Watches of the Week: 29/03/2021 - 04/04/2021
Another week down, another round up of all the newest watches in our weekly series, Watches of the Week. In this week's column we'll be featuring new watches from independent powerhouses Ferdinand Berthoud and Urwerk, along with dropping some big news from Audemars Piguet. Enjoy!
You can check out last week's releases here.
Audemars Piguet Discontinues an Icon
The iconic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202ST, also known as the Jumbo, will be discontinued next year, paving the way for Audemars Piguet to release a new collection staple in light of the Royal Oak's 50th anniversary. Françios Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet, had the following to say: "So another huge watch company said recently that they would stop making the 5711, which is so Patek. The 5711 is Patek. So we could say there will be a new reference for the 15202 next year. So we will not make the 15202ST, but that will be replaced by something else, and for specific reasons that we will not talk about today." Straight from the horse's mouth, ladies and gentlemen.
Moritz Grossmann Central Second
New from Moritz Grossmann is the Central Second. Featuring a traditional centre stack of hands, the Central Second comes in a stainless steel case with either a blue dial or a salmon-coloured dial (with the latter being limited to only 25 pieces. The Central Second consists of Moritz Grossmann's typical traits: impeccable finishing, beautiful design and an eye for details. The Central Second is powered by the new calibre 100.11, a simplistic movement that looks absolutely superb.
Ferdinand Berthoud Régulateur Squelette FB RS
From Ferdinand Berthoud is the outstanding Régulateur Squelette FB RS. Featuring Ferdinand Berthoud's characteristic octagonal-shaped case made out of carburised steel or pink gold, the Régulateur Squelette FB RS is indeed a marvel of modern horology. It features a constant force with fusée-and-chain transmission, a regulator-like display and a tourbillon. All in-house made, and COSC certified. The Ferdinand Berthoud Régulateur Squelette FB RS is a horologist's delight, combining intricate exposed mechanics with an avant-garde design. In steel the Ferdinand Berthoud Régulateur Squelette FB RS will cost 235,000CHF, while the pink gold version will cost 244,000CHF.
Urwerk UR-100V Blue Planet
Urwerk has unveiled the latest version of its UR-100V, this time featuring blue highlights throughout and dubbed the Blue Planet. The UR-100V Blue Planet features Urwerk's iconic wandering satellite design, displaying the passing hours, while the minutes are indicated with a retrograde display, the Earth's rotational distance in 20 minutes and the Earth's orbital distance in 20 minutes. The UR-100V Blue Planet is a highly innovative, super stealthy and all out hardcore piece of haute horlogerie. Urwerk's UR-100V Blue Planet is limited to 25 pieces and will be priced at 48,000CHF.
New Glashütte Original SeaQ Model
Glashütte Original's SeaQ collection features some of the brand's most versatile timepieces, and now the German watchmaker has released its latest addition to the collection. The SeaQ Reed Green comes in a 39.50mm wide stainless steel case with a green ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel and a varnished green matte dial. This is a really nice use of green, where the colour isn't loud or too bold, and its subtlety blends well with the overall theme of the watch. The Glashütte Original SeaQ Reed Green is priced at $13,450AUD.