Watches of the Week: 13/01/2020 - 19/01/2020


Another week has come and gone, and that means another segment of our regular series looking at all the new watch releases, Watches of the Week. In this week's instalment we have new pieces from the likes of Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer, Omega and Zenith. Enjoy!


You can check out last week's releases here.


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Limited Edition

Designed in collaboration with mega collector Austen Chu (@horoloupe), the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Limited Edition boutique-exclusive 88-piece limited production piece is outstanding. I particularly love the red highlights on the dial, along with the super light titanium case and slate grey Grande Tapisserie dial. The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Limited Edition comes on an integrated titanium bracelet and also comes with a grey alligator strap to compliment the slate grey dial, as well as a red rubber strap, again to compliment with the dial's red highlights. The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Limited Edition is priced at $78,300USD.


Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Black Sandblast-Polished Ceramic

The first of several new releases from Bulgari is perhaps the coolest. The Octo Finissimo Automatic Black Sandblast-Polished Ceramic combines a strikingly chill aesthetic with incredible proportions and a clean, distinct, highly wearable look. The black ceramic case has been polished and sandblasted and measures 40mm across and a measly 5.50mm in thickness. The dial is made up of matte black ceramic that has also been sandblasted, to dramatic effect no doubt. The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Black Sandblast-Polished Ceramic is priced at $15,600USD.


Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

With a case that is constructed in sandblasted rose gold, the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater is as ridiculous as it is beautiful. To think that a minute repeater sits within its 40mm wide by 6.90mm thick case is absurd, as is the fact that it remains one of the most gorgeous, most wearable and most divine modern minute repeaters around. The sandblasted finishings on the case tops off what is a superb haute horlogerie package. The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in rose gold is priced at $170,000USD.


Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel

The final Bulgari release is the Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel. While not as vividly striking as its black ceramic counterpart, the Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel still holds its own as a brilliant bit of kit. Similarly proportioned, the Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel does have the benefit of holding the world's thinnest time-only automatic movement, along with looking the bees' knees, too. The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel is priced at $12,000USD.


Hublot Big Bang Integral

Love it or hate it, Hublot's Big Bang has made its mark on the industry ever since its abrupt arrival some 15 years ago. The new Big Bang Integral does just that, integrating a bracelet into its case. Easy enough to do, however it did require Hublot to tinker with the architecture of the bracelet and lug system to ensure a seamless design that didn't take away from the Big Bang's industrial and contemporary lines. The new Hublot Big Bang Integral is available in three metals, titanium, black ceramic and gold, with pricing indicated at $20,900USD, $23,100USD and $52,500USD, respectively.


TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition

New from TAG Heuer is the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition, celebrating the brand's 160th anniversary. Having been around since 1860, TAG Heuer has of course become a household name. Featuring a vintage-styled aesthetic based on the original 2447SD design, the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition does display dashes of modernity, but is still heavily weighted as being a re-edition timepiece. I particularly love the contrast between the clean silver of the dial and the rustic patinated hour markers and lume in the hands. The TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition is limited to 1,860 pieces and is priced at $6,450USD.


Omega Constellation Gents Collection

Newly announced from Omega is the Constellation Gents Collection. Available in two sizes, 39mm and 36mm, the new Constellation Gents Collection pieces will be made up of a variety of materials, including steep, yellow gold, and Sedna gold. Each piece will feature the Constellation's iconic details: the four claws, the half-moon facets, the Roman numerals on the bezel, and the single golden star. As far as pricing is concerned, we can expect entry price for the 39mm steel version on an alligator strap to cost $5,850USD, with incremental increases depending on case material and strap type up to $31,700USD for the full gold on gold variant.


Zenith Defy 21 Land Rover Edition

There has been a handful of new releases from an exclusive event held in Dubai just recently, with the Defy 21 Land Rover Edition standing out amongst the new pieces. Featuring a full matte grey aesthetic, the Defy 21 Land Rover Edition is inspired by the iconic Defender. The Defy 21 Land Rover Edition's 44mm wide case is made of grey titanium and features a super cool matte grey dial with orange highlights, along with an orange rimmed crown and orange stitching on the fabric strap. The Zenith Defy 21 Land Rover Edition is limited to only 250 pieces and is priced at 13,900CHF.


Zenith Pilot Type 20 Additions

Zenith has also released two new variations of its vintage-inspired Pilot Type 20 model, the Pilot Type 20 Rescue and the Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue. Both pieces have a similar aesthetic, inspired by dashboard instruments found in the early days of aviation. Each model features a 45mm wide brushed steel case with a fluted crown, bold Arabic numerals and stylised hands. The Pilot Type 20 Rescue will be priced at $7,100USD, while the Pilot Type 20 Rescue Chronograph will be priced a smidge higher at $7,600USD.


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