Here’s your first look at the newest addition to the Longines Heritage collection (yes, my favorite collection from Longines). The Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph is a re-issue of an Longines pilot’s watch circa 1950′s and displays the time on a 24-hour scale, situated on the inner dial. The diameter of the original model, a hefty 47.50 mm, has also been maintained. Available in black or silver dial. The steel case has a closed back and is decorated with Longines’ famous hourglass symbol (see “Did You Know?” below). This piece will retail for $4,800. Longines notes that each piece is numbered, though I do not believe production is limited.
Exclusive to the North American market, the Luminor 8 Days, otherwise known as the PAM590, is powered by one of Panerai’s newest calibres, the P.5000. As the name implies, the watch is capable of running for 192 hours once fully wound, making it a worthy addition to the growing list of timepieces with lengthy power reserves.
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Most folks don’t know it, but Japanese watch giant Seiko makes some of the finest watches in the world. The Seiko Credor Masterpieces are but two examples. The Grand Seiko collection, more broadly speaking, is another line of very high quality mechanical- and quartz watches made by the Japanese manufacture. Oh, and just as an aside, they also have a great brand Ambassaodor in tennis superstar Novak Djokovic.
Of course many would be greatly surprised to hear that Seiko makes the finest three-hand watch in the world, and I’m sure there are many superbly talented Swiss watchmakers who could reasonably disagree with such an assertion. But there’s no denying that the new Seiko Credor Eichi II — with its hand-made hand painted porcelain dial, 39mm platinum case, and hand-finished movement — is an incredible watch by any measure. I sure am
drooling over drawn to its elegant “less is more” design.
1972, the Royal Oak (RO) is introduced. 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore (ROO) is born, followed by its many variants and limited editions which eventually gained a bit of a cult following with AP fans. 2010, an even more dramatic interpretation of the ROO appeared in the form of the first Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, featuring a hand-wound movement and a case incorporating forged carbon and ceramic. Today, the latest AP ROO Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is back in forged carbon with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 2897 (the current AP Tourbillon Chronograph offerings are manual wind). The inner tachy scale is a sapphire ring is new, as is the open movement architecture at 1 o’clock, exposed through the “Méga Tapisserie” dial; the chrono subs at 3 and 9 do look a bit small, or is it just me.
Official unveiling at Watches & Wonders 2014 next month (sept/oct) in Hong Kong.