Welcome to the next instalment of the Wind Up, our weekly series focusing on the latest watches releases of the past seven days. In this round up we have the newest watches from the likes of Roger Dubuis, Longines, Omega and Oris. So, as always gents, sit back and enjoy!
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Unique Series
What we have here from Roger Dubuis is 47mm of complete and utter splendor. Featuring a flying tourbillon wound by two micro rotors encased in carbon along with a minute repeater, the Excalibur Spider Unique Series is anything but conventional. Roger Dubuis calls its Excalibur Spider Unique Series “mastery of Grand Complication watchmaking”, and I can’t help but agree with that very defining statement. Contemporary, modern and wholly incredible, the Excalibur Spider Unique Series is superb.
Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946
Longines has welcomed in the new decade with yet another re-creation of a classic. This time it is the Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946, a remake of Longines’ famed chronograph produced in the 1940s. Featuring Breguet-style Arabic numerals, blued steel hands and a silky smooth opaline silver dial, the Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946 marries the worlds of heritage with modernism quite well. All of this is captured in 40mm of steel and is priced at $4,150. Big fan, right here.
Omega Speedmaster Caliber 321
Initially made available in platinum, Omega’s Speedmaster Caliber 321 now features a 39.70mm stainless steel case with a ceramic bezel. The entire watch screams culture and heritage, with faux-patina adorning the hour markers and filling in the hands. The super subtle look of the dial remains the same of course, one of the most attributable features of the Speedmaster and one that is beloved throughout the watch community. The infamous calibre 321 is all but identical to the original and is on full display through the open sapphire caseback. Priced higher than the standard Speedmaster at 13,000CHF (or just under $20,000AUD). Would you cop it?
Oris Lake Baikal Limited Edition
With a dial that depicts the beautiful blues of Lake Baikal, a body of water landlocked between Russian and Mongolia, Oris’ Lake Baikal Limited Edition features the standard Aquis look with the typical tell-tale signs of a durable, wearable and well-built diver’s watch. On the back of the piece, Oris has created a depiction of the phenomenon that is known to Lake Baikal, where large crevasses form beneath the lake when frozen. Limited to 1,999 pieces and priced at 2,200CHF, funds raised from the sale of the Lake Baikal Limited Edition will be used to support the restoration and preservation of Lake Baikal.
Blancpain Metiers D’Art Porcelaine – Chinese New Year of the Rat
To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rat, Blancpain has unveiled the Metiers D’Art Porcelaine – Chinese New Year of the Rat, created entirely by hand in its Metiers d’Art workshop. Featuring a 33mm wide white gold case, a bezel set with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds and a stunning porcelain dial with hand-painted enamel depictions of the Rat, the Metiers D’Art Porcelaine – Chinese New Year of the Rat is a gorgeous, affectionate and warming timepiece. Limited to 8 pieces, but with each piece being hand-painted, Blancpain has reiterated that each watch is actually a unique piece, engraving “Piece Unique” on the watch, too.
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