In different sizes and levels of complications, the Laureato has been around since its revival in 1996, but it is only since Girard-Perregaux's major updating of the collection in early 2016 that we see a notable uptick in focus, pricing aggressiveness, variety of design, and functionality in the Laureato line.
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.