Another week has come and gone, and to celebrate we’ve got the 100th instalment of our weekly series focusing on all the happenings in the world of watches, the Wind Up! In this centurial round-up we have some epic pieces from the likes of Breitling, Bremont, Omega and Blancpain, just to name a few. So, as always fellas, sit back and enjoy!
Bremont Jaguar D-Type Chronograph
Styled after the iconic 1950s Jaguar D-Type sports car, the Jaguar D-Type Chronograph presents itself as a highly wearable, very good-looking bit of kit. Combining a striking blue dial, a sublime COSC certified movement and a heritage-driven look, the Jaguar D-Type Chronograph is extremely cool. The exposed chronograph pump-pushers, tyre-tread-patterned crown and tachymeter dial markings all lend their look to the Jaguar D-Type. The heritage Jaguar logo just above the date window is a cool addition, as are the red chronograph and real-time seconds hands. An interesting marriage of passions.
Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition
Announced at a recent clean-up at a beach in Bali, the Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition celebrates the wonderful initiative between Breitling and Ocean Conservancy to keep the oceans and beaches clean. Supported by the likes of Kelly Slater, Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore, the Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition combines the soothing colour palette of the ocean and her shores with the functional nature of a Breitling Superocean Heritage. It’s a rugged, durable watch that looks like it can handle the worst that life can throw at it, and that mainstay look is the perfect analogy to its cause.
Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon
Created in a limited run of only 25-pieces and made in platinum, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon is incredible. Combining a semi-inverted dial, an insanely meticulous eye for detail and the wonderful complexities associated with a tourbillon, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon is every bit of the German atelier that we’ve come to love and expect. The Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon exclusively combines a flying tourbillon with a second-stop mechanism, a zero reset and a minute detent. What does this mean for the potential customer? Absurdly accurate timekeeping and precision. Very appealing to the eye.
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary LE
The Speedmaster aesthetic is something of lore in the world of watchmaking. It truly is iconic, and as much as that word is thrown around haphazardly these days, I find it difficult to find a better adjective to describe it. The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary LE is the latest variation on the Speedmaster, this time featuring some very beautiful Moonshine Gold accents all in a very modern, very refined stainless-steel package. The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary LE is limited to 6,969 pieces, with each piece being individually numbered. Behind the watch is a closed caseback featuring Neil Armstrong’s lunar footprint, along with his infamous quote, “One small step for man; One giant leap for mankind”. Regardless of whether the pursuit of space travel, the moon or NASA interests you, it’s hard to fault this watch in any degree.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda
Revising one of Blancpains legendary 1960s-era Fifty Fathoms, the Barakuda was one of the first scuba-diving watches. The new Barakuda features a stainless-steel case measuring 40mm across and with a depth rating of 300m. There is a luminous unidirectional bezel with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal covering it, along with faux-patina dial markers throughout. The red hour indices are a cool contrasting addition, as is the indiscreet date window at 3 o’clock. Form definitely meets function with the Barakuda
Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette
Last but most certainly not least is the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette. Measuring 41mm across and a measly 7.70mm in thickness, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette is one of the thinnest tourbillon watches available right know. Featuring 18k gold bridges, with the same material being used for the baseplate, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette is exceptional to look at. The gaping hole on the left side of the watch is contrasted expertly by the technical mass on the right side of the openworked dial, including of course the stunning tourbillon. Far from inexpensive, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette is definitely my watch of the week.
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