Another week down, another round-up of the latest watch releases in our regular series, The Wind Up. In this week’s instalment we have new watches from the likes of Longines, Mido and Roger Dubuis, just to name a few. So, as always gents, sit back and enjoy!
Longines Legend Diver
Now available in a 36mm variation, the Legend Diver is one of Longines’ most well known and loved timepieces. The smaller variation pays tribute to the original Legend Diver, albeit in some contemporary colour variations. The black dial model is still available, this time with a “tropical” dial look, in a variety of strap options, with the stainless-steel Milanese bracelet being our favourite. But, now Longines have made available a gorgeous, very feminine-focused white-themed Legend Diver with a stunning mother-of-pearl dial. A fitting tribute to a Longines legend.
Mido Commander Big Date Limited Edition
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Mido has launched the Commander Big Date Limited Edition. Featuring an oversized date aperture at 6 o’clock and a sunray-finished anthracite dial, Commander Big Date Limited Edition fits the bill of a contemporary timepiece that pays tribute to its roots. The red sweeping second’s hand matches the red stitching on the black leather strap, and the bold “60” at the 12 o’clock position on the dial emphasises the watches altogether big and distinct look.
Audemars Piguet x Jana Winderen
Jana Winderen’s Sonic Installation brings about the sounds from the Vallee de Joux’s environment, revealed at Art Basel in 2019. It gives visitors an immersive experience, using acoustics to create an endearing environment reminiscent of the Vallee de Joux, where Audemars Piguet made its home some 144 years ago. The plethora of sounds, layered upon each other, creates a somewhat tangible atmosphere within the experience itself, and the ambience was certainly not amiss by the 250 visitors who were able to see, hear and feel this unique artwork.
HYT H0 SOONOW
HYT is where art meets modernity meets watchmaking. And the H0 SOONOW certainly embodies those tenets. Sitting within a 48.80mm wide, 20.08mm thick case (either steel or DLC-coated steel, with blue or green fluid hours, respectively), the H0 SOONOW utilises HYT’s proprietary calibre to display the time in one of the most unique ways in modern horology. The H0 SOONOW has a deep look to it, with plenty of details throughout the 3D interpretation of the skull, now infamous to the HYT atelier. In fact, 300 pins were used to create this unique look, and in a stroke of humour, HYT have dedicated the “right eye” as the power reserve indicator, with a “dead or alive” display. Cool but costly.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Blacklight Trilogy
A brand new collection from Roger Dubuis, the Excalibur Blacklight Trilogy features a new and innovative technology that uses lab-grown sapphire to create a 3D mechanical structure which glows under UV light. Available in three distinct model variations, a pink-gold model, a blue model and a black model in DLC titanium. All models feature the same highly skeletonised look that Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur timepieces are known for. But add to that a dash of flair.
Christophe Claret Loma
To celebrate the partnership with Ukranian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko, Christophe Claret have created a unique mono-pusher chronograph with a striking mechanism and a constant force escapement. Featuring the Ukraine flag’s yellow and blue colours theme, the Loma also incorporates Lomachenko’s logo on the matching leather strap. In each of the sub-dials, Christophe Claret have integrated an Olympic medallion to commemorate Lomachenko’s two Olympic titles, and while this is a celebratory partnership watch, the Loma does have some pretty serious mechanics beneath its surface. Super technical, super exclusive and super expensive.
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