Another week has come and gone, and to celebrate we’ve got another instalment of our regular series, The Wind Up. In this week’s round-up we’ve got the latest pieces from the likes of Greubel Forsey, Ulysse Nardin and Glashutte Original. As always gents, sit back and enjoy!
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The Wind Up – Watch News #121
Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1
Whenever Greubel Forsey drops a new piece, the horological world at large tends to drop whatever it is that it was doing at the time and give the new release its undivided attention. Introducing the Hand Made 1, the newest Greubel Forsey masterpiece to be unveiled. The Hand Made 1 has almost all of its parts being made by hand, with an estimated 95% of the entire watch being painstakingly and meticulously tended over the course of an incredible 6,000 hours (or about 3 years of workmanship). This is truly an industry first and of course Greubel Forsey in all of its madness is at the forefront of this spectacular feat. Featuring the almost expected extraordinary aesthetic that Greubel Forsey is known for, the Hand Made 1 represents the purity of watchmaking and the romanticism of the process of putting together a haute horlogerie timepiece before the intervention of machinery.
Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Phantom
In collaboration with Devialet, a super exclusive high-end wireless speaker manufacturer comes the latest beast from the Ulysse Nardin coffers, the Hourstriker Phantom. Featuring a very thin membrane-like film underneath the watch that acts like an amplifier, the Hourstriker Phantom is a novel approach to the romanticism of a striking watch. Interestingly enough, one of the descendents of the Ulysse Nardin family, Emmanuel Nardin, is one of the founders of Devialet. A match made in heaven? Perhaps — but one thing is for sure, I can’t wait to hear this thing chime!
Panerai Comsubin & Guillaume Nery Experiences
Fortunate clients of Panerai’s new Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech and Submersible Chrono Guillaume Nery Edition were each treated to a super unique experience. For those who purchased the Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech, the experience entailed a two-day experience at the legendary “Teseo Tesei” naval base in La Spezia, Italy. Under the supervision of the Operational Divers Group and Operational Raiders Group, the experience involved extreme activities, the same that Navy special forces would undergo. And for those who purchased the Submersible Chrono Guillaume Nery Edition, a diving expedition was arranged in Moorea based in French Polynesia. Awesome to see a brand reach out to its customers and provide such amazing experiences like this.
Glashutte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date
New from Glashutte Original is the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. Available with either a subtle grey dial or a distinct bright green graduated dial, the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is available in a limited run of 100 pieces in each dial colour. While I am, admittedly, not the biggest fan of square watches, the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date does have a fair bit of appeal to it. I much prefer the darkness of the grey model over the loud green, but I can definitely see why someone would buy the green one, too. A lovely dial layout, a big date window and recessed chronograph pushers make the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date a big winner in my books.
With a look and feel that is very typical of many other steel watches, Tissot’s Gentleman is the quintessential daily wearer that can be dressed up or down. Some may lay claim to a very no-frills look, but in my opinion the Gentleman is all about executing the simple things. A well made watch is a well made watch, and the Gentleman seems to be just that. Featuring a 40mm wide steel case with either a white, black or blue dial, there seems to be enough choice to appeal to the mass market. Powered by an automatic movement (in this case, the Powermatic 80), the Gentleman does have the benefit of being a mechanical watch, thus also appealing to a market more willing to part with $775USD for a timepiece. I rather like the look of the Gentleman. The contrast between the polished and brushed links of the bracelet is cool, as is the polished bezel. I’d probably be picking the blue dial, then the black dial, and then finally the white dial variants, in that order, too. A big yes from me.
MVMT x Skateboarder Nyjah Huston
In collaboration with renowned skateboarder Nyjah Huston comes the latest piece from the super contemporary MVMT watch company. For those of you who don’t know, Nyjah Huston has won an incredible 12 X Games gold medals and 6 SLS World Championship Titles. The watch personifies his incredible approach to his art and features a darkened look accentuated by a lighter strap embossed with graphics inspired by Nyjah Huston’s own ink. It also features the skateboarder’s personal logo on the dial, along with an asphalt-inspired colour palette that looks fantastic.
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