Breitling Chronoliner watches
Omega’s desire to beat its competition means that I always have something fun to see with them. This year, both what is inside the watches and what was outside gave me cause for excitement. And by excitement I mean frustration that I didn’t have the leverage to ask them for one of each watch. The quality of these timepieces is better than ever. Crisp dials and ceramic bezels make me wonder why anyone cares as much as they do about vintage timepieces. As for movements, I am still wowed by the Caliber 8500 and 9300 movements that are contained in the three-hand and chronograph Planet Ocean models. Even at current prices, they are solid values for high-quality dive watches with outstanding in-house made, and designed, movements.
What you need to know about Maurice Lacroix is that they are among the few Swiss watch brands that aim to have an independent spirit, but also a sense of affordability to their products. It is true that they have strived to push themselves upmarket in the last few years, but at heart they still want to be the Swiss watch brands for everybody.
Where I'm going with all of this is that the 2011 edition of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (sometimes known as the "Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix") awards were recently completed. This event is a kind of industry gathering at which the Swiss watch industry fetes its own. It's not quite clear to me how much of the event is marketing self-promotion by the industry, and how much is more "pure." Regardless, for us watch fans, it's another opportunity to look at the products and manufactures we love.