June 2021: What's New In Watches
The new Chronomaster Sport is the first regular production Zenith to be powered by the watchmaker’s Caliber 3600, which has already been used in a few of the brand’s limited-edition timepieces. The chronograph’s overlapping sub-dials and colour scheme take their cues from the 1969 El Primero A386, while a 41 mm case and sleek steel bracelet bring this wristwatch well and truly into the 21st century.
This year marks the 220th anniversary of the tourbillon, which was first created by master watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet in the summer of 1801. A mechanism that constantly rotates a watch’s balance wheel, balance spring and escapement while the movement is running, a tourbillon counters the effect of gravity and increases the timepiece’s accuracy. The pictured 18-karat gold pocket chronometer by Breguet was sold by Christie’s auction house in 2014 for an eye-popping US$898,000.
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3/9 H Moser & Cie
One of the most established watch retailers in Hong Kong, the Oriental Watch Company is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and, to mark the occasion, H Moser & Cie has launched the Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept, which is limited to just eight pieces. “We wanted this watch to be extremely exclusive,” Edouard Meylan, H Moser & Cie’s CEO, tells Tatler.
“One has already been reserved for Dennis Yeung, who is the managing director of Oriental Watch Company and a dear friend.” The watch’s sunburst pattern dial comes in the watchmaker’s signature colour—Cosmic Green—and pays tribute to the retailer’s anniversary by having “60” stamped at the 12 o’clock position. A glossy white-gold case is strapped onto the wrist using a hand-stitched black alligator strap.
Tudor has announced it will back professional free diver Morgan Bourc’his and his latest documentary, The Quest for Nature, which will film the free diver swimming in the icy fjords of Norway alongside whales. Tudor is known for its robust dive watches, including the Pelagos, which features applied square hour markers and a dial with a triangle at 12 o’clock and rectangles at six and nine. The collection’s metal bracelet is comfortable and easy-to-wear, but we recommend pairing your Pelagos with its practical and playful rubber strap.
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5/9 Ulysse Nardin
If you like your fair share of shimmer, Ulysse Nardin’s latest Sparkling Free Wheel is for you. Launched in 2018, this collection comes with a flying tourbillon, for which the complication is housed in a cage for theatrical reasons, and a power reserve of seven days. The case and dial are peppered with well over 2,000 pavé-set diamonds that weigh an impressive 5.9 carats. Even the alligator strap comes with a diamond-set clasp.
There’s more to ultra-thin watches than you might expect, and Piaget’s Polo Skeleton is a perfect example. This 42 mm sports watch has very much revolutionised movement architecture, making it extra slim at just 6.5 mm thick. Thirty per cent thinner than the watchmaker’s other Polo watches, this stainless-steel model is powered by a 189-part automatic skeleton 1200S1 calibre and comes in Piaget- blue or slate grey.
Omega’s Seamaster 300 made its debut in 1957 and has remained a sought-after timepiece for divers ever since. For 2021, new novelties have been fitted with sleeker sapphire glass, making these watches thinner than their predecessors. For the first time, a 41 mm model crafted from Omega’s patent-pending Bronze Gold alloy has also been unveiled by the brand. Used for its corrosion resistance and strength, bronze develops a patina, which is the result of copper oxidising from exposure to the air.
This natural process takes on different colours and patterns depending on how and where it is worn, meaning this watch has a case that, over time, will become unique to its owner.
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Bremont has had a slew of new releases over the past year, including the latest edition of its Martin-Baker watch, also known as MB, which made its debut in 2009. This launch is particularly relevant in the time of coronavirus. Why? Well, the MBII, which is the most recent variation of the pilot’s watch introduced to honour British ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker, can be customised online from the comfort of your sofa.
Bigger hands, more readable numerals and the removal of the day indication are just some of the latest tweaks for this timepiece, as well as a newly designed closed case back that comes with a “military challenge coin”, which was historically used to signify membership of an elite unit or experience of a specific tour of duty. “The MB collection is a very special range to us,” says Nick Giles, Bremont’s co-founder. “It really launched our work and close ties with various military squadrons around the world.” The price for a customised Martin-Baker starts at HK$38,950.
9/9 Tag Heuer
One of the world’s top tennis players, Naomi Osaka has paired up with Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer. “It’s a partnership and friendship that exemplifies our shared mindset and values,” the 23-year-old said about the collaboration. Born in Osaka to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was the first Asian woman to hold the No 1 position in singles, and the first Japanese player ever to win a Grand Slam event: the US Open in 2018. Frédéric Arnault, CEO of Tag Heuer, commented: “We are excited to support Naomi as she kicks off her 2021 season and prepares for her Olympic debut.”
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