This is a watch from my personal collection that I’ve owned for about a year now. My Minuteman watch is not the most expensive nor the fanciest watch in my collection, but it is a watch from a company with a meaningful mission. Perpeutelle readers know that I write regularly about “great watches for great causes”, and this is what Minuteman is all about, and then some; actually I don’t know of any other watch brand which was basically founded around the premise of a charitable mission. I’ve written about the Minuteman Watch company a few times since the company was started in 2012 and wanted to bring attention to them again.
Breitling’s Chronomat was first launched in 1984. Though it has evolved over the years, it has always been one of the quintessential Breitling collections. Manly, technical, & functional. This new special edition that was just announced piece caught my eye for its orange-on-black high color contrast. The unidirectional rotating bezel features orange rubber inlaid numerals and there is also an orange inner bezel ring which combines to give the watch its distinct look. The watch has Breitling’s in-house Caliber 01 (with a matching black oscillating weight enhanced with orange markings). Which they charge for, by the way — price on this piece is $9,825. Seen here on the rubber Diver Pro III rubber strap.
Never think that Richard Mille won’t find that “next level” to take it to — because as you can see here, he inevitably always does. The direct origins of the watch you see here can be traced back just a couple years to the Richard Mille RM 56 Sapphire, a tourbillon split-second chrono built with a full-on sapphire crystal case. It was an equally outrageous and glorious object when it stepped onto the world watch stage — and there were plenty of deep pockets who lined up to own one of the million-and-a-half dollar watch of which only 5 were being created. Richard Mille, ever ambititious, followed up with the RM56-01 in 2013 which had had a sapphire case, and as well as the movement bridges & baseplate. And a tourbillon. Yea, why not.
And today? Well, I just wanted to remind you that the the RM 56-02 was officially unveiled this week at Watches & Wonders Hong Kong. I previewed the RM 56-02 back in July and if you aren’t familiar with the details you can click here to check it out and see more images>>>
Reporting on the new many new pieces introduced at Watches & Wonders Hong Kong this year, here’s your first look at the new Panerai Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso (PAM 598). A real beauty, with a 47mm red gold case and Panerai’s in-house P.3001/10 movement visible through the caseback. The P.3001 features GMT function and a high level of finishing and skeleton work. The deep blue dial has a radiant “satiné soleil” (satin sun) finish and looks absolutely divine with the red gold case. You can see it all in many high-res detail shots below.
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