For 2014, Oris continues to innovate with the introduction of the Big Crown Propilot Altimeter, the first automatic watch with an altimeter. What makes the watch interesting is not only the first it presents, but how well it fits within Oris’ existing model lineup—the company is all about aviation, racing, and anything adventurous, so if one isn’t aware of the complication’s novelty, it risks going unnoticed. But perhaps that’s just as Oris intended, isn’t it?
38.5mm platinum case, black enamel dial, engraved tourbillon caliber…
This is the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the debut of the Lange 1 (to the day!) , an iconic timepiece whose design has gone essentially unchanged in 20 years and which is revered by collectors the world around. And just to set the historical record straight, it was on October 24, 1994, that the first collection created by the new Lange manufactory was presented to the public; this date was approximately 4 years after Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein embarked upon the modern day renaissance of the German brand (i.e. 1990) which is now one a tour de force in the fine watchmaking world. In fact the 20th anniversary celebration this week was in the same location as where Lange launched its first four pieces 20 years ago — the castle of Dresden.
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst is an immaculate & classicaly-styled timepiece with everything we have come to expect from Lange. Naturally, only 2o of these beauties will be crafted. This 20th anniversary A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst will be a boutique-exclusive offered piece, at a price of $221,700 per.
The Porsche Club of America, the largest mono-brand car club in the world, will celebrate its 60 year anniversary in 2015. To celebrate the occasion, Chopard has created 66-piece limited edition Mille Miglia watch. Chopard, by the way, has been the sponsor of the Mille Miglia for 25 years — while I’m mentioning milestones
We all know of Zenith’s high profile involvement with extreme athlete/adventurer Felix Baumgartner (which most recently culminated in this outstanding and exclusive turquoise-dialed Christophe Colomb Gravity Control timepiece), but I thought we take a moment today to look at a less high profile form of adventure that the brand has more recently become involved with, sailing. In its capacity as official timekeeper for the Spindrift racing team since 2014, it was only natural that Zenith might issue a commemorative timepiece or two.