Zodiac recently introduced a ceramic version of the Super Sea Wolf, which should appeal to those wanting a Super Sea Wolf dive watch in a material other than stainless steel. The 40 mm highly-polished black ceramic case features a 316L stainless steel core to increase durability. An outsource automatic movement drives the three hands and date display. The dial is midnight blue with a radiant sunburst finish and oversized rectangular hands and applied indices. Securing the 500-piece limited edition Super Sea Wolf Ceramic (Ref. ZO9595) dive watch to your wrist is a black Italian rubber strap with pin and buckle closure. $1,695
Following the launch of the Apple Watch Ultra in September, Sandmarc, a company that designs third-party accessories for Apple and GoPro, announced they’re making a titanium bracelet made specifically for the Apple Watch Ultra. Apple does not offer a metal bracelet of any kind for the Apple Watch Ultra at this time, so this should be of interest to those wanting a metal bracelet for their Ultra. This titanium bracelet works with not just the 49 mm Watch Ultra, but also all current Apple Watch models with cases from 45 mm to 49 mm, though, it matches the Ultra’s titanium case best. The bracelet features a glass coating to prevent scratches. Sandmarc includes two 316L stainless steel Apple-type connectors so that the bracelet fits perfectly right out of the box, as well as an adjustment tool. The bracelet adds 57 grams and has a total length of 190 mm. It starts shipping in December 2022. $199
Blancpain recently unveiled a new titanium version of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback (Ref. 5200 1210 G52A), which is visually similar to models dating back many years, however, the 43 mm x 14.9 mm case, which is depth rated to 300 meters, is now crafted out of grade 23 titanium. Grade 23 titanium is similar to grade 5 titanium but has lower oxygen, nitrogen, and iron content, resulting in a tougher build quality. Matched with an anthracite-colored sunburst dial and fitted with Blancpain’s in-house caliber F385 automatic chronograph with flyback functionality, this will appeal to those who want something sporty and attractive that also offers a unique movement. $15,800
The G-Shock MR-G Ayasugi Gassan 40th Anniversary Limited Edition is Casio’s MRG flagship, featuring a 49.8 mm × 16.9 mm titanium case and bracelet (150 grams), crafted using multiple high-end finishing techniques that result in a truly distinctive timepiece. In collaboration with master swordsmith Sadanobu Gassan, the titanium bracelet is marked with a yasuri-me pattern, which is designed to resemble how a samurai sword is crafted to keep the blade firmly in the handle (tang). Gassan hand-carves the watch band with these marks and with 鍛 and 錬 inscriptions as a symbol of his family’s devotion to swordsmithing.
“Casio introduces its all-new hybrid titanium bezel that evokes the look of the Gassan family’s signature ayasugi-hada patterns. This newly developed titanium is crafted with recrystallized layers of pure and Ti64 titanium, a process overseen by Gassan himself to capture the true beauty of a sword blade’s temper patterns. The blue-gray bezel, band, and case back, finished in the most recent addition to Casio color ion plating technology, express the blue-tinged ferrous coloration that is the mark of a finely crafted sword. Recrystallized pure titanium for the case features a distinctive crystallized pattern treated with a deep-layer hardening process and a titanium carbide finish for even greater strength and abrasion resistance. An engraved metal plate commemorating the G-SHOCK 40th anniversary at the 10 o’clock position adds a final touch.”
Limited to 500 pieces worldwide, the MR-G Ayasugi Gassan 40th Anniversary LE is available for sale starting November 8, 2022. $8,000
Photos by Blancpain, G-Shock, Sandmarc, Zodiac.