The new Tissot T-Touch Watch model for 2012 is the T-Touch Classic. Tissot takes the high-tech appeal of the T-Touch and dresses it in a more... well, dressy skin. Last year Tissot released the Racing-Touch (discussed here), which was a more entry level version of the popular T-Touch watch. At a similar price, the T-Touch Classic uses the same movement but offers a much more timeless look.
Although the Swiss Patek Philippe Aquanaut has historically been considered an entry-level sports watch, sort of a Nautilus-junior if you will, it has really come into its own over the last few years. Whereas previously some may have bought it primarily because they wanted to own a Patek Philippe sports watch but couldn’t afford the more expensive Nautilus, now the Aquanaut is very much considered a desirable model in its own right.
Nascent micro brand Haldor, based in Slovenia but whose watches are designed in Germany and then made in Switzerland, are into diving watches with substantial water resistance for their price. Last year, Haldor released a hulking 45.5mm wide diving-oriented tool watch, the Abissi, which we reviewed in depth here. More recently, Haldor announced their sophomore model, the Haldor Armis 2000m, a somewhat smaller Swiss automatic diver’s watch built with durability, dependability, and tactical operator style in mind.
As always, Swiss Richard Mille has something totally insane to show off on the first day of SIHH. This year it's the RM 53-01 created in partnership with Argentinian polo player Pablo Mac Donough. The watch immediately looks like a classic Mille creation, with the tonneau case in Carbon TPT, the visible spline screws, and the futuristic-looking openworked movement taking center stage. This movement happens to feature a large tourbillon at six o'clock and to be suspended from the sides of the case by a system of steel cables and pulleys.
My absolute favorite watches are pretty-looking sport models. There is a significant volume of these watches around, but really attractive ones are hard to find. Probably the biggest challenge in making a beautiful-looking sports blancpain bathyscaphe chronograph watch is to first make sure it is a great utility watch, and only then ensuring it is visually attractive. Doing both is no simple task, but success can yield the reward of a watch being a true classic.