January 2021: What's New In Watches
The latest addition to Bremont’s Armed Forces collection is the handsome Broadsword Bronze. This military-themed timepiece takes inspiration from the “Dirty Dozen”, a series of watches made to the British Army’s specifications during the Second World War. A 40 mm case is made using bronze because of the material’s association with naval engineering and its resistance to corrosion by saltwater.
Bremont’s propeller logo is etched into each model’s oversized screw-down crown, while the case back is stamped with the badges of the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force. Choose between three different dial colours.
Girard-Perregaux continues to push the boundaries of high-tech materials with its new Laureato Absolute Crystal Rock wristwatch. The Laureato line was first designed in the 1970s and was relaunched in 2017.
Crafted from carbon glass, the new Crystal Rock comes with a gradient grey-coloured dial that covers a self-winding chronograph movement. The sporty 44 mm case weighs just 93 grams.
At a watch auction in New York last month, Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, sold a Tag Heuer Monaco worn by actor Steve McQueen during the filming of his iconic racing film Le Mans (1971).
On the last day of filming, McQueen gave the timepiece to his personal mechanic, Haig Alltounian, who treasured it for nearly 50 years. Introduced in 1969, the Monaco was one of the world’s first self-winding chronograph wristwatches and became famous for its square-shaped waterproof case.
Hong Kong-born film director Kearen Pang, who is also co-writer of the critically acclaimed film Isabella (2006), has been photographed wearing Zenith’s Defy Midnight collection, which was launched at the beginning of last year.
Inspired by the starry night sky, the Defy Midnight is set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds that are set onto a dramatic inky-blue dial.
Blancpain has enjoyed links to the high seas for decades, ever since the launch of its iconic diving watch, Fifty Fathoms, in 1953. Now, the watchmaker has announced it has become the exclusive watch partner of Oceana, which is the largest international organisation dedicated solely to ocean exploration and conservation.
The Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos, which celebrates the cycle of life and death, is the inspiration behind Chopard’s latest spooky timepiece. Limited to 100 pieces, gilded hour markers sit on a moody black-lacquered dial that’s decorated with a trendy, albeit gap-toothed, skull that rocks a handlebar moustache.
The stainless steel case comes with a brown calfskin leather strap, which adds a sleek and sophisticated feel to this otherwise wacky watch.
At first glance, this wristwatch is overwhelming. Incredibly complex, the Legacy Machine Perpetual is an extraordinary perpetual calendar conceived for MB&F by independent watchmaker Stephen McDonnell. The collection’s latest model comes in a 44 mm case made from lightweight zirconium and has been redesigned with a monoblock shock-absorbing “FlexRing” system that makes this watch MB&F’s most robust to date.
Generous heaps of Super-LumiNova coat the time and calendar indications for added visibility, while a new CVD dial plate colour, which the brand has dubbed ‘atomic orange’, simply takes your breath away.
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A former protégé of Virgil Abloh, Samuel Ross is the founder of fashion house A-Cold-Wall. Ross was a finalist for the LVMH Prize and Andam fashion award, and also won a British Fashion Award. Now, 29-year-old Ross, having won the Hublot Design Prize, has produced a minimalist sculpture for the watchmaker that combines granite Samuel Ross wears the Big Bang Unico by Hublot with steel and aluminium in a creative explosion that elegantly epitomises Hublot itself.
“Hublot symbolises daring innovation, the fusion of time between tradition and innovation, and the endless capacity to invent and reinvent materials,” says Ross. “My sculpture tells the story of Hublot using simple, clean lines, with a monochrome palette.”
Franck Muller’s watches are easily recognised by their rectangular cases and distinctive numerals, which come in flashy colours and add a playful touch to the brand’s many creations.
This decadent Long Island timepiece, which was released late last year, pays special attention to design codes from the 1920s and 1930s. Expertly handcrafted, this watch is embellished with dazzling diamonds that are artfully set into the bezel. Wear yours with a timeless alligator strap.
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