More wrist candy from Breguet, Breitling, and Omega.
The 40mm Omega De Ville Tresor men’s models have finally arrived in boutiques, and we’re here to remind you why that’s exciting news. First unveiled last year, the new-generation Tresor is smart, simple and offered in enough variations to suit most tastes. The two models in steel come with white or silk-patterned blue dials, while the yellow and Sedna gold ones have white and grey enamel faces respectively. What sets the modern Tresor apart from competitors’ three-hand offerings is its movement — the METAS Master Chronometer-certified Co-Axial 8910 (or 8929 for the gold dateless models). Both also have 72 hours of reserve power. And the calibre 8929 has a gold bridge for an extra swagger.
A new dial colour is the easiest way to remind people that an old but respectable design is still deserving of a space in their winders. But when that fresh coat of paint is in the form of the exquisitely executed blue enamel of Breguet’s returning Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique Ref. 5367, it feels like we’ve been treated to a new timepiece. The blue plays well with the platinum case and rhodium-plated numerals and hands. What’s more, the off-centre tourbillon doesn’t overwhelm the overall elegance of the watch, which measures a svelte 7.45mm in thickness, thanks to the 3mm-high ultra-thin Calibre 581. This boutique exclusive is paired with a matching blue alligator strap.
Now that CEO Georges Kern is steering Breitling onto a more heritage-driven path, vintage fans can look forward to additional retro revivals. Following the success of the Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition, another iconic pilot’s watch has been given a faithful makeover. The AVI Ref. 765 from 1953 is back with a new movement (Calibre B09), increased water resistance (30m) and two new case materials (red gold and platinum) but that’s where the modern concessions end. Thanks to input from renowned collector and Breitling consultant Fred Mandelbaum, the styling, down to the millimetre, remains virtually unchanged. There will be 1,953 pieces offered in steel, while the red gold and platinum editions are limited to 253 and 153 pieces respectively.