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The Wind Up – Watch News #248

Welcome to the next edition of the Wind Up, our weekly series where we highlight all of the latest watch news and releases of the past seven days. In this week’s instalment, we’ve got a fairly stacked lineup of new and exciting watches for your perusal, including new pieces from Audemars Piguet, Breitling and OMEGA. Enjoy, and have a great week ahead.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Starwheel | Image: Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Starwheel | Image: Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Starwheel

Audemars Piguet has brought back its iconic Starwheel, albeit in the maison’s most contemporary collection with the brand new Code 11.59 Starwheel. This new model is a venture into the neo-vintage for the watchmaker, bringing back to life the complication that Audemars Piguet introduced in 1991.

The new Code 11.59 Starwheel features a wandering-hours display, depicted by three black opaline aluminium “wandering” dial discs rotating across a blue aventurine dial encased in 41mm of white gold Audemars Piguet went the modular route for the new Code 11.59 Starwheel, adding a wandering-hour module to its new manufacture calibre 4309 (now called the 4310). A nice balance between old and new here.

Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Code 11.59 Starwheel
Reference Number: 15212NB.OO.A002KB.01
Diameter: 41mm
Water Resistance: 30m
Calibre: Calibre 4310
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Price: USD54,900

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OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond – Stainless Steel and OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond – Canopus Gold | Image: OMEGA
OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond – Stainless Steel and OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond – Canopus Gold | Image: OMEGA

OMEGA’s New James Bond 007 Seamaster

OMEGA has unveiled two brand new James Bond Seamaster models in the past week, with each model embodying the typical secret agent-esque tenets that made this tribute watches so special. The first model is the Seamaster Diver 300m 60th Anniversary Edition, and as the name implies it commemorates the franchise’s 60th anniversary. The watch has a lovely blue wave dial with no date window, a mesh-style strap (along with a NATO strap), as well as the iconic spinning gun barrel design inscribed in the open sapphire caseback.

The second model still bears some similarities with the steel model, albeit in a far more colourful manner. Clad in Canopus Gold (OMEGA’s white gold), this model has a natural grey silicon dial, along with a striking colourful dial made up of green and yellow treated natural diamonds. This colourway is designed in tribute to the Jamaican flag, a nod to Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye estate, which is located there.

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Breitling top time deus
Breitling Top Time Deus | Image: Breitling

Breitling Top Time Deus

The Breitling Top Time Deus is back! Co-designed with the iconic Australian Deus Ex Machina brand, the new Breitling Top Time Deus is the second edition piece made in collaboration with the lifestyle clothing brand. In a nod to Breitling’s original watch from the 1960s, the new Breitling Top Time Deus is a lovely combination of bright colours, bold lines and a distinct aesthetic that is as timeless as it is relevant.

Limited to only 2,000 pieces, the Breitling Top Time Deus will be a hotly contested commodity no doubt, but fortunately for us Sydney’s boutique, along with Seoul Hannam, New York, Milan, London (New Bond Street), London (Regent Street), is one of the six flagships chosen to offer this piece. And with every purchase, you’ll get to walk out with an awesome co-branded waxed-canvas travel tote.

Brand: Breitling
Model: Top Time Deus
Reference Number: A233112A1A1X1
Diameter: 41mm
Water Resistance: 30m
Calibre: Breitling 23
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Price: AUD7,590

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Rado True Square Ash Barty | Image: Rado
Rado True Square Ash Barty | Image: Rado

Rado True Square Ash Barty

Former world number one tennis champion and Aussie legend Ash Barty has debuted a stunning new timepiece with long-standing partner Rado. The new limited-edition True Square Ash Barty model sees the Swiss watchmaker weave a new design philosophy into the portfolio, albeit with a familiar high-tech ceramic feel. This square-shaped model arrives with a flat sapphire crystal face with anti-reflective coating, while underneath, it’s powered by Rado’s calibre R 734 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve.

Importantly, the latest release demonstrates a blend of history and innovation. While it might look a little out-of-this-world, the True Square design is reminiscent of the Rado pieces of old. Back in 1990, the brand famously introduced the Ceramica, with the Ash Barty Limited Edition III marking a renewed focus on sharp edges and angles.

Brand: Rado
Model: True Square Ash Barty
Reference Number: Ref.R27123905
Diameter: 43mm
Water Resistance: 50m
Calibre: Rado calibre R734
Power Reserve: 80 hours
Price: AUD$3,350

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Glashütte Original SeaQ Chronograph | Image: Glashütte Original
Glashütte Original SeaQ Chronograph | Image: Glashütte Original

Glashütte Original’s Panorama Date Turns 25

First introduced in 1997, Glashütte Original’s Panorama Date has become a staple of the manufacturer. Found in many of the maison’s models like the SeaQ Chronograph, the Senator Cosmopolite, the PanoMatic Luna and the PanoMaticCalendar, the Panorama Date has become an esteemed and coveted part of the watchmaker’s rich and storied history.

The complication is developed and manufactured in-house, with two concentrically arranged discs on the same level enabling perfect legibility. The Panorama Date resides on either a rectangular or oval-shaped disc, and distinctively does not have a separating central bar, again maximising legibility. The Panorama Date is a symbol of the maison’s pursuit of perfection, even with the smallest and most simplistic parts of its watches.

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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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