It appears to me as though Japanese watch makers Citizen and Casio are in a fight. Both of them are doing appreciably better than competitor Seiko, and they are also both pushing forward with highly multi-functional analog watches. These are developments based on years of success with multi-function digital watches. I get the appeal of digital watches that offer a range of features, but their analog counterparts are a mixed bag.
This version of the Citizen Perpetual Chrono AT is the reference AT4004-52E. It is 42mm wide and in a steel case with gold-toned accents. There are currently about eight versions of this watch. Each has a slightly different case color or style, and come on both bracelets and straps. The bracelet for this watch won't have the heft of a high-end Swiss bracelet, but is comfortable and attractive. I have often joked about strange looking bracelets from both Citizen and Seiko in the past - but stuff like this is conservative and comfortable in style and looks. The deployment clasp is clean and offers a nice push-button operation in a relatively flush clasp.
The new chronograph trigger system with its carbon trigger is well done and is smaller than the first generation trigger I believe. I also believe that the watch is overall lighter. Another great new feature is use of a black ceramic bezel. On these models the bezel is polished, and will of course lead to a more scratch resistant bezel surface. At 47mm wide, the steel cases feel good on the wrist, and not at all oversized. Over the dial is an AR coated domed sapphire crystal and the cases are water resistant to 100 meters.
Omega has been producing James Bond limited edition watches for some time and personally, being only a casual fan of the Bond films, I don't entirely understand the appeal. I can appreciate the overlap for both watch enthusiasts and Bond fans, but Bond doesn't actually wear that version of the watch, he is wearing the standard version, and that is the one I would have. Being both a Seamaster owner and a fan of the Planet Ocean line up, I like that Omega has been able to continually link their line of dive watches with the Bond character and feel that James Bond, being a fictional character, is a perfectly hyperbolic portrait of the Seamaster's core values. A dressy but tool-ready dive watch that is not afraid of a scratch, splash, or the occasional car chase.
I am not sure about the specific case size. The Octopus is quite thick and around 46m wide. The crowns are very complex and stick out even more. Each one has eight screws in it, and a detailed octopus engraving on it. Though the left crown might have a different engraving. As I discussed when debuting the first Octopus, this is a timepiece (like many Romain Jerome items) that likes to play with the number 8. You'll see that theme throughout the watch, from the depth rating, pieces in the limited edition, and number of arms on its namesake animal.
Aside from these new Grand Prix Monaco de Historique watches, for me the famous modern gray watch is the Chanel J12 Chromatic (which I reviewed hands-on here last year). I have to agree that these gray Chopard watches probably go with a lot of outfits. I can't say that about the Chopard Mille Miglia GTXL Rossa Corsa I reviewed here - which while being cool, does beg for a red heavy day. In line with Chopard mantra, I can't really use the term gray without also saying anthracite - the tone which Chopard uses to describe the dials. Lighter gray is used for horizontal racing stripes which add a welcome dash to the dial.
Montegrappa's primary business is the manufacture of nice pens. Though in that world it is apparently low-class to simply call their products "pens." They prefer the more high-brow term "writing instrument." The brand produces fountain and roller ball pens, as well as pencils. They even use a material that no one else uses in some of their more esteemed products - celluloid. Celluloid is derived from plants and must be specially aged before being used. Montegrappa offers writing instruments with celluloid bodies ranging in many different colors. The material feels warm and soft like quality plastic, but has a special visual depth that almost looks like polished stone. They add some special materials which give the celluloid more sparkle and a range of colors. It is a cool feature and I believe other pen makers only use plastic or metal in their pen bodies.