Welcome to our first regular Series on Man of Many: The Wind Up. In these posts we’ll be covering the latest watch news from around the globe to keep you in the know on all things horology. It might take a while for us to get things into gear but we’re planning on rolling out a few more of these regular series such as a “Five Link Friday” where we’ll share our favourite content we’ve found across the web for that week. If you want to keep up to date with our latest posts, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have any other ideas around any other topics we could write a series on, please let us know below in the comments.
Jaeger-LeCoultre have released a game changer in the Geophysic True Second. It’s no secret that I love the seconds morte, or the deadbeat seconds complication, so this piece caught my attention immediately. This is a piece that screams quality from every angle. A grainy-white dial that is offset by the applied hour batons and corresponding luminous dots on the rehaut, luminous dagger hands and a small, but easy to read date window. Jaeger use their new Calibre 770 to confuse the public. Is it Quartz? To the uninitiated maybe, but to those who know what they’re looking at, you’re bound to be answering a bombardment of questions. Incorporated within their new movement, Jaeger have designed a captivating oscillating weight that is simply stunning. They’ve also altered the structure of the balance wheel to mimic a rounded-off H which provides the piece with better timekeeping precision and less friction. Oh, and it looks great under a loupe. Made in steel or red gold, its definitely a piece to marvel at.
NOMOS Glashütte Neomatik ‘First Edition’ Metro Neomatik
A fresh take on contemporary minimalism by a company that really is at the forefront of producing clean and modern looking pieces. NOMOS Glashütte have released ten pieces in their new range, aptly named the Neomatik ‘First Edition’ watches. The piece that really stood out to me was the Metro Neomatik, with its simple design, accentuated lugs and crisp dial. The small seconds hand is set off wonderfully against the sub-dial’s circular engravings, while the cyan-blue minute indices really exemplify the vision of modernism in watchmaking. If that wasn’t enough, NOMOS has decided to introduce this range with their brand new, ultra-thin Calibre DUW 3001, giving the piece 42 hours of power reserve. A refreshing piece that is relatively inexpensive and a great addition to anyone’s wrist!
Sarpaneva Northern Lights Limited Edition Red Gold
Sarpaneva may not be the most well known name in the world of horology, but he is making waves with his ostentatious and avant-garde looking pieces. A watchmaker who primarily focuses on the aesthetic elements of his designs, Sarpaneva has produced a limited edition run of eight pieces that resonates his ethos of pushing the boundaries of watchmaking. That doesn’t mean the movement in his pieces are anything to frown upon, but then again for the amount of money someone would potentially spend to acquire this watch, one would expect to get a premium movement. In this piece, unfortunately you don’t. However, all is not lost, especially if you’re the kind of person that marches to the beat of your own drum and wants to be fairly certain they won’t see another one any time soon, then this may just be the piece you would want. A definite conversation starter. You either want it or you don’t.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar
A manufacturer that I rarely feature on my Instagram page, Girard-Perregaux have caught my eye with their 1966 Full Calendar. White gold is the only metal choice for this piece, with the option of either a black or white dial. I would personally choose the black dial over its white counterpart, but I do enjoy the blue script on the white dial. Elegantly shaped hour and minute hands, a full length seconds hand and simple hour markers deem this piece exceptionally pleasing to look at. The moonphase window is confined within the date sub-dial at 6 o’clock, which minimises any potential clutter. Concealed behind the clean dial is Girard-Perregaux’s super-thin Calibre GP0330MO, which provides a whopping 46 hours of power reserve. A really well put together piece that will continue to catch your eye throughout the day, despite its high price tag.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black
Finally, a new toy from Tudor’s Black Bay range. The Black Bay Black. A vintage-inspired looking piece that wouldn’t look out of place in anyone’s collection. Its design is not dissimilar to Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay One, which was released at Only Watch earlier this year and will be auctioned very soon. Not much needs to be said about the Black Bay Black. Love the bezel. Love the hour indices. Love the hands. Love the strap options. Love the crown. The offset between the soft gold coloured indices and hands against the deep matte black dial is nothing short of mesmerising. Accessible pricing only serves to heighten the piece’s appeal, especially for those looking for their first serious bit of kit. A definite yes from me.