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.

The Special Edition Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Team 78 Watch (and a matching Porsche Turbo)

Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Team 78 Watch - Perpetuelle

The new ARMIN STROM Skeleton Pure Team 78 is a sweet looking variation of the brand’s Skeleton Pure model.  This watch with its black PVD-finished steel case and neon lime accents (including on the carbon strap) was created especially for the 2015 Gumball 3000 rally.  Armin Strom is participating in the rally as, you guessed it, Team 78, with a Porsche Turbo 997 that was tastefully modded by TechArt.

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The 5396T, Another Elusive Titanium Patek Philippe

Titanium Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396T - Perpetuelle

Do you know how many titanium-cased Patek Philippe watches exist?  This is the tenth such Patek that I’ve now documented (see link to my Titanium Patek Philippe compendium at the bottom of this post).  It is a titanium Patek Philippe, bearing reference 5396T (“T” for titanium) specially designed for Children Action, a Geneva-based charitable organization that Patek has supported for many years now.  In fact, Patek’s support of the Children Action charity has resulted several titanium-cased Patek Philippe’s (2007, 2009, 2015).

Patek Philippe 5396T

unique piece

38mm titanium case

Titanium Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396T dial detail - Perpetuelle

Introduced in 1996 and patented by Patek Philippe, the Annual Calendar is the first timekeeping mechanism that automatically displays the month, the day of the week, and the correct date under consideration of months with 30 and 31 days, so it must be adjusted only once a year on March 1. The caliber 324 S QA LU 24H movement consists of 347 parts, whereas a conventional perpetual calendar with a moon-phase display needs only about 280 components.  It’s sapphire crystal case back is marked with the indication “Children Action 2015”.

Oh by the way, this watch sold for 1 million Swiss Francs.

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A Look at Damascus Steel Watches, by GoS Watches of Scandinavia (Video)

GoS Watches Nordic Seasons Damascus steel watch dial - Perpetuelle

At Baselworld a couple years ago I met with Patrik Sjögren, Co-Founder & Watchmaker at GoS Watches, maker of “Scandinavian watches” and have been following the brand ever since.  I am probably remiss in not writing about GoS watches more often — a small, independent brand, GoS puts out some really spectacular watches that are worthy of attention.

Their core design element is the use of Damascus steel.  The color and pattern of the damascus steel is achieved through a tempering process, which means that the color is extracted from the steel itself and not applied.   If you’ve ever seen a Damascus steel knife or other metalwork in person, you know what I’m talking about. Because of the unique production process, each piece is essentially unique.

It is tough to capture the range of color and subtle patterns created by GoS watches as they interplay with light, but this the short video does a nice job.  It showcases the finishing of the damascus steel and its patterns.  Seen above and in the video below is the Nordic Seasons Summer.

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