The Wind Up – Watch News #105
With Winter in full swing, you’d be forgiven in thinking that the watch industry may have cooled off somewhat. But it’s as hot as it’s ever been, and in this week’s Wind Up instalment we have some amazing watches from the likes of Breitling, Vacheron Constantin and Omega, just to name a few. So, as always guys, sit back and enjoy another round-up of all the latest watch releases.
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Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph Wheel’s and Waves Limited Edition
Breitling has launched the Premier B01 Chronograph Wheel’s and Waves Limited Edition to celebrate the launch of the Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz. Since 2012, Wheels and Waves has attracted visitors from all around the world with its eclectic display of motorcycles, surfing and skateboarding.
The Premier B01 Chronograph Wheel’s and Waves Limited Edition celebrates this festival by combining a beautiful and unique anthracite dial with golden hour markers, hour and minute hands, as well as a red central second hand. It also features a black tachymeter scale and a red tachymeter inscription. And, of course, the Premier B01 Chronograph Wheel’s and Waves Limited Edition is powered by a COSC certified chronometer.
Two versions are available: an 18k red-gold version in a limited run of 100 pieces; and a stainless-steel version in a run of 500 pieces.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Prototype
Worn on Everest and made of titanium and tantalum, this one-of-one piece unique Overseas Dual Time Prototype is for sure the coolest iteration of Vacheron’s revamped Overseas Dual Time collection. Created as a special project with adventurer and photographer Cory Richards, the Overseas Dual Time Prototype is one bad-ass looking watch.
Worn by Richards during his latest climb to Everest, the Overseas Dual Time Prototype features a beautiful titanium case, tantalum reinforcement beneath the bezel and a gorgeous textured dial. The blue-grey backdrop of the dial is offset wonderfully by the orange dual-time and am/pm hands, and while this is a one-off piece, fingers crossed we get a production version.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional
Introducing the world’s deepest diving watch, the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional recently went on a wild ride with Victor Vescovo, strapped to his submersible, aptly named the Limiting Factor. The Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional accompanied the Limiting Factor down to a bone-crushing depth of 10,928 meters into the Mariana Trench.
The experiment went off without a hitch, and the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional seemed to handle the immense pressures with ease. Can’t wait to see how Omega will implement this new engineering into their new watches!
Bvlgari Octo Roma Monete Skeleton Tourbillon
Unveiled at an event on the island of Capri in Italy, Bulgari’s Octo Roma Monete Skeleton Tourbillon certainly made some waves. The “dial” of the watch is actually a 2000-year-old coin and is placed in a hinged cover, shielding the beautifully open-worked dial of the Octo Roma Monete Skeleton Tourbillon. Opening the cover of the Octo Roma Monete Skeleton Tourbillon, you’ll be able to see the wonderfully skeletonised movement with the beating heart of its exquisite tourbillon.
Available in either an 18k pink-gold or platinum case, each piece unique model costs 530,000CHF or 550,000CHF, respectively. Not exactly chump change, but a very cool endeavour nevertheless.
Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Royal Arms of England
To celebrate the renovated Bond Street flagship boutique, Chopard has released the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Royal Arms of England, a limited edition piece made in a run of only 8 watches. Featuring a hinged officer-style caseback with an inscription to mark the momentous occasion, the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Royal Arms of England is an exquisite piece well befitting the flagship boutique’s revamping.
With its 18k white gold case and gold dial with anthracite glavanic treatment, the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Royal Arms of England is definitely a looker. But flipping the caseback open reveals that there really is more than meets the eye, with a stunning micro-rotor movement powering what is a very special package. Pricing is on request, the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Royal Arms of England is available exclusively from Chopard boutiques in the UK.
Habring2 Perpetual Doppel
Combining a mono-pusher split-seconds chronograph with a perpetual calendar, the Perpetual Doppel from Habring2 and costing “only” €21,500 (or about $35,500AUD), has an incredible of tech for a price that is relatively approachable. Measuring 43mm across and 12mm deep, the stainless-steel case of the Perpetual Doppel is well balanced and proportioned.
The brushed and silvered dial serves as a clean backdrop for the red-gold gilded hour numerals and plated hands, and the conventional layout of the perpetual calendar functions again ensures ideal levels of legibility. The dynamic nature of the Perpetual Doppel really does render it a very considerable daily wearer. Thoroughly, thoroughly impressed.
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