Watches of the Week: 04/01/2021 - 10/01/2021
Welcome to the second Watches of the Week newsletter of 2021. Last week was chock full of some incredible new watches from manufacturers you may not have heard of before, but this week you'll be seeing some amazing new releases from watchmakers that have become household names like Omega and Zenith. Enjoy!
You can check out last week's releases here.
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 'Master Chronometer'
Omega has finally released its iconic Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch with the co-axial escapement, Master Chronometer certified calibre 3861. The new model has not undergone many aesthetic changes, bar some alterations made to the stainless steel bracelet. All in all there are four new models, one with a Hesalite crystal, one with a sapphire crystal, an 18k Canopus gold model and a solid Sedna gold model. The big news is, of course, the integration of a bona fide Master Chronometer movement into Omega's most iconic model. I love the idea that one of the world's most prolific and storied watches now houses one of the world's most accurate and most efficient mechanical movements. Pricing for the new Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 'Master Chronometer' ranges from $9,575AUD for the closed-caseback hesalite crystal model all the way up to $53,160AUD for the Sedna gold model and $69,150AUD for the Canopus gold variant.
Zenith Chronomaster A385 Revival
Following the revival of the iconic A384 and A386 models, Zenith's approach to the reinvigoration of the A385 was an upcoming no-brainer. Using the same 37mm case as the original, the Zenith Chronomaster A385 Revival features a beautiful graduated dial that changes from a glimmering gold in the centre to a light brown as you approach the edge of the dial. The offsetting white backgrounds for the sub-dial registers and date window set the tone for a very vintage inspired piece, while the pop of colour from the red chronograph seconds hand enhances legibility. The new Zenith Chronomaster A385 Revival comes on a light brown leather strap and will be priced at $7,900USD.
Vianney Halter Deep Space Resonance
Vianney Halter has just released what could be 2021's most incredible watches, the Deep Space Resonance. Featuring a triple axis tourbillon, a dual escapement, two oscillators beating at 21,600 BPH and an acoustic coupling, the Vianney Halter Deep Space Resonance is really quite spectacular. The axis system is made up of 371 components, with 42 of those being polished curved pillars connecting the bridges. These components are layered in concentric cages, with the innermost cage holding the balance and weighing 0.6 grams from its sum of 162 parts and rotates inside the traverse in 60 seconds, while the traverse weighs 2.8 grams and rotates around its horizontal axis in 6 minutes which is mounted in the cradle which rotates on its vertical axis in 30 minutes. A sight to behold, for sure. This is a prototype piece, so we can expect some aesthetic and possible mechanical changes to happen. Stay tuned!
Piaget Altiplano Year Of The Ox Watch For The Chinese New Year
Piaget is celebrating the Chinese New Year with its latest piece, the Altiplano Year Of The Ox Watch For The Chinese New Year. Using the talents of celebrated artist Anita Porchet to paint the métiers d’Arts dial, the Piaget Altiplano Year Of The Ox Watch For The Chinese New Year features a stunning depiction of the ox in all of its might, a symbol of dependability and strength. The Piaget Altiplano Year Of The Ox Watch For The Chinese New Year will be made in a limited run of only 38 pieces and will be priced at $67,500USD.