The Wind Up – Watch News #89
Summer has come and gone, so to chase away those blues we’ve got another Wind Up instalment. In this week’s round-up we have some pretty cool pieces from manufacturers like Longines, Bremont and one of our favourite forward-thinking watchmakers, NOMOS Glashütte. So as always, sit back and enjoy!
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Longine’s quintessential diver’s piece, the HydroConquest is a bucket-load of horological value. Diver’s watches are renowned for being versatile, durable and wearable. And the HydroConquest is all that, and more. From the robust case to the daily functionality of that chronograph and date-window, the HydroConquest is such a complete package. It’s a bold addition to one of Longines’ most popular collections, and from at the very least a useability perspective, it’s a very difficult proposition to beat.
NOMOS Glashütte for Doctors Without Borders
Presenting two new limited-edition Tangente models to help support the Doctors Without Borders initiative, where NOMOS Glashütte will donate 250 EURO from each sale to the emergency relief fund. Both pieces seem quite clinical, with a white and grey colour palette being broken up only by the black hands and the red-coloured 12 o’clock hour numeral. It’s a simple, minimalistic approach to some high-quality watchmaking, and I for one absolutely commend NOMOS Glashütte on not only an incredible timepiece, but also on supporting such an amazing cause.
Bremont Armed Forces Collection
In celebration of Bremont’s recent official partnership with the British Ministry of Defence whereby the watchmaker was now authorized to use the badges and symbols of the three MoD services, they’ve released an entirely new range, aptly named the Bremont Armed Forces Collection. There are three brand new watches in this collection, each inspired by the ‘Dirty Dozen’ watches commissioned by the British Army during WW2. There is the Broadsword, a date and time model, the Arrow, which is a chronograph (and my favourite), and finally the Argonaut, a 300 metre-rated diver’s watch. Rugged, wearable and almost guaranteed to outlive you, Bremont’s Armed Forces Collection is a fitting tribute to the hard-nosed attitude of the MoD.
Omega Seamaster Exclusive Boutique New York Limited Edition
Aside from the Speedmaster, Omega’s iconic Seamaster is perhaps the manufacturer’s best-known timepiece. And now, in honor of one of the world’s most infamous city, Omega have created the Seamaster Exclusive Boutique New York Limited Edition in a limited run of only 399-pieces. The Seamaster Exclusive Boutique New York Limited Edition is an exquisite timepiece, embodying the tenets of aesthetics and mechanics that I absolutely adore from Omega. A stunning hazy grey dial, white gold indexes, a supremely wearable 39.5mm wide stainless-steel case and a Master Chronometer really propels the Seamaster Exclusive Boutique New York Limited Edition to the next level. Irrespective of its exclusivity, the Seamaster Exclusive Boutique New York Limited Edition is a truly wonderful timepiece.
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”
To celebrate the Lange 1’s 25th birthday, A. Lange & Söhne have released a white gold variant of the German manufacturer’s beloved asymmetrical timepiece. Featuring a 38.5mm wide white-gold case and limited to only 250-pieces, the Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” has all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from a watch coming out of the German atelier. The solid-silver angenté dial features blue hour numerals, indices and hands, and if you flip the watch over you have a hinged hunter-style caseback. The caseback has been engraved with a depiction of the 1873 A. Lange & Söhne HQ, the names of Walter Lange and Günter Blümelein, along with a ’25 JAHRE LANGE 1’ inscription. A piece for the die-hards of Lange, but one that I definitely appreciate.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Blue Steel
Bell & Ross have become somewhat synonymous with square watches, and the new BR 03-92 Blue Steel is such a cool and refreshing examples of just how far Bell & Ross can push the proverbial aesthetic envelope. Featuring a stunning blue sunray finished dial within that 42mm by 42mm stainless-steel case, the BR 03-92 Blue Steel is a very interesting visual spectacle. I love the placement of that discreet date window, and the boldness of the hour numerals, markers and hands really emphasise the BR 03-92 Blue Steel’s abrupt, ‘in-your-face’ persona. A square timepiece, especially one of this stature, is not going to be for everyone. But the combination of the blue dial, the super-bold look of the dial markers, and the superb finishing of the case make this piece a very interesting contender. A big tick for me.
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