Welcome to the next instalment of our weekly column looking at all of the latest watch releases, The Wind Up. In this week’s round up we have the newest pieces from the likes of Longines, Frederique Constant and Seiko, along with an event we know you’ll want to attend in Melbourne. So, as always gents, sit back and enjoy!
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The Wind Up – Watch News #138
One of Longines’ most iconic collections is now available in a unique collorset that appeases the embedded adventurer in all of us. A simple addition of green-hued timepieces has elevated the HydroConquest’s aesthetic to new heights. Drawing inspiration from the world of aquatic sports, the green-coloured HydroConquest also features a green coloured ceramic bezel insert.
Horological Society of New York comes to Melbourne
America’s first and oldest watchmaking guild was founded in 1866 and continues to operate with an innate dedication to advancing the art and science of horology through education. Their 154-year old tradition of giving monthly lectures from industry leaders covering all aspects of horology is next to be hosted by The Hour Glass in Melbourne. This 2-day four-hour per day course offers participants an in-depth series of modules, teaching them everything you could possibly want to know about watches. Best of all, no experience is required. The event will take place on February 29 and March 1, so you best be quick to book your spots as there are only a few left!
Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture
Now featuring a panda dial for a sportier look, Frederique Constant’s Flyback Chronograph Manufacture was already one hell of an impressive watch. I particularly love the date indicator at 6 o’clock. As opposed to using a date window, the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture utilises a dial, creating a very traditional and very appealing look. The pushers are beautiful, the dial is flawless and the fact that it has a manufacture movement just makes me all giddy.
Alpina AplinerX Freeride World Tour Limited Edition
Alpina’s AplinerX Freeride World Tour Limited Edition was built for the snow-loving thrill-seeker in all of us. Partnering with the Freeride World Tour, Alpina has created the AplinerX Freeride World Tour Limited Edition. It combines bucket-loads of tech with durability, versatility and functionality in a package that looks damn cool. And it comes with an app you can download onto your smartphone that lets you track all of the vital data it records. Love it!
Seiko Prospex “King Turtle”
Seiko has introduced three new models into its ever-expanding collection of watches. Aptly named the “King Turtle”, this new variation of the Prospex has a 45mm wide, 13.20mm thick case, a redesigned bezel and three distinct dials ranging from the standard black look, a military-green dial and a lovely wavy-blue dial. Brutal, bold and ultimately all you would really need in daily-beater, the King Turtle is just brilliant.
HYT H1.0 x MR PORTER
Created exclusively for MR PORTER, the HYT H1.0 x MR PORTER features a black and white coloured theme with red highlights. Its stainless steel case measures 48.80mm in diameter and is covered in black DLC. The dial is very typical of HYT in that it features the brand’s iconic and super distinctive fluidic time display, with a micro-fluidic display sitting at the centre of the piece. Made up of a borosilicate glass capillary with a nano-coating on the inside, multi-layer bellows, a thermal compensator and fluidic restrictors, the H1.0 x MR PORTER’s movement sounds more like a supercar’s engine bay.
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