Gérald Genta Arena Bi-Retrograde Sport

The September Issue: Watchonista’s Editorial Team Shares Its Favorite Watch Releases of September

September turned out to be the hottest month on this year’s horological calendar with numerous new releases. Watchonista takes a look at some of the stars.

By Watchonista

September was definitely the month with the most new-watch releases this year, spurred on by the only Swiss watch fair of the year: Geneva Watch Days. Watchonista’s editorial team looks over the offerings and picks its favorites.

Marco Gabella: De Bethune DB28 Kind Of Blue ‘Milky Way’

Early this year, De Bethune paid tribute to the 10th anniversary of the DB28 with the XP series, XP being short for extra-plat (French for ultra-thin). The three commemorative watches (DB28XP, DB28XP Stary Sky, and DB28XP Tourbillon) brought the iconic DB28 case back, highlighting every aspect of the perpetual tension in the original design.

During Geneva Watch Days, we had the pleasure of discovering another opus with the new DB28 Steel Wheels Sapphire Tourbillon. Blue is definitely part of De Bethune’s identity. From the early days of the brand, it was used on the hands, which were flame blued. Then, blue was used on its dials. And finally, on all the elements of the watch, culminating in the spectacular DB28 Kind Of Blue 'Milky Way'.

What particularly seduced me with this extraordinary piece of watchmaking was the use of blue sapphire on the very recognizable delta-shaped bridge and the two barrels. Once on the wrist, your wrist almost becomes one with the watch and its extraordinarily finished movement viewable through a “blue filter” that captures the light in a myriad of ways. The dial and mirror-polished surfaces of the case counterbalance the power of the blue elements in an extremely harmonious way.

Alexander Friedman: Gérald Genta Arena Bi-Retrograde Sport

For my September pick, it has to be the Gérald Genta Arena Bi-Retrograde Sport. In my opinion, it was the best-of-show during Geneva Watch Days.

I have always loved the Gérald Genta Arena with its bi-retrograde movement that displays the time in a truly unique way. This latest version features bright yellow hands and numerals, which I feel go perfectly with the titanium case.

I tried the watch on in Geneva, and I found it to be sporty, elegant, comfortable, and extremely light. I just love the fact that you can have a part of the GG legacy on your wrist.

Josh Shanks: Bulgari Aluminium

When I first saw the new Bulgari Aluminium collection, I was taken aback. The design seemed super fresh and original. I was wondering why others weren’t making a bigger deal of this new collection. Then I realized, this was actually a re-introduction of a long-beloved Bulgari collection. Of course, not being a fully formed adult in the 1980s and ‘90s, I didn’t live during the era when the Bulgari Aluminium reigned supreme.

But now that it’s 2020, I’m thrilled to live in a world where this collection exists. The new three-hand with date and chronograph models in Bulgari’s Aluminium collection make so much sense. This sub $3k collection is accessible while still maintaining a respectable level of luxury.

Of course, now I’ve fallen down an eBay rabbit hole trying to find the perfect vintage Bulgari Aluminium to add to my collection.

Liam O’Donnell: Breitling Endurance Pro

Of all the watches released in 2020, the Breitling Endurance Pro immediately caught my eye

The collection's bright spectrum of colors, complex yet balanced dials, and resin composite case sold it for me. It’s a luxury sports watch that you don’t need to treat like a dress watch. Change the color of the strap, and you virtually have a new watch. I also think it’s well-priced (at $3,000), making it an easy choice among a myriad of brightly colored watches released this year.

Measuring in at 44mm, I thought this watch would be too big for me. But the Breitling Endurance Pro’s proportions are well designed, making the watch feel more akin to a 40mm or 41mm sports watch.

Viviana Shanks: MB&F + L’Epée 1839 TriPod

At first glance, the new MB&F + L’Epée 1839 TriPod reminds you of a spaceship from an alien invasion movie. After closer inspection, you’ll see that it’s, yet again, an excellent collaboration between MB&F and L’Epée 1839.

Held aloft by three futuristic insect-like legs, the clock is comprised of 182 manufacture components and has an eight-day power reserve. Another futuristic element is the optical mineral glass spheres that look like an insect’s eyes and act as a magnifying glass for reading its 360-degree dial.

The MB&F + L’Epée 1839 TriPod clock is sure to be a conversation starter for your next dinner party.

Rhonda Riche: Frederique Constant, Rolex, and G-SHOCK

I couldn’t pick just one! My favorite September watches are, in no particular order: the Frederique Constant RedBar Highlife Perpetual Calendar, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36, and the Bamford x G-SHOCK 5610 Limited Edition.

If I were to analyze why I chose these three I’d wager it’s because I am attracted to the use of color. The red moon on the Frederique Constant, the dial of the Rolex (I haven’t landed on which color I like best yet. At the moment, it’s turquoise), and the light blue on the G-SHOCK BAMFORD. We could all use a bit of cheery color in our lives right now!

Sophie Furley: NOMOS Glashütte X Cool Hunting Club Campus 38 For Pride

For my September pick, I am going to go with the NOMOS X Cool Hunting Club Campus 38 For Pride for several reasons.

Firstly, I am a huge fan of NOMOS Glashütte. I have been for years. They make amazing mechanical timepieces with stylish designs at affordable prices, and I have been dithering about which one to buy for too long now.

Secondly, I love bold colors, so when these timepieces popped up in my inbox, I was ecstatic!

And the third reason: Each sale of one of the timepieces will see a $1,000 donation to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

I truly salute each and every watch brand that uses its power to shine a light on an important cause, and I hope the new owners of these timepieces will shine that light further.

(Photography by Liam O'Donnell & Pierre Vogel)

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