The Wind Up – Watch News #156
Welcome to the next instalment of our weekly series covering all of the latest watch releases, The Wind Up. In this week’s instalment, we’ll be featuring new pieces from the likes of Hublot, Panerai and Girard-Perregaux, along with a new piece from IWC and a combined effort between the watchmaker and one of Australia’s greatest ever actors, Cate Blanchett. Enjoy gents!
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The Wind Up – Watch News #155
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Crystal Rock
Featuring a super-strong lightweight high-tech carbon class case, the new Laureato Absolute Crystal Rock is undeniably cool. Clad in avantgardism and modernity, the Laureato Absolute Crystal Rock is an ode to Girard-Perregaux’s forward-thinking abilities and potency on recreating age-old classics. The sandwich-style dial continues the Laureato Absolute Crystal Rock’s theme of texture and depth, with the in-house manufacture movement rounding off what is a supremely interesting timepiece.
Hublot Introduces its Haute Joaillerie Collection
Hublot has introduced three new pieces in its Haute Joaillerie collection of watches. The first is the Big Bang Unico High Jewellery, which features 334 baguette-cut diamonds hand-applied to one of the watchmaker’s most iconic timepieces. The second is the Spirit of Big Bang High Jewellery, another jewel-encrusted timepiece with enough bling to blow the socks off of anyone you come across. And the third is the Classic Fusion High Jewellery, the most elegant and classical-looking of the three, this particular piece has an interesting dial pattern that is sure to mesmerise and hypnotise. Not least because of its 400-plus diamonds!
Panerai Drops New Logo Pieces
Panerai has unveiled two new “logo” pieces to its Luminor collection. The first is the Luminor Logo 44mm, which features a steel case, a matte black dial and a small seconds indicator at 9 o’clock. The second is the Luminor Base Logo 44mm, which is the same as the former piece but does away with the small seconds register, and in doing so the far cleaner of the two. The presence of the “OP” logo with the divergent double arrows represent the brand’s propensity with respect to being able to work above and below the surface of the sea. Very cool stuff.
Chopard Unveils New Alpine Eagle Models
Chopard released a fair few new models to its Alpine Eagle collection. For the first time, the Alpine Eagle collection will include a flyback chronograph model in a 44mm case. There will be three versions, two in steel with either an Aletsch Blue or Pitch Black dial, along with a bi-metal model with a Pitch Black dial. But for those of you truly wanting to flex, Chopard has definitely got you with its solid rose-gold with matching bracelet Alpine Eagle Large. The baller status quo piece.
IWC Top Gun SFTI Edition
IWC’s latest piece is the black-on-black Top Gun SFTI Edition. Featuring a ceramic case, the Top Gun SFTI Edition is a tribute to the “Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor” watch which was made in 2018 to honour the US Naval Aviation Community. While that piece is only for TOPGUN graduates, the Top Gun SFTI Edition is the next best thing for us civilians. Just epic.
IWC and Cate Blanchett Talk Sustainability
IWC’s CMO Franziska Gsell sat down with Australia’s pride and joy, the famous actor and producer Cate Blanchett, to talk about global sustainability. More specifically, they spoke about IWC’s commendable approach to actively managing its environmental and social impact, which has earned the watchmaker a leadership role in sustainable luxury watchmaking. You can follow the link below to watch the video. Round of applause to two industry leaders trying to make a difference.
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