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Watches of the Week: 06/04/2020 - 12/04/2020

Welcome back to the next instalment of our regular series where we look at the newest watch releases, 'Watches of the Week'. In this week's round up we'll be taking a look at new pieces from the likes of Jaquet Droz, HYT and Jacob & Co. Enjoy!

Jaquet Droz Grande Skelet-One in Red Gold & Plasma Ceramic

Jaquet Droz has released its ultra contemporary Grande Skelet-One in two brand new variations, one in Red Gold and the other in Plasma Ceramic. The Red Gold model comes with an 18k red gold case and will cost 34,600CHF, while the Plasma Ceramic version will come with, yep you guessed it, a plasma ceramic case which will cost 24,300CHF. Both pieces will feature a skeletonised figure-eight sapphire dial with 18k gold indices. Just a bit of insight into the plasma ceramic case material before we move on. A block of white ceramic is forged in an oven at temperatures of about 20,000⁰C which in turn transforms the material giving it a metallic shine. The end product is a material that looks like metal but is actually ceramic. Pretty cool, right?

HYT H0 Black & Orange

New from HYT is the H0 Black & Orange. Bold, accentuated and completely avant-garde, this particular variation of the super modern H0 features a darkened monochromatic theme with orange highlights and an orange fluidic time indicator. The exposed bellows of the H0 Black & Orange are reminiscent of that of a supercar's engine bay and turning the watch over means you'll be bombarded with many intricate details and components. I particularly like the combination of the black dial, black DLC-coated stainless steel case and the pop of orange throughout. My favourite variation of the H0 so far. The H0 Black & Orange is priced at 43,000CHF.

Jacob & Co. X Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon

Jacob & Co.'s affinity with Bugatti is longstanding, and the next piece to pay homage to that partnership is the immense horological feat that is the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon. With a movement modelled after the engine bay of the Bugatti Chiron engine bay, the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon's calibre JCAM37 actually does feature a working W16 engine, along with a 30º inclined tourbillon regulator and a synthetic sapphire engine block. Seeing the pistons move, the crankshaft turn and turbochargers rotate is incredible, and that's not even beginning to appreciate the tourbillon's mesmerising dance. This watch is, of course, excessive and audacious, albeit amazing and wholly awesome. But Jacob & Co. does have a penchant on creating the absurd and making tangible the insane. The Jacob & Co. X Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon is priced from $280,000USD and is available with the option of customisation.


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