Week number 49 is done and with that we officially enter the festive season! But what that also means is another round up of all the latest watches in our regular series, Watches of the Week. In this week's instalment we have new pieces from the likes of Greubel Forsey, Omega, Jaquet Droz and MB&F amongst others.
Greubel Forsey GMT Sport
It seems that whenever Greubel Forsey announces a new timepiece, the horological world at large comes to a stand-still. And for good reason. The brand's latest piece is a beautiful combination of all things that we love about Greubel Forsey. Introducing the GMT Sport, the manufacturer's very first "sport" watch. Water resistant to 100m and encased in 45mm by 15.70mm of titanium, the GMT Sport features a concave shape along its bezel and sapphire crystal, noticed particularly more prominently when viewed from the side. Another feature of the GMT Sport that I love is the plethora of information dial-side. There is the standard time-telling indicators, along with a power-reserve indicator, a day/night indicator and a GMT indicator that uses a half globe to depict the time. Oh, and you have a 25-degree angle tourbillon that rotates once every 24 seconds, just for good measure. The dial is very Greubel Forsey-like, with an abundance of finishing techniques, details and styles that work together harmoniously. The Greubel Forsey GMT Sport will be limited to 11 pieces, priced at 480,000CHF each.
MB&F Legacy Machine Thunderdome
A few weeks back we had a fairly "restrained" release from MB&F with the LM101 being made available in the ultra-rare material, palladium. Fast forward to the week that has been and we have something that is completely opposing of the ideals of conformity. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the MB&F Legacy Machine Thunderdome. What an apt and fitting name, Thunderdome. That's because that is exactly what it is. Encased in a thin layer of domed anti-reflective sapphire sits a three-axis tourbillon that is utterly captivating. Like a beautiful dance, this gravity-negating mechanism pirouettes its way along three axis. Created with the expertise assistance of Eric Coudray and Kari Voutilainen, the Legacy Machine Thunderdome is an outstanding creation from one of modern horology's masters. Priced at $280,000USD, the Thunderdome is available in either platinum or tantalum, limited to 33 and 10 pieces, respectively.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Opens its First Boutique in Sydney
In partnership with Kennedy, Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced that it will officially open the doors to its first boutique in Sydney on Friday, the 13th of December. The watchmakers' watchmaker is set offer unprecedented access to some of its most exclusive and most complicated watches to Sydney's residents and passer-byers. We've been told the new boutique will hold the Reverso, the Polaris and the Master Ultra-Thin collections, along with some high-end, high-complicated pieces. Located on King Street in the heart of Sydney's CBD, the announcement and unveiling comes just a few weeks after A. Lange & Sohne announced their first Australian boutique that was also to be opened in Sydney. Exciting times ahead, and welcome to Sydney, Jaeger-LeCoultre!
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition
With an aesthetic that pays tribute to diving watches of the past, the new Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is a celebration of all things James Bond. Instead of using stainless steel as like the other James Bond timepieces, the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition instead features a 42mm wide titanium case. That coupled with the matte black dial and faux-patina hour markers and hands makes for a very appealing package but I know some die-hards would definitely have preferred the use of steel. The Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition features Omega's METAS Master Chronometer certified caliber 8806 and comes with either a NATO strap or a titanium bracelet, costing $8,100USD and $9,200USD, respectively. A fitting watch for Daniel Craig's last outing as 007.
Jaquet Droz Year of the Rat
To honor the first symbol of the Chinese Zodiac calendar, Jaquet Droz has unveiled four new models of its Petite Heure Minute collection, all depicting the symbolic Rat front and centre. The collection will feature two precious metal versions with onyx dials and will have hand-engraved and hand-painted gold appliques in relief depicting the rat. The other two models will feature Ivory grand feu enamelling and miniature painting which result in a much more subtle and less striking look than that of the darker onyx dialled variations. Limited to only 28 pieces each, pricing is yet to be confirmed.
Richard Mille RM 11-04 Roberto Mancini Carbon TPT
Created for the current manager of the Italian national football squad (or soccer, depending on where you live), the new RM 11-04 Roberto Mancini Carbon TPT is a stunning depiction of the Squadra Azzurra’s national colours. Blues, greens and reds adorn the Carbon TPT case in dramatic style, making for a striking timepiece. The RM 11-04 Roberto Mancini Carbon TPT’s large 49.94mm by 16.15mm case profile may leave some to wonder just how heavy the piece will be. But, with thanks to the RM 11-04 Roberto Mancini Carbon TPT’s baseplate and bridges beng made out of titanium, there is an incredible feeling of “nothingness” with the watch strapped to the wrist. Richard Mille is truly at the forefront of innovation, and the new RM 11-04 Roberto Mancini Carbon TPT is of course no exception to that rule. Priced at $189,500USD.