by Kyle Stults on August 15, 2014
1972, the Royal Oak (RO) is introduced. 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore (ROO) is born, followed by its many variants and limited editions which eventually gained a bit of a cult following with AP fans. 2010, an even more dramatic interpretation of the ROO appeared in the form of the first Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, featuring a hand-wound movement and a case incorporating forged carbon and ceramic. Today, the latest AP ROO Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is back in forged carbon with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 2897 (the current AP Tourbillon Chronograph offerings are manual wind). The inner tachy scale is a sapphire ring is new, as is the open movement architecture at 1 o’clock, exposed through the “Méga Tapisserie” dial; the chrono subs at 3 and 9 do look a bit small, or is it just me.
Official unveiling at Watches & Wonders 2014 next month (sept/oct) in Hong Kong.
Inspired by the unforgettable 19th century vampire legend and the mystical bloody eclipse of Transylvania, the H1 Dracula DLC features red fluid in its timekeeping capillaries as well as red-stained creases in its black alligator strap. The look is, well, killer. A limited series of 50 pieces, the HYT H1 Dracula is priced at $64,000 per, comparable to other HYT H1 models. This is special edition is now available, and can be seen on display at Harrod’s in London. Clearly the folks at HYT are having a lot of fun carving out their niche — about as far from mainstream horology as you can get. As they should be…life’s too short not to have fun doing what you do.
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I’ve already covered the details on this piece, but as I was admiring several watches from Arnold & Son today, I thought it was worth another look at their ultra thin tourbillon, or UTTE as they term it. Now available in a range of case metals and dial finishes, the Arnold & Son UTTE (“Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Escapement”) was first introduced in 2013. It is equipped with the A&S8200 movement that measures just 2.97 mm thick, with an overall case thickness of 8.34mm. The calibre A&S8200 was developed, designed and manufactured entirely in-house at the brand’s La Chaux-de-Fonds workshops — in fact you may like to know that Arnold & Son has a very impressive range of in-house calibers. This superbly engineered wristwatch with 42mm case diameter is part of the brand’s Instrument Collection that combines instrument precision with classical styling. The pics here are the ones I took of the first versions of the watch from 2013. Wonderful piece, among many from A&S.
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If ever an event was worthy of a special commemorative Rolex, James Cameron’s journey to (and exploration of) the deepest place on earth, the Mariana Trench, would be it. The new Rolex Deepsea “D-Blue Dial” edition is distinguished first and foremost by its two-tone gradient dial, a Rolex first. Otherwise sharing all of the features of the first Deepsea that Rolex unveiled in 2008 (though a far cry from the ultra-robust specs of the THREE experimental Rolex Deepsea Challenge watch that went down with James Cameron (more on this new revelation below), I’ll walk you through the new Rolex Deepsea “D-Blue” in this Perpetuelle Special Report.