by Kyle Stults on October 10, 2013
Breitling is auctioning off a one of a kind timepiece created to pay tribute to World War II veterans. Proceeds from the winning bid on the limited edition watch will support Honor Flight‘s mission of delivering U.S. Military veterans to our nation’s capital in order for them to visit the World War II memorial. Assuming, of course, that they are able to bypass the National Park Service which has been denying entry to our Veterans on account of the partial Government shutdown. But I digress.
The watch is based on the iconic Breitling Navitimer 01 and features the Honor Flight logo on the dial. The case back is specially decorated with wreath and bracket engravings by WWII memorial creator and artist Raymond Kasky, with the phrase “Honor Flight – One Last Mission”. The auction also includes commemorative box signed by veterans featured in the film Honor Flight: One Last Mission, among others.
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Zenith continues its tribute to the famous explorer Christopher Columbus with this fancied-up 10-piece limited edition featuring a superbly enamelled, engraving and micro-painted caseback. See it all, below!
Here’s a first look at a spectacular new piece from Hermes, the Hermès Arceau Lift Flying Tourbillon. Production of this superlative piece is limited to just 176 pieces, and to own one will set you back $165,000. The ornate geometry of the tourbillon carriage and barrel bridge is inspired by a lift/elevator which is installed at the Hermes Paris boutique, 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
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by Kyle Stults on October 02, 2013
The 1st annual Watches and Wonders fair in Hong Kong just concluded last week. Organized by the Federation de la Haute Horlogerie, the trade fair had a venerable lineup of exhibitors, with many prestigious Swiss brands represented. A. Lange had their new Grande Complication on display, as well as two new special limited edition pieces; the one I want to share here is their Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst (ref. 720.048).
Limited to 15 pieces, this 41.9 mm platinum-cased beauty presents the full perpetual calendar functions including a moon-phase, leap year, day, outsize date and day/night indicator; also included is a month display, situated around the periphery of the dial with the current month marked by a small arrow at the 6 o’clock position.
The “Handwerkskunst” notes that these 15 pieces are specially hand-decorated by Lange masters engravers — a continuation of a series which includes the Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite “Handwerkskunst” from 2011 and the ZEITWERK Handwerkskunst from 2012.
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Inspired by Lockheed’s SR-71 Blackbird, the Bell & Ross BR126 Blackbird is a wonderful extension of the Bell & Ross aviation ethos. This watch is limited to just 500 pieces and is done in a black PVD-finished case (43mm) paired with a vivid orange canvas or textured black rubber strap (both with matching black PVD buckle). The movement is an automatic mechanical Swiss ETA 2892 (as commonly used by B&R) with Dubois Depraz flyback chronograph module (12, 30 and 60 min sub-counters), AM/PM indication, and a tachy scale. I saw this great watch hands-on at Baselworld and can still recall in my mind how vivid the orange canvas strap is. It is a cool watch from any angle. Price will be just under $7,000. Enjoy the many pics below!
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Yesterday Officine Panerai announced the debut of the special edition PAM 532 Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47 mm “Paneristi Forever” timepiece. The PAM 532 is of course dedicated to Officine Panerai’s most loyal supporters, known as “Paneristi” (www.paneristi.com). The PAM 532 features the recently launched Radiomir 1940 case in DLC-coated steel with the inscription “Paneristi Forever” engraved on the case back. This is not the first such piece Panerai has done for the group (the last was the PAM 360 in 2010), and surely not the last. Price is 9,200 Euros (dollar price to be added).
Panerai PAM 532 “Paneristi Forever” Watch
Limited Edition 500 pieces
47mm steel case with DLC finish, hand-wound Panerai P.3000 caliber
by Kyle Stults on September 24, 2013
Sochi 2014 will be here before you know it. As we have seen in many prior Olympic Games, Omega has created a special edition watch to mark the occasion — for 2014 it is the Omega Sochi Petrogra, a remake of an Omega from 1915. The distinctive tonneau-shaped case is 18K yellow gold, with equally distinctive lugs. The silvery-white dial symbolically incorporates the bold red (24-hour track), white and blue (hands) colors of the Russian flag. This is a limited run of 100 pieces. A great retro-inspired watch.
The watch is powered by Omega’s calibre 2202 with a co-axial escapement.
Did You Know?
This is Omega’s 26th time since 1932(!) as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.
I just got word from Wryst that their new silicone sport straps are available and as you can see they look fantastic. Unlike their first edition straps (which were good straps in and of themselves), these new straps are bi-color, with a colored accent stripe running along the edges of the strap and a nice hefty black steel buckle. It is a unique design and it looks awesome. Wryst has done a great job of enhancing its identity code and further appealing to extreme sports junkies and thrill-seekers.
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by Kyle Stults on September 19, 2013
This is a special edition piece created by Girard-Perregaux in collaboration with Susan Rockefeller in support of her short film titled “Mission of Mermaids“ The watch is a normal GP Sea Hawk (the new, redesigned Sea Hawk, that is) with special green accents and a specially engraved caseback. Nice looking watch, with some of the sales proceeds going to the cause.
For the twelve oilmen who have everything. Presented without further comment…
Louis Moinet Derrick Tourbillon
Limited Edition 12 Pieces
47mm white gold case, manual wind tourbillon movement (72 hrs power reserve with “octopus” spring), on hand-stitched Louisiana alligator strap
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