Welcome to the next instalment of our regular series where we feature all of the newest watch releases of the past seven days, Watches of the Week. In this week's round-up we'll be highlighting new watches from Bremont, Cartier, MB&F and Omega. Enjoy!
Bremont Opens its New Manufacture and Celebrates with Three New Watches
Bremont is at the forefront of British watchmaking, having just opened its new manufacturing facility, named 'The Wing'. The facility measures just under 20,000 square feet and will be Bremont's new home, ensuring longevity, sustainability and an eye for innovation will continue for the British watchmaker. At the same time, Bremont has announced its partnership with Williams Racing Formula 1 team, an exciting venture which I'm sure we'll hear more of soon. And, to celebrate these exciting times, Bremont has unveiled three new watches: the Argonaut Azure, the latest addition to the maison's Armed Forces Collection; the S302, a functional and durable GMT; as well as the Supermarine Chronograph, fronted by Bremont's newest ambassador, the ex Special Forces Sergeant and current 'SAS: Who Dares Wins' star, Jason Fox. Exciting times ahead for Bremont indeed.
Cartier Fine Watchmaking
Ahead of this year's Watches & Wonders, Cartier has unveiled three magnificent iterations of the Rotonde de Cartier. Each model conveys a sense of magic, poise and charisma, exacting engineering, sublime mechanics and an air of sophistication. The three pieces include the Rotonde de Cartier Astromysterieux which features a movement that is seemingly suspended within the watch, the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon, a marvel of geometry and transparency, and finally the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon, another mysterious floating piece of horological art. Each model is limited to only 5 pieces, with each piece being crafted from platinum. Pricing is on request.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of MB&F's awe-inspiring Legacy Machines, the independent maison has unveiled the Legacy Machine X. It features the collection's central expression of having a floating balance wheel, but the LMX takes the concept of exposure to the next level. The LMX's dial actually features an abundance of mechanical elements, including the gear train's components, and the battleaxe-shaped escapement bridge wedged between the two sub-dials in the dial's bottom hemisphere. The LMX also offers a lot of functionality with its two independent time zones depicted in each of the two angled sub-dials. The LMX also features an insane rotating hemispherical power reserve. The MB&F LMX will be released in a limited run of only 18 pieces in red gold and 33 pieces in titanium, which will cost 112,000CHF and 98,000CHF, respectively.
Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon
Kross Studio, which was founded by the ex-head of RJ Marco Tedeschi, has teamed up with Lucasfilm to create the ultimate Star Wars fanboy box collector set, which will include the Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon and a kyber crystal movie prop from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, all encased in an Imperial kyber crystal container that measures 3.64 feet long. The Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon basically features a central tourbillon that is covered with an open-worked structure to resemble the Death Star and is encased in black DLC coated titanium. Pretty cool stuff, especially for those well-heeled Star Wars fans. This will set you back a whopping $150,000USD. But it's important to note that the movement is actually developed in house.
Zenith DEFY 21 Ultrablue
Zenith has continued on with these thematic renditions of its ultra contemporary DEFY 21, this time giving it a softer indigo blue touch. The blue extends to certain parts of the dial, the movement, as well as the rubber strap. This is one of the more subtle variations of the DEFY 21, but it's still one that is aesthetically intriguing, especially with respect to its innate mechanical qualities. The Zenith DEFY 21 Ultrablue will be priced at 13,400CHF.
New Omega Seamaster 300 Editions
Omega has unveiled three new editions to its Seamaster 300 collection, each offering something for everybody. The first model is the Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold, which features a case made out of Bronze Gold enunciated by a lovely brown sandwich dial and brown ceramic dial. The second model is the Seamaster 300M Black Black. Yep, black black. This black on black themed watch features a ceramic case offset by a black dial to create a dark, menacing and wholly awesome package. My favourite of the three. The third model is the vintage-inspired Seamaster 300, clad in stainless steel and available with either a blue or black dial (with matching coloured ceramic bezel).
Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition
From Montblanc we have the 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition, clad in Lime Gold (a special 18k gold alloy) and featuring a monopusher chronograph. This is an interesting timepiece that hones in on Montblanc's ability to recreate, reinvent and reinvigorate. I love the bold hour green hour numerals, the vintage touches through the dial and, of course, that magnificent in-house MB M16.31 calibre visible through the open sapphire caseback. The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition is priced at €49,500 and will be limited to only 18 pieces.