This Week in Watches: June 9, 2015

Pilots, divers and drivers from Switzerland, England and Germany fill out this week’s new watches.



Brush Up on your German
German tool watch specialist Sinn has released a “Weiss” (white) version of its popular and affordable 556 pilot’s watch. It’s limited to 150 pieces, so if you want one of your own, mach schnell!

Not-So-Stiff Upper Lip
There’s a renaissance in British watchmaking and the latest brand to arrive on the scene is Garrick. Their Hoxton is a study in classic minimalist watch design, but is available in a variety of modern colors to keep it from being taken too seriously.

30 Years Flying High
Breitling’s Aerospace has been the standard in modern pilot’s watches for 30 years and to commemorate the anniversary, it has released a limited-edition “Night Mission” version with a matte black case and bright yellow dial that’s sure to be visible during both night carrier landings and boring Powerpoint presentations.

Depth Rated
Alpina’s Sea Strong Diver 300 Chronograph Big Date may be rated to 300 meters of water pressure, but its everyday practical oversized date function is an acknowledgement that most of the watches will be doing their timing topside.

Don’t Call It a Watch
Max Büsser and his watchmaking friends don’t call their creations “watches”. They call them horological machines — and looking at the latest one, the HMX, you can see why. Styled after a driver’s watch with a Grade 5 titanium case, it features rotating discs for hours and minutes, which are reflected through the viewing aperture to tell the time. A sapphire “engine cover” gives view to the motor within, including functional oil filler caps that a watchmaker will use when you bring the watch in for its scheduled maintenance.

Oris for Audi
Oris has been making motorsports watches for over four decades, and its partnership with Audi Sport for the new Audi Sport GMT is the latest example. The retrograde linear small seconds display is reminiscent of the rev counter on modern race cars, while its classic silver and red livery mimics that of Audi’s winning LeMans cars.

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