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Watches of the Week: 24/10/2022- 30/10/2022

Welcome back to the next edition of my regular series, highlighting all of the new watch releases of the last seven days. The previous Watches of the Week round-up featured a handful of new and exciting watches from Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Girard-Perregaux.

This week is a touch quieter but nevertheless a fairly exciting one, especially considering the calibre of new watches being released. We've got new watches from A. Lange & Söhne, Roger Dubuis and Vacheron Constantin all featuring, as well as a handful of others. Happy reading and have a great week.

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Update

A. Lange & Söhne has updated one of, it not its most iconic timepieces, the almighty Zeitwerk. Originally released in 2009, the Zeitwerk has become a force to be reckoned with, gaining a loyal cult following in the process. And now, in its second and thus latest variation, the Zeitwerk 2.0 continues on where the original left off.

Available in either platinum with a rhodié solid silver dial or in pink gold with a black solid silver dial, the second generation Zeitwerk features a brand new manufacture movement packing a lot more punch than the previous calibre. The new calibre L043.6 has a power reserve of 72 hours, a cam-poised balance with an in-house balance spring, a one-minute constant force escapement and a beating frequency of 2.5Hz. Most of the aesthetic details remain the same as the original model, with the focus here on the new materials and the new movement.

Brand: A. Lange & Söhne

Model: Zeitwerk

Reference: 142.025 (Platinum)/ 142.031 (Pink Gold)

Case: 41.9mm

Case Material: Platinum/Pink Gold

Water Resistance: 30m

Calibre: L043.6

Price: Price On Request

Verdict: A longer power reserve, new materials. Just goes to show that the Zeitwerk's aesthetic continues to be an effervescent mainstay of Lange's modern collection of watches.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon White Ceramic

From Roger Dubuis we have the new Excalibur Double Tourbillon White Ceramic. It's case s made of white ceramic and EON GOLD™, giving it a dramatic and very distinct look. The key focal point here are those two immense tourbillons dominating the bottom hemisphere of the openworked dial, but the colour combination of that white ceramic and EON GOLD™ adds another element of visceral intrigue to the mix.

Brand: Roger Dubuis

Model: Excalibur Double Tourbillon White Ceramic

Reference: RDDBEX0952

Case: 45mm

Case Material: White Ceramic & EON GOLD™

Water Resistance: 100m

Calibre: RD108

Price: USD300,000

Verdict: A jaw-dropping display of design culture and high-end complicated watchmaking.

Vacheron Constantin New Models

Vacheron Constantin has unveiled two new model additions, one to the Overseas collection and the other to the Traditionnelle family. The first is the Overseas Chronograph, complete in pink gold with a blue-lacquered dial with a sunburst satin finish. This particular Overseas Chronograph model comes with three strap options, each of which give the piece a completely different look and feel.

The second is the new Traditionnelle Moon Phase. Complete with a dial set with 548 round-cut diamonds randomly placed, giving it a snow-set look. The diamond encrusting is also extended to the bezel and the lugs, as well as on the crown. But it's important to note as showy as this piece looks, there is still a remarkable movement in the Calibre 1410 AS powering the piece. This movement actually has a precise moon phase, requiring no correction for the next 122 years.

Verdict: Both models are an exemplification of what Vacheron does best.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Norrøna Arctic Night

New from Ulysse Nardin is the Diver Norrøna Arctic Night. Made in partnership with the Norwegian outdoor sportswear brand Norrøna, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Norrøna Arctic Night features a 44mm case made from 80% recycled stainless steel, Carbonium® and Nylo®. The bezel is made from 100% Carbonium®, while the wrist strap is made from 100% recycled fishing nets.

Brand: Ulysse Nardin

Model: Diver Norrøna Arctic Night

Reference: 1183-170LE-2A-ARC/0A

Case: 44mm

Case Material: Stainless Steel, Carbonium®, Nylo®

Water Resistance: 300m

Calibre: UN-118

Price: CHF11,900

Verdict: Novel, interesting and environmentally aware.

De Bethune DB Kind of Two Jumping GMT

To celebrate the brand's 20th anniversary, De Bethune unveiled its latest masterpiece in the DB Kind of Two Jumping GMT. Presented with two dials, one classical and the other openworked, the DB Kind of Two Jumping GMT is an enigmatic timepiece that combines brilliant engineering with creative architecture.

One dial features the traditional look of a simple time-telling mechanical watch. The other has an openworked look, beautifully rendered and with De Bethune's distinct triangle shaped movement layout. The case pivots between the two dials, giving the wearer a very different watch on whichever side they opt to wear it.

Brand: De Bethune

Model: DB Kind of Two Jumping GMT

Reference: DBK2V1

Case: 43.4mm

Case Material: Titanium

Water Resistance: 30m

Calibre: DB2517

Price: CHF195,000

Verdict: A reminder of the quintessence of the independent maison's ethos: ingenious and unabashed haute horlogerie.


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