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Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar | Image: Blancpain

The Wind Up – Watch News #265

Welcome to 2024’s first edition of the Wind Up, our weekly series highlighting all of the latest watch releases of the past seven days. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and with that here are some of the most interesting new watches of the week. We have a plethora of new watches from the likes of Blancpain, Bell & Ross and Ulysse Nardin to keep you enthralled and entertained for the week ahead. Happy reading fellas!

Blancpain X Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms Oceans of Storm | Image: Swatch
Blancpain X Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms Oceans of Storm | Image: Swatch

Blancpain x Swatch OCEAN OF STORMS

  • Brand: Blancpain x Swatch
  • Model: OCEAN OF STORMS
  • Reference Number: SO35B400
  • Diameter: 42.3mm
  • Water Resistance: 91m
  • Calibre: SISTEM51
  • Power Reserve: 91 hours
  • Price: AUD$655

The Blancpain x Swatch OCEAN OF STORMS is a collaborative limited-edition timepiece that seamlessly combines the craftsmanship of luxury Swiss watchmaker Blancpain with the contemporary design flair of Swatch. Inspired by the lunar landscape, the watch features a highly detailed dial depicting the moon’s craters and surface relief.

The colour palette is bold and contrasting, ensuring optimal legibility and luminescent elements enhance visibility in various lighting conditions. The case is crafted with a balance of durability and lightweight materials, showcasing Blancpain’s precision engineering. This collaborative creation represents a fusion of aesthetic appeal and technical excellence, delivering a distinctive and collectible watch in the realm of Swiss horology.

Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar | Image: Blancpain
Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar | Image: Blancpain

Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar

  • Brand: Blancpain
  • Model: Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar
  • Reference Number: 00888-3632C-55B
  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Water Resistance: 30m
  • Calibre: Calibre 3638
  • Power Reserve: 168 hours
  • Price: AUD$108,800

The new Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar is an exquisite timepiece that exemplifies the brand’s commitment to horological innovation and cultural appreciation. Designed with meticulous craftsmanship, this watch features a traditional Chinese calendar with indications for the Gregorian date, Chinese lunar date, double hours, and the ten celestial stems and twelve terrestrial branches. 

The dial showcases a harmonious integration of these elements, presented with clarity and elegance. The 45mm red gold case adds a touch of luxury, and the self-winding movement, with a remarkable power reserve, ensures precise timekeeping. With its blend of traditional Chinese timekeeping and Blancpain’s watchmaking expertise, the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar stands as a distinguished and culturally significant addition to the world of haute horlogerie.

Bell & Ross BR 05 ARTLINE DRAGON | Image: Bell & Ross
Bell & Ross BR 05 ARTLINE DRAGON | Image: Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross BR 05 ARTLINE DRAGON

  • Brand: Bell & Ross
  • Model: BR 05 ARTLINE DRAGON
  • Reference Number: BR 05
  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m
  • Calibre: BR-CAL.321
  • Power Reserve: 54 hours
  • Price: USD$100,600

The new Bell & Ross BR 05 ARTLINE DRAGON is a striking timepiece that seamlessly merges contemporary design with traditional Chinese artistry. This limited-edition watch is part of the brand’s BR 05 series and pays homage to the mythical dragon, a symbol of strength and good fortune in Chinese culture. The 42mm satin-polished steel case features a vibrant dial adorned with a meticulously detailed dragon motif, incorporating traditional Chinese ink-wash painting techniques. 

The hands and indices are treated with Super-LumiNova, ensuring optimal legibility in any lighting condition. Powered by a reliable automatic movement, the BR 05 ARTLINE DRAGON combines aesthetic appeal with precision timekeeping. With its unique blend of modern aesthetics and cultural symbolism, this timepiece stands as an eye-catching and symbolic addition to Bell & Ross‘ collection.

Ulysse Nardin Blast Tourbillon Dragon | Image: Ulysse Nardin
Ulysse Nardin Blast Tourbillon Dragon | Image: Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin Blast Tourbillon Dragon

  • Brand: Ulysse Nardin
  • Model: Blast Tourbillon Dragon
  • Reference Number: 1725-400-2A/1A
  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Calibre: UN-172
  • Power Reserve: 72 hours
  • Price: AUD11,700

The Ulysse Nardin Blast Tourbillon Dragon, in true haute horlogerie fashion, epitomizes the brand’s dedication to horological excellence and artistic innovation. This timepiece is a remarkable addition to the Blast collection, featuring a mesmerizing dragon motif on the dial, inspired by traditional Asian artistry. The 45mm sandblasted titanium case not only provides a robust and lightweight foundation but also serves as a canvas for the intricately detailed dragon. 

The tourbillon at 6 o’clock adds a technical marvel to the aesthetic spectacle. Powered by the UN-172 movement, this limited-edition timepiece offers a power reserve of 72 hours. With its fusion of haute horlogerie and mythical symbolism, the Ulysse Nardin Blast Tourbillon Dragon exemplifies the pinnacle of watchmaking craftsmanship and design expertise.


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Dimitri Tsilioris is a watch enthusiast and founder of watch blog, Haulogerie. From his daily updates on his Instagram page (@haulogerie), to his constant and borderline excessive pursuit of the perfect watch, Dimitri lives and breathes horology. A passion that only begun a few short years ago, he has embroiled himself in the intricate world of tiny mechanisms and astronomical prices. The endless hunt of the perfect watch to satisfy his overarching criterion; aesthetically captivating and mechanically intriguing.