Watches of the Week: 31/10/2022- 06/11/2022
The last Watches of the Week edition was an exciting one, with new watches from Vacheron Constantin, Ulysse Nardin and Roger Dubuis headlining. But the spotlight was definitely on A. Lange & Söhne's Zeitwerk update, revealing the latest iteration of the mechanical-digital watch in platinum and pink gold with a brand new movement.
This week was an exciting one, with Rolex dropping one of the most almighty and capable dive watches ever made, Omega unveiling an uber-complication and Audemars Piguet dropping two new Royal Oaks. Happy reading and have a great week ahead.
Rolex Deepsea Challenge
Rolex unveiled its latest heavy-duty deep-diving ultimate tool-watch in the new Deepsea Challenge. With a waterproof rating of an immense bone-crushing steel-bending 11,000 metres (36,090 feet). Encased in 50mm of titanium with a monobloc middle case, Rolex's Ringlock system case architecture with a nitrogen-alloyed steel ring and a helium escape valve, the new reference 126067 is the ultimate demonstration of Rolex's propensity to rule the ocean's depths.
Brand: Rolex Model: Deepsea Challenge Reference: 126067 Case: 50mm Case Material: Titanium Water Resistance: 11,000m Calibre: 3230 Price: AUD36,750 Verdict: Copped a bit of flack with regards to its dimensions, but the new Deepsea Challenge is the biggest Rolex flex of recent times, reaffirming its position at the pinnacle of tool watchmaking.
Omega Gets Super Complicated
Omega has unveiled two insanely complicated watches in the form of the Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime and the Speedmaster Chrono Chime. The Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime features the same aesthetic as the first Omega wristwatch minute repeater from 1892, while the Speedmaster Chrono Chime is the more modern iteration and has that undeniably iconic look that is instantly identifiable as a Speedmaster. Both models are powered by the fully integrated chronograph and minute repeater in the form of the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 1932.
Verdict: An unsuspecting but very welcomed drop from Omega, reminding us of the maison's capacity to participate and excel in high-end high-complicated watchmaking.
Audemars Piguet Quietly Reveals Two New Royal Oaks
Audemars Piguet very quietly, almost suspiciously so, added two new Royal Oak models to the collection. The first is the lovely purple-burgundy Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26574BC.OO.1220BC.01. The second is the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 26730BC.ZZ.1320BC.01. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar has a dazzling purple-burgundy coloured Grande Tapisserie dial and is encased in white gold with a matching bracelet. The Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is encased in the same material, has a bezel paved with baguette-cut diamonds and a subtle grey Grand Tapisserie dial which showcases that divine calibre 2950 flying tourbillon with its distinct contemporary architecture and finishings.
Verdict: Two incredible new drops, both with pricing on request, and both no doubt all but spoken for. Want both.
Hermès Arceau Le temps voyageur
New from Hermès is the Arceau Le temps voyageur. Featuring either a stainless steel case set with 78 diamonds, a platinum and DLC-treated titanium case or a stainless steel case, the Arceau Le temps voyageur is a beautiful iteration of a distinctly different travel watch. Each version has its own little quirks and unique vibes. And each model has a dial that draws inspiration from the culture of travel.
Verdict: Different but wholly captivating and inexplicably well executed.