by Kyle Stults on May 11, 2014
A few months ago I was fortunate to receive a copy of a new book titled Vacheron Constantin CALIBRE 1731. Having had a chance to read it a couples times now, I am here to recommend it to Perpetuelle readers, and in particular Vacheron Constantin collectors. The 108-page book is focused around Vacheron Constantin’s new caliber 1731 which was introduced in early 2014. Named for the birth year of its founder Jean-Marc Vacheron, the Calibre 1731 measures only 3.90 mm and bears the prestigious Geneva Seal. It was unveiled as part of the new Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731, itself a svelte 8.09 mm thick, making it the thinnest minute repeater in production today.
Wryst is a new brand offering affordable, limited edition watches with an extreme and adventurous attitude. The folks over at Wryst were kind enough to loan me one of their Airborne FW5 watches recently which I gladly took it for a spin. Though not a high-end piece as I often review here at Perpetuelle, the watch is well priced at $750, with the features (i.e. quartz movement) that you would expect at this price point. However, there are some aspects of the FW5 which make it an attractive buy, in my opinion — namely, a black DLC-finished steel case and it being a limited edition of 75 pieces. The DLC case is a super thing to have at this price point. And it includes an extra rubber strap and a changing tool, which is nice too. All in all, Wryst is coming out of the gates with an adventurous design and bold colors and it merits a closer look. I also know that there is more to come from this young and thrill-seeking brand, so stay tuned. And be sure to check out more at http://www.wryst-timepieces.com/ (direct purchase options are available). Lots of pictures and video of the Airborne FW5, below. Hope you enjoy the review!
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by Kyle Stults on June 01, 2013
Just before I left for Baselworld last month, I shot a quick review of the Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph, done in a limited edition of 500. My review is encapsulated in the video and photos posted here.
One thing which I do not discuss in the video but which I would like to note here is the complexity of the Clerc case. After meeting with Gerald Clerc in Geneve, I have a new appreciation for this aspect of his watches. This particular case is 43.8mm (49.9mm including lateral protectors) and is constructed of over 100 parts. This is one of the most complex case constructions in all of high watchmaking — and although more does not necessarily mean better — I like the attention that Clerc has given to its case and its features. Some of these are unique to Clerc or rarely seen elsewhere– articulating lugs, lateral protectors, special crown-activated rotating bezel, special chronograph triggers. As an independent brand, having unique features and design elements such as this can make all the difference as far as standing out in a crowded watch world.
And on top of this you get the not-oft-seen, but incredibly useful and legible, central chronograph complication.
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I recently had the opportunity to review the Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch, a very unique watch which was first announced by the St. Imier-based in October of 2012. The Avigation Type A-7 is one of those extremely eye-catching pieces that you can’t help but wonder how it came to be. As I mention in my review below, this piece is part of the Longines Heritage collection. The large diameter (49mm) and the angled dial of the Avigation Type A-7 are the first features one recognizes; these key elements are in fact what make this watch a proper “heritage” piece that stands in worthy tribute to aviators’ watches of the 1930′s. My video review pretty much covers the ins-and-outs of this fine timepiece. Below the video are several photos that I took that I think you will also enjoy. The green uniform that serves as a background in some of the photos is an actual U.S. aviator’s uniform from WWII — I could not think of a more fitting pairing for the Avigation Type A-7.