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The Wind Up – Watch News #99

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Another week in the bag, and another Wind Up instalment. In this week’s round-up of all the happenings in the wonderful world of watches, we have watches from the likes of Chopard and Romain Gauthier, along with a couple of pieces from Citizen. So, as always guys, sit back and enjoy the new releases!


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Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur

In partnership with Cannes Internal Film Festival, and to celebrate their long-standing relationship, Chopard have released the L.U.C XPS Azur specifically dedicated to those classy individuals waltzing on down the red carpet of the film festival. Inspired by the beautiful blue colours of the Riviera, the L.U.C XPS Azur features a stunning blue-clad hand-guilloché dial, an 18 carat white-gold case and what is one of the finest automatic time-only mechanisms, the L.U.C 96.01-L. The refined characteristics of the L.U.C XPS Azur are really attributable to Chopard’s continued pursuit for excellence, and this latest piece is a wonderful expression of that directive.

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Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Limited Edition

Featuring a gilded mainplate and palladium-treated bridges in a beautiful white-gold case, the brand-new Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Limited Edition elevated one of their most beautiful models to new heights. Available with either a blue, black or white enamel dial, each Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Limited Edition model presents something different. The black model is perhaps the most wearable, the white model the most conservative, while the blue model has a dash of pizazz that screams presence. Aside from that, everything else is business as usual, with the same meticulous level of detailing apparent throughout. Brilliant stuff.

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Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport

Completely out of left field comes the Tourbillon Grand Sport from one of my all-time favourite independent watchmakers, Laurent Ferrier. The step into the high-end sports-watch game is not an easy one, and with watches like Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas all but saturating the market, Laurent Ferrier’s logic behind its entry can be somewhat questionable. Aside from that, the Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport does present itself as a fairly interesting watch. Dial-side it’s very business-like and straightforward. Legible, wearable and functional. Flip the watch over and you’ll see just what makes Laurent Ferrier such an incredible watchmaker, the movement. This ruthenium-plated movement is the bee’s knees, and with its inclusion comes an inflation of the price. At $185,000USD (or about $265,000 Aussie smackaroos), the Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport is venturing into unchartered territory. Be that as it may, getting your hands on any one of the 12 limited edition pieces will be a trying task in itself. And that’s before you’ve begun consolidating everything you own to fund it.

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Oris Divers Sixty Five Chronograph

Available with either a leather strap or a steel bracelet, the Oris Divers Sixty Five Chronograph now features a 43mm wide stainless-steel case with a unidirectional bronze bezel with black aluminium insert. The hour markers and bold and highly legible, the dial is pronounced and information, the exposed pushers and crown are a nod to the past, and the overall look of the Oris Divers Sixty Five Chronograph is really quite pleasing. And while it won’t appease the “watch aficionados” out there, nor will it tempt them to part with their dosh, I know for us more common folk, it’s a brilliant entry piece that can be worn every day. I’m a fan.

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Citizen Eco-Drive Aqualand 200m Primaster 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

In the history of the Wind Up, I don’t think we’ve ever featured a watch from the Citizen manufacturer. Maybe we have, but I know it’s a fairly uncommon feat. This week we have not one, but two Citizen watches to show you. The first is the Promaster, a deep-diving, push-it-to-its-limits watch that wants to be tested. The Eco-Drive Aqualand 200m Primaster 30th Anniversary Limited Edition has enough features to keep you alive underwater, and more than enough to boast to your Submariner-wearing friends. The dial is large and full of luminous material, so legibility underwater is going to be a breeze, as is differentiating between the different functions with thanks to alternating colours representing different pieces of information. High-tech and super cool.

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Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Collection

The second piece is the Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Collection, a watch that gives you the ability to adjust the time in over 40 timezones. This travel-friendly watch is devilishly good-looking, and with various colour palettes to choose from, there’s definitely going to be something for everyone. Utilising the latest GPS satellite timekeeping technology, the Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Collection is an emphasis on functionality, on ease of use and of sound looks. Far more reliable than a mechanical worldtimer, the Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Collection looks awesome and is more than capable of telling the correct time no matter the circumstances.

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The Wind Up – Watch News #104

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In this week’s instalment of everything watch-related in our regular round-up series, The Wind Up, we have some amazing watches from the likes of Audemars Piguet, Swatch, Zenith and a handful of other incredible watchmakers. So, as always gents, sit back and enjoy!


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MAEN Skymaster 38 Automatic Chronograph

Combining the very traditional look of a horizontally orientated chronograph dial, the Skymaster 38 is the latest addition to MAEN’s extensive and deep collection of quality watches. The simple design and panda aesthetic of the Skymaster 38 is a contributing factor to its appeal. The exposed mushroom pushers and ribbed crown look great, the slim bezel and twisted lugs touch on that nostalgic appeal of chronographs from a generation ago and the overall look and feel of the Skymaster 38 is really quite sound. Coupled with the use of an automatic movement, the Skymaster 38 is of exceptional value.

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Swatch Bold Collection

Featuring six brand new models, the Swatch Bold Collection is exactly that, big and bold. Measuring 47mm across, each model features contrasting 3D prints on the dial and the strap, creating a very interesting and playful look. The hands are filled with Superluminova, so regardless of the dial colour, legibility will not be an issue. The Bold Collection was designed to stand out, and with regards to its combined proportions and striking colour palettes, I think it will do just that. Priced extremely accessibly too, and at $135AUD there isn’t really much to complain about.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Officially, here is Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. First off let’s congratulate Audemars Piguet on continuing to push the boundaries of contemporary watchmaking and creating the world’s thinnest selfwinding perpetual calendar. To put things in perspective the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin’s case measures a paper-thin 6.30mm in thickness, while the movement is an incredible 2.89mm. Try to remember that this is a full blown perpetual calendar, capable of telling the time accurately for the next few generations. Aside from its insanely minute proportions, the dial is well balanced, the case beautifully finished and the movement absolutely spectacular. Now we wait to see what the competition can come up.

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Zenith El Primero A384

50 years since the original El Primero came to the fore in 1969, Zenith have finally reintroduced their famed model, marking 5 decades since its inception. The El Primero was the world’s first automatic chronograph and really took the entire watch collecting community by storm. Fast forward to 2019, and Zenith have endowed us with the El Primero A384. Not made in a limited number and ripe for the picking, the A384 has a beautiful vintage vibe that is made in a respectful nod to the original El Primero. A beautiful panda dial offset by a red chronograph seconds hand sets the tone, and this vintage feel extends to the obscurely shaped case and exposed pushers. The horizontal tri-register look of the dial is my favourite chronograph layout, and the El Primer A384 executes that perfectly. An icon reborn.

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IWC Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince”

A piece unique created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Antoine de Saint-Exupery Youth Foundation, the  Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” combines the quintessential look of IWC’s perpetual calendars with the feel-good notion of giving back. To be auctioned online by Sotheby’s, IWC will be donating the proceeds from the sale of the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” to the foundation. Beyond its charitable side, the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” actually looks fantastic. The combination of subtle details, warm colours and big bold numbers is brilliant, and that blue dial is just beautiful. An outstanding watch for an equally as outstanding cause.

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Rado Captain Cook

The Captain Cook collection is available in a variety of different references and has two sizing options. The 37mm is understated, conservative and really emphasises the Captain Cook’s heritage, while the 42mm is bolder, more pronounced but still carries with it the vintage vibe of the original Captain Cook piece. The 42mm is actually available in two variations. The first in a full stainless steel case with matching bracelet and a ceramic bezel, matching the colour of the dial. You can choose between either a green, a blue or a black dial in this instance. Otherwise, the 42mm model is available on a beautiful brown leather strap, with either a grey, brown, blue or black dial, with matching coloured bezel. And in 37mm, the Captain Cook is available in a limited edition travel case with three strap options, along with a strap changing tool.

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A Second Limited Edition TAG Heuer Monaco Unveiled at Le Mans

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Engines revved this weekend in Le Mans, as TAG Heuer presented the second of five limited-edition watches marking the 50th anniversary of the iconic Monaco timepiece. Not only was the TAG Heuer Monaco the first ever water-resistant square watch, but it was also the first to feature an automatic-winding chronograph movement.

The setting for the exclusive reveal couldn’t have been more fitting – in the 1971 film Le Mans, actor and “King of Cool” Steve McQueen sported the original Monaco timepiece, securing its place in horological history.

Hot on the heels of the first Monaco watch, the second model reveals a fiery design with a bold red dial representing both cutting-edge design and racing victory. Presented on a black calfskin strap punctured with holes lined in red, this special edition captures the speed and style of Monaco’s second decade.

Each of the five limited edition watches is inspired by different decades from 1969 to 2019. This second model celebrates the period from 1979 to 1989.

The stainless-steel Monaco features a red sunray dial and two rhodium-plated subdials with curved edges. The black and white accents complement the black-tipped hour and minute hands. The hands and indexes are coated with Super-LumiNova for use in the dark.

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As with the original watch, the pushers are on the right of the case while the crown is on the left – a unique feature that has distinguished the Monaco over the past half-century. The caseback is engraved with the “Monaco Heuer” logo as well as “1979-1989 Special Edition” and “One of 169.”

The watch is powered by the TAG Heuer Calibre 11, a modern version of the automatic-winding chronograph movement that made its debut inside the original Monaco in 1969. This second Monaco watch has been produced in an edition limited to 169 pieces.

Guest for the Le Mans launch included Steve McQueen’s son, Chad McQueen, driver in the movie Le Mans, Derek Bell; actor, race car driver and brand ambassador Patrick Dempsey; and race car driver, Formula E Champion 2017–18 Jean-Éric Vergne. The guests were treated to a special screening of McQueen’s classic film in the place where it all began.

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Vacheron Constantin Digital Certification of Authentification with Blockchain Technology

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If you read the title of this article and said, “What?”, don’t worry, we’ll explain.

In short, Vacheron Constantin wants to assure anyone who buys one of its high-end watches that the watch is authentic. To do that, they’re using Blockchain technology to authenticate the timepiece.

Vacheron Constantin Digital Certification Of Authentification With Blockchain Technology

Using Blockchain technology eliminates the need for paper authentification, which can be forged. Instead, the technology uses a unique number assigned to the watch—or just about any collectible object—to track the watch through its lifetime as it changes hands.

But why Blockchain? In 2017, the Harvard Business Review described Blockchain as “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.” It’s the same technology used for Bitcoin. Vacheron’s chief digital officer explained it this way: “The implications of this digital certification via the Blockchain are immense in bridging the history between our clients, their timepieces, and the maison.

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“By securing the digital certificates on the Blockchain, we can now follow our products through their lifetime, and communicate critical information to the owners without asking them to compromise their privacy.”

What this does is provide assurance that what you’re buying is the real McCoy, not some counterfeit. That type of information should help bolster the vintage watch market, not to mention assuage any fears a collector might have about picking up a particular piece.

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