Welcome to the next instalment of our weekly series where we highlight all of the newest watches, The Wind Up. In this week’s round-up we’ll be featuring new pieces from the likes of Audemars Piguet, NOMOS Glashütte and Bell & Ross. Enjoy gents!
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Ceramic
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked is back, and this time it’s clad entirely in black ceramic with a matching black ceramic bracelet. Featuring Audemars Piguet’s signature hand-finishing techniques including satin-brushing and polishing, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Ceramic takes one of the maison’s most desirable timepieces to new heights.
Panerai Appointed as the Official Timekeeper of the PRADA Cup
For the first time in its history, Panerai will be the “Official Timekeeper” of the upcoming PRADA Cup to be held from the middle of January to the end of February 2021. The race will take placed in Auckland, New Zealand, with Panerai’s CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué commenting, “We are extremely proud to have been appointed as Official Timekeeper of the PRADA Cup. The challenge ahead is a great one for us all and Panerai is fully committed to experiencing this new chapter. From exchanges on technology and precision to outfitting the exceptional high-tech foiling monohulls, every part of the partnership truly reflects our innovative soul as a pioneering brand.”
NOMOS Glashütte Beethoven Tribute Pieces
From NOMOS Glashütte, we have four pieces created in tribute to the celebration of the 250th anniversary of one of the world’s most-performed composers, Beethoven. Part of the Tetra collection now aptly named the Teta Symphony series, there are four models made in tribute to Beethoven. From left to right we have the Immortal Beloved in turquoise, the Ode to Joy in olive green, the Divine Spark with a copper dial and the Fidelio in dark blue. If you’re looking for a present for your better half, here you are gents.
Bell & Ross BR 01 Cyber Skull
Next up we have the BR 01 Cyber Skull from Bell & Ross. Made in a limited run of 500 pieces, the BR 01 Cyber Skull is a striking combination of geometrical lines and sculptured edges. The interplay between flat and smooth surfaces, angular shapes and distinctive contours gives the BR 01 Cyber Skull an almost pixelated look. Stealth bomber-cross-origami-cross-futuristic architecture-cross-whatever else you want to add probably sums up the BR 01 Cyber Skull the best. Really cool stuff.
Panerai – Hong Kong Watch Auction by Phillips
Panerai’s has a rich and storied past, highlighted by four important vintage models that recently went under the hammer for the Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI by Phillips auction. The four models each outperformed their estimates, a clear indication of the esteem that vintage Panerai timepieces hold, with the Panerai Luminor Marina Militare reference 6152/1 selling for 1,638,000HK$ (its estimate was 240,000-480,000HK$ for reference). Panerai’s CEO had the following to say about the auction results: “We were thrilled to see these unique vintage pieces at auction. Panerai has been entering a new world with high-tech materials and innovation. However, what has not changed in our DNA is our strong Italian roots and legendary history. The four rare pieces listed in the Phillips auction in Hong Kong represent different yet equally important milestones in our history, which are also fundamental to the brand’s development in the present day”. Not too late to start looking for some vintage Panerai pieces gents!
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