Cool new watch here from Hublot, the Hublot Liberty Bang. It was unveiled last week at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA at the 2011 gala dinner and presentation of the Liberty medal to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates . Hublot partnered with The Constitution Center and the “Liberty Medal” to create a special limited edition timepiece to be presented to recipients of the award. The Liberty Medal is awarded annually by the National Constitution Center to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over. “It is truly an honor to create a timeless piece representing the values of the Liberty Medal” said Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver. “Freedom and liberty are not gifts to be taken for granted, and we admire, and are inspired by those around us who spend their lives defending them.”
As I think about Hublot’s unlimited issuance of limited edition watches, I think this is one of the first (if not the only) U.S.-only model. The dial features a U.S. flag-motif that is formed by words from the United States Constitution as well as selected quotes from various signers of the Constitution (see closeup below).
It is a great piece that any Patriot can appreciate.
Hublot Liberty Bang Watch (USA Limited Edition)
Limited edition of 100
45mm black ceramic case, automatic mechanical movement, price: $11,900
close-up of the dial:
Here’s a new and very sharp looking piece from Corum, the Grand Precis. Watch collectors take note as this is actually a revival of a model which was first produced by Corum in 1957. While 1957 does not seem so old as watches go, recall that Corum was founded in 1955 — so naturally the Grand Precis was quite an important (not to mention classically styled timepiece) for the young Corum brand in 1957! Now, here’s the awesome kicker — in reviving the Grand Precis, Corum dug into its watch closet and came up with some original components from the 1957 production and used them in the movement in this watch. Yes, the manual-wind CO162 Calibre is built with some original parts (circa 1957) as well as hand finished bridges. This makes the Grand Precis 2011 an even more meaningful re-edition to collectors and lovers of the Corum brand. Well done, Corum!
Corum Grand Precis Watch
38.5mm white or rose gold case
manual-wind CO162 movement (note the extra large balance wheel) with parts from the original 1957 Grand Precis
here’s a look at the rose gold model:
Here’s a first look at the new Bell & Ross WW1-92 Military watch. Wait! Don’t confuse this watch with the one you saw just two days ago — in fact this watch is the second of two “WW1-92″ watches that Bell & Ross unveiled this week (did you miss the Bell & Ross WW1-92 Heritage I showed you a couple days ago — check it out here). The differences between this watch — the WW1-92 Military — and the WW1-92 Heritage– are minimal. Basically any B&R watch with the “Heritage” tag means that it will come with the B&R Heritage-style strap. This WW1-92 Military piece has more natural/suede-style strap and white numerals/dial markings. See the side-by-side below.
Bell & Ross WW1-92 Military Watch
45mm blasted steel case with grey PVD finish, automatic mechanical movement (ETA 2892(
Bell & Ross WW1-92 Heritage (left) and WW1-02 Military Watches (right)
Just days away, the 2011 ONLY WATCH charity auction should be a dandy. I’m probably going to fall a few previews short of showing you all of the one-of-a-kind watches that will be sold at the Geneva event, but I’ve certainly shown you more than any other blog out there and I hope you’ve enjoyed them (see my full list of previews HERE). Today I wanted to share a few looks at one of the only non-watch items that will be at the event, the Ikepod Hourglass by designer Marc Newson (the Celsius le dix mechanical mobile phone is the other non-watch item). Needless to say, the Ikepod Hourglass is one of those items that would be such a thrill to be able to display on one’s desk, coffee table etc. Particularly this piece, which is done in a beautiful ruby red glass. Oh, and by the way, if you want to see a closer look at how these Ikepod Hourglasses look and sound in action, check out my previous Ikepod Hourglass review HERE>>
Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson for ONLY WATCH 2011
above 2 photos: Hodinkee