AUTUMN 2011Isea&iI77timepieces500 FATHOMS GMT, BLANCPAIN Blancpain's love affair with the water continued at this year'sBasel show with a demonstration of the beefed-upunderwaterlegend Fifty Fathoms. The latest, limited edition500 Fathoms GMTis guaranteed to be waterproof to over900m (3,000ft), and features a second time-zone indicator. Itsnautical credentials are further enhanced by the automaticwinding rotor in the shape of a propeller, and a strap made fromsail canvas. AVENGER SEAWOLF CHRONOBLACKSTEEL, BREITLINGThe Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteelis designed tobe used in and around the sea. Water-resistant to more than900m (3,000ft), the timepiece has magnetic push pieces thatenable the chronograph function to be used under water. It isavailable in a black, carbon-based finish with a black face andluminescent hands and hour markers. There is also a wind rosemarked on the bezel for basic navigation.CHRONOMAT GMT, BREITLINGThe latest version of Breitling's iconic aviation watch is theChronomat GMT, which features a chronograph and the abilityto move easily between two time zones - simply pull out thecrown and turn it forwards or backwards as required. This size-able watch has a 47mm case, 47 jewels, sapphire crystal and a70-hour power reserve.
78Isea&iIAUTUMN 2011YACHMASTER II, ROLEXThis year at Basel, Rolex announced an update to one of its mostfamous brands: the Yachmaster. The Rolex Yachtmaster II, in amixture of steel and yellow gold, is an elegant upgrade to anearlier design classic and is now the largest Rolex thecompany makes, sporting a 44mm case. It also features a timerfor regattas - a chronometer function that allows you to count-down as you get into position for the start of the race. IWC PORTUGUESE YACHT CLUBCHRONOGRAPH, IWCThe Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph is one of the mostfamous sailing-inspired watches. Reviewed in last year's Time& Tide, the piece was originally produced in 1939 and was thebrand's most successful watch through the 1960s and 70s.Today, IWC has revived the Yacht Club model, and the 45.4mmPortuguese Yacht Club Chronographis available in steel or rosegold, with a rubber strap. MAXI MARINE DIVER, ULYSSENARDIN Ulysse Nardin is famous for its marine chronometers and itspassion for high precision chronometers carries through to itswristwatches, which often have a nautical theme. One of the lat-est is the Diver Black Surf. Guaranteed water-resistant to around200m (650ft), this limited-edition piece has a rose-gold case fit-ted with rubber strap that is available with either rose-gold orceramic links.