The New Maurice Lacroix Forged Carbon Case Pontos S Regatta Timer

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta Forged Carbon - Perpetuelle

A forged carbon case for a regatta timer from none other than Maurice Lacroix.  This is not a watch I saw coming from Maurice Lacroix, but I like it and I’m happy to see it.   Now I know this watch is also notable for being a regatta tiger, but a forged carbon case seems like the kinda thing that should get some play in the name of the watch.  After all, I’d guess that many enthusiasts think of Audemars Piguet when they hear the term.  At about 7000 Euro, this is not an inexpensive make for Maurice Lacroix, but compared to other forged carbon case options it is worth a look – it’s great to see both functions and materials that were previously exclusive to high-end brands making their way down to more accessible brands & price points

The regatta timer is a 10-minute countdown (10 minutes before race begins) activated by the pusher at 2 o’clock.  The regatta timing digits are white on blue background for the first five minutes of the countdown, with the final five minutes being white on red to convey the imminence of the race start.  The inner rotating bezel can be used to calibrate additional timing functions.  Other nice touches are the finely textured (“snailed”) minute ring which sits below the minute hashes & hour markers, and the finely textured/sandblasted inner white dial (a bit hard to see, but looks much better hands-on).

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta Forged Carbon dial detail - Perpetuelle

This watch has a Sellita-base caliber in it with a Dubois-Depraz 2028 regatta/yacht timer module on top.  The strap is rubber (with a carbon-fiber looking texture to it) with a black PVD buckle.

Production is limited to 125 pieces.   Nicely done Maurice Lacroix.

St-Barths Edition of the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph St-Barths 2015 - Perpetuelle

Being the watch of ultra rich, famous, and/or ostentatious, Richard Mille often finds himself in partnership with exclusive places doing exclusive things.  Like the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth.   Created in 2010, the first year of the regatta comprised 27 boats.  This year, No fewer than 80 boats and 1,000 sailors are expected to compete at the event, which has been a not-to-be-missed competitive gathering since its creation back in 2010, and for very good reason. The RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de Saint-Barth will be made in a limited edition of 50 pieces to go along with the 2015 regatta.  It is done in the official colors of the regatta will be available exclusively in North and South America.

This special edition RM 60-01 “St. Barths” will set you back $160,000, but hey, that’s the price of admission for looking good while hanging out at Nikki Beach, I suppose.

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph St-Barths 2015 caseback - Perpetuelle

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph St-Barths Edition 2015 - Perpetuelle

If you are interested in the technical details of the RM 60-01, you can check that out right here — it is an imposing (50mm) though mechanically intriguing piece!

 

Is James Bond Wearing the Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial on NATO strap in Spectre?

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A die-hard Omega enthusiast and very good friend of mine (my friend’s name, real name, is James Bond – dead serious!) recently tipped me off that he is “near certain” that the watch James Bond aka “007” is wearing in this poster is the Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial.  And it is on this 5-stripe grey and black nylon fabric NATO strap with stainless steel buckle and keepers.

I am inclined to agree with him, but I can’t say for certain.  A check-in at Dell Deaton’s JamesBondWatches.com yielded no conclusive support of our supposition.

What say you?

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Omega NATO strap grey and black 5 stripe - Perpetuelle

Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial 2014 via Perpetuelle

Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, with Grey Ceramic Case, Ceramic Bezel

Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback watch front back - Perpetuelle

Late last year, Blancpain President & CEO Marc A. Hayek, unveiled the as part of Blancpain’s initiative to support oceanic environmental causes, with 1’000 Euros donated to the Ocean Committment fund on each sale.  First watch in the series, the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, is seen here in all its beauty.  So far as chronographs go, this is among the best you can get, both in terms of looks and mechanics.  A brushed grey ceramic case with blue ceramic bezel insert.  Niiiice.  Not only that, but it has Blancpain’s new (2014) high frequency Caliber F385, a very impressive integrated chronograph caliber which I’ve lauded from the day it was announced.

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