For 2011 Zenith's hot watch is the El Primero Stratos Flyback (which I covered here). What Zenith also did is put the Striking 10th in the Stratos case. Really a good idea, but the only little issue is that unless you know there are two types of Stratos watches, you could be confused. You can tell them apart easily in two ways. First is the dial colors. Only the Striking 10th has the silvered dial with the silver, blue, and black colored subdials. This version also says "1/10th of a second" in red on the dial as opposed to "Stratos." Easy to tell them apart now right?
I am not entirely sure what the base caliber the Master Retrograde movement uses for this complex little piece. The movement - seen through the rear of the movement - is really nicely decorated with perlage. It is not only a wide movement but it is also a bit chunky. It gives the movement a durable look that I think so really becoming - especially in this 44mm wide version of the watch. The movement has a few interesting features. First is the time, which includes a retrograde seconds display at 6 o'clock and the main display which can be adjusted in one hour increments. This latter feature helps when traveling through time zones and is part of the GMT function. There is a retrograde GMT had on the left side of the dial. It uses most of the length of the dial so legibility is pretty good. Adjacent to it is a retrograde date indicator. Last is a retrograde date of the week indicator. There is a similar version of this watch that has a power reserve indicator where the seconds indicator is on this piece.
Bell & Ross currently offers this and the rest of its timepieces available online via the Bell & Ross e-Boutique. Price for the Vintage Original BR 126 is ,600.
Recap of the Speedmaster GTG in Vienna
Uni-directional winding rotor regulated by twin air turbines
Back from Baselworld 2011, we discuss some of the show highlights (and quirks). On list is the Harry Winston Opus Eleven (that John loves), and a few other watches such as the Porsche Design P'6520 Compass Heritage and new Omega Speedmaster pieces (that John needs to be school about).