Another week down, another round up of all the latest watches in our regular series, The Wind Up. In this week’s instalment we have new pieces from Seiko, Ulysse Nardin and Frederique Constant, along with one of the winners of the recent GPHG. Enjoy gents!
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Seiko’s Latest Editions
Seiko recently unveiled the limited edition Prospex along with recreations of the vintage-inspired Presage. The Prospex features a stunning array of blacks and golds encased in a package that’s dynamic and super durable. And where the Prospex can be likened to that of a brute, the Presage is a far more refined, more classical affair. Available with either a black or a white dial, and drawing on inspiration from the original 1913 designs, the Presage is quite a dressy watch, but with the innate qualities of being a decent daily wearer.
Ulysse Nardin DIVER X ANTARCTICA
Ulysse Nardin’s DIVER X ANTARCTICA celebrates the brands instinctual pursuit for pushing the boundaries. The DIVER X ANTARCTICA is an ode to Sebastian Copeland’s photography of one of the Earth’s most desolate and most isolated locations. Capturing the essence of Antarctica with a stunning array of soft colours, whites and greys, the monochromatic theme of the DIVER X ANTARCTICA is perfectly in tune with the harsh, yet overwhelmingly beautiful expanse of the ice continent.
Vacheron Constantin Wins the “Innovation” Prize at the GPHG 2019
Well deserved and, to be quite frank with you, not entirely surprising, Vacheron Constantin’s incredible Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar took top honour in the “Innovation” category at this year’s GPHG. The Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar is a monster of a watch. And I mean that in all realms of positivity. It has the ability to extend its power reserve up to 65 days by switching beating frequencies. The level of ingenuity and craftsmanship that would be needed to execute this kind of a watch alone is reason is give the prize to Vacheron Constantin. Hats off to one of my favourite watchmakers.
Zenith El Primero Sells for Record Price
As part of the El Primero’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Zenith released a special one off edition of the famed chronograph. This piece unique features a captivating aesthetic with the traditional orientation that we’ve all come to love and expect from the El Primero. The unique El Primero sold for a record 250,000CHF at the Geneva Watch Auction X on the 10th of November with the proceeds being donated to a charity.
Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture
Featuring a dark grey dial encased in either 42mm of steel or rose gold plated steel and with a genuine in-house movement, the new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is the latest piece to come out of the Frederique Constant atelier. The worldtimer dial looks awesome and really does the complication justice. A lot of the times, a worldtimer dial looks off, where the artistry of the map looks odd. But in the case of the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture, Frederique Constant has definitely finished the dial off exceptionally well.
Montblanc Heritage Small Seconds
Montblanc’s Heritage Small Seconds is now available in a limited run of only 38 pieces, drawing inspiration from Minerva timepieces from the 1950s. Featuring a 39mm wide steel case and salmon-coloured lacquered dial with a grainy hour ring sunrary finish, the Heritage Small Seconds is the perfect fit for the original Minerva MB M62.00 calibers found way back in 2003. This is a very beautiful, very historic movement that Montblanc has done well to preserve and to reinvigorate. These original movements have been given a new lease of life, and really pays tribute to the golden era of watchmaking.
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