1. OMEGA SEAMASTER BRONZE GOLD
First created by Omega in 1957, the popular Seamaster 300 is presented this year with a thinner case, new domed sapphire glass, and plenty of vintage tributes. The new pieces join the Heritage collection, echoing the spirit of the original models but updated with a brand new Master Chronometer calibre 8912 movement and sandwich dials featuring vintage Arabic open-style numerals hands filled with “vintage” Super-LumiNova. These 41mm timepieces are available in stainless steel or this exclusive bronze-gold alloy with oxidised bronze dial. Bezels are also thinner and crafted from a toughened aluminium.
From R115 000, omegawatches.com
2. H. MOSER DUAL TIME
Tradition and modernity meet in the bold steel Heritage Dual Time from H. Moser & Cie. Inspired by Moser pocket watches, this classic model is reinvigorated with a new burgundy fumé dial featuring the brand logo in transparent lacquer. The three-dimensional appliqué numerals are made from Globolight, an innovative ceramic-based material containing Super-LumiNova. The Super-LumiNova-coated sword-shaped hands read home time, while the grey hand indicates the dual time zone and can be hidden behind the main hour hand when not in use. Its steel case features tapered lugs and a large notched crown. Inside beats the new in-house HMC 809 self-winding calibre.
POA, h-moser.com or Boutique Haute Horlogerie 011 325 4119
3. BREITLING SUPER AVI B04 CHRONOGRAPH GMT 46
Breitling returns to one of its core territories — aviation — with the launch of the Super Avi. This new family of military pilots’ watches reflects the distinctive identities of four legendary planes, and is inspired by its pioneering pilot’s watch, the Ref. 765 Avi. The new super-sized Super Avi B04 Chronograph GMT 46 novelties are the stainless-steel “Tribute to Vought F4U Corsair”, steel or 18kt red-gold “P-51 Mustang”, steel “Mosquito”, and “Curtiss P-40 Warhawk”. They feature a 1/4th second chronograph, 12-hour totalisers, and bold 30-minute sub-dials. The self-winding manufacture Breitling B04 movement tracks mission time and local time. Track a third time zone using the rotating bidirectional bezel.
From R177 900, breitling.com or Breitling Boutique Sandton 011 883 2286
4. TAG HEUER FORMULA 1 X SENNA
Fastest, bravest, smartest, greatest — the legendary Ayrton Senna broke every motor-racing record in his short lifetime, achieving three world drivers’ championship titles, 41 Grand Prix wins, and 65 pole positions. This special-edition racing chronograph pays tribute to a TAG Heuer ambassador and celebrates its partnership with the Senna Foundation. Versatile and water-resistant to 200m, it’s the ultimate motor-racing watch. Set within a 43mm DLC steel case, the bold anthracite sunray brushed dial features pops of bright yellow on the sub-dials, the inner ring of its ceramic tachymeter bezel, and the stitching on the strap. Black-gold hands and hour markers are coated with Super-LumiNova for greater legibility during night driving.
R41 900, tagheuer.com or TAG Heuer Boutique Sandton 011 784 7422
5. TUDOR PELAGOS FXD
The Tudor Pelagos collection are true professional divers’ watches, guaranteed to a depth of 500m and equipped with a helium escape valve to preserve them during deep-sea “saturation” diving. They are also closest in design and spirit to the iconic Submariner from the ’50s. The new Pelagos FXD is inspired by historic pieces used by a division of the French Navy since 1956 and was developed in conjunction with a special squad of combat swimmers. This unique addition to the collection has a 42mm case with extra-robust fixed strap bars, and a 120-notch bidirectional rotating bezel with retrograde graduation from 60 to 0. While it does not correspond to ISO 6425:2018 standards, it does meet the specific needs of “underwater navigation” and is waterproof to 200m.
R66 000, tudorwatch.com or Rolex Watch Co SA 011 784 9230
6. IWC PILOT’S WATCH TIMEZONER TOP GUN CERATANIUM
The jet-black IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner is the first Top Gun model to feature IWC’s Timezoner complication. It is also crafted out of Ceratanium, an advanced performance material that combines the lightness and structural integrity of titanium with the scratch-resistance of ceramic. Set a new time zone by simply pressing down and rotating the bezel, while the hour hand, the 24-hour Worldtimer display, and the date will move forwards or backwards in one-hour steps. The IWC-manufactured 82760 calibre uses a Pellaton winding system reinforced with ceramic components to build up a power reserve of 60 hours in the mainspring.
POA, iwc.com or RLG Africa 011 317 2600
• From the December issue of Wanted 2021.