Another week down, another round-up of all the latest watches new in our regular series, The Wind Up. In this week’s instalment, we’ll be featuring new pieces from Girard-Perregaux, Longines, Jaquet Droz and Ulysse Nardin. Enjoy gents!
Girard-Perregaux Drops New Novelties For 2020
Girard-Perregaux has just launched a handful of new and exciting watches, including a new pillar of the Bridges collection, the Free Bridge. It has also announced a series of limited edition pieces featuring crafted with onyx and pink gold, aptly named the Infinity series. The Free Bridge timepiece pays homage to Girard-Perregaux’s Three Bridges from 1867 but in a super contemporary fashion. Girard-Perregaux has treated its 1966 and Vintage 1945 Infinity Editions to a sumptuous black look with the use of onyx. And finally, there is the Cosmos Infinity Edition which heralds in the latest piece from the original 2019 model finished with titanium and onyx throughout.
Our pick is the 1966 40mm Infinity Edition Watch, which Girard-Perregaux just announced will exclusively launch on MR PORTER. The heritage-inspired piece is powered by a GP03300-1402 automatic movement with pink gold oscillating weight and cops a 46-hour power reserve.
Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale
Once upon a time, the Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale served the French Navy. Fast forward half a century and that iconic model, reference 5774, is reintroduced to the modern landscape. It still carries with it the tell-tale signs of a functional, useful and wonderfully nostalgic watch but with subtle touches of modernity throughout. I particularly like the blued steel hands which contrast well with the creamy dial. Longines is hitting all the right notes at the moment, and the Heritage Military Marine Nationale is no exception to that.
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon
Horology meets art with the new Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon. Crafted with onyx, red gold, yellow gold and a new mineral named “Spiderman” jasper, the Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon is a wonderfully elaborate, supremely ornate timepiece. The use of the “Spiderman” jasper mineral enhances the look of the Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon, with plenty of browns and shades of ocher and burgundy adorning the dial throughout. Jaquet Droz is perhaps one of the best watchmakers in the business that can marry the worlds of high horology with art in the way that it does, and the Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon further exemplifies that.
Sarpaneva x Moomin
To celebrate 75 years of Moomins, the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, Sarpaneva has created a limited run of 75 pieces to mark this special occasion. There will be three models that make up the 75-piece limited run, 25 pieces each. Each piece features three-layered skeletonised dials with 8 hand-painted Swiss Super-Luminova emission colours in varying order, each creating a unique combination. The watches are beautiful, playful and characteristically Sarpaneva. Fans of different and avant-garde, here you are!
Ulysse Nardin BLAST
Ulysse Nardin has introduced a new line of watches named BLAST, the latest collection of skeletonised tourbillon timepieces from the brand. Within its open-worked structure lies an automatic silicium tourbillon sitting in an X-shaped cage. Each piece will have the tell-tale signs of a typical skeleton tourbillon from Ulysse Nardin: a rectangular frame, the 3-horned lug system, a smooth bezel and a vertically oriented movement (with the barrel at 12 o’clock and the tourbillon at 6 o’clock). The BLAST is an audacious and eye-watering conspicuous attempt at forgoing tradition that just seems to work on so many levels. Fantastic stuff from Ulysse Nardin!
Breitling Endurance Pro
Here is the latest and greatest from Breitling, the Endurance Pro. Encased in 44mm of Breitling’s proprietary alloy Breitlight, the Endurance Pro features a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement that is 10 times more accurate than a conventional quartz mechanism. Lightweight, easy to wear and very easy on the eye, the Endurance Pro is available in a variety of colours with matching straps. Pretty easy on your pocket, too.
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