Watches of the Week: 24/05/2021 - 30/05/2021
Welcome to the next Watches of the Week edition, where we feature the best new watches of the past seven days. And let me tell you, the past week was full of incredible new releases, including new pieces from Tudor, Richard Mille and IWC, along with Patek Philippe dropping a whopping seven brand new Aquanaut models. Enjoy everyone!
You can check out last week's releases here.
Patek Philippe Drops 7 New Aquanaut References
Yep, you read that right. Patek just released 7 brand new Aquanuat references. Arguably the maison's most popular collection after the Nautilus, the Aquanaut has quickly risen to the top of many a collector's and enthusiast's wish list. While each of the new models are undoubtedly quite impressive, the two that most speak to me are the 5968G-001 and the 5968G-010 Aquanaut Chronograph references. Both models are clad in white gold, with the 5968G-001 featuring a blue dial and matching blue rubber strap, and the 5968G-010 featuring a khaki green aesthetic. Both models are priced at $97,800AUD, with both models being powered by the automatic calibre CH 28-620 movement encased in 42.2mm by 11.9mm of white gold. My pick of the two would definitely be the blue 5968G-001 Aquanaut Chronograph model, though.
Tudor Black Bay Ceramic
New from Tudor is the latest version of the Black Bay, clad in ceramic and aptly called the Black Bay Ceramic. Indeed the most notable change here is the new 41mm matte black micro-blasted ceramic case. But what you may not have noticed is the new in-house METAS-certified MT5602-1U calibre. This is neither a piece unique nor is it a limited edition model, which means that Tudor is paving the way for a new generation of diver's watch and you should be very excited. The new Tudor Black Bay Ceramic will be priced at $6,440AUD.
Richard Mille Unveils Two New Models
Richard Mille needs no introduction, being one of the world's most expensive, exclusive and extraordinary watchmakers. And now, as we enter the second half of 2021, Richard Mille has once again pulled out all the stops with two brand new watches, the RM 74-01 and the RM 74-02. The RM 74-01 carries with it the bold and aggressive look of Richard Mille's other pieces. It's a combination of titanium and ceramic, of greys and reds, and of complexity. But we'll get to that in a second. The RM 74-02 is slightly more restrained, at least from an aesthetic perspective. Here we have a delightful combination of bridges made from red gold and a case made of gold carbon TPT, another innovative and novel material with Richard Mille. Backtracking to observation of complexity, and both pieces here have that and then some. The RM 74-01 and RM 74-02 are powered by the in-house calibre CRMT5, an automatic tourbillon visible through both the front and back of the piece. The price for each? A staggering $511,000USD.
Vacheron Constantin American 1921 Pièce Unique
Vacheron Constantin has created an incredible rendition of the original American 1921 model with the American 1921 Pièce Unique. With only one example of the historical reference in Vacheron Constantin's possession, the creation of the American 1921 Pièce Unique was arduous, excruciatingly time-consuming and extraordinarily difficult. First came the challenge of rebuilding the original calibre, where each of the movement's 115 parts had to be measured and sized appropriate to the original. Next was re-created the 31.5mm wide case, made out of 18k 3N yellow gold, the same as the original. The crown and hands, hour markers, dial and pink buckle were all faithfully reproduced, with the final product being one of absolute perfection.
IWC Launches new Chronograph with Mercedes AMG
IWC celebrates its 17th year of collaboration with Mercedes AMG with its latest piece, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG". Featuring a titanium case and a woven carbon fibre dial (which is the same material Mercedes AMG uses for its cars' aero components), the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG" definitely carries with it all of the characteristics of an AMG-inspired timepiece.