Watches of the Week: 08/06/2020 - 14/06/2020
Another week down, another round up of all the newest watches in our regular series, Watches of the Week. In this week's stacked instalment, we'll be covering new watches from Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet and Glashütte Original. Stay safe and enjoy!
You can check out last week's new watch releases here.
Omega De Ville Central Tourbillon Master Chronometer
Omega has just released the very first Master Chronometer tourbillon, the De Ville Central Tourbillon Master Chronometer. It's an incredible piece that blends the dichotomy of Omega's functionality with a truly high end, high complicated mechanism. The one-minute tourbillon features a co-axial escapement and a black ceramised titanium tourbillon carriage, while the hand-wound calibre 2640 carries all the trimmings of a high end complicated watch, including 18k Sedna gold plates and bridges. The focus here is on the movement, but let's not overlook the opulence of that 43mm Sedna and Canopus gold case, or the expansive deep black dial. The Omega De Ville Central Tourbillon Master Chronometer is priced at $168,000USD.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Additions
Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced two new additions to its iconic Master Control Memovox family. The first is the limited edition 250-piece Master Control Memovox Timer. It has the ability to set an alarm along with displaying the date in an aperture at 3 o'clock. The Master Control Memovox the more restrained version in comparison to the Timer model, and is very much in line with the aesthetic of the new Master Control timepieces introduced earlier this year. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer is priced at $15,700USD while the non-limited Master Control Memovox is priced at $11,600USD.
Breguet Presents New Marine Additions
Breguet is now offering the Marine 5517, the Marine Chronograph 5527 and the Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 in white gold or rose gold, both with matching precious metal bracelets. The 5517 features a simple three-hand display with a date window. The 5527 has a chronograph function. And the 5547 has an alarm complication along with a display for the date and time in a second time zone. Each model is modern and relevant, yet with an aesthetic that is very Breguet-like.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And with the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT I think that rings very true. Many people like its super contemporary, very bold, hyper complex look. But there are some that just can't get over its polarising looks. In my opinion the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT is one of the best modern complicated pieces, period. Previously available in a black or white guise, this new model is encased entirely in grey sandblasted titanium and continues with the theme of the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT's monochromatic nature.The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT is limited to only 30 pieces and will be priced at $198,400USD.
Glashütte Original Original SeaQ Panorama Date
From the German watchmaker Glashütte Original, we have two new versions of the SeaQ Panorama Date. The first model is the bi-metal stainless steel/red gold version, combining the warmth of red gold with the cold utilitarian look of a steel watch. The second model is clad entirely in red gold, and to dramatic effect. Both models feature a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, and not only do both models meet the stringent DIN and ISO standards for a diver's watch, but they also undergo a 24-day in-house test, ensuring the utmost quality. The bi-metal SeaQ Panorama Date costs $22,600AUD, while the full red gold model will cost $37,400AUD.
Corum LAB 02
Featuring 416 components, a flying tourbillon and a flying wheel that tracks the hours, minutes and seconds with a bridge that is set directly into the mainplate, Corum's LAB 02 is a great representation of just how capable a watchmaker Corum is. The LAB 02's design is novel, highly skeletonised and avant-garde. Since the movement wasn't held between the mainplate and bridge, the LAB 02 needed a longer axis for the gear train as well as ball bearings instead of rubies on the mainplate to ensure strength and stability. The LAB 02 is an incredible watch with lots of charisma and presence, and it can be customised to your heart's desire, including choosing the colour of the gold case, applying diamonds and colour gemstones. The Corum LAB 02 in its most basic form (gold without diamonds) will cost 180,000CHF.
Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms Models Get a Titanium Bracelet
Three of Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms models will now be available on a super lightweight titanium bracelet. With a rich heritage dating back to 1953 when Blancpain presented the first modern diver's watch, the Fifty Fathoms has evolved to become one of the world's most coveted dive watches without losing any of its charm. Some of the models to now be available with a titanium bracelet includes the Fifty Fathoms Automatique, still available with a black or blue sunburst dial, as well as the Fifty Fathoms Grande Date.
HYT Soonow Instant Rainbow
Pops of colour adorn the latest version of the HYT skull watch. The Soonow Instant Rainbow's dial is a work of art. It features 668 stones in 14 different shades and 313 gold pins inserted onto the dial. It also features a blue fluidic hour indicator around the dial, as well as the eye on the left side depicting the seconds with the eye on the right side depicting the power reserve. This is a bold watch that's as eye catching as it is technically incredible. The HYT Soonow Instant Rainbow is limited to only 8 pieces and will be priced at 105,000CHF.