Another week has come and gone, and that means that the next Wind Up instalment is ready to go! In this week’s round-up we have pieces from the likes of Rado, Ulysse Nardin, A. Lange & Söhne and H. Moser & Cie, just to name a few. So, as always, sit back and enjoy!
Rado Captain Cook 37mm
Rado have released their brand-new Captain Cook timepiece, this time in a 37mm wide stainless-steel case. Now available in a hard-wearing leather travel pouch with a selection of three straps, one in vintage-style brown leather, a fine-knit stainless-steel Milanese bracelet, as well as a material NATO strap. The Captain Cook 37mm features a black ceramic bezel and a brown sunburst dial, along with faux-patina hour markers and hands. Very cool stuff!
Ulysse Nardin Freak neXt
Expanding on what is perhaps their most forward-thinking collection, Ulysse Nardin have announced their latest addition to the highly contemporary FREAK collection, the Freak neXt. Featuring a brand-new flying carrousel baguette movement and a 3D flying oscillator which uses silicium flexible blades, the Freak neXt represents the next technological milestone in the Freak’s history. The Freak neXt definitely carries with it the kind of x-factor traits we’ve all come to expect from any Freak timepiece, and this is especially apparently in its surgically-precise, ultra-modern and very space-age-like aesthetic.
A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange “25th Anniversary”
The third limited edition piece built by A. Lange & Söhne in celebration of the Lange 1’s “25th Anniversery”, the Little Lange “25th Anniversary” is a beautiful timepiece whose distinctive look is perhaps the most reminiscent of that of the quintessential piece from the German watchmaker: the Lange 1. Smaller in size than the original Lange 1 by a couple of millimeters, the Little Lange “25th Anniversary” is clad entirely in white-gold, while its dial is made of solid silver. The blued hands and dial markers contrast beautifully against the sheen of that silver dial, and the high-grade polish of the white-gold case adds another visual element. Another special piece, and with another seven celebratory pieces to be released throughout the year, keep watching this space for more German wonder!
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon
Now this is what I call watchmaking. Straight out of a wholly independent watchmaker comes Baselworld 2019’s best watch: the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon from H. Moser & Cie. Combining the insanely complex tourbillon with the equally as complicated minute repeater complication, the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon is a testament to the independent Swiss watchmaker’s capabilities as a genuine haute horlogerie manufacturer. Conveying this amount of complexity is a difficult task, but H. Moser & Cie have one-upped the naysayers and given the watch some kind of personality, with thanks to its very dark, very monochrome look. The personification of my love for watches in its entirety: The H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon.
H. Moser & Cie Venturer Concept Vantablack
Continuing on from the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon is the Venturer Concept Vantablack, a timepiece whose beauty is really only overshadowed by the immensity of the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon. H. Moser & Cie have continued their use of the Vantablack (a substance created by Nanotech scientists for us in satellites and military camouflage – wow!), creating a deep and almost ominious timepiece in the form of the Venturer Concept Vantablack. The Vantablack dial matches perfectly with the warm red-gold case and leaf-shaped hands. The minimalistic approach to the Venturer Concept Vantablack serves the piece’s overall vibe well, and I feel that H. Moser & Cie have made all the right decisions with this watch’s simplistic look.
Slim D’Hermès Titane
Measuring 39.5mm in diameter and made of microblasted titanium, the Slim D’Hermès Titane looks like one very cool watch. In a nod to the iconic use of orange throughout the Haus of Hermès, the Slim D’Hermès Titane blends the darkened look of its anthracite dial with a grainy white small-seconds sub-dial and the hints of orange. Interestingly enough, the Slim D’Hermès Titane’s dial is made up of three parts, and with what looks to be a sandwich-dial with the hour numerals cut out, this is sort of similar to something that Panerai do with their dials. Whatever the inspiration for the Slim D’Hermès Titane, it’s actually quite a compelling and complete package.
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