SIHH those energetic IWC Aquatimer Replica
One of the top watches that I was excited to see at SIHH 2012 was the updated version of the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph. The original Datograph from quite a while ago was an awesome watch and one of Lange's best aside from their iconic Lange 1 range. It is one of the only Lange watches you could sort of call sporty, and it was I believe the only Lange watch with a black dial. Those high contrast chronograph subdials and that smoothly integrated chronograph along with the big date indicator made for a great look.
The newest limited edition watch is called the Hublot King Power Maradona Limited Edition - and is a really handsome piece. While there is distinct "Maradona branding" on the watch, you don't need to be a big fan to enjoy the piece. There are actually two versions. In addition to this black, white, and blue model in ceramic, there is an 18k King gold cased model as well. The King Power style case is 48mm wide and the matte black ceramic case looks quite nice against the skeletonzied dial. I really like the hints of sky blue and the different color chronograph pushers.
For review is a special model that I have been waiting to look at for a while. It is the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ceramic XV watch - and to be honest I love it. It very much epitomizes the Ball watch aesthetic, and is a solid timepiece with lots of features for the money. Ball watches are probably the highest-end pieces that utilize tritium gas tubes. I believe that all models use the high-powered T100 tubes, and this watch has 31 of them on the dial. These tubes glow on their own to offer great darkness viewing without having to be charged by light. The signature Engineer Hydrocarbon look has tubes making out the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock hour markers, with tubes used for the rest of the hour markers and in the hands. On this model there is traditional lume used for the indicators inside of the bezel.
Chopard will offer the GMT Chrono in steel or 18k rose gold - both will be limited editions. Looking at the dial design you certainly see something unique. I don't know if it's the GMT bezel or something else, but while it certainly is a Mille Miglia, there is something quite distinct about this design. You can't deny that the proportions are pretty good on the dial. Though I think the hands could have been lengthened a bit throughout the piece. Nevertheless, legibility is still very high - a welcome signature element of most all Mille Miglia watches.