Watches of the Week: 03/10/2022- 09/10/2022
Last week was full of some incredible new watches, including releases from Blancpain, a superb offering from Glashütte Original and an insanely expensive Richard Mille that you couldn't help but smile at. This week's edition is a tamer affair, albeit one that is still considerably exciting given the calibre of watches released.
I'll be covering new watches from the likes of Urwerk, the brilliant independent watchmaker Romain Gauthier, the masterminds at Armin Strom, as well as two TAG Heuer's celebrating one of the most iconic road cars of all time. Happy reading and have a great week ahead.
Urwerk unveiled its latest invention, the little marvel that is the UR-120. With its obvious sci-fi-inspired aesthetic, the UR-120 is an invigorating bit of kit that defies the traditional notions of haute horlogerie.
Crafted in a sandblasted titanium and steel case, the UR-120 features Urwerk's signature satellite time display system, coupled with a semi-openworked dial that looks and feels utterly futuristic and incredibly brilliant.
Brand: Urwerk Model: UR-120
Case: 47mm Case Material: Titanium/Stainless Steel Water Resistance: 30m Calibre: UR-20.01 Price: CHF100,000
Verdict: Novel ingenuity and meticulous craftsmanship make for another act of magnificence from the masters of drama from Urwerk.
Romain Gauthier C
Romain Gauthier unveiled its latest take on the sports watch with the platinum-clad C. Subtle details and beautiful finishings come together to create something that is tantamount to a bona fide masterpiece with the new C.
The grey sandblasted or blue PVD dial sits on top of a white gold base plate which contrasts well with the polished and brushed platinum case. But the focal point here is that amazing movement, finished to the absolute nth degree with hand frosting, engraving and polishing adorning every surface.
Brand: Romain Gauthier
Case Material: Platinum
Water Resistance: 50m
Verdict: A stunning rendition of the modern sports watch with a dash of luxury and a swish of superlative finishing.
Armin Strom Tribute 1 Rose Gold Edition
For the first time since the release of the stainless steel version, Armin Strom has unveiled its acclaimed Tribute 1 in a precious metal. Now crafted in rose gold, the new Armin Strom Tribute 1 Rose Gold Edition is a super luxurious and sumptuous take on one of the maison's most well known timepieces.
The Armin Strom Tribute 1 Rose Gold Edition features a rose gold case, coupled with a textured anthracite main dial, an off-centre sub-dial with an azurage effect as well as a dial plate with a grenage finish. It also features an off-centre crown, completing what is a very compelling package.
Brand: Armin Strom
Model: Tribute 1 Rose Gold Edition
Case Material: Rose gold
Water Resistance: 50m
Verdict: Understated, sophisticated, technically brilliant, viscerally superb and very reasonably priced.
TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 Limited Edition
TAG Heuer teamed up with Porsche in 2021, and since then we've been fortunate to see some wonderful examples of that prolific partnership. The next Porsche-inspired model comes in the form of the new TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 Limited Edition.
Available in two distinct variations, both inspired by the utter icon of motorsport that is the venerable Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. The first model features a blue livery and is encased in stainless steel, while the second features red livery and has a pink gold case. Both models are powered by the automatic Heuer 02 manufacture movement, and both will come in a limited run (500 pieces in steel, 250 pieces in pink gold).
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 Limited Edition
Case Material: Stainless Steel/Pink Gold
Water Resistance: 100m
Calibre: Heuer 02
Verdict: Two bona fide legends of their own respective worlds come together to create something that is worthy of each of their highly revered namesakes.