We’ve got a pretty well stocked line up in this week’s instalment of our regular series looking at all the latest watch releases, The Wind Up. We’ll be featuring new releases from the likes of Richard Mille, Victorinox, Greubel Forsey and Frederique Constant, amongst others. So, as always gents, sit back and enjoy!
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Richard Mille RM 11-04 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Roberto Mancini
To celebrate Roberto Mancini’s appointment to Italy’s national football team, the Squadra Azzurra, Richard Mille has released the Richard Mille RM 11-04 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Roberto Mancini. Featuring the tell-tale signs of a Richard Mille chronograph, the Richard Mille RM 11-04 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Roberto Mancini also features the iconic colours of the Italian flag. No doubt a piece that will be lapped up by enthusiasts and collectors, alike.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Prototype
Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas Prototype has recently gone up for auction at this year’s Phillips auction. The unique piece made for the American explorer and photographer, Cory Richards, was created to travel along with the adventurer during his third attempt at climbing Mount Everest. Made out of titanium with tantalum reinforcements, the Overseas Prototype was anything but conventional. Incredibly enough, the piece unique Overseas Prototype was sold for $106,250USD. Here’s to hoping we get a production version, soon!
Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver Collection
Victorinox has released the I.N.O.X Professional Diver Collection, an eclectic assortment of watches that combines the beauty of the ocean with high performance and stunning design. Featuring stainless steel sandblasted cases with a matte finish and tough paracord straps evoking sailing boat ropes, the I.N.O.X Professional Diver Collection is one solid bit of kit. There is a variety of strap and dial colour options to choose from, too.
Greubel Forsey GMT Sport
Spectacular. Complex. Meticulously detailed. Typical Greubel Forsey. All words that, in my humble opinion, describe the GMT Sport to a tee. The GMT Sport has plenty to look at and with some much going on, one can easily feel inundated with information overload. But, for a lover of horological complexities, the GMT Sport ticks all the right boxes. For starters, its 42mm wide, 15.70mm thick titanium is big, but it isn’t gargantuan. Tick for wearability. Secondly, its innate openworked dial gives the wearer a basically uninterrupted view of the mechanism. Tick for theatrics. And finally, the absurd amount of details adorning the watch throughout the GMT Sport’s movement and case is astounding. Tick for attention to the minutiae. The only issue is the price, and at 480,000CHF with a limited run of 11 pieces, it’s unlikely I’ll be strapped the GMT Sport to my wrist any time soon. Oh well, I can still admire it from afar!
Frederique Constant Classic Moonphase Manufacture
Featuring the romanticism of a moonphase indicator along with the respect that an in-house movement usually entails, the Classic Moonphase Manufacture is a timepiece made by Frederique Constant in collaboration with Fratello Watches. Limited to only 29 pieces and quite obviously based on the Classic Moonphase Manufacture, the Fratello Watches edition instead features a grey dial, white Roman numeral hour indices and hands. The Classic Moonphase Manufacture’s aesthetic is clean and subdued, but it’s not boring. I’m a big, big fan. It’s available directly from Fratello Watches’ e-commerce platform.
Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date
Based on the original Big Crown Pointer Date from 1938, the new Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date captures the simplistic and virtuous nature of the original in a captivating 40mm bronze package. The Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date also features a bronze dial with gold-plated cathedral hands and painted Arabic numerals, with the hands and hour markers being filled with Super-LumiNova. The earthy tones of the Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date are offset by the red-tipped date indicator, and the fluted bezel and enlarged riveted crown are nice additions, too. Overall, a fairly appealing watch from one of the best entry-point brands out there.
IWC Opens its First Boutique in Sydney
IWC has long had a presence in Sydney, being made readily available in many retail stores. But now, in an 80 square meter setting smack bang in the middle of the CBD, IWC has opened a brand spanking new boutique. Featuring its six watch families in a luxury setting, the new Sydney boutique marks the second Australian boutique after IWC opened its first one in Melbourne earlier this year. Can’t wait to check it out.
Panerai Opens its First Sydney Boutique, Too!
It’s been a lucky few weeks for Sydney’s watch community. With the likes of A. Lange & Sohne, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC opening their own respective boutiques in the heart of the CBD, we’re pretty spoilt for choice. Now another brand enters the fray: Panerai! Showcasing its latest Luna Rossa collection along with its PAM.Guard watch care program, Panerai’s expansion into Sydney is a sign of only good things to come.
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