Time to move on
Five years after A. Lange & Sohne started updating the Lange 1’s base movement, the L901.0 and its many variants across the family, the brand has finally reached its final upgrade: the Lange 1 Time Zone. The only features that remain unchanged since its 2005 debut are the watch’s dimensions and three-day power reserve. The 2020 Lange 1 Time Zone welcomes small but thoughtful changes that, although largely cosmetic, are useful to the wearer.
For example, the day/night indicators have moved into the centre of the two subdials and there is a new and discreet daylight savings time reminder at five o’clock. To commemorate the new L141.1 movement (which uses one mainspring barrel instead of two), the model comes in new colours: white gold with a black dial, pink gold with a silver dial and a 100-piece limited edition in yellow gold with a champagne dial.
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While not as widely known as the Speedmaster or Constellation lines, Omega’s De Ville is home to some remarkable pieces. One of these was the De Ville Tourbillon, first introduced to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary in 1994 and featuring the rare central tourbillon. It’s obviously received plenty of improvements since, but the most significant is arguably from this year’s edition.
The De Ville Tourbillon Numbered Edition is Master Chronometer-certified, meaning it’s the first anti-magnetic tourbillon in the world. The all-new, manual-winding calibre 2640 has a 72-hour power reserve courtesy of two visible barrels and the mainplate and bridges are crafted from 18K Sedna gold to match the 43mm case. This isn’t a limited edition but is a numbered production.
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Fight to the finish
Of all the steel watches with integrated bracelets out there right now – and there are a fair few – Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Automatic 2018 stood apart for its modern design and unusual sandblasted case.
Now, Bulgari is officially on the bandwagon because this year’s model comes in brushed and polished steel with a black or blue dial, bringing it much closer in style to its contemporaries. And while the BVL138 Finissimo calibre with platinum micro-rotor still powers the watch, it is now further protected with 100m water resistance instead of its predecessor’s 30m.
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