by Christopher Scapelliti
One of the biggest buzzes at Baselworld 2011 was over this new chronograph from Bulova Accutron’s Gemini Collection, which features the renowned automatic-winding ETA 7750 Valjoux movement. The watch—style 64C104—is a favorite of Bulova Accutron brand ambassador Sir Richard Branson, who has one in addition to the 64B116 that he selected for his own wrist.
The 64C104 features a stainless-steel design with rose-gold ion plating and a black dial whose subtle yet engaging integrated swirl pattern adds depth and a sense of movement. A full-exhibition caseback affords a view of the 25-jewel Valjoux movement in action. Other features include a domed antireflective sapphire crystal, day/date window, red-tipped second hand, screwback case, double-pusher deployment buckle, and water resistance to 50 meters.
The 64C104 chronograph is set on a brown alligator-grain leather strap. It’s also available with a stainless-steel bracelet (style 63C106) and with a silver dial and brown leather strap (style 63C107). Suggested retail is $1,595.