In this week’s instalment of everything watch-related in our regular round-up series, The Wind Up, we have some amazing watches from the likes of Audemars Piguet, Swatch, Zenith and a handful of other incredible watchmakers. So, as always gents, sit back and enjoy!
MAEN Skymaster 38 Automatic Chronograph
Combining the very traditional look of a horizontally orientated chronograph dial, the Skymaster 38 is the latest addition to MAEN’s extensive and deep collection of quality watches. The simple design and panda aesthetic of the Skymaster 38 is a contributing factor to its appeal. The exposed mushroom pushers and ribbed crown look great, the slim bezel and twisted lugs touch on that nostalgic appeal of chronographs from a generation ago and the overall look and feel of the Skymaster 38 is really quite sound. Coupled with the use of an automatic movement, the Skymaster 38 is of exceptional value.
Swatch Bold Collection
Featuring six brand new models, the Swatch Bold Collection is exactly that, big and bold. Measuring 47mm across, each model features contrasting 3D prints on the dial and the strap, creating a very interesting and playful look. The hands are filled with Superluminova, so regardless of the dial colour, legibility will not be an issue. The Bold Collection was designed to stand out, and with regards to its combined proportions and striking colour palettes, I think it will do just that. Priced extremely accessibly too, and at $135AUD there isn’t really much to complain about.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
Officially, here is Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. First off let’s congratulate Audemars Piguet on continuing to push the boundaries of contemporary watchmaking and creating the world’s thinnest selfwinding perpetual calendar. To put things in perspective the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin’s case measures a paper-thin 6.30mm in thickness, while the movement is an incredible 2.89mm. Try to remember that this is a full blown perpetual calendar, capable of telling the time accurately for the next few generations. Aside from its insanely minute proportions, the dial is well balanced, the case beautifully finished and the movement absolutely spectacular. Now we wait to see what the competition can come up.
Zenith El Primero A384
50 years since the original El Primero came to the fore in 1969, Zenith have finally reintroduced their famed model, marking 5 decades since its inception. The El Primero was the world’s first automatic chronograph and really took the entire watch collecting community by storm. Fast forward to 2019, and Zenith have endowed us with the El Primero A384. Not made in a limited number and ripe for the picking, the A384 has a beautiful vintage vibe that is made in a respectful nod to the original El Primero. A beautiful panda dial offset by a red chronograph seconds hand sets the tone, and this vintage feel extends to the obscurely shaped case and exposed pushers. The horizontal tri-register look of the dial is my favourite chronograph layout, and the El Primer A384 executes that perfectly. An icon reborn.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince”
A piece unique created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Antoine de Saint-Exupery Youth Foundation, the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” combines the quintessential look of IWC’s perpetual calendars with the feel-good notion of giving back. To be auctioned online by Sotheby’s, IWC will be donating the proceeds from the sale of the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” to the foundation. Beyond its charitable side, the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” actually looks fantastic. The combination of subtle details, warm colours and big bold numbers is brilliant, and that blue dial is just beautiful. An outstanding watch for an equally as outstanding cause.
Rado Captain Cook
The Captain Cook collection is available in a variety of different references and has two sizing options. The 37mm is understated, conservative and really emphasises the Captain Cook’s heritage, while the 42mm is bolder, more pronounced but still carries with it the vintage vibe of the original Captain Cook piece. The 42mm is actually available in two variations. The first in a full stainless steel case with matching bracelet and a ceramic bezel, matching the colour of the dial. You can choose between either a green, a blue or a black dial in this instance. Otherwise, the 42mm model is available on a beautiful brown leather strap, with either a grey, brown, blue or black dial, with matching coloured bezel. And in 37mm, the Captain Cook is available in a limited edition travel case with three strap options, along with a strap changing tool.
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