In a few days, Baselworld 2013 will open its gates, but before that, I want to preview the latest additions from Davidoff. The Velocity line of watches for both men and women will have a premiere this month at Basel watch fair and the flagship model will be Davidoff Velocity Gent Automatic Moonphase watch.
This novelty from Davidoff features a silver moon that travels across a matt black disc which is located at the 6 o’clock position. The dial surface boasts an elegant matt black color. Besides a moonphase display, the new watch has day and month apertures situated in the upper part of the dial, below the 12 o’clock position, and a date ring set at the outer rim of the watch face.
The Roman numerals three and nine are stretched across the dial and expertly crafted in brushed metal. They are also colored in silver and the same color was used for hands, hour markers and numerals on the date ring. I must say that there is something alluring about mixing black and silver. I dare to say that it is a timeless combination.
The beating heart of the watch is Dubois Dépraz caliber DD9000 that provides no less than 42 hours of power reserve. The mechanical movement is built on 25 jewels and incorporates an oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif and Davidoff logo. A nicely decorated mechanism is visible through a transparent case back.
Davidoff Velocity Gent Automatic Moonphase Watch is housed in a round, elegant case crafted either from 316L stainless steel or 18-karats red gold. Each of them is beautifully enhanced with an eye-catching combination of polished and matt finishes. The case has 40mm in diameter and it is coated on both sides with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The water resistance of the new Davidoff timepiece is assured down to 50 meters (about 165 feet).
This newcomer is teamed with a black leather alligator strap, ending with a steel buckle. At the moment, I do not have any information about the price, but in a couple of days, we will know.
Besides Velocity Gent Automatic Moonphase Watch, the Velocity Gent collection also comprises the Gent Automatic GMT and Gent Automatic Classic models. Davidoff also announced that all Velocity Gent Automatic timepieces will be available with multiple bracelet options. The new line will be available at Davidoff authorized retailers from May 2013.