Watches of the Week: 21/09/2020 - 27/09/2020
Another week down, another round up of all the newest watches in this week's Watches of the Week segment. In this week's column we'll be featuring new watches from Chopard, Omega, Bremont, Jaquet Droz and a brand that some of you may have never heard of, Bianchet. Enjoy!
Chopard L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton
Chopard's L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton is the collaborative result between the maison and the Naples-based suit maker, well known for making high-end menswear and suits made of ultra-fine wool. The L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton features a houndstooth pattern printed on the dial offset by rose gold-plated hands and hour markers with dashes of red at the quarter hour markers. The strap is made of a mix of cashmere, wool, flannel and elastane, typical of Sarto Kiton. The 40mm wide by 7.20mm thick steel case is finished with a frosted surface that is then coated with DLC to give it a beautifully dark and ominous look, matching its dark dial. Powering the L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton is Chopard's micro-rotor powered calibre L.U.C 96.53-L, a lovely and finely finished movement that fits the persona of the watch. The Chopard L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton is limited to only 100 pieces and will cost 10,800CHF.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Chronograph Gold Titanium Tantalum
Two-tone watches are cool and all, but I mean a tri-metal watch is just something else altogether. Here is the Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Chronograph Gold Titanium Tantalum. Its bezel is made of tantalum (a notoriously difficult alloy to work with), with the 42mm wide case being made out of titanium and its crown, bezel ring and helium escape valve in Sedna gold. The grey-blue laser engraved wave-finished dial accentuates the look of the case and bezel while still retaining the Seamaster Diver 300 M's traditional sea-faring look. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Chronograph Gold Titanium Tantalum is powered by the METAS chronometer certified calibre 9900, is limited to 2,500 pieces and is priced at $19,800AUD.
SEVENFRIDAY P3C/04 "Red Carbon"
Bold, masculine and wholeheartedly cool, the new P3C/04 "Red Carbon" from SEVENFRIDAY combines the brand's typical traits of being over-the-top with a striking red aesthetic. Its combination of carbon fiber on the animation ring, the red resin highlights and the red lacquered screw-down crown coupled with the red competition-strength seat belt material strap excites, invigorates and creates a tangible drama that is unquestionably awesome. The SEVENFRIDAY P3C/04 "Red Carbon" is priced at a very wallet-friendly $2,795AUD.
Bremont has just announced that it will become the official timing partner for Rolls-Royce's next world record attempt where it will try to surpass the current all-electric speed record of 213mph by reaching speeds of over 300mph early next year. Bremont was involved in the plane's cockpit design which will feature the maison's stopwatch along with a canopy release machined from parts from its Henley-on-Thames manufacturing facility. To commemorate this illustrious partnership, Bremont has released its latest mechanical chronometer, aptly named the Bremont ionBird which the test pilots will be wearing for development and the record-breaking flights. The ionBird will feature a lightweight aviation-grade 43mm wide titanium cas which will house the BE93-2AV chronometer rated GMT movement. Two models will be available, one on a brown Nubuck strap and the other on a bracelet. On the Nubuck strap the ionBird will cost $7,600AUD, while on a bracelet it will cost a touch more at $8,300AUD.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Anthracite
Next up is the Grande Seconde Moon Anthracite from Jaquet Droz. Encased in 43mm of polished steel, the Grande Seconde Moon Anthracite features a stunning matte grey sandblasted dial offset by blued steel hands, a beautiful moonphase indicator with a deep blue background and white gold moon and star appliques. This is a gorgeous watch that is both timeless and relevant. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Anthracite is priced at 15,700CHF.
Bianchet Tourbillon B 1.618 Openwork
Bianchet is a Neuchâtel based luxury Swiss watch brand co-founded by Rodolfo & Emmanuelle F. Bianchet. The maison's first piece is the Tourbillon B 1.618 Openwork. Inspired by the work of Italian mathematician Fibonnaci on the golden ratio 1.618 which has been widely used and applied in the art, architectural, financial and musical fields, the Tourbillon B 1.618 Openwork features a tonneau case with an openworked dial showcasing the movement through sculpted titanium plates and bridges. It's interesting to note that the interlacing arches and circles are based on Fibonacci's golden proportions, with the movement plates and bridges, the titanium tourbillon cage, and the watch case being crafted and manufactured by Bianchet in the heart of the Swiss Jura Mountains. The Tourbillon B 1.618 Openwork is powered by Bianchet's first in-house openworked tourbillon which offers a whopping 110-hours of power reserve, a shock resistance of 6000G. The Bianchet Tourbillon B 1.618 Openwork is available now with a 14 day try-on period through the maison's Generous Return Policy is priced at 28,500CHF (excl. taxes), with the first ten pieces being made available in December this year.