Happy new year guys! I truly hope you enjoyed the holiday break with your family and friends. As the year begins, the horological world continues to spin. In this issue, we have several interesting timepieces from around the world that I’m sure will make your 2017 Christmas wish list. And as always, sit back, relax and enjoy!
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières
A new collection from one of my favourite foundational Swiss-watchmaking ateliers, Vacheron Constantin have released three new models depicting the stunning landscape of Geneva, Paris and New York (with other cities to follow). As intricate as it is complicated to create, the enamel dials take countless hours of pain-staking craftsmanship from a master enameller to come to fruition. But, for all you movement-hungry enthusiasts, Vacheron haven’t neglected the movement. Quite the opposite, actually. The pieces are powered by the in-house self-winding Calibre 2460 SC, which is of course certified with the Hallmark of Geneva. Exceptionally beautiful and a testament to the ingenuity that Vacheron possesses.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matte Ceramic
My feelings towards TAG have come around somewhat over the past couple of months. Similar to that of Breitling, TAG have (almost) redeemed their position as a viable purchasing choice for a solid Swiss-made watch, especially in the more affordable bracket. Their latest piece, the Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matte Ceramic is the perfect kind of watch TAG needed this close to Baselworld. It really is an invigorating watch that’s youthful and contemporary but still in line with the virtues of traditional Swiss watchmaking. The inverted (or skeletonised, if you will) dial is actually quite beautiful. Albeit slightly difficult to read due to its monochromatic colour scheme (I can only imagine how difficult it would be to tell the time at a glance), it is still a very pretty sight, nonetheless. The exposed pushers and crown with the thin bezel emphasises its sportiness, but at 45mm it might sit a bit large on even the heftiest of wrists. I’ve got a lot of respect for this piece, and I wouldn’t hesitate in pulling the trigger to acquire it. Well done Tag.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC
Classic, understated and humble: Girard-Perregaux summed up in three words. GP seems to be overshadowed by the larger ateliers these days, but that doesn’t mean that the little masterminds at this iconic watchmaking house have taken their foot off the pedal. The 1966 WW.TC is a very beautiful and very reserved worldtimer that can serve as a gorgeous daily beater and a fancy dress watch. The dial is interesting and engaging, and ensures high legibility with its distinct layout. The separation of functions also aids the piece’s easy-to-read layout quite well. And the grainy centre dial is really like the cherry on top. A very beautiful watch, but one I feel may get overlooked (unfortunately..).
Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire
It seems as though Sapphire casing has become the next big thing in the world of watches, and I for one absolutely love it (when its done properly, of course..). The BR-X1 measures at about 45mm in diameter, which is fairly large even for a limited edition piece. I presume that the purchaser of the one of five BR-X1’s won’t really wear it outside of their house, but regardless its still a big watch. The inverted dial shows the hand-wound CAL.285 ticking away with the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock doing its thing. The mono-pusher chronograph is quite a nifty addition to an already impressive piece which will surely increase its value in the years to come. My pet peeve though? The disoriented case-screws!