Another blisteringly cold week down, another round-up of all the horological happenings around the world in our weekly Wind Up instalment. In this week’s article we have pieces from the likes of Bremont, Audemars Piguet, Zenith and a handful of other watchmakers. So, as always gents, sit back and enjoy!
Bremont Supermarine S300 White
One of my favourite Bremont collections, the Supermarine is versatile, durable and more than capable of handling the very best and the very worst that life can throw at it. The latest variation of the Supermarine is the S300 White, combining a beautiful blue ceramic bezel with a white dial and dark two-tone NATO strap. This is a beast of a watch, so don’t let its very conservative aesthetic fool you. THe stainless-steel Trip-Tick case measures 40mm in diameter and sits high and pretty at 13mm. Not small, but not overly large. Perfect dimensions. The S300 White is powered by an automatic chronometer and is available now.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Boutique-Exclusive Limited Edition
Featuring the same foundational aesthetic and movement architecture as the original Defy El Primero 21, Zenith’s Defy El Primero 21 Boutique-Exclusive Limited Edition has had a few differentiating changes made to it. While cosmetic, these changes actually do a lot for the watch’s overall look. The case is in a deep Midnight Black ceramic, but now the movement features a blue finish, as does the stitching in the leather and NATO straps, with a full blue rubber strap also being an option. Aside from those changes, everything else remains the same, including the highly contemporary look of the watch, the insane details of that openworked dial and the appeal of it being a 1/100th of a second chronograph.
Graham Chronofighter Vintage Overlord
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic D-Day landing, Graham has introduced the Chronofighter Vintage Overlord, taking the codename for the Battle of Normandy as its signature. Featuring Graham’s distinctive crown and pusher system, the Chronofighter Vintage Overlord comes in a 44mm wide bronze case with sandblasted and stain-brushed finishings. The green dial also features sandblasting treatment, and the hour numerals have been stylised using the US Air Force font.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in White Ceramic
Almost instinctively you either like this watch or you don’t. The ceramic look has been done before with the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar which the market lapped up like a thirsty dog. But now, with the introduction of a white ceramic version, will we see a similar response? Hard to tell, but from the outset I can definitely say that I’m a fan of this watch. It has a light, airy, friendly and welcoming look to it that makes me think it’s going to be super easy to wear. At 41mm in diameter and a measly 9.50mm in thickness, its dimensions are to be applauded. Super niche, but at the same time a very interesting package. Limited production, boutique exclusive, costing $93,900 yankaroos.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver
The first words to spring to mind when I saw the BR 03-92 Diver were “heavy duty”. And even after looking and reading about this watch over the past few days, I still have the same sentiments. Featuring Bell & Ross’ iconic square shaped case measuring 42mm on all sides, the BR 03-92 Diver has a unidirecitonal rotating bezel, a beautiful and expansive black dial, and touches of orange on the dial and hour hand. Available on either a woven black rubber strap or a black synthetic fabric strap, the BR 03-92 Diver is a beast of a watch. But don’t let that deter you from thinking that it’s anything but a good watch. The automatic calibre, discreet date window and overall dark look makes it the perfect daily wearer.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Harrods Editions
Vacheron Constantin have released two limited-edition pieces exclusively for their corner in the Harrods’ Fine Watch Room. The Traditionnelle Self-Winding Harrods and the Traditionnelle Moon Phase Harrods will both be limited to only 20 pieces and will be available for $32,300USD and $47,500USD, respectively. Both watches feature a beautiful green and gold theme, each with a guilloche-finished dial, achieved by the age-old method of engine turning. Both pieces are, of course and very typical of Vacheron Constantin, exceptional. The Traditionnelle Self-Winding Harrods is more masculine than the Traditionnelle Moon Phase Harrods, but there’s is definitely something for everyone with the pair.
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