booth from Salon Internation de la Haute Horlogerie? Well, here's the official video ad for the IWC Top Gun inspired watches. I must say, IWC brought the whole package for 2012 and will probably be on the list of best Pilot watches for years to come. Official Video: IWC Top Gun
Schaffhausen are making it clear that they literally own the Pilot Watch market and it is the life and blood of the watchmakers from the other side of the Swiss country side. The photo of the SIHH 2012 booth above is an actual shot of a flight simulator built onto the IWC booth. A real jet cockpit is hanging over the booth with a plastic canopy that came from a real Super Hornet. The entire booth is an immersion of how it feels to be on the cockpit of a real plane along with an entire air-craft carrier like command center reminiscent of the 1986 movie Top Gun. The total dedication to the Pilot theme is simply mind blowing. It's almost second nature to say that IWC just won the hearts of many watch lovers, along with pilots, aspiring pilots and non-pilots alike. See how the entire concept came about with a video after the jump. And of course, the real star of the show from IWC. the Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar watch (via IWC)
The current Royal Oak ref. 15202ST (via Audemars Piguet). Fans of the Jumbo would easily spot that subtle changes can be seen from the front of the watch. A change that has been called upon by enthusiasts everywhere. As you can see, the picture above is the current model of the Royal Oak 15202ST. The new version took the watch way back to the original Royal Oak in 1972. They were called the A-series, one of the rarest Royal Oaks ever, sporting the company's logo "AP" in the 6 o'clock position. The new Royal Oak did just that, but not only did they moved the logo down to the 6 o'clock, they also painted the date dial black instead of white, and removed the white frame around the date dial altogether. Additionally, a slightly smaller tapisserie can be seen in the dial and a longer hour marker by removing the arabic numerals at each marker. The size of the piece remains the same, and the movement is still the 2121 Caliber from AP that was derived from Jaeger-LeCoultre legendary ultra thin movement 920 (A movement still used by Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin today). The subtle changes from the exterior is quite a game changer for watch fans. Not only is the new watch slicker by eliminating unnecessary marks on the dial, but it also bring back the piece to its glory days of the original, just like what Jaeger-LeCoultre did with their Reverso last year. A truly impressive watch that would remain a favorite for decades to come, perhaps til the next decade, the 50th year of the Royal Oak.
SIHH 2012), and the famous watch manufacturer - Jaeger-LeCoultre has been going off the charts . It is official! Jaeger-LeCoultre has just unveiled a followup to 2011's most successful Dive Watch, the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea. Behold the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph, the folks over at Purists got an exclusive preview of this monster of a chronograph dive watch. This 40.5 mm diameter watch runs on Jaeger's own in-house automatic movement Calibre 751G, that houses the chronograph counters for hours and minutes at the 9 and 3 o'clock position along with its central seconds hand. The case is made out of steel with a plexi watch glass, in matte black dial, and tropic superluminova hands that is water resistant up to 10 bars with 65 hour power reserve. Besides the iconic look of the watch, the piece also stayed true to its heritage from Jaeger's Deep Sea line by strapping it with the same embossed calf skin leather strap. The entire piece is a thing of beauty! Rarely would you see a dive watch complicated with one of the most coveted complication in a wrist watch - a chronograph. Whether you're fan of Deep Sea or not, you have to admit that this thing is a clear winner for any dive fans! No price has yet been announced but this piece here will not be a limited edition, whether that is a good thing or not depends entirely on how you view watch collecting. More specification and information from Jaeger-LeCoultre site. (via Purists)