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).
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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!
Always a fan of good watches for great causes, this is the fourth year running that I’ve featured IWC Schaffhausen’s special watch for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since 2006 IWC has launched several limited editions in honour of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. In addition to their blue dial color, these watches are distinguished from regular counterparts by the caseback which features an exclusive engraving on the back based on the winning entry in a drawing competition organized by IWC for children involved in Laureus projects. They are given a specific topic as a guideline and asked to produce a work of art showing how the project has positively affected and inspired them. The caseback of this year’s winner is seen below.
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New for 2014, the Longines Heritage 1935 is a reissue of a watch Longines originally made for the Czech Air Force in the 1930′s; the Heritage 1935 retains all the original’s signature elements including the distinctive cushion case with fluted bezel, and cathedral hands. Perpetuelle readers know that I am a big fan of the Longines Heritage collection. In fact I think some of the originals would make for mighty fine collectors pieces for those who are interested. This is yet another attractive reissue by Longines.