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Watches Of The Week: 11/03/2024 - 17/03/2024

Last week was a quieter one, however the notion of quality over quantity did certainly prevail. The week prior was headlined by a plethora of new watches from Audemars Piguet, while this week featured a range of pieces from Girard-Perregaux, Rado and Bulgari.

Enjoy and have a great week ahead.

Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge Meteorite

The Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge is an outstanding piece whose presence resonates throughout the manufacture. The latest piece which, which features two meteorite panels on either side of the open barrel, is an exemplary effort of divvying up a product that perhaps best represents the maison's continued efforts of democratising a concept that was, once-upon-a-time far more expensive and complicated to construct, case in point the spectacular tourbillon equivalent. 

Brand: Girard-Perregaux

Model: Free Bridge Meteorite

Reference: 82000-11-3259-5CX

Case: 44mm x 12.20mm

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 30m

Calibre: GP01800-2085

Price: CHF22,750

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm

Girard-Perregaux continues to push out variations of the Laureato, this time with a 38mm stainless steel model paired with a copper dial and diamond bezel. You would be forgiven in thinking that this was a close to being a six-figure watch, but Girard-Perregaux have done well to price it right around the twenty-something mark. This is particular due to the fact that it's made of stainless steel, and also because there are only 56 diamonds in the bezel, weighing approximately .90ct. For it's price tag, you get a lot of bang for your buck with the Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm, particularly considering its continued use of the maison's in-house calibre.

Brand: Girard-Perregaux

Model: Laureato 38mm

Reference: 81005-11S3320-1CM

Case: 38mm x 10mm

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 100m

Calibre: GP03300-2034

Price: CHF19,300

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Sketch

To celebrate its 140th anniversary, Bulgari unveiled three new Octo Finissimo Sketch models. There are two automatic models in stainless steel and rose gold, limited to 280 pieces and 70 pieces, respectively. And there is a stainless steel chronograph GMT model, limited to 140 pieces but not pictured. The two automatic Octo Finissimo Sketch models feature a somewhat inverted dial design, where the dial has the movement "sketched" onto it, complete with descriptions of calibre parts, as well as finishing techniques. It's an interesting concept, and while it's not novel, I feel that Bulgari's execution of it is the best. Very cool stuff.

Brand: Bulgari

Model: Octo Finissimo Sketch

Reference: 104163/104165

Case: 40mm x 6.40mm

Case Material: Stainless Steel/Rose Gold

Water Resistance: 100m

Calibre: BVL 138

Price: AUD26,600/AUD76,900 (Limited to 280 pieces in steel, 70 pieces in rose gold)

Rado Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic Skeleton

New from Rado is the Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic Skeleton, now a monobloc high tech olive green case and bracelet with rose gold PVD accents. The Rado Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic Skeleton has a look and feel to it that would resonate well with the aesthetics of the watch world, with various textures, colours and shades adding to the piece's already very charismatic and unique look. This is exemplified by the use of a skeletonised dial, adding to the already very intriguing colourway. The Rado Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic Skeleton is no slouch in the movement department, with its R808 automatic movement boasting an antimagnetic Nivachron™ hairspring and an 80-hour power reserve.

Brand: Rado

Model: Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic Skeleton

Reference: R3215016x

Case: 43mm x 14.60mm

Case Material: Ceramic

Water Resistance: 300m

Calibre: R808 (ETA C07 base)

Price: AUD7,125 (Price will increase to AUD7,450 on 1st April 2024)


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