caliber is the Rolex 3135.
This is certainly an intriguing release — a “reissue” of sorts. The Sea-Dweller first debuted in 1967 and was discontinued in 2008, which I suppose makes the new 116600 one that purists might love.