Another week down, another round up of all the latest watch news in our regular series, The Wind Up. In this week’s instalment we have the newest watches from the likes of Ulysse Nardin, Bremont, Blancpain and Hermes, just to name a few. So, as always gents, sit back, grab a chilled glass of egg-nog and enjoy! And have a very Merry Christmas!
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Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Fleet
Featuring three brand new references, each based on the 44mm diver chronograph look, Ulysee Nardin’s newest additions to its Diver Chronograph collection are the coolest yet. Three pieces have been introduced: the Hammerhead Shark Limited Edition, a black and titanium version, along with a balls-to-the wall, $56,900AUD blue and rose gold variant. The Hammerhead Shark model has a distinct red and blue colour palette and is priced at $17,600AUD, while the base black and titanium version is priced at $17,000AUD. Hugely cool and with a hell of a lot of wrist presence, the new Diver Chronograph models are the perfect summer watch for what is looking to be Australia’s hottest yet.
Bremont H-4 Hercules
Now available to purchase, Bremont’s H-4 Hercules is an enigmatic timepiece that personifies the brand’s passion for aviation. Available in stainless steel, rose gold and platinum, the H-4 Hercules features an offset small-seconds indicator at 9 o’clock along with a GMT hand topped off with a red arrow tip in the centre stack. Each piece comes with a bridle leather wallet featuring aileron fabric from the original Hercules aircraft, a limited edition key fob and a multipurpose watch tool. Easily the coolest release of the year from Bremont.
Blancpain Traditional Chinese Calendar
Celebrating the Year of the Rat, Blancpain’s Traditional Chinese Calendar combines the traditions of the age-old Chinese calendar with the modern dating system of the Gregorian calendar. Representing luck and prosperity, the Rat is the first animal of the Chinese zodiac and is affectionately depicted on the skeletonised rotor. The watch itself is legible and stock-full of important calendrier information. Its simplistic and organised layout belies its complex nature, and this marriage of complexity, simplicity and brevity is applaudable.
Hermes Slim D’Hermes Cheval Ikat
Available in either white or rose gold, the Slim D’Hermes Cheval Ikat symbolises the ideology of art meeting watchmaking. With a dial made by using a woven dial with gold threads, the Slim D’Hermes Cheval Ikat utilises the age-gold art of Ikat, meaning to tie, or to bind. This is a traditional dyeing technique that Hermes has used to create a dramatic and overly appealing 3D effect on the dial. The result is a raised horse motif depicted mid bound. Brilliant!
Frederique Constant Worldtimer
With an in-house movement, Frederique Constant’s Worldtimer is already leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Coupled with a gorgeously styled case, an artistic dial and a stunning onion crown, and what you have is a Worldtimer for the ages. The dial features plenty of colour, but not so much so as to deter from legibility, which in itself is clear. The perfect companion for our frequent fliers.
Parmigiani Hijri Perpetual Calendar
Sitting in 44.50mm of platinum, Parmigiani’s Muslim-calendar inspired Hijri Perpetual Calendar is in itself really quite beautiful. The slate-grey dial depicts the features of a typical perpetual calendar, albeit in Arabic script. The moonphase is set against an aventurine sky, and the high-grade polish of the platinum case shines brilliantly and provides the perfect contrast of shine against the very flat dial. Plenty of Islamic-inspired details adorn the Hijri Perpetual Calendar, doing one of the world’s oldest calendars supreme justice.
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