November 2020: What's New In Watches
1/15 Carl F Bucherer
Four new dial colours have been introduced to Carl F Bucherer’s TravelTec series, with each representing a different season: green for spring, yellow for summer, orange for autumn and blue for winter.
The TravelTec model has been around, in various iterations, for 15 years and its triple time-zone complication has become a staple in Carl F Bucherer’s line-up. Wear yours with a rubber strap.
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Hublot has launched two limited editions of 20 pieces each from its iconic Big Bang collection to commemorate Ferrari’s milestone participation in Formula One. To celebrate Ferrari’s 1,000th Grand Prix, a milestone in Formula One’s 70th anniversary year, the Big Bang Ferrari 1000 GP comes in white gold or carbon ceramic. An open-worked dial gives us a sneak peek at the HUB1243 automatic movement.
3/15 MB&F + L’Epée 1839
The second “Robocreature”—half robot, half animal—designed by MB&F in collaboration with L’Epée 1839, a Swiss manufacture that specialises in making high-end clocks, the TriPod takes the power of three principle very seriously.
The clock’s dial shows the time in three consecutive 12-hour scales and is suspended between three insect-like legs. Is it creepy? Is it cool? Heck, why can’t it be both? “In the same way that H R Giger created his Alien universe, we’re creating our own world of creatures,” says MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser.
4/15 Franck Muller
For the first time, Franck Muller has housed its Revolution 3 triple-axis tourbillon movement in its signature Vanguard case. Known for complex complications, Franck Muller launched the world’s first tri-axial tourbillon in 2004.
Designed to reduce the impact of gravity on the watch’s movement regardless of its position, it’s more effective than the classic tourbillon, which only protects the watch when it’s in a vertical position.
One of the most robust collections Panerai makes today, the Submersible welcomes a new limited edition to its ranks, complete with a black dial and blue ceramic bezel insert.
This highly water-resistant dive watch comes with large luminous indexes for added visibility and, as expected, the stainless-steel Submersible Azzurro—Italian for light blue—stays true to the collection’s nautical aesthetic.
6/15 Ulysse Nardin
Available in four different variations, Ulysse Nardin’s latest release comes in a sturdy 45 mm case that houses an openworked automatic tourbillon with three days of power reserve. Powered by the new in-house UN-172 automatic winding movement, Blast is convenient as well as handsome.
Rolex has reimagined one of its most recognisable collections. The Oyster Perpetual 36 series will now be available with candy pink, yellow, green, coral red and turquoise dials. And for those who aren’t into bright colours, the Swiss watchmaker has introduced a larger 41 mm model with a traditional silver dial.
Breguet continues to pay tribute to its exquisite heritage pocket watches with the launch of its Tradition Quantième Rétrograde Ref 7597.
The bridges, wheels, escapement and barrel have all been placed on top of the Tradition Quantième Rétrograde’s baseplate, so all of its inner workings can be admired from the dial rather than the caseback. When flipped over, it reveals the watch’s central rotor, which is beautifully shaped like the winding mass found on early pocket watches.
Omega’s new edition of its Seamaster Diver 300M has been released in support of the Nekton foundation, a leading nonprofit association that’s committed to protecting the world’s oceans by accelerating scientific exploration.
Available with either an integrated steel bracelet or a black rubber strap, an all-black ceramic dial gives this watch a modern and moody look. Inspect the caseback to see a special engraving that celebrates Omega’s partnership with Nekton.
If you’re into vintage watches, look no further than the Black Bay P01. Inspired by a prototype from the 1960s that was designed for the American navy, this timepiece by Tudor celebrates the brand’s maritime heritage.
11/15 Jaquet Droz
Jaquet Droz has unveiled an extraordinary interpretation of the Earth Dragon, the fifth element in the 60-year cycle of the traditional Chinese calendar.
Limited to eight pieces worldwide, this watch comes with a dial carved from jasper, which was cut, softened and polished by hand. A smaller off-centre dial at 12 o’clock in black onyx features two red gold hands, and perfectly pops against various shades of brown and burgundy.
Following the Alpine Eagle’s cameo appearance in the popular South Korean drama Crash Landing on You, Chopard has tapped into the influential Asian market and tasked Chinese singer Liang Bo with bringing its most elegant collection to life.
One of China's leading musicians, Bo is hoping to strike a chord with watch collectors everywhere, and has already been photographed wearing his ultra-resistant steel piece.
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In a new campaign by Montblanc, What Moves You, Makes You, Golden Globe-winning actor Taron Egerton, who starred in the Elton John biopic Rocketman (2019), is photographed wearing the brand’s1858 Geosphere. “Acting is about play, you know?”
Egerton says about his profession. “It’s exactly the same as when you’re a kid and you’re holding an action figure or toy car or a set of cups and pretending to have a tea party. It’s all imagination and you're performing a part. It’s just a little bit more sophisticated now than it was then.”
14/15 Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet has added to its line of highly engineered ceramic chronographs. Harder than steel, ceramic withstands super-high temperatures, thermal shocks and scratches. Tatler recommends the watchmaker’s fierce Royal Oak Offshore, which now comes in numerous colours that are elevated by Méga Tapisserie dials and robust rubber straps.
The classic blue and green models come in stainless steel, but this brown model comes with a distinctive pink gold case that beautifully complements the bezel’s brown ceramic, which is used for the very first time by Audemars Piguet.
15/15 Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe’s latest repeating watch is a newer version of the brand’s Minute Repeater Tourbillon Singapore 2019 Ref 5303R-010, which was launched last year and limited to just 12 pieces.
While this model isn’t a limited edition, production numbers will be low, so act fast—otherwise these rose gold treasures will be gone for good.