Christmas is but a stone’s throw away, so that means some very cool watch news and releases. In this instalment of our regular series focusing on the world of horology, The Wind Up, we take a look at some very cool pieces from the likes of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Glashütte Original, as well as a very affordable piece from one of our favourite brands here at Man of Many. So as always guys, sit back, relax and enjoy! Oh, and if I don’t get a chance to chat to you before hand, have a very merry Christmas!
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface
Iconic. Revered. And timeless. The Reverso epitomises classicism and endurement like we have never seen before. And now, in collaboration with the famed Argentinian bootmaker Casa Fagliano, JLC have released the Reverso Tribute Duoface in a limited run of only 100-pieces on a two-tone cordovan leather strap made by, yep you guessed it, Casa Fagliano. This is an intricately beautiful, super delicate, highly finessed timepiece that symbolises JLC’s ability to create beautiful and everlasting products. The Reverso is seen as a watch that denotes class and style, and the Reverso Tribute Duoface further reinforces those aesthetic facets. This is a heartwarming timepiece that is as inviting as it is impressive. The Reverso is as the Reverso does, and the Tribute Duoface merely adds to its appeal.
Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon – Edition Alfred Helwig
Fan-boys of German horlogerie rejoice, for we have finally seen just how capable the Glashütte Original watchmaking atelier can be. Here is the Senator Tourbillon – Edition Alfred Helwig, a gorgeous timepiece with an appropriate focus on its main event: that exquisite tourbillon at 6 o’clock. What’s a tourbillon, you may ask? Simply put, it negates and thus dissipates the forces of gravity that act upon the accurate timekeeping and hence recording of a mechanical timepiece. My own words, honest. The Senator Tourbillon – Edition Alfred Helwig is therefore named after the inventor of the flying tourbillon, a Mr. Alfred Helwig. Created in a limited run of only 25-pieces, the Senator Tourbillon – Edition Alfred Helwig will appeal directly to a very specific, very affluent group of collectors no doubt, but outside of the ability to actually purchase the piece, we can certainly admire its intricacy and its splendor.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual-Time
The Overseas collection has seriously reinvigorated Vacheron’s place in the world of haute horlogerie. And now with the revamped Dual-Time entering the fray, there’s no better time to invest your hard earned coin into a company that is surely on the up and up. The Dual-Time is a wonderful timepiece that’s super useful for both the occasional traveler and the international businessman. Its dial is somewhat playful, and this lighthearted aesthetic I think is one of the pieces most appealing feature. The unique characteristic of a serious timepiece being able to be considered slightly blithe seriously appeals to my youthful side. Don’t get me wrong, I love the seriousness of a Traditionelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, or a Patek Philippe 5170, but sometimes a breath of fresh air is all it takes. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is Vacheron’s breath of fresh air into a sometimes overly serious market.
Ulysse Nardin Classico Dog
To mark the end of 2017, and the beginning of 2018, Ulysse Nardin have released the Classico Dog, a beautiful timepiece celebrating the “Year of the Dog”. Artistic timepieces are absolutely outstanding hallmarks of watchmaking. Not only do you have a wonderfully accurate, ornately finished mechanism powering the watch on your wrist, you also have the luxury (or should I say privilege?) of looking down at your watch and being able to take in a literal work of art. The image has been brought to life by way of the century-old method of enameling, with a symphony of stunning colours adorning the dial. Legibility may seem like an issue, however the broad-shaped leaf hour and minute hands, and elongated seconds hand seem to be differentiated enough to read the time quickly and easily. The dog is a symbol of bravado, loyalty and love; and Ulysse Nardin does well to portray those ideals in the Classico Dog.
Tissot Everytime Swissmatic
Now with Christmas so close, I bet some of you are fretting and asking yourselves the age-old questions: “why did I leave it to the last minute”. Not to worry, Man of Many and their team are here to help! Here is the Tissot Everytime Swissmatic, your perfect Christmas present for your horologically inclined recipient. Costing between $575 and $725 (depending on the model you choose), the Everytime Swissmatic marries up the worlds of “Swiss Made” and affordable like you’ve never seen before. And they’ve done this in a package that is outstanding. Seriously. I can’t stress how impressed I am with this watch. It’s just so well put together. It’s understated, but can hold its own. It’s humble, but speaks volumes in terms of quality and execution. It’s just a damn good watch. How many times have you heard me say that in a watch that costs under $1,000? Exactly. Do yourself a favour, and do your lucky present-giving recipient a favour, get them the Everytime Swissmatic. If they’re disappointed, direct them to me. I’ll deal with their idiocy.
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