Watches of the Week: 02/09/2019 - 08/09/2019
Another week has come and gone, and with that we happily welcome Spring (or Autumn, depending on where you live). Welcome to the next Watches of the Week round-up! We've got new pieces from the likes of A. Lange & Sohne, Oris, Vacheron Constantin, Ulysse Nardin and Bell & Ross, amongst others. Enjoy!
Check out last week's releases here.
Vacheron Constantin Cornes de Vache 1955 Now in Steel
Vacheron Constantin's iconic Cornes de Vache 1955 is back and it's better than ever. Sitting in a 38.50mm wide, 10.90mm high stainless steel case and featuring a grey velvet finished opaline dial, the new Cornes de Vache 1955 is exquisite. Blued steel hands, white gold hour markers, exposed pushers and crown, and those wonderful horn-shaped lugs make the Cornes de Vache 1955 an instant hit. Powered by the Lemania-based Calibre 1142, there is plenty of junk in the trunk to appease the enthusiasts and the naysayers, alike. Available now as a regular production piece for $39,800.
A. Lange & Sohne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase "25th Anniversary"
A. Lange & Söhne has introduced the 9th Lange 1 celebratory piece, this time with the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase "25th Anniversary". Clad in white gold and measuring a super compact 36.80mm in diameter and 9.50mm in depth, the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase "25th Anniversary" has the same silver and blue look similar to the other Lange 1 "25th Anniversary" pieces. Powered by the Lange manufacture calibre L121.2, this manually wound movement does pack a punch, displaying the passing hours, minutes and seconds, along with a power reserve, a date indicator and a moon phase display. Limited to only 25 pieces and priced at 42,300EURO.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115
An interesting approach from Oris in the form of the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115. Featuring an openworked dial with exceptional architecture, a titanium case and a 10-day power reserve, the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115's tech sheet sounds like something you'd be getting from Audemars Piguet, Roger Dubuis or even Richard Mille. The streamlined look of the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115 is accentuated by the flowing titanium bracelet, while the angled riveted bezel adds a subtle element of texture to an otherwise very smooth look. Priced at $7,600USD on a titanium bracelet, the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115 is available now.
Ulysse Nardin Introduce Four New Executive Free Wheel Models
Ulysse Nardin has gone and done what I thought would be near impossible: make the Executive Free Wheel even cooler. With four new dial variations available each in a limited run of 18 pieces, the New Executive Free Wheel now offers a whole lot of variety. The Osmium models features a light blue textured dial. The Straw Marquetry model, which was practised centuries ago, has a beautifully unique pattern. The Aventurine model has a deep blue sparkling shine. And the Carbonium Gold has a very interesting colour palette of greys, blacks and golds. Pricing for the Osmium model is 102,000 euro (with thanks to the rarity of its dial material), while the other models will cost 99,000 euro.
Bell & Ross BR 05
As a proud owner of a Bell & Ross, I've grown very fond of the brand. I rather enjoy its virtuous approach to watchmaking, and the BR 05 is no exception. The BR 05 draws inspiration from Bell & Ross' original square-shaped watch, the BR 01-92 and combines it with a modern approach. The result is an elegant, flowing affair that looks supremely impressive. There are three "base" stainless steel models, along with an all-out, balls-to-the-wall solid rose gold model. The BR 05 is available on either a stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap, but I would definitely choose the steel bracelet -- it looks a million bucks. Pricing starts from $4,400USD for the standard steel model with rubber strap, and jumps up all the way up to $32,500USD for the rose gold model on a full matching bracelet.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste
Jaeger-LeCoultre can do no wrong in my eyes. Its latest piece is the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste, and it depicts the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere (no word on a Southern Hemisphere equivalent unfortunately), along with the constellations of the zodiac calendar. The flying tourbillon revolves around the dial and this level of theatrics in watchmaking in itself deserve applause. Encased in 43mm of white gold, there is a beautiful contrast of silvers and blues throughout. The brilliance of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste is its ability to entertain and inform, and I think Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of the true masters of this. The Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste is limited to only 28 pieces with pricing unavailable and only on request at the moment.
Seiko Presage Prestige Line now with Enamel Dials & Spring Drive Movements
For the first time, Seiko's Presage Prestige Line will be powered by the manufacture's famous Spring Drive movements. Two new models were introduced, one with a white enamel dial and the other with a black enamel dial. Both variations are beautifully appointed, typical of virtually every Seiko timepiece. The recession on the dial around the power reserve indicator is beautiful and really draws light on Seiko's ability to perform. Both pieces are powered by Seiko's 5R65 calibre which features the brand's Spring Drive technology. Available from October for $4,500USD.