Tribute to Rolling Stones: A New Zenith El Primero 1969 Chronomaster Special Edition

Zenith El Primero 1969 Chronomaster Rolling Stones Special Edition dial detail - Perpetuelle

Following last summer’s announcement of its partnership with the Rolling Stones (and the launch of the first Zenith / Rolling Stones watch), Zenith is back with a new, limited edition 1969 Chronomaster watch to celebrate the partnership.   This time around, the watch with is given what might be considered more of a rocker’s look, with a black-DLC finished titanium case and a black strap stamped with a British flag (Union Jack) motif.   And unlike the first model which had the Rolling Stones tongue on the dial (a bit tacky, one might argue), this version nicely integrates it into the rotor, visible through the sapphire caseback.  The last model also incorporated the tongue logo on the caseback glass, but overall I find this execution much more attractive.

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Introducing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chrongraph “Italy” Limited Edition

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chrongraph Italy -  dial detail Perpetuelle

With only 500 pieces to be made, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph is distinguished by a couple of very subtle details.  The Italian touch is found in the red, green and white indices on the 30 seconds subdial counter (3 o’clock), of course a nod to the Italian flag.  Another interesting detail: the rubber strap – believe it or not, in the past, it has be used only one other time on an official Royal Oak chronograph issue – the City of Sails model, created in 2002.  The watch will also include a hand-stitched “large square scale” blue alligator strap inside its presentation box.   Specially made, the box features a metal plate that reproduces the watch’s caseback with the colors of the Italian flag.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chrongraph “Italy” Limited Edition

Limited edition of 500 pieces
Reference: 26326ST.OO.D027CA.01

41mm x 10.95mm steel case, silvered dial with “grand tapisserie” pattern, automatic mechanical AP Cal 2385

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chrongraph Italy - Perpetuelle RO26326ST

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chrongraph Italy - Perpetuelle RO_26326STThe caseback bears the engraving “Swiss Made Limited Edition” which is also special to this edition (not pictured).

 

IWC: This is No Way to Announce a Product You Probably Shouldn’t be Making In the First Place

IWC Connect

Well, somebody’s gotta say it:  What is that thing? 

There are product announcements and, well, there are product “non-announcements” — like the one IWC made today.  With only an uninsightful, opaque, 40-second video production, IWC announced today that it is launching an “intelligent tool” called “IWC Connect.”   No other substantive details provided.  IWC states “Further information and the launch date will be available on IWC social media channels and www.iwc.com in the coming months.”  Really?  Really.  Am I supposed to be excited or intrigued about this?  You gotta give us more than that, because all I am doing right now is hoping that this thing will NOT count my steps or take my pulse.

I find myself compelled to repeat a recent Tweet:

Be careful IWC.  Your reputation is on the line here.

 

Revealed: Black Jade Dialed Roger Dubuis “Knights of the Roundtable II” (Mega Pictorial)

Knights of the Round Table II (2)Table Ronde

In 2013, the legend of King Arthur was the inspiration for a Roger Dubuis creation evocatively named Excalibur Knights of the Round Table.  Moments ago, Roger Dubuis introduced a new interpretation of the watch, and it is every bit as striking in its appearance as the first version.  “Knights of the Roundtable II” features the 12 exquisitely engraved and sculpted bronze knights positioned around a precious black jade dial, their swords form a perfect circle replacing traditional hour-markers.  Wow.

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