Watches of the Week: 14/06/2021 - 20/06/2021
Another week down, another round up of all the new watch releases of the past seven days in the next edition of Watches of the Week. In this week's instalment, we'll be featuring new watches from Breguet, Breitling, Bell & Ross, Omega, Armin Strom and a handful of incredible new novelties from Patek Philippe. Enjoy!
You can check out last week's releases here.
Tudor Opens Its First Australian Boutique
Yep, you read that right. Tudor has opened its very first Australian boutique alongside leading global watch specialist The Hour Glass. Tudor opted to open up shop at 257 Collins Street in Melbourne, right in the heart of the city's luxury shopping district. The new boutique spans 60 square meters and occupies the ground floor of the Emirates House, where it will hold an assortment of new and longstanding Tudor timepieces. If you're ever in the area, you should definitely do yourself a favour and pay the boutique a visit.
Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman Editions
Breitling has released two distinct timepieces to celebrate the partnership between the brand and the IRONMAN race series. The first piece is the Endurance Pro Ironman. Clad in 44mm of Breitling's proprietary lightweight case material named Breitlight, the Endurance Pro Ironman is powered by the Breitling Calibre 82, a SuperQuartz movement that carries with it COSC certification and is strapped to a red IRONMAN rubber strap. The second piece is the Endurance Pro Ironman Finisher. Also powered by Calibre 82, the Endurance Pro Ironman Finisher is a touch more subtle than the larger than life red-themed Endurance Pro Ironman.
Armin Strom Tribute 1
New from independent watchmaker Armin Strom is the Tribute 1. The Tribute 1 is the brand's first attempt at making what they call an "economic model", accessible to collectors and enthusiasts alike. Priced at 13,900CHF, the Tribute 1 carries with it all of the tell-tale signs of a typical Armin Strom timepiece, while remaining, to an extent, budget friendly. Limited to only 25 pieces, the Tribute 1 features a white gold barrel bridge, a distinct off-centre dial within the main dial, an off-centre crown and an incredible 10-year warranty.
Breguet Releases New Type XXI
Breguet has taken its already very casual-cross-sport chic Type XXI to new heights with its latest variation. The new Type XXI, which draws inspiration from Breguet's famous aviation chronograph of the 1950s aptly named the Type 20, now features a case made entirely of titanium. Perhaps the most striking elements of the new Type XXI models is the addition of bright green or orange markers, hands and numerals, which work in unison to emphasise the contemporary nature of this otherwise very traditional looking timepiece.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Now With Small Seconds Subdial
Omega is as Omega does. Small improvements and innovations that are not always groundbreaking but do enough to give its pieces a new lease on life. Here we have the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Small Seconds, available in either a 41mm or a 38mm case made of stainless steel, two-tone Sedna gold and full Sedna gold. You also have the option of having a diamond-set dial with mother-of-pearl indexes. So options are aplenty, as they say. In both models you'll have a METAS certified automatic movement, with the 8802/8803 powering the 38mm models and the 8916/8917 calibre powering the 41mm models.
Patek Philippe Launches 3 Grails
Patek Philippe is, quite notably, known as the king of watchmaking. And here we have Patek doing as Patek does, flexing on the competition and dropping 3 incredible repeaters at the "Rare Handcrafts" in Geneva. We have the openworked 5304/301R-001 Minute Repeater with a retrograde perpetual calendar clad in rose gold and featuring 80 baguette/cut diamonds on the dial. Then we have the 5374G-001 Minute Repeater, also featuring a perpetual calendar, encased in white gold and with a blue enamel dial. The third piece is the 7040/250G-001 Rare Handcrafts Minute Repeater which is perhaps the most artistic piece released and features a diamond-set bezel and a flinqué enamel dial encased in whtie gold. Just another Patek flex for ya.
Patek Philippe 6002R-001-Moon Tourbillon
Also released at the recent "Rare Handcrafts" event in Geneva is the show-stopping Patek Philippe 6002R-001-Moon Tourbillon. Featuring a red gold case engraved to the nines and powered by the Calibre R TO 27 QR SID LU CL, you can rest assured that as usual Patek matches its insanely beautiful aesthetics with mind-blowing mechanics. The Patek Philippe 6002R-001-Moon Tourbillon will most definitely be priced north of a million dollars but does come with a set of solid gold cufflinks for those of you needing that extra push.