The Wind Up – Watch News #154
Another week down, another round-up of all the latest watch-related news in our weekly series, The Wind Up. In this week’s instalment, we’ll be featuring new watches from Breguet, Tudor, Richard Mille and Blancpain. Enjoy gents!
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The Wind Up – Watch News #153
Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai De l’Horloge
Breguet dropped one of its most complex watches in the form of the platinum-cased Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai De l’Horloge. Featuring two tourbillons that dance around the dial, the Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai De l’Horloge is a feat of drama, of complexity and of intrigue. No-one does openworking like Breguet, and the Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai De l’Horloge is the perfect example of that. But turning the piece over you’ll be able to see just how masterful Breguet is in all of its respective aspects, with a solid gold hand-engraved caseback depicting the Maison’s first premises.
Tudor Royal Collection
Tudor’s new Royal Collection is an affordable way for people to get into the ever-growing niche of all-metal high-end sports watches. Available in a variety of sizes and metal options, the Royal Collection really does have something for everyone. Our pick is the blue-dial stainless-steel Royal Day Date. It’s functional, it’s affordable and it would be the perfect entry-level watch for many budding enthusiasts. We even like its super polarising bezel with its alternating polished and perforated parts.
Richard Mille RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal
New from Richard Mille is the $1,050,000USD RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal. Made to commemorate a decade’s partnership with tennis legend Rafael Nadal, the RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal is a lightweight, high-complicated affair whose openworked weave-patterned tourbillon movement draws inspiration from the sport’s weapon of choice, the tennis racket. The lightweight movement (it only weighs about 3 grams!) can resist accelerative forces of over 12,000 Gs and sits in the Maison’s latest exclusive material, TitaCarb. This brings the total weight of the watch to about 30 grams. Yep, you read that right, 30 grams. That’s Richard Mille for you.
Glashütte Original Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 1920
Glashütte Original’s Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 1920 is a masterclass in classicism and restraint. Modelled after the traditional dress watches of the early 20th century, the Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 1920 is a beautiful combination of subtle details and innate complexities. The dial hides the true beast that is beneath, with a stunning hand-wound tourbillon visible via the caseback. The fact that Glashütte Original refrained from openworking the dial to display the tourbillon is commendable, wholly benefiting the watch and really giving it that nonchalant exclusive feel. The Glashütte Original Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 1920 is priced at AUD$183,050.
Blancpain Adds New Colours to its Bathyscaphe Line
Blancpain just announced two brand new pieces to its Bathyscaphe collection, the Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition and the Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. The Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition’s aesthetic draws inspiration from the Nevada Desert in the USA, with a beautiful sandy-brown dial accentuated by that lovely sandy-coloured strap. The addition of a day-date function gives the Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition an element of daily wearability, where you can actually wear the piece casually or in a semi-formal environment. The Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph, on the other hand, is clad in a green aesthetic that shimmers and gleams in different lighting environments. It’s a traditional chronograph with a date window captured in one of the great modern horological designs.
Baume & Mercier New Clifton Baumatic Additions
Baume & Mercier has announced a bunch of new additions to its Clifton Baumatic collection. The first is the Clifton Baumatic day-date moonphase, a beautiful combination of functionality and romanticism in a harmonious and super wearable package. The second is the Clifton Baumatic moonphase date, again a piece that is highly functional and wearable. The final piece is the Clifton Baumatic date. While this model does away with the extra complications, it does hold a COSC certified movement in the form of Baume & Mercier’s in-house calibre BM13. Baume & Mercier is doing some really cool things as of late, with these three new models really hammering home the Maison’s intent.
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