The Zegna family and the Macaluso family – A Beautiful Parntership for a Watch
The Ermenegildo Zegna Centennial Limited Edition Watch, as manufactured by Girard-Perregaux
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the prestigious Italian brand Ermenegildo Zegna is launching a limited edition watch in partnership with another prestigious brand, Girard-Perregaux. What can I say except that this collaboration yielded a beautiful outcome,as you can see below. And here’s an interesting fact you may not have known: Angelo Zegna, the father of the founder Ermenegildo, was a watchmaker by trade. In keeping with Zegna’s Centennial celebration, only 100 pieces will be made. The watch has a rose gold case and is 40mm in diameter, with date, small seconds, and month functions. The overall design appears to be out of GP’s “1966″ collection, in fact it is very similar though not quite as complicated as GP’s 1966 Annual Calendar and Equation of Time watch (ref: 49538-52-131-BK6A ).
Quite interesting to see Girard-Perregaux completely relinquish the dial to the Ermenegildo Zegna name, though I think that whe watch looks great with the Ermenegildo Zegna logo on it. I don’t think this could have turned out much better as it seems to be a perfect representation of my perception of both brands – timeless, luxurious, high quality. Now, where to get one? The watch is to be available exclusively in the Top 20 Ermenegildo Zegna flagship stores worldwide.
Note the “EZ” etched crown (below)
Case: Pink gold case
Diameter: 40 mm, Height: 10.74 mm
Sapphire case-back adorned with the Ermenegildo Zegna centenary logo
Water resistance: 30 metres
Girard-Perregaux 3300-0042 automatic mechanical movement
Functions: Hour, minute, small second, annual calendar
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Alligator strap with clasp buckle adorned with the Ermenegildo Zegna logo
Limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces
Breitling announced today the latest accessory for their Aeromarine line of Colt GMT+ watches. Breitling fans will now have the option of a new integrated high quality rubber strap, which appears to have the same end link design as their popular Professional II bracelet. Continuing the ongoing trend of rubber straps being married to luxury watches, Breitling has added yet another fully adjustable rubber bracelet to their line of rubber strap choices. The strap is locked onto your wrist with a push button clasp, and also has an extension piece for rapid adjustment.
Introduced in 2009, the Colt GMT+ is a 41.3 mm diameter watch containing a Breitling Caliber 32 COSC-certified movement (Base: ETA 2893-2) with GMT and date functions. The watch has a very bold, modern dial that is available in a variety of colors in Breitling’s lineup – Volcano black, Air Force blue, Tungsten gray and Stratus silver. It’s solid contruction, sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, uni-directional bezel, and 500 meter water resistance makes this piece quite the respectable diver as well.
I would presume that the option to buy one of the new rubber straps separately is not far down the road but for now it looks as though they are promoting it as a new version of the GMT+. There has been no announcement if this style of integrated strap will become an option for other models, but if it becomes popular I would imagine they would make it available.
Breitling has yet to really show off a clear photo specifically showing the new strap will look like on the GMT+ but you can get a fair idea from some of the pics below:
Here’s the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore New York 57th Street special edition that some have been waiting for. Obviously this watch is to commemorate, and will be exclusively available at, AP’s recently opened New York flagship store that was opened late 2009.
While some will clamor to get this watch, well as for me…..what can I say – I’m less than impressed. What’s up with that color scheme? The stitching on the strap doesn’t even appear to match the “peachy” looking color on the dial. I guess I am just getting tired….yawn….with AP’s “SKU proliferation” (c’mon let’s face it – Audemars Piguet has way, way too many variations on its famous Royal Oak Offshore line). Do we really need a Montauk Highway ROO and a 57th Street ROO? I’m not even going to comment on the diamond bezeled version.
Maybe I’ll post some more details / specs later, but for now here’s the watch (and a nice exterior pic of AP’s 57th St Boutique):
Night View of the Entrance to the Audemars Piguet Boutique – 65 East 57th Street, New York, NY
The New Urwerk UR-203
Urwerk is known to produce complicated pieces with interesting takes on the ways we tell time. Since the introduction of their UR-103 collection Urwerk has used a method of satellite discs to display the hour and minutes. Expanding on that idea, and using a design they first introduced in the Harry Winston Opus V, Felix Baumgartner (co-founder and master watchmaker) and Martin Frei (co-founder and chief designer) unveiled the 200 collection which uses a series of turning cubes on a rotating carousel to show the hour and telescoping hands that emerge from those cubes to display the minutes as they passed by. Since their introduction, the team at Urwerk have been modifying those wildly popular collections offering new variations to would be buyers.
In late January, during a special introduction event in Geneva, Urwerk took their next step while proudly unveiling the UR-203. At first glance the UR-203 looks somewhat similar to its brother, the 202; sporting the same aggressively designed geometric case and similar rotating carousel with flipping display cubes. Upon closer inspection you see that Felix and Martin spent some time stripping down the design to its bare minimum. Skeletonizing the carousel and using an ARCAP P40 stable non-ferrous and non-magnetic alloy, not only giving the observer an inside look of how the display mechanism operates but also reducing the weight of the carriage by 65%; which now weighs a mere 3.57 grams.
Urwerk also introduced two new indicators on the dial that appear to be a first for any brand. Tucked away in the corners under the crystal are the “Oil Change” and “150 Years Horological Odometer” displays. The oil change indicator slowly moves along eventually informing its wearer that the movement needs to be serviced, which is every three years per the manufacturer’s recommendations. On the opposite side the “odometer” displays how long the movement has been operating, with an ultimate display of 150 years. With obvious inspiration from an automobile, some could see these features as something of an unneeded gimmick, but they fit well enough into the dial design that I don’t think they distract from the functionality, or overall style of the watch.
Regarding the development of the UR-203 Felix Baumgartner explains “This UR-203 is a wild idea of Martin Frei“, he continues. “Martin imagined a stripped down model distilled to its pure essence. We had to start again at the beginning to develop this model, we sat down at the drawing board and completely reconsidered the satellite module. The horological challenge with this complication was to develop a complex mechanism with the minimum of components to ensure its reliability and longevity.”
Those familiar with the UR-202 will recognize the automatic movement that uses mini turbines to regulate its winding in the new 203, but it has been tweaked a bit hence what powers the UR-203 is a new Caliber, the UR 7.03. The UR-203 will have a very limited production run of only 20 pieces all in a black PE-CVD coated platinum case micro-sanded with a titanium back plate.
This one is sure to draw some attention at the up and coming 2010 watch fairs.