Welcome to the next instalment of the Wind Up, our weekly edition where we cover all the new watch releases of the last seven days. This week we’ll be highlighting a range of new watches, including new pieces from TAG Heuer, Seiko and IWC. Some are global partnerships between icons, whereas others are just for us down here in Australia, but all of them are worth a look. Happy reading!
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Seiko Unveils Australian Editions
Seiko has announced two brand new Prospex models, both inspired by our great land, Australia. The first is the SPB347J, aka the Noosa. The Noosa, as the name implies, draws inspiration from the iconic beachside location in Queensland. It features a beautiful blue facade with bright yellow minute and second hands, reminiscent of the ocean and of the sun, respectively.
The second piece is the SRPJ53K, aptly named the Eucalyptus. This model is an embodiment of the infamous Australian bush, coupled with earthy greens and silvers inspired by the country’s most famous tree. This model features the calibre 4R36 (as opposed to the 6R35 in the Noosa model), which includes a day-date function, along with the usual time-telling indicators.
Model: Prospex SPB347J (Noosa)/Prospex SRPJ53K (Eucalyptus)
Reference Number: SPB347J/SRPJ53K
Water Resistance: 200 metres/200 metres
Power Reserve: 70 hours/40 hours
TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Porsche Special Edition
TAG Heuer continues its modernistic approach to its watchmaking endeavours with the latest Connected model, the Connected Calibre E4 Porsche Special Edition. Following on from the TAG Heuer x Porsche Carrera Chronograph, the Connected Calibre E4 Porsche Special Edition is a contemporary evolution that is a direct evocation of the awe-inspiring Porsche Taycan.
The Connected Calibre E4 Porsche Special Edition is inspired by the Taycan’s functionality, which is directly reflected onto the dial which is full of circuit board-like designs and racing circuit layouts. Interestingly enough too, the Connected Calibre E4 Porsche Special Edition can display your compatible Porsche’s information onto the watch, like car battery percentage and total mileage. This is definitely the beginning of something very cool and progressive.
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Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Connected Calibre E4 Porsche Special Edition
Reference Number: SBR8A82
Water Resistance: 50 metres
New IWC Aquatimer Collection
IWC has announced a much anticipated upgrade to its versatile Aquatimer collection. What we have now is a much improved and much more powerful movement, giving IWC’s ideal daily wearer a very respectable five-day power reserve. There are some minor updates, with a fresher dial design, different indices and font sizing. But from an aesthetic perspective, all seems quite similar to the now discontinued IW329001 model. Aside from the addition of a new blue model reference IW328801, which is my pick of the lot.
Of course, the focal point here is that new IWC calibre 32111. Made in collaboration with ValFleurier, this movement has a whopping 120-hour power reserve from the 4Hz beating movement (which is shared with Panerai and Baume & Mercier). Despite it being hidden behind a closed caseback, the 32111 is finished with Geneva striping and perlage.
Reference Number: IW328802
Water Resistance: 300 metres
Calibre: IWC 32111
Power Reserve: 120 hours
Price: From AUD$8,950
ochs und junior mese 2.22
Finally, we have the latest piece from one of the most interesting watchmakers around, ochs und junior. The brand has released the mese 2.22, which is collectively known as “the ocean” by the team at ochs und junior, and for obvious reasons. The mese 2.22 features a vivid blue PVD dial paired with white indices, hands and date indicator, treated with white Superluminova.
The ochs und junior mese 2.22 is a simplistic take on some very functional horology. Its legibility is really second to none, with the no-fuss dial and hold hands emphasising elements of artistry and design flair. I really like its modular look which is very typical of all ochs und junior timepieces.
Brand: ochs und junior
Model: mese 2.22
Reference Number: mese 2.22
Water Resistance: 100 metres
Calibre: ETA 2824-2 base with Ludwig Oechslin’s 2-part date module
Power Reserve: 38 hours
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