Here we are with another instalment of our regular series highlighting all the latest watch releases of the past seven days, Watches of the Week. In this week's column we have new pieces from the likes of HYT, Raymond Weil, MB&F, Urwerk and Omega. Enjoy!
With its blue fluidic time display, HYT's H5 certainly marks an impactful way of depicting the passing of time. Filled with capillaries and bellows, the H5's movement sounds less like a horological mechanism and more like the engine bay of some kind of futuristic hybrid supercar. Certainly not small in proportions, the H5 sits at 48.80mm in diameter and a whopping 20.08mm in height mainly due to the incredibly complex movement. The HYT H5 is priced at €55,000.
Raymond Weil Freelancer
Now available with a green dial, Raymond Weil's Freelancer combines a subtle aesthetic with an element of drama with thanks to the exposed balance wheel from its RM1212 calibre. The multi-textured dial is expansive and beautiful, with the exposed balance wheel complimenting its look. The addition of the green fabric strap rounds off what is a very appealing package. The Raymond Weil Freelancer in green will cost $3,150AUD.
Corum Announces Juventus' Miralem Pjanic as its New Ambassador
Star midfielder for both Juventus and Bosnia & Herzegovina national Team Miralem Pjanic has been announced as Corum's newest brand ambassador. Pjanic can be seen wearing one of the brand's most iconic watches, the Golden Bridge, with this particular model featuring a white gold case and a diamond encrusted bezel.
Blancpain Partners with the Michelin Guide
Blancpain has announced its partnership with the world renowned restaurant star-giving Michelin Guide. Blancpain has long been associated with the culinary industry, adorning the wrists of famous chefs for the past three decades, and it is this that drove Blancpain to further strengthen its connection with food by partnering and supporting the Michelin Guide.
Omega Releases Two New Colours for the Seamaster Aqua Terra
Now available with either a green or a blue horizontal 'teak' pattern dial, the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra additions are still classically designed and very typical of the Aqua Terra aesthetic, but now carry with them a touch of style. Both models are available on either a leather strap or a steel bracelet, priced at €5,100 and €5,400, respectively.
Urwerk UR-111C Two-Tone
Featuring a stainless-steel case with PVD coating and an anodized aluminium cylinder, Urwerk's UR-111C Two-Tone is prolific and subtle. A statement piece for those who know what they're looking at, while others may gaze upon it momentarily wondering what it is, the UR-111C Two-Tone measures 42mm across, 46mm in length and 15mm in thickness, more than capable of being both a statement piece and something not as ostentatious. The UR-111C Two-Tone uses Urwerk's proprietary calibre UR-111C, is limited to only 25 pieces and is priced at $133,000USD.
Girard-Perregaux Quasar Light
The Quasar was released a year ago and was fairly well received by watch enthusiasts at large, so Girard-Perregaux went one step further and created the Quasar Light, a watch made almost entirely of sapphire. From its case to the exposed movement, the Quasar Light is crafted again, almost entirely from sapphire. The case itself took an incredible 200 hours to sculpt from a single disc of sapphire, with the bridges taking almost as long. The white gold hands continue the aesthetic theme, as does the barrel, made out of ruthenium. The Quasar Light is limited to 18 pieces and is priced at $294,000USD.
Tudor Celebrates 50 Years of its Chronograph
Launched in 1970 with the Oysterdate, Tudor's chronographs have undergone a series of evolutions through its 50-years of existence. The initial Series 7000 marked the beginning of what would be decades of technical and visceral improvement, with the Series 7100 "Monte Carlo" following suit in 1971. Fast forward to 1976 and Tudor released the Series 9500 and 7100, also known as the "Big Block", due to the increased thickness of the case to accommodate the first automatic movements in a Tudor chronograph. Skipping a few generations and we end up in 2017 with the Black Bay Chronograph, featuring for the very first time a manufacture calibre. It's interesting to see the progress that the Tudor chronograph has made from 1970 to now, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Rolex's sister brand.