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The Wind Up – Watch News #230

Welcome to the next edition of our weekly series, where we feature the latest watch releases and associated news, the Wind Up. In this week’s instalment, we’ll be featuring a plethora of new and exciting watches, including pieces from Panerai, Roger Dubuis, Ulysse Nardin and A. Lange & Söhne. Enjoy!

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The Wind Up – Watch News #229

Panerai luminor luna rossa pam01342

Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa PAM01342 | Image: Panerai

Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa PAM01342

Headlining the major releases this week was Panerai’s latest edition of the Luminor Luna Rossa PAM01342. Created in collaboration with Team Luna Rossa, which Panerai has been partners with since 2017, the new Luminor Luna Rossa PAM01342 is a fresh and modern take on the quintessential nautical-themed timepiece. We love its clean palette of colours: whites, greys and reds. A beautiful play on the simplistic, flat and elemental look of these colours that make for a super interesting look.

The Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa PAM01342 is encased in 44mm of polished stainless steel that glistens and gleams. Powering the Luminor Luna Rossa PAM01342 is Panerai’s staple manually wound calibre, the P.6000. This is an interesting calibre that offers a very respectable 3-days’ worth of power reserve from its single barrel, however, it is concealed behind the closed caseback. The Luminor Luna Rossa PAM01342 comes on either a grey bi-material strap with a red stripe, or a black rubber band.

Brand: Panerai
Model: Luminor Luna Rossa
Reference Number: PAM01342
Diameter: 44mm
Water Resistance: 100 metres
Calibre: P.6000
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Price: AUD$8,800

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Roger dubuis excalibur sorayama monobalancier

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier | Image: Roger Dubuis

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier

Roger Dubuis released the latest variation of its acclaimed Excalibur Monobalancier in the shape of the Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier. Sleek and ultra-modern, the new Roger Dubuis was made in collaboration with Hajime Sorayama, the designer best-known for his mirrored and metallic robots, which were actually the centrepiece of Dior’s 2019 men’s collection. His super contemporary artistic flair has been carried through to the world of high horology, with the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier now bearing his name.

Looking more closely, Roger Dubuis’ trademark star-shaped bridge is now even more sculptural and is completely mirrored. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier also features a polished titanium bracelet, a mirror-polished titanium case and high-grade finishing throughout the Poincon de Geneve RD270SQ calibre. A key feature of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier is its redesigned micro-rotor, which is shaped like a turbine with concentric blades. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier is limited to only 28 pieces and has been released in Hajime Sorayama’s native country Japan only for now (It will eventually be sold in other countries, too).

Brand: Roger Dubuis
Model: Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier
Reference Number: RDDBEX1013
Diameter: 42mm
Water Resistance: 100 metres
Calibre: RD720SQ
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Price: USD$64,500

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Ulysse nardin diver chronograph great white

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Great White | Image: Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Great White

Ulysse Nardin is a maison with a penchant for supporting the environment. Its latest piece, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Great White, has been released in honour of Shark Week and in partnership with Shark Trust, a conservation charity that works to reform unsustainable and unmanaged fisheries, as well as the supply chains that drive global consumption of shark products. Additionally, Ulysse Nardin has pledged to donate 1% of annual sales of all “shark watches” to support non-profit organisations focused on the conservation and protection of sharks. The Diver Chronograph Great White is indeed a charitable piece, but let’s not overlook how amazing it actually is.

The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Great White is encased in a grey titanium sandblasted and brushed case with a concave white rubberised bezel. On the surface, the pieces bears a beautifully textured grey dial with pops of blue, while the maison’s very own calibre UN-150 sits underneath. This movement, which is unfortunately concealed behind the closed engraved caseback, is the watchmaker’s manufacture automatic integrated column-wheel chronograph with a silicium escapement. Not to worry though, as the divine aesthetic of the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Great White more than makes up for that missing bit of theatricality. The Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph Great White is limited to only 300 pieces and is perhaps the maison’s most interesting conservation-based piece yet.

Brand: Ulysse Nardin
Model: Diver Chronograph Great White
Reference Number: 1503-170LE-1A-GW/3A
Diameter: 44mm
Water Resistance: 300 metres
Calibre: UN-150
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Price: AUD$18,650

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A lange söhne 1815 rattrapante

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante | Image: A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante

Last but most certainly not least is the new 1815 Rattrapante from A. Lange & Söhne. Originally released in 2020 amongst a trio of watches marking the 175th anniversary of the maison in the 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” (alongside the 1815 Thin Honeygold and the almighty Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold “Tribute to F.A. Lange”), the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante is now available in a beautiful platinum case. Offset simply by a gorgeous white dial with blued hands, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante reference 425.025 is an entirely inconspicuous grail, until you turn it around.

What you’ll be facing is the mammoth L101.2, a true spectacle of modern horology. This split-seconds chronograph movement is as Lange as a movement gets: Hand-engraved balance cock, German silver throughout, screwed gold chatons securing balancing jewels, straight graining, polishing and beveling throughout. The movement obviously carries the watch, but the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante definitely talks the talk and walks the walk.

Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Model: 1815 Rattrapante
Reference Number: 425.025
Diameter: 41.20mm
Water Resistance: 30 metres
Calibre: L101.2
Power Reserve: 58 hours
Price: AUD$246,100

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Kennedy petracca

AFL player Christian Petracca signs on as Kennedy Watches official brand ambassador | Image: Kennedy Watches

Kennedy Watches Taps AFL Star Christian Petracca

Outside of releases, there was also some watch news surrounding Australian luxury watch and jewellery retailer Kennedy. The famed brand this week teamed up with Melbourne Demons AFL star Christian Petracca, announcing a two-year partnership that will see the 2021 Norm Smith Medallist take up the mantle of official brand ambassador. In the first images of Petracca in action, the premiership hero can be seen sporting a selection of pieces from Panerai, IWC Schaffhausen, Tudo and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

“A classic watch is timeless, and it’s something you can keep forever. In some ways, it is similar to being a professional athlete in that you can see the outcome of years of dedication and hard work, and the importance of paying attention to every little detail,” Petracca said. “When I’m not training and playing, I like to swap my footy kit for something a bit more dressed up and there’s no better accessory than a luxury watch. This year it will be something to show off on the red carpet at the Brownlow.”

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If you enjoyed The Wind Up and would like to continue reading about watches, you can head on over to my blog, Haulogerie, where I delve a bit deeper into the wonderful world of horology.


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