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Seiko Prospex SPB455J | Image: Seiko

The Wind Up – Watch News #273


Welcome to another edition of our ongoing series, the Wind Up. In this week’s edition, Audemars Piguet teams up with singer/songwriter John Mayer for a stunning new Royal Oak, but that’s not all. The iconic watchmaker also dropped a Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked, complete with a stunning 18K sand gold finish. It was also an exquisite week for Seiko fans, with the Japanese legend dropping an assortment of new Prospex and Presage models, alongside an Australian exclusive for the new Supercars season. If that doesn’t get your engines racing, maybe Damian Lillard’s limited edition Tissot might. Whatever your flavour, this week’s edition of The Wind Up has you covered. Happy reading gents!

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked | Image: Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked | Image: Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet Unveils New Grail Royal Oaks

Audemars Piguet went about unveiling a handful of new watches, with two catching my eye and standing head and shoulders above the rest of the drops. The first is the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked in sand-gold, a new material for the maison; a clear highlight not only of 2024, but also of recent years for Audemars Piguet.

The second is the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, made in collaboration with long-time friend and collector of the brand, John Mayer. This particular model features a white gold case and a PVD blue “crystal sky” dial with a stamped texture inspired by the vintage Tuscan dials.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar | Image: Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar | Image: Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

  • Brand: Audemars Piguet
  • Model: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
  • Reference: 26574BC.OO.1220BC.02
  • Movement: Selfwinding Calibre 5134
  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Case: 18-carat white gold
  • Power reserve: 40 hours
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked | Image: Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked | Image: Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked

  • Brand: Audemars Piguet
  • Model: Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked
  • Reference: 26735SG.OO.1320SG.01
  • Movement: Selfwinding Calibre 2972
  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Case: 18-carat sand gold
  • Power reserve: 65 hours
Seiko's New Prospex And Presage Models | Image: Seiko
Seiko’s New Prospex And Presage Models | Image: Seiko

Seiko Unveils New Prospex And Presage Models

To celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary, Seiko has released some brand new Prospex and Presage references. All in all we have three new Prospex models that boast a 300m water resistance rating with a 3-day power reserve. Each Prospex model features a date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock hour markers, and each piece looks far more expensive than its sub-$2,500 price tag entails.

The Presage family welcomed 5 new members. Three feature the classical, closed-dial design with a mix of colours and textures, while two have an opening on the dial at 9 o’clock, partly showing the beating heart of the movement.

Tissot PRX Damian Lillard Special Edition | Image: Tissot
Tissot PRX Damian Lillard Special Edition | Image: Tissot

Tissot PRX Damian Lillard Special Edition

  • Brand: Tissot
  • Model: PRX Damian Lillard Special Edition 
  • Reference Number: T137.407.33.051.00
  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m
  • Calibre: Calibre 11 1/2’’’ 
  • Power Reserve: 80 hours
  • Price: AUD1,335

The Tissot PRX Damian Lillard Special Edition blends sporty elegance with urban flair, offering a distinctive timepiece for both casual wear and athletic endeavours. This sleek chronograph features a robust stainless steel case accented by bold red detailing, inspired by the dynamic personality of NBA star Damian Lillard. With its precise automatic movement and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, this watch not only exudes style but also delivers exceptional performance and durability for the modern wearer seeking a versatile accessory.

Designed in collaboration with basketball icon Damian Lillard, the Tissot PRX Special Edition captures the essence of athletic prowess and urban sophistication. Boasting a striking design that reflects Lillard’s bold personality, this timepiece stands out with its sporty yet refined aesthetic. From the basketball court to everyday wear, its durable construction and precise chronograph functionality make it an ideal companion for those who value both style and performance in their timepiece.

Seiko 5 2024 Supercar Limited Edition | Image: Seiko
Seiko 5 2024 Supercar Limited Edition | Image: Seiko

Seiko 5 2024 Supercar Limited Edition

  • Brand: Seiko
  • Model: 5 2024 Supercar Limited Edition
  • Reference Number: SRPL01K
  • Diameter: 42.5mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m
  • Calibre: Calibre 4R36
  • Power Reserve: 41 hours
  • Price: AUD$750

The Seiko 5 2024 Supercar Limited Edition Timepiece represents a pinnacle of automotive-inspired design and precision engineering. Crafted to commemorate the fusion of automotive excellence and horological mastery, this exclusive watch showcases a sleek, aerodynamic aesthetic reminiscent of high-performance supercars. 

With its mechanical movement and premium materials, including a black steel case and sapphire crystal, it delivers uncompromising accuracy and durability. Limited in production, this timepiece captures the essence of speed, luxury, and innovation, making it a coveted collector’s item for enthusiasts of both fine timepieces and high-octane automobiles.