Another week has come and gone, and as we’re thrust into the middle of Autumn, it’s a great time to reflect on the happenings in the world of watches through the week with our regular instalment of The Wind Up. In this week’s round-up, we have some pretty special pieces from the likes of F. P. Journe, Panerai, a two-year-in-the-making-collaboration a contemporary artist from Audemars Piguet, and a whole bunch of other goodies. So, as always gents, kick your legs up and enjoy!
F. P. Journe Octa Automatique Reserve
The atelier of F. P. Journe is enigmatic, but it’s also shroud in secrecy. It’s a manufacturer that requires you to somewhat “know” about the happenings of horology. I mean, the vast majority of people who are somewhat enthused by watches have absolutely no idea who F. P. Journe is. That’s one half of their appeal. The second is this: the Octa Automatique Reserve. F. P. Journe’s Octa Automatique Reserve is perhaps their most understated timepiece, but this one speaks volumes in terms of quality and workmanship. Clad in red-gold and featuring a rose-gold movement, the Octa Automatique Reserve is a beautiful marriage of sublime mechanics and art-deco-cross-funky aesthetics. Definitely one to march to the sound of his own drum, F. P. Journe’s personality is reflected through every single one of his watches, and the Octa Automatique Reserve is absolutely no different.
Audemars Piguet x Fernando Mastrangelo
One of the holy trinity of horology has linked up with famed Brooklyn-based artist and designer, Fernando Mastrangelo, to create a sculptural exhibit evoking the Jura Mountains in Switzerland. This two-year long collaboration has resulted in some absolutely awe-inspiring works from the duo, where the designer Fernando Mastrangelo has used minerals extracted from the region that Audemars Piguet have called home since 1875 to create ultra-luxe and super contemporary pieces of furniture and artistic pieces. The unveiling took place within Art Basel in the Hong Kong’ Collector’s Lounge this year, and there are three Art Basel shows that Audemars Piguet x Fernando Mastrangelo will attend this year.
Panerai Luminor Marina
Panerai have released two brand new references for their Luminor Marina collection, the PAM00977 with a 42mm case and the PAM00978 with a 44mm case. Both pieces feature a stainless-steel bracelet and a silver-coloured dial, with a blue small-seconds hand situated on the left-hand side of the dial. The case structure is quintessentially Panerai, with the patented crown system of course being the most recognisable feature, aside from the shape of the stainless-steel case. The 42mm version has an Australian retail cost of $11,900 while the larger 42mm variant will cost $12,000. Solid daily wearers.
Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Carbon
Partnering with Cyprus-based retailer Cases & Dials, Armin Strom have released a brand-new collection of 5 unique timepieces focusing on the use of the acclaimed material, carbon fibre. Carrying with it styling virtues not that dissimilar to something from Roger Dubuis, the
Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Carbon comes with either a blue, a yellow, a red, an orange or a green colour palette. Each piece is powered by the in-house manually wound calibre ARM09-S Pure and is basically fully visible through the front and the backside of the watch. At 45,000CHF and only available through Case & Dials, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see one in the flesh. But we can definitely admire from afar.
NOMOS Glashütte Tangente Neomatik 41 Update Ruthenium
Featuring a ruthenium dial and a super unique way of depicting the date, NOMOS Glashütte’s Tangente Neomatik 41 Update Ruthenium has received one hell of a makeover. Darker, a touch more masculine, and featuring some very impressive details, the Tangente Neomatik 41 Update Ruthenium is everything that I love about NOMOS Glashütte all mashed up into one tangible product. I love the touches of red on the outer date indicator. The addition of yellow dial highlights offset the darkened look of the watch, while the even hour numerals and hour markers resonate will with the standard look of the Tangente Neomatik. The slim hands are wonderful, the lugs are thin, the bezel is basically non-existent, what’s not to enjoy?
Citizen Eco-Drive Caliber 0100
Touted as the most accurate wristwatch ever made, the Eco-Drive Caliber 0100 from Citizen certainly looks the part. Plain, focused and lacking any sort of distractive nonsense, the Eco-Drive Caliber 0100 is made for those of us who yearn for one-upping our fellow collecting friends. The Eco-Drive Caliber 0100 features a Quartz calibre with a beating frequency of, wait for it, 8,388,608Hz. Obviously, no mechanical movement would ever be able to handle this kind of lunacy, so the Eco-Drive Caliber 010 uses a quartz crystal which has been thermocompensated to handle these kinds of other-worldly pressures. Pricing is high, with the titanium model costing $7,400USD and the white gold piece costing more than just a pretty penny at $16,800USD. Like I said, this is going to be more of a show-off piece than anything else. But who cares, this is actually really cool!
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