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Watches of the Week: 02/11/2020 - 08/11/2020

Welcome to the next instalment of our regular feature covering all of the latest watches releases of the past seven days, Watches of the Week. In this week's round-up we'll be featuring new watch releases from Zenith, Oris and Singer, as well as from a few watchmakers you may not be familiar with. Enjoy!

Zenith Defy Classic Carbon

Zenith's Defy Classic is back in its most darkest of guises. Featuring a full carbon fiber case with a matching carbon fiber bracelet that is integrated into the body of the watch, the Defy Classic Carbon is a triumph in both the use of contemporary materials and in its execution. I love the contrasting look of the texturised case and bracelet, offset by the openworked dial and the lovely luminescent material on the hands and hour numerals. It's also available on a fabric strap which looks the part, but you really can't look past the full carbon fiber bracelet.

Oris Aquis Date Caliber 400

Oris is synonymous with affordability and accessibility. It produces quality watches that are super approachable and really very friendly on your back pocket. But with that thriftiness came the "lack" of mechanical prowess. Until now. Oris has just announced that its latest Aquis Date model will feature an in-house movement, the Caliber 400. This isn't the first in-house movement from Oris, but it's one that I presume will be used throughout its diver's watch range, with the Caliber 400 finding its way into some of Oris' other collections. I hold watchmakers that manufacture their own calibres in high regard, so I'm super impressed that Oris has stepped up to the occasion and produced a manufacture movement. 

Singer Reimagined Flytrack Prime Edition

From Singer Reimagined is the Flytrack Prime Edition. Continuing on its partnership with renowned movement manufacturer Agenhor, the Flytrack Prime Edition gives its wearer the ability to measure repetitive and sequential events. It's a novel design based loosely on the Track1, but it's a look that, notwithstanding, seems to be mainly attributable to the Singer Reimagined manufacture. 

Stefano Braga Hyperion

Based in Tramelan, a small town in the Bernese canton in Switzerland, lies Stefano Braga, a new watchmaker focused on the art of watchmaking. First came the Èos, a timepiece inspired by the Greek goddess of dawn. Then came the Selene, a tribute to the fascination of the Moon. And now we have Stefano Braga's latest piece, the Hyperion. Bringing to life the poetic harmony of the Sun and the Moon, the Hyperion is the balancing act of this historic celestial dance. The Hyperion's symbolic nature is accentuated by its beautiful aesthetic, with a striking hemispheric moonphase/sunphase indicator covering half of the dial at all times. I love the balance between the patterned dial and the phasic display. This is a highly innovative, highly artistic timepiece that is both novel in its approach to displaying the celestial bodies and in its execution. You can find out more about the Stefano Braga Hyperion here.

Lilienthal Berlin Huxley Collection

New from Lilienthial Berlin is the Huxley collection. This is the fifth collection from the watchmaker after the L1, Urbania, Chronograph and Zeitgeist editions. Emphasised by its bold and contemporary design, the Huxley collection balances its distinct design with subtle features like its thin hour, minute and second hands, the slim hour markers and the discreet date window. Dimensionally the Huxley also continues on its theme of subtlety, measuring just 40mm across and a super slim 7.80mm in thickness. The Huxley is available in six different editions: Silver Blue, Blue Silver, Silver White, Silver Black, Bronze Black and Black Bronze. Each edition also features a date window set in a sun cut or lacquered dial. Recognizable finishing touches from the brand’s design ethos include: the recessed crown in the shape of the World Clock at Alexanderplatz and lettering in the same style as Berlin’s street signs.

Antoine Franc Monument Series

Antoine Franc's Monument Series is an ode to timeless design and contemporary craftsmanship. The Monument Series features a gorgeous diamond-pattern dial, serving as the perfect backdrop to its innate functionality. Within its classically inspired case lies the Miyota 9120, an exceptionally interesting calibre that displays the passing time, the month and the day and the date, as well as a 24-hour display. The practicality of the Monument Series is matched only by its beautiful aesthetic, reminiscent of timepieces from the mid 20th century. The utilitarian approach that Antoine Franc took with the Monument Series has given the piece the innate ability to be worn formally, casually and anywhere in between. This is a brilliant timepiece that isn't just your regular run-of-the-mill crowdfunded watch -- where the brand's thoughtful approach to its design and manufacture is apparent throughout. You can follow this link to find out more.


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