Alright we're back with my favorite Oris models from this year. Officially, the company released 134 new watches, although it's worthwhile to note that they count each different strap or bracelet as a new watch. For example, the two watches here are the same, but one is on a black rubber strap while the other is on dark brown leather, yet they are counted as two new models. Regardless, Oris changed up the Diver's Sixty-Five again this year, making this the third iteration of the model line. Whereas the first design was characterized by a dial that was generally lighter and accented by playful numbers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 positions, the newer versions have less adventurous markers. Opinion was fairly split on whether the numbers looked good. I am firmly in the "numbers look good" camp, but the new version has done away with them in favor of more traditional dial markers. This particular version has tan Superluminova to imitate aged radium lume found on the original watches from, as you may have guessed, 1965. They retained the modest sizes, releasing a number of 36mm, 40mm, and 42mm versions this year. Although the new dial design will likely appeal to a broader audience, it stands out less than the past version and they're now less-likely to catch a potential buyer's eye in the showroom. They're still currently producing all three generations so if you're a fan of the original design like me, there's no particular rush to get one before they can only be found in the hands of private owners. Even though clicking "Configure this Model" will bring up all the different variations of the Diver's Sixty-Five, both past and present, here's a link to the leather strap version and the rubber strap version found in the pictures above. They can also be purchased on a metal bracelet or different dial colors, one of which can be seen below. The MSRP for the rubber strap version, which should be between the price for the leather strap and metal bracelet variations is $2,000 USD, although it is only available for preorder right now.
Continuing onward with my favorite new Oris watches from Baselworld 2018, here's the Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition. A while back, a non-chronograph version of the same watch was released, the first bronze watch ever released by Oris. This version carries over much of the same design, most notably the bronze case, blue dial, and status as a limited edition. For a limited edition of just 2,000 pieces, the price is actually quite reasonable. The Oris 771 movement, based off of the SW 510, is an automatic chronograph, but beyond that the watch comes in a nice presentation box, you get the idea. Although I feel they could've charged more, Oris has set the price at $4,950 USD, which is more than reasonable.
I've taken a long hiatus and haven't posted regularly for quite some time, but this blog's coming back. It'll be less focused on information and I'll throw in my opinions more. Time to get back into writing articles that'll hopefully be fun and easy to read.
Longines has always placed an emphasis on performance/price balance when it comes to the Master Collection, this year they've added another new watch, the Master Collection Annual Calendar. The company's "Flagship" collection, as Longines calls it, was launched in 2005 and since then, the Master Collection has never seen a watch with an annual calendar complication. In fact, Longines had yet to release a watch in any collection with this feature. Seeking to add a watch that would be able to target buyers looking for either the added convenience of not needing to worry about changing the date on a month without 31, 3o, or even 28 days, or those looking for an entry-level watch with features beyond the time and date, Longines released these classically-inspired timepieces at Baselworld 2018.
You can find everything you might want to know by heading over to Longines' website's official page for this watch.
Forging onward with a new take on what is possibly my favorite Longines model, the Legend Diver has been released in Black PVD this year. It retains essentially every feature from the original, but for anyone that needs a refresher here are the basics.
If I'm being honest I think the Legend Diver with the steel case might be more versatile in terms of straps it can be worn on, but a nice brown or dark brown leather strap would work damn well with this watch, so long as the wearer didn't intend on swimming that day. Although they're excessively comfortable, I'm not a big fan of Milanese straps. I think this watch overall looks good, but for me personally, and although there are many people who like black-on-black or blackout watches, were it not for the dial this watch would have too little variation. I'd absolutely buy this watch with every intention of throwing it onto a leather strap if I had the option though are just not my style.