Another week has come and gone in what seems to be a blink of the eye, so that means another round-up of all the latest watches in our Week in Review series. In this instalment we have new releases from Zenith, Swatch, TAG Heuer, Oris and Audemars Piguet, along with a handful of other cool pieces.
TAG Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition
This time paying homage to its roots throughout the 80s, the Tag Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition embodies the quintessential rush of adrenaline that that period entailed. Fast cars, insane amounts of power and a daring not yet seen in the world of motor sport, the period between 1979 to 1989 was anything but a drag. The Fiery Red sun-ray finished dial of the Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition really announces the watch’s characteristics, whereas the rhodium-plated creamy sub-dials pull back the reigns a bit. The 39mm by 39mm wide stainless-steel case is vertically brushed and mirror polished, and the alternating placement of the crown and pushers is in keeping with the balance of all Monacos.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph “The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition”
To celebrate The Hour Glass’ 40th anniversary, Audemars Piguet have release the Royal Oak Chronograph “The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition”. Clad in a 41mm wide platinum case and featuring The Hour Glass’ signature green on its Grande Tapisserie dial, the Royal Oak Chronograph “The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition” looks celebratory and supremely interesting. Taking it a step further, the Royal Oak Chronograph “The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition” also features sub-dials finished in a yellow-gold hue, along with hour markers and hands in the same colour palette. All in all from an aesthetic perspective, the Royal Oak Chronograph “The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition” is exceptional. Limited to only 20 pieces, the Royal Oak Chronograph “The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition” is available via The Hour Glass directly.
Zenith El Primero A384 Revival
Zenith has reinvigorated their vintage-inspired collection with the El Primero A384 Revival, a faithful modern interpretation of the iconic A384 originally made in 1969. Marking the El Primero Chronograph’s 50th anniversary, the El Primero A384 Revival features a beautiful stainless-steel case that measures 37mm across and 12.60mm in depth. The finishing details on the case are reminiscent of that of the original, with radial brushings on the top surfaces and polished bevels and lugs. The panda style dial is, again, a nod to the original and is executed well. The red chronograph seconds hand is a nice touch, contrasting well with the solid coloured palette of the watch. The El Primero A384 Revival is available on a black alligator strap or a stainless-steel ladder bracelet, again reminiscent of the original steel bracelet.
Oris Ocean Trilogy
Oris has been at the forefront of oceanic conservation for many years now, and their mission continues year in year out. Pieces like the Great Barrier Reef and the Ocean Limited Edition have enabled Oris to give back to foundations and charities, aimed at restoring the oceans. The Ocean Trilogy is Oris’ latest venture. Each watch supports an integral pillar of the “Oceans Project”. The Great Barrier Reef III was made to support the Reef Restoration Foundation, aimed at supporting the world’s largest reef system. The Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition supports the Pacific Garbage Screening, who themselves have developed a novel way of collecting waste from the oceans. And finally, the Blue Whale Limited Edition, the only chronograph in the mix and made to support the Whale & Dolphin Conservation, aimed at protecting these marine creatures. Each piece has a distinct aqua-blue theme, and each piece comes in a limited box set of 200 watches, with a portion of the proceeds of each sale being donated to the three associations they’re supporting.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince”
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Antoine De Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, IWC have released an exclusive and unique edition of their famed Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince”. This particular piece will be auctioned online by Sotheby’s, where IWC will donate the proceeds of its sale to the Foundation, aimed at creating and supporting educational programs for young people. The watch itself is a beautiful combination of warmth, boldness and an effervescent feeling of inviting. The dial is clear and legible, the layout of the perpetual calendar is easy to understand, the case is well structured and wearable, and the overall look of the watch is, fundamentally, sound. The Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” is a brilliant watch with a beautiful purpose, giving back to the community is an overlooked part of modern horology so it’s applaudable to see such a large part of the watch world doing its part.
Swatch BIG BOLD Collection
This new and highly accessible collection from Swatch is exactly as the name implies, big and bold. Measuring 47mm across, each of the 6 new models feature a striking aesthetic made up of contrasting 3D prints on the dial and strap. The hour numerals are large and pronounced, the Superluminova-filled arrow-shaped hands are big and legible, and the obscurely placed crown adds to the BIG BOLD’s alternative appeal. Certainly not a watch that can be categorised as being horologically signification, the BIG BOLD captures the attention of those wanting to stand out.
Rado Captain Cook Collection
Rado’s Captain Cook Collection has recently received a revamp in the shape of some new models colours and strap options. The 42mm model is available on a stainless-steel rice-grain bracelet, a nod to the original 1962’s model. Each model features a matching coloured ceramic bezel and dial, with the options of either a green, a blue or a black dial being offered. Alternatively, the 42mm is also available on a distressed brown leather strap, offering a slightly more casual look to the Captain Cook. Finally, there is a 37mm option available, either a leather strap, a NATO strap and a stainless-steel Milanese bracelet offered in a leather travel pouch, along with a strap changing tool.