Last week was full of some incredible new watches, with the Patek Philippe 5260/1455R Aquanaut Minute Repeater and the Chopard L.U.C Strike One ruling the roost as the most headlined and talked about watches.
This week was full of new watches as well, with some very cool pieces catching my eye from the likes of Girard-Perregaux, Breitling as well as something super special from Vulcain.
Girard-Perregaux Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition
Girard-Perregaux celebrates its longstanding partnership with Aston Martin with a fifth collaborative timepiece. The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition celebrates both Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin's rich history, industry iconicity and never ending quest for technological advancement. From the outset we have a super contemporary timepiece that still pays homage to Girard-Perregaux's legendary bridge architecture that the maison has become renowned for.
The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition is clad in black DLC-coated titanium and features an inverted dial finished in Aston Martin's traditional racing green colour. What we have is a very svelte piece with a myriad of fine finishings and details to satisfy even the keenest of eyes.
Brand: Girard-Perregaux Model: Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition Reference: 84000-21-3236-5CX Case: 45mm Case Material: Titanium Water Resistance: 30m Calibre: GP0840000-2164 Price: AUD59,200
Verdict: The Neo Bridges Aston Martin Edition is a distinct piece of haute horlogerie that walks the fine line between too much and just enough.
Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission
New from Breitling is the Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission. Encased in 44mm of ceramic and featuring a military-inspired carbon fibre dial, the Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission is one finely tuned piece of watchmaking that makes its mark and leaves it there, all for the right reasons.
It's an interesting piece in that despite its fairly monochromatic colour palette (offset by touches of red and grey), the Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission delivers on multiple fronts. It carries with it the attributes of a low-key true stealth watch but one that can still hold its own and assert its horological dominance over almost all it will encounter.
Model: Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission
Case Material: Ceramic
Water Resistance: 300m
Calibre: Breitling 01
Verdict: From the outset you either like the Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission or you don't. I do. I really, really do.
Vulcain Monopusher Heritage
Here we have something very, very special. The Vulcain Monopusher Heritage, based on the 1950s Chronograph Heritage. A faithful re-edition, the Vulcain Monopusher Heritage is available in three versions and features a visual design presence virtually exactly the same as its inspired piece.
The Vulcain Monopusher Heritage is one of those new watches that you can't help but want to know more about. Its design is reminiscent of chronographs from yesteryear, and it sports that casual look about it that is as easy to dress up as it is down.
Model: Monopusher Heritage
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50m
Calibre: Sellita SW510
Verdict: The Vulcain Monopusher Heritage is neither groundbreaking or revolutionary, but it is definitely well worth a look if you're interested in a timeless monopusher chronograph that won't break the bank.