In this week’s instalment of our regular watch series, The Wind Up, we have a couple of pieces from the likes of Raymond Weil, Moritz Grossmann and Piaget, as well as a whole bunch of mechanical wonders ready and waiting for you to drool over. So, as always, sit back, relax and enjoy!
Raymond Weil Tango GMT Bob Marley Limited Edition
Limited to only 1,500 pieces and created to commemorate world renowned artist and one of the most important and influential artists of all time, the Tango GMT Bob Marley Limited Edition from Raymond Weil is a fitting tribute to one of the greats. The watch is inspired by the colours of the Ethiopian flag, along with the title “Time Will Tell” from his highly acclaimed Kaya album. The black dial features the iconic lion head that every Bob Marley fan will recognise, and I think that Raymond Weil have chosen the perfect movement, that being a GMT mechanism, to honor this tribute timepiece. Bob Marley’s reach was worldwide, and as such a GMT is the perfect complication to honor his global influence.
Moritz Grossmann ATUM GMT
Ten years in, and Mortiz Grossmann, whilst not yet a household name, are making waves with their ultra-classical designs and beautifully finished movements. The ATUM GMT is the brand’s very first GMT, and it’s one that is a clear indication to the rest of the watchmaking world that A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original do have some stiff German competition. Available in either white gold or rose gold, the ATUM GMT’s case sits at 41mm in diameter and 11.85mm in thickness. These proportions are well balance and virtuous of something that can be worn comfortably in a variety of settings. The ATUM GMT features a beautiful sunray finished dial in either dark brown with the rose gold model, or argenté opaline with the white gold model. Oh, and those lance-shaped hands are choice.
Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Meteorite
If I were to, fingers crossed, ever find myself absolutely rolling in it, one of the first watches I’d ever purchased would be a Piaget. They’re overlooked and under-appreciated, but they’re simply divine timepieces. Expressions of mechanical mastery and an artistic flair that rivals even that of the holy trinity of watchmaking. The Altiplano Tourbillon Meteorite, whilst quite feminine, still resonates with me really quite well. Sleek, classical and very dressy, the Altiplano Tourbillon Meteorite is an embodiment of sophistication and of detail. The meteorite dial surrounds the tourbillon and creates multiple focal points for the watch. And the sprinkle of diamonds on the bezel adds that high-end finishing touch that the Altiplano Tourbillon Meteorite didn’t exactly know it needed, but will be thankful it now has.
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy
From another watchmaker that many of you may not be familiar with comes a stunning spectacle of beauty and of complexity in the form of the Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy from Parmigiani Fleurier. Featuring 215 baguette-cut diamonds surrounding the rose-gold, tonneau-shaped case, the Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy a striking timepiece. The unique lug and crown architecture merely add to the Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy’s aesthetic intrigue, and the dial, reflecting that of a starry night sky, is like the proverbial cherry on top. But wait, we seemed to have missed a very big deal. That tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The fact that that was overlooked is attributable to the Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy’s awesomeness. A unique piece with a price-tag to match I’m sure, the Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy is a stunner, from whichever way you look at it.
Omega Seamaster Singapore Limited Edition
Outside of the Speedmaster, the Seamaster is easily Omega’s most iconic timepiece. Omega have long been known for the commemorative pieces, and to celebrate the bicentennial of Singapore’s founding in 1819, Omega have created the Seamaster Singapore Limited Edition, piece made in a limited run of only 200-pieces. This is the quintessential time-only (plus a date) watch. Classical, a timeless look, an easy to read dial showing the bare essentials. A sound case, twisted lugs, undersized crown. A colour palette of stainless-steel, blues and whites. And a movement that is just about as accurate as any Quartz-powered mechanism. The Seamaster Singapore Limited Edition is a timepiece that embodies classicism, restraint and quality, and it’s one that I, even without its Master Chromometer certification, absolutely adore.
To celebrate G-Shock’s most expensive timepiece, the MR-G, they’ve called upon the help of Teruhira Kamiyama, a renowned swordsmith, to hand-engrave the beast from the east. A spokesperson from G-Shock stated the following: “With Teruhira Kamiyama being one of the leading blade craftsmen in the world, and G-Shock being the toughest watch in the world, the partnership was a natural fit”. My sentiments exactly. The MR-G features the Japanese characters jyuryokumaru on the caseback, which means gravity in English. And whilst its $4,300 price-tag will put off a lot of enthusiastic buyers, I know that there’s definitely a market for it. I’m definitely a fan.
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