Welcome to the next instalment of our weekly series highlighting the latest watch releases, The Wind Up. In this week’s column, we’ll be featuring new watches from the likes of Hermès, IWC, Armin Strom and Girard-Perregaux. As always gents, sit back and enjoy!
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Hermès Arceau Into The Canadian Wild
Made for that special someone in your life, the new Hermès Arceau Into The Canadian Wild is a beautiful endeavour of artistry, femininity and Haute Horlogerie. The Arceau Into The Canadian Wild captures the look and feel of the icy north climate of Canada. With the option of either a polar bear or an owl motif, the Arceau Into The Canadian Wild features a hand-painted, layer-by-layer dial that covers an aventurine base. The case is made of white gold and boasts 82 diamonds on its bezel. The crown is ornate, as are the wire lugs. All of which work seamlessly with the look and feel of the dial.
IWC Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Boesch”
Made in collaboration with the Boesch Motorboote high-performance mahogany boat manufacturer on Lake Zurich, the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Boesch” captures the quintessential look of those hand-made works of art wonderfully well. Adorned with different shades of brown a-top the beloved and widely well-received look of the Aquatimer base, the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Boesch” marries the world’s of ornate yachting with modern horology exceptionally well.
Girard-Perregaux Quasar Azure
Featuring 46mm of blue sapphire crystal, the Quasar Azure is the latest Haute Horlogerie piece from Girard-Perregaux. Capturing the incredible look and feel of a sapphire crystal case while still ensuring the movement remains in the spotlight is no easy feat, but Girard-Perregaux has pulled off what looks to be a naturally flowing piece. It’s limited to only 8 pieces and costs as much as a studio apartment in Bondi, but there’s no doubt here that this is an absolute masterpiece.
Armin Strom Gravity Equal Force
The combination of black and rose gold is a timeless one, and it’s a look that Armin Strom has incorporated into its own watchmaking. Already a super dramatic piece, the Gravity Equal Force has just upped its ante by utilising the ageless look of rose gold and black. There’s a certain duality to this piece that is accentuated by the rose gold additions. On the right side of the watch, you have something that is very technical. And on the left side, you have something that is very typical of a watch. Together they work in harmony, both technically and aesthetically. Again, the rose gold and black combination works well to enhance that harmony to create a look that is undeniably cool.
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Original
A water-resistant rating of 200m. An antimagnetic resistance of 80,000A/m. And shock resistance of 7,500Gs. No, this isn’t the latest military-grade, high-tech, Mars-roaming-capable Casio G-Shock. This is the Engineer Hydrocarbon Original from Ball. 40mm by 14.55mm of stainless steel protects the watch from whatever environment or circumstance you wish to expose it to. It has a hairspring anti-shock system, a regulator anti-shock system and a freakishly large swivelling crown protector that locks in place. The Engineer Hydrocarbon Original is the horological equivalent to wearing a bank vault on your wrist. Oh, and with thanks to 30 small inbuilt tritium gas filled tubes, legibility will never be an issue. Not bad for a watch that only costs $4,630AUD.
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