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Watches Of The Week: 19/02/2024 - 25/02/2024

Welcome to the next edition of Watches Of The Week, the weekly series where I feature the latest watch releases of the last seven days. In last week's instalment, Omega dominated the playing field some amazing new additions to the Constellation and Seamaster lines. This week's line up is a bit more varied, with new watches coming out of the ateliers of Arnold & Son, Zenith, H. Moser & Cie, and Grand Seiko.

Happy reading and have a great week ahead.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar

H. Moser & Cie continues to expand the Streamliner collection, this time adding the H. Streamliner Perpetual Calendar Smoked Salmon to the mix. It features a minimalistic stylised "smoked"dial with no markings, with only the hands indicating the time, a power reserve indicator at 10 o'clock, a date window at 4 o'clock and a discreet hand under the centre stack indicating the month of the year (12 hours in a day, 12 months in a year). The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar Smoked Salmon measures 42.3mm by 11mm, has the modular HMC 812 complete with gold hardened escape wheel and pallet fork and is about as out there as watches come.

Brand: H. Moser & Cie

Model: Streamliner Perpetual Calendar Smoked Salmon

Reference: 6812-1201

Case: 42.30mm x 11mm

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 120m

Calibre: HMC 812

Price: USD54,900

Grand Seiko Elegance Collection Singapore Exclusive

Grand Seiko unveiled the Elegance Collection Singapore Boutique Exclusive to celebrate the opening of its first boutique in Singapore. Crafted in the atelier's proprietary titanium allow (harder than normal titanium and polished to a fine mirror finish) and featuring a powder blue dial finished with a feathered pattern, the Elegance Collection Singapore Boutique Exclusive is a contemporary take on one of the maison's more classic watches. The visual display continues to the open sapphire caseback with the manually wounded calibre 9S64 on show.

Brand: Grand Seiko

Model: Elegance Collection Singapore Boutique Exclusive

Reference: SBGW315

Case: 38mm x 10.90mm

Case Material: Titanium

Water Resistance: 30m

Calibre: Cal. 9S64

Price: SGD12,800 (Limited to 88 pieces)

Rolex Awards For Enterprise: Five Laureates For 2023

Given to projects that focus on environment, science and health, applied technology, cultural heritage and exploration, the Rolex Laureates Awards are judged by based on their originality, the impact they have on the world, and the candidates’ spirit of enterprise. The Rolex Laureates Awards take place every 2 years and are chosen by a panel of ten world-renowned experts and leaders in their fields.

Here are the winners and their respective achievements:

  1. Beth Koigi - Providing clean water to communities in Kenya’s arid regions.

  2. Constantino Aucca Chutas - Mobilizing community-led reforestation in the high Andes

  3. Denica Riadini-Flesch - Creating a farm-to-closet supply chain in Indonesia, benefiting rural craftswomen and the environment.

  4. Inza Koné - Protecting one of the last primary forests in West Africa.

  5. Liu Shaochuang - Saving East Asia’s critically endangered wild camels.

Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Skeleton

Arnold & Son features a new Ultrathin Tourbillon Skeleton model with updated proportions. This new models comes in either a red gold or platinum case, both modelled to focus on that incredible openworked flying tourbillon. The Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Skeleton has an airy feel, with plenty of space between the bridges, providing the user with a unique wearing experience. The movement has been extravagantly finished much to the standard of a true high-end openworked timepiece. A special showing for Arnold & Son where it can flex its might as one of the finest maisons of ultra thin high horology.

Brand: Arnold & Son

Model: Ultrathin Tourbillon Skeleton

Reference: Red Gold: 1UTBR.Z01A.C246R/Platinum: 1UTBX.Z01A.C245X

Case: 41.50mm x 8.40mm

Case Material: Red Gold/Platinum

Water Resistance: 30m

Calibre: A&S8320

Price: USD74,400 (Red Gold)/USD86,200 (Platinum) (Both limited to 28 pieces each)

Zenith Defy Skyline Tourbillon

Zenith has propelled its Defy collection to new heights, this time given it some true haute horlogerie treatment with a new radial dial pattern. The Zenith Defy Skyline Tourbillon comes with either a stainless steel case with blue radial star-shaped pattern dial or a black ceramic case with a matching black radial star-shaped pattern dial. Both models, of course, feature the insanely fast 5 Hz El Primero 3630 automatic high-frequency tourbillon. Each reference is imbued with the modern genome that categorises Zenith's contemporary timepieces, while paying tribute to the maison's high-tech approach to its watchmaking savoir faire.

Brand: Zenith

Model: Defy Skyline Tourbillon

Reference: Stainless Steel 03.9300.3630/51.I001/Black Ceramic: 49.9300.3630/21.I001

Case: 41mm x

Case Material: Stainless Steel/Black Ceramic

Water Resistance: 100m

Calibre: El Primero 3630

Price: CHF55,00 (Stainless Steel)/CHF65,00- (Black Ceramic)

Hermès Arceau Mon Premier Galop

The Hermès Arceau Mon Premier Galop is another artistically flared timepiece from the the maison. It features stirrup-shaped lugs, a dial adorned with leather marquetry, silk threads and miniature painting, the Hermès Arceau Mon Premier Galop follows suit of the artisan's approach to its artistic mastery of haute horlogerie timepieces. The Hermès Arceau Mon Premier Galop is enhanced by a white gold case set with 82 diamonds around the edge of the bezel, complete with a beautiful Zephyr blue Swift calfskin leather strap that compliments the aesthetic of the piece.

Brand: Hermès

Model: Arceau Mon Premier Galop

Reference: -

Case: 38mm

Case Material: White Gold

Water Resistance: 30m

Calibre: Hermès H1912

Price: Price on request (Limited to 24 pieces)


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