Welcome to our first regular series on Man of Many: The Wind Up covering the latest watch news from around the globe to keep you in the know on all things horology.
Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P
The latest piece from the boutique brand is actually a hybrid quartz-mechanical calibre celebrating the 40th anniversary of its very own in-house quartz calibre 7P. Without getting too technical and frying your brain, the Emperador (which now uses the newer calibre 700P), uses a conventional mechanical going train, powered by a micro-rotor winding the mainspring. At the end of the gear train there is a generator whose speed of rotation is powered by a quartz timing package in lieu of a regular escapement. Pretty cool stuff if you want to look into it further. Aesthetically, the piece screams typical contemporary Piaget. Exposed movement and balancing jewels, stunningly finished micro-rotor, off-centred hour and minute hands and a black ADLC coated bezel, generator and micro-rotor. All of this sits within a relatively small 34.9mm package, but still very wearable for the modern connoisseur.
Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept
As far as independents go, I absolutely love H. Moser & Cie. One of my favourite pieces is their minimalistic-based perpetual calendar. But they have one up themselves with their latest iteration of their already simple perpetual calendar. The Perpetual Calendar Concept pushes the boundaries of extreme minimalism. Remove the logo, the branding, the hour markers and indicators. Get rid of the “Swiss Made” label at 6 o’clock. Keep an hour hand, a minute hand, a month-indicating hand, a power reserve indicator and date window. The result? The simplest looking perpetual calendar on the market, ever. The piece is as wearable as anything too. At less than 41mm, it will sit well comfortably on the wrist without creating too much fuss. The Concept has its company’s signature fume dial with sunburst pattern, eloquently shaped hands and beautiful mirror-finished white gold case. It houses H. Moser & Cie’s brilliant in-house manually wound calibre HMC 341 which boast an enormous 7 days of power reserve. A minimalist’s dream watch.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic 85th Anniversary Edition
The Reverso would have to be one of those watches that any true watch collector needs to have in their collection. In my mind, it is one of the most iconic pieces ever produces by Jaeger. Its simple design architecture makes it extremely wearable regardless of the occasion. Proportional to its creative parameters, it is as close to a perfect watch as there is. The Anniversary Edition is Jaeger’s way of celebrating an incredible 85 years of the Reverso. It will be offered in a small, medium and large sizing preference, with the medium being my choice. Sublime detailing and simple architecture continue to make this piece one of the most versatile watches available.
Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst
One of the finest pieces to come out of Lange in recent times, the 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst is a tribute to traditional hand-made watchmaking. The dial is captivating to say the least. Decorated with tremblage engraving, you would be forgiven if you overlooked the enormous tourbillon window at 6 o’clock. The markers and hands are finished in a beautiful soft gold that looks perfect against the hand-made dial. The 6 o’clock window contains the beautiful tourbillon, and turning over the piece the finishing is just as good with typical Lange engravings and main-plate steel brushing. Another triumph from the German watchmakers.
TSOVET x Fred Segal LAX
Let me bring you back down to Earth now and present to you a piece that is probably well within our grasp, economically speaking. Hailing out of California, TSOVET and Fred Segal have teamed up to create the LAX watch. With a limited run of only 50 pieces, it is available at TSOVET online and at the Fred Segal LAX store inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal. For all my seasonal travellers heading over there, take some time to check it out. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, it ticks the boxes for a sure thing. Great modern design, slim hour numbers and markers, great lug and crown dimensions and a very clean look. Extremely art-deco-ish, but I actually like it. The hour and minute hands match the blue of the hour markers and numbers, while the seconds hand is a solid red and helps to break up an other monotonous dial colour scheme. At 38mm, it is maybe a tad small for what I would typically wear, but otherwise an awesome piece just in time for Christmas.