Watches of the Week: 06/12/2021 - 12/12/2021


Here we go with another edition of our regular series, Watches of the Week, where we feature the newest watch releases of the week. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring new watches from Richard Mille, Blancpain as well as something very special from Patek Philippe. Enjoy!


You can check out last week's releases here.


Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours

New from Blancpain is the Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours. Available in titanium or red gold, the Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours positions itself as the ultimate high-durable high-complicated watch, especially in the ultra lightweight titanium version. The focal point here is that superb flying tourbillon position at the top of the refined blue dial, while the Blancpain insignia and associated dial printing is located quite unconventionally at the bottom of the dial.

Richard Mille RM 35-03 'Rafael Nadal'

Drawing inspiration from the legendary tourbillon watches of the RM 027 collection, the new RM 35-03 'Rafael Nadal' is the latest Richard Mille piece to come out of the esteemed atelier. What we have here is an ultra contemporary, super lux avant garde sports watch that is available in two versions, blue Quartz TPT with a white Quartz TPT caseband and white Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT with a Carbon TPT caseband (where TPT stands for Thin Fly Technology). With the Richard Mille RM 35-03 'Rafael Nadal' we have a novel innovation in the form of a butterfly rotor, whereby the rotor's geometry can be adjusted with a pusher at 7:00 to increase the torque of the winding mechanism or to minimise excessive winding, and thus wear-and-tear, of the movement. The price for this bit of innovation: $220,000USD.

Patek Philippe 5711/1A-018 Nautilus

In what Patek Philippe calls its final 5711 reference, the almighty 170-piece limited edition Tiffany & Co. 5711/1A-018 bids farewell to what is one of the most legendary watch models, ever. The 5711/1A-018 features a stunning Tiffany Blue dial offset by applied blackened gold indices and hands, all of which are lume filled. The date window features the same finishing but has a white background, which may look weird in real life. This ultimate 5711 doesn't come in a precious metal, instead being encased in stainless steel. This is a watch whose $52,635USD price-tag will be dwarfed in the coming weeks as people scramble to get their hands on one in the grey market. I'm not not a fan...