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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 #100

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Another week has come and gone, and to celebrate we’ve got the 100th instalment of our weekly series focusing on all the happenings in the world of watches, the Wind Up! In this centurial round-up we have some epic pieces from the likes of Breitling, Bremont, Omega and Blancpain, just to name a few. So, as always fellas, sit back and enjoy!


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Bremont Jaguar D-Type Chronograph

Styled after the iconic 1950s Jaguar D-Type sports car, the Jaguar D-Type Chronograph presents itself as a highly wearable, very good-looking bit of kit. Combining a striking blue dial, a sublime COSC certified movement and a heritage-driven look, the Jaguar D-Type Chronograph is extremely cool. The exposed chronograph pump-pushers, tyre-tread-patterned crown and tachymeter dial markings all lend their look to the Jaguar D-Type. The heritage Jaguar logo just above the date window is a cool addition, as are the red chronograph and real-time seconds hands. An interesting marriage of passions.

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Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition

Announced at a recent clean-up at a beach in Bali, the Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition celebrates the wonderful initiative between Breitling and Ocean Conservancy to keep the oceans and beaches clean. Supported by the likes of Kelly Slater, Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore, the Breitling Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition combines the soothing colour palette of the ocean and her shores with the functional nature of a Breitling Superocean Heritage. It’s a rugged, durable watch that looks like it can handle the worst that life can throw at it, and that mainstay look is the perfect analogy to its cause.

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Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon

Created in a limited run of only 25-pieces and made in platinum, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon is incredible. Combining a semi-inverted dial, an insanely meticulous eye for detail and the wonderful complexities associated with a tourbillon, the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon is every bit of the German atelier that we’ve come to love and expect. The Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon exclusively combines a flying tourbillon with a second-stop mechanism, a zero reset and a minute detent. What does this mean for the potential customer? Absurdly accurate timekeeping and precision. Very appealing to the eye.

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Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary LE

The Speedmaster aesthetic is something of lore in the world of watchmaking. It truly is iconic, and as much as that word is thrown around haphazardly these days, I find it difficult to find a better adjective to describe it. The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary LE is the latest variation on the Speedmaster, this time featuring some very beautiful Moonshine Gold accents all in a very modern, very refined stainless-steel package. The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary LE is limited to 6,969 pieces, with each piece being individually numbered. Behind the watch is a closed caseback featuring Neil Armstrong’s lunar footprint, along with his infamous quote, “One small step for man; One giant leap for mankind”. Regardless of whether the pursuit of space travel, the moon or NASA interests you, it’s hard to fault this watch in any degree.

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda

Revising one of Blancpains legendary 1960s-era Fifty Fathoms, the Barakuda was one of the first scuba-diving watches. The new Barakuda features a stainless-steel case measuring 40mm across and with a depth rating of 300m. There is a luminous unidirectional bezel with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal covering it, along with faux-patina dial markers throughout. The red hour indices are a cool contrasting addition, as is the indiscreet date window at 3 o’clock. Form definitely meets function with the Barakuda

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Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette

Last but most certainly not least is the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette. Measuring 41mm across and a measly 7.70mm in thickness, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette is one of the thinnest tourbillon watches available right know. Featuring 18k gold bridges, with the same material being used for the baseplate, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette is exceptional to look at. The gaping hole on the left side of the watch is contrasted expertly by the technical mass on the right side of the openworked dial, including of course the stunning tourbillon. Far from inexpensive, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette is definitely my watch of the week.

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Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

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Though Swiss watchmaking has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance of late, few brands can claim the legend-status of Omega. Their now iconic Speedmaster was, after all, the first watch to go to the moon.

And on that point, it’s been 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, and the Omega Speedmaster was there for the occasion. In honour of the historic event, the Swiss brand has released a Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Featured on the dial, caseback, and bezel is a patent-pending alloy known as 18K Moonshine Gold, which delivers striking colour and considerable durability.

Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Moonshine Gold, which has been patented by the Swiss watchmaker, is an in-house alloy made from copper, gold and palladium, mixed to a special ratio that is said to mimic the naturally golden lustre of the moon. It’s likely we’ll be seeing more of this material out of Omega’s sizeable, high-tech facility in upcoming collections.

Of course, that’s just one among this watch’s numerous distinctive qualities.

Within the 42mm stainless steel case of the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is a black ceramic bezel with an Omega Ceragold tachymeter scale. Splayed across the dial face are gradients of grey and black, along with flourishes of 18K Moonshine Gold. The 9 o’clock subdial features a laser-engraved image of Buzz Aldrin descending onto the lunar surface.

That visual theme continues onto the caseback, where one will find the image of a footprint as well as various commemorative engravings, including Neil Armstrong’s timeless quote: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

 

Perhaps most impressively, however, is the inclusion of an inset lunar meteorite stone: the wearer can carry a little piece of space on their wrist with them wherever they go.

Under the skin is Omega’s new Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861, which hosts a stop-second function and anti-magnetic innovation. The watch includes a polished-brushed metallic bracelet (a Velcro strap is provided as a back-up, after all, that’s what they used in space) and comes in an extraordinary NASA-style box. Limited to 6,969 pieces, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition celebrates history with unmistakable sophistication and style.

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Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Caseback

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The Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date

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Just last year, Glashütte Original redefined the retro-chic aesthetic with the launch of its Sixties line, which debuted in a striking shade of green. For this year’s collection, the German watchmaker went with orange and the results are no less extraordinary. Inspired by the brand’s own 1960s predecessors, the new Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date bring the past into the present with signature flourish. Lending each model all the more distinction is a transfixing dégradé dial, which ascends across the curved surface in a spectrum of hot colour.

Glashutte Original Sixties

First up is the Glashütte Original Sixties, which measures in at 39mm in diameter and runs on calibre 39-52. Perched under a dome of anti-reflective sapphire crystal are Arabic numerals, diamond-cut indexes, manually applied hour markers and Super-LumniNova hands. It’s all set against the brilliant orange backdrop, which features golden yellow hues at its core, flaming outward through colours of fiery orange and red before arriving at the black perimeter. This is known as the dégradé effect and it was conceived and executed at the brand’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim.

Glashutte Original Sixties Panorama Date

Distinguishing the Sixties Panorama Date is a larger case size of 42mm, a date complication, and a different movement (calibre 39-47). Otherwise, it flaunts a similar aesthetic, featuring a domed dial with embossed surface and the stunning dégradé effect. As with the regular Sixties, this one includes a brown Louisiana alligator leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle. Needless to say, both models duly encapsulate the bold and experimental spirit of the 1960s, hence the name(s). If you’re the type who likes to turn heads every time he enters the room, look no further.

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Glashutte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date

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