Welcome to the next instalment of our regular watch-focused series, The Wind Up. In this segment, we have a plethora of some very high-end watches ready for your viewing, including a special little something-something from Vacheron Constantin, an outstanding bit of mechanical mastery from Jaquet Droz and some very cool colour variations of Ulysse Nardin’s Freak watches, just to name a few. So as always gents, sit back, relax and enjoy!
Ulysse Nardin Freak
An outstanding bit of aesthetic and technical watchmaking from one of my favourite watchmakers, Ulysse Nardin has expanded the impressive Freak universe by integrating some brand new colour palettes throughout the collection. Everything is the same and still brings about similar feelings of amazement, intrigue and pure envy. No crown, dial or hands. One awesome flying-carousel tourbillon that rotates on its own axis. And some incredible silicium technology. Now it’s all available in four extra colour variations, each with its own emotion, feel and purpose. My pick? Obviously the black on black version, but then again, I’d be happy with any of them. Wouldn’t you?
Baume et Mercier Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute
Available in a variety of colour and strap variations, Baume et Mercier’s Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute is a commemorative timepiece, celebrating the watchmaker’s affiliation and love for the Indian Motorcycle lifestyle. The watch, as you can imagine, features an abundance of motorcycle inspiration, from the enlarged chronograph sub-dials to the shapes of the hands, the fixed bezel, the crown and of course the pushers. Each variation is powered by the Valjoux 7750, and each piece is presented exquisitely not only as an inspired-timepiece, but also as one that has some serious horological kick to it. A very fun watch that doesn’t stray too far from sound watchmaking.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Black Dial Collection
How can a manufacturer make a product even better, but at the same time not lose its underlying appeal, quality and charisma? It’s not an easy task, but Vacheron Constantin have definitely pulled it off with their latest expansion of the Overseas collection. The introduction of black into their Overseas collection is wonderful and really brings to light the manufacturer’s ability and capacity to welcome and introduce change. The chronograph Overseas follows the same look as the traditional panda-dial layout, while the time-only Overseas has a certain crispness to it that I can’t look past. Both pieces are super impressive, and both really represent the brand in a very subtle, but at the same time very impressive way. Both are on my wish list.
Jaquet Droz Signing Machine
A customisable mechanical device that can sign signatures and write messages basically in any language may seem somewhat redundant, especially considering the sheer amount of technological innovation at your fingertips 24-hours of the day, but in the world of micro-mechanisms, this really is the pièce de résistance. Jaquet Droz specialise in what they call “the art of mechanical astonishment”, and the Signing Machine is exactly that. It took a whopping 4-years to create, and can replicate a personalised signature purely by unlocking the machine by using a four-digit code. Its case can be rendered in gold and hand-engraved, and it takes three months to “program” the device to replicate your signature or to write a personal message. Pretty cool stuff.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO
Unveiled at the Lamborghini Winter Accademia in Livigno, Italy, the Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO is Roger Dubuis’ latest extreme masterpiece. In the Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO sits the iconic skeletonised double-flying tourbillon, while the 47mm case is inspired by Pirelli’s legendary SOTTOZERO winter tyres. The white ceramic bezel with blue markings contrasts beautifully with the titanium, while the sapphire crystal gives the wearer a full and uninterrupted view of the mechanism doing its thing. This is an exemplary timepiece whose dynamic aesthetic perfectly matches its very contemporary movement. Yes please!
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