A Corum icon now returns in a reworked design: the Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Tides watch. 21 years after its launch, this model with its mechanical movement driving indications of the time and strength of the tides, the lunar cycle, as well as the strength of the currents and the height of the tides, remains a truly unique complication in the fine watchmaking world. It remains the one and only movement with a tides indicator, exemplifying Corum’s long-standing commitment to the sea-faring watch enthusiast.
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On Sunday July 6th, 2014, Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title. And Seiko won its first. As Seiko’s recently appointed watch partner (I covered the Seiko/Djokovic announcement this past January), Djokovic was undoubtedly delighted on the win, as was Seiko — especially to see him wearing the Seiko Astron GPS watch while hoisting the Wimbledon winner’s trophy! This win is Novak’s seventh Grand Slam victory, his 45th ATP trophy, and takes Novak back to the No.1 ranking in world tennis.
Seiko Astron GPS “Novak Djokovic” Edition
44.6mm x 13.3mm steel case with (rose-gold colored coating), black ceramic bezel
caseback with Novak’s signature
Seiko Caliber 8X82: GPS Solar Chronograph, GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment, Chronograph up to 6 hours in 1/5 second increments, Perpetual calendar correct to the year 2100, Signal reception result indication, World time function (40 time zones), Daylight Saving Time function, Power save function, Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (without receiving a time signal and at temperatures between 5℃ and 35℃)
The Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Novak Djokovic Limited Edition has been custom made for Novak. It carries Novak’s signature on the case back and is offered in a special presentation box. It is to be released worldwide in November 2014, and only 2,500 will be made. Price 1.900 Euro.
Not a new model, but rather a new purple-hazed titanium case for HYT’s H1. The minute dial is also given a new look. Inspiration? “Lake’s reflections as the [Swiss watchmaking] summer starts, listening to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, we dared to step out of conformity and added unique metallic shades on our H1 case architecture giving elegant purple tones.” It is a little hard to discern the color from the press kit photos, but in the right light the Velvet Gun should show its true colors. Anyway, I like it. Available later this month, the HYT H1 Velvet Gun is offered in a limited edition of 50 pieces, 56,000 CHF per ($62k at current f/x).
Few more pics and a short video, on the click
Grieb & Benzinger presents two new bespoke platinum timepieces based on the inspiration from “an ambitious watch connoisseur looking for incredible, understated skeleton watches that nonetheless proffer value and handcrafts, but in an “invisible” way.” Whatever that means (!) — I’ll let G&B elaborate more in a moment. But first, let me just remind folks that everything Grieb & Benzinger produces is extremely rare (and very often one-of-a-kind, as are these pieces); they are bespoke watchmakers in every sense. However, because their amazing watches are such fan favorites here at Perpetuelle — if only from a digital point of view — I like to share them. And so you see here, the new Centurion.
Grieb & Benzinger Centurion
43mm blackened platinum case, blackened manually wound movement (fully skeletonized, guilloché and engraved by hand), black alligator-skin strap with solid platinum buckle
Now, as touched on above, the story behind this watch goes something like this (as related by G&B):
The interesting collector request inspired Grieb & Benzinger’s CEO and Georg Bartkowiak to transfer the brand’s bestseller ― the Black Tulip ― into a never-seen-before platinum execution. The classic Black Tulip has beentransformed into a glamorous, yet simultaneously understated, high-end timepiece boasting an all-black appearance. The idea of the totally understated value of solid Platinum (PT950) beneath a blackened surface in combination with pure hand-skeletonization appealed to this client’s ideal of discreet taste. A lavish, almost cheeky, way of expressing understatement that is as-yet unmatched in the world of luxury timepieces. A second model, the Centurion Imperial, is topped off with a bezel set with red Princess-cut diamonds.
My only question is, did this collector pay for these watches with his Amex Centurion card? I jest.
Anyway, nice piece. Don’t see a lot of blackened platinum!