July 2020: What's New In Watches
The latest watch from Zenith, the Chronomaster Revival “Shadow,” blends the very best of two vintage models. It’s a revival of a 1970s chronograph that never was, which was proposed by Zenith during the early days of the first automatic chronograph movements. Although some prototypes were made, this retro model wasn’t even allocated a reference number. The new chronograph also comes with the same angular case shape that was designed for Zenith’s original El Primero Ref A384, which debuted in 1969. Shadow’s black case is made from microblasted titanium. Extremely lightweight, wear with a rubber strap.
First introduced in 1985, Pasha de Cartier’s square-inside-a-circle design was unexpected and quickly became coveted by collectors worldwide. It’s now been enthusiastically revived for 2020. Available in steel or gold, with or without diamonds, the Pasha has long been a favourite on the secondary market and finally comes in new sizes and with new details, including a QuickSwitch system, which allows the wearer to swap the watch’s steel, gold or leather straps with a single push. Although the collection is unisex, the 35 mm models look especially elegant on a woman’s wrist.
3/6 A Lange & Söhne
A Lange & Söhne’s first dedicated striking watch, the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, made headlines when it was unveiled in 2015. The wristwatch uses technology that was originally developed for the brand’s awe-inspiring Grand Complication watch. The decimal repeater system chimes out hours, ten-minute increments and then minutes instead of the usual quarter-hours, and this latest model is the third Zeitwerk variation. A navy-blue dial coolly complements silver bridges, white hour and minute discs, and a white gold case. Only 30 pieces will be made worldwide.
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For its second collaboration with French artist Marc Ferrero—who celebrates the strength of 21st century women with his signature lipstick emblem paintings—Hublot has released two limited edition Big Bang models that come in black ceramic or polished steel. “I love the power of black and white. Shade and light. Yin and yang,” says the artist. “These colours also make my red lipstick design look even more graphic and magnetic.”
Omega has announced that it will be the official timekeeper of the 36th America’s Cup competition, which was established in 1851 and is one of the world’s oldest sailing races. To celebrate, Omega launched a limited-edition Seamaster Planet Ocean that comes in the event’s colours: red, white and blue. Limited to 2,021 pieces, this 43.5 mm watch sports a white ceramic dial and is water-resistant up to 60 bar.
Whether you’re enjoying a promotion, birthday or special anniversary, a luxury watch is a worthy way to celebrate. And if you’re a fan of the ultra-feminine, look no further than Chaumet. The maison’s hardstone dials have been quickly adopted by the bold and beautiful. The house’s current collections offer several takes on opal, including a new Hortensia Éden in white gold, which comes with a Swiss quartz movement and bezel set with white diamonds and miniature flowers. Choose from a Milanese mesh steel bracelet or a satin or leather strap.
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