Welcome to the next instalment of our weekly series, The Wind Up. The past week was headlined by Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021, but that doesn’t mean that the watch world outside of the event showed any signs of slowing down, with new releases from Omega, Seiko and Gucci. Enjoy gents!
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The Wind Up – Watch News #180
Gucci Launches High Watchmaking Collections
Gucci has extended itself into the realms of haute horlogerie with four collections, GUCCI 25H, G-Timeless, Grip and its very own high jewellery watches. Each collection draws inspiration from the maison’s traditions and legacy. It’s comprised of tourbillons and diamond-encrusted timepieces, moon phases and the like. Very exciting stuff!
Seiko Recreates a Legend
Seiko has recreated one of its most famed timepieces, the Alpinist. Introduced to the market in 1959, the Alpinist was created to meet the needs of mountain climbers and recreational field sports enthusiasts. Fast forward 2021, and while the Alpinist is more than up to the task of its predecessor’s attributes, the modern variant is somewhat more refined. Continuing on with the original’s theme, the 2021 Alpinist has a clean and direct black dial, accentuated by the triangular hour markers and dauphine hands. The Alpinist 1959 Re-creation isn’t the only new model, with three alternatives also being offered, too.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020
With less than 100 days until the Olympic Games in Tokyo (postponed of course from 2020), Omega has finally released its commemorative timepiece, the Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020. Rather than a brazen display of colours, Omega has opted to pull back on its aesthetic-driven punches with the Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020. Fitted with a blue ceramic bezel ring filled with a white enamel diving scale, the Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020 does well to blend in with the masses while still retaining its prestigious feel. Small highlights across the watch also tell the story of the watch being more than what you may think, with red and blue highlights throughout.
F. P. Journe Octa Automatique
F. P. Journe celebrates the Octa Automatique 20th anniversary with this new 99-piece limited edition version. Clad in platinum and powered by the rhodium-plated brass calibre 1300.3, the new Octa Automatique continues to uphold the original model’s hallmark traits whilst endowing itself with a new and crash look. The yellow gold, the satin-finished dial is similar to those Journe produced in 2001, with the piece’s trademark asymmetrical look on full display. F. P. Journe said the following regarding the Octa Automatique’s release: “The Octa is an accomplished movement that requires no further modification due to its almost unreal performance”. Can’t argue with that!
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