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Looking back at last year’s Watches & Wonders highlights

We’re solely days away from travelling to Switzerland once more (sure, lastly!) and assembly up with our buddies and colleagues from the watchmaking trade and affiliated media retailers. It is going to be traumatic, working from appointment to appointment and seeing tons of watches (boohoo, have pity on us) and get the information out to you as quickly as attainable so that you’re all caught up on all of the novelties to return. And as ever, when trying ahead, it by no means hurts to look over one’s shoulder within the course of. So with that in thoughts, we’ve seemed again and listed what we expect had been the 5 stand-out novelties from Watches & Wonders 2021.

IWC Huge Pilot’s Watch 43mm

Out of the 5 chosen watches, this one has actually brought on loads of debate. Whereas we applaud the introduction of the smaller, wrist-friendlier IWC Huge Pilot’s Watch 43, we additionally really feel for the very fact some individuals don’t think about it a real Huge Pilot’s Watch. Because it does with out the emblematic 7-day energy reserve indication or a minimum of a subdial of some type at 3 o’clock, it appears to be missing one thing. The specs are relatively stable although, each from its exterior elements and the mechanical aspect of issues. It depends on IWC’s central-seconds calibre 82100, is available in metal, with black or blue dials and interchangeable bracelet and strap choices. It retails for EUR 8,950 on leather-based, and EUR 9.950 on metal bracelet.

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Fast Information – 43mm x 13.6mm – chrome steel case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal on either side – screw-in crown – 100m waterproof – matte black or sunray brushed blue traditional Pilot’s dial – painted numerals and markers with Tremendous-LumiNova – rhodium-plated arms with Tremendous-LumiNova – IWC Calibre 82100, in-house – computerized winding with Pellaton system – 22 jewels – 28,800vph – 60h energy reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – interchangeable leather-based or rubber straps and metal multi-link bracelet – EUR 8,950 on leather-based strap, EUR 9,950 on bracelet

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-014 Inexperienced

Everybody is aware of by now, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 isn’t any extra. Till Patek decides to launch particular editions after the olive inexperienced farewell version that’s. If the announcement of the discontinuation sparked dialogue, the introduction of a inexperienced dial model, and later a Tiffany blue one had been much more controversial. However, it’s a monumental watch and rightfully one of many highlights of final 12 months’s Watches & Wonders. It exchanged the deep blue for an olive inexperienced tone on the dial, with actually nothing else altering. It nonetheless measures 40mm by 8.3mm and is made in chrome steel, with that iconic porthole-style design, on a brushed and polished bracelet. Inside, we nonetheless discover the Calibre 26-330 S C which was launched within the Nautilus in 2019. Though it had a retail value of EUR 30,400, it was removed from simple to come up with one, and the costs have gone insane on the pre-owned market.

2021 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 Green Dial - 5711/1A-014

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Fast Information – 40mm x 8.3mm – chrome steel case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal back and front – screw-down crown – 120m waterproof – grooved and sunray-brushed olive inexperienced dial – gold utilized indices and arms with luminescent coating – calibre 26-330 S C, in-house – Patek seal – computerized winding – 30 jewels – 212 elements – 28,800vph – 35-45h energy reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, date – built-in chrome steel bracelet with folding clasp – EUR 30,400

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar

Bvlgari has pulled the covers off the world’s thinnest mechanical watch ever produced solely days in the past, persevering with its relentless push in ultra-thin watchmaking. Final 12 months it was the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar that claimed the title of the world’s thinnest QP ever made, which hasn’t been bested since. It was the seventh record-breaking watch by Bvlgari, and a mighty spectacular one. The case measures solely 5.8mm in top, with the motion coming in at an ultra-slim 2.75mm. It ticks all of the Octo Finissimo packing containers and even pays homage to Gerald Genta’s love for retrograde indications. The in-house BVL 305 calibre signifies the time, date, day of the week, month and intercalary year. It was offered in a full titanium suite and a platinum case with a blue dial and blue leather-based strap. The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar is priced at EUR 60,000 and EUR 90,000 respectively.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar - world record thinnest perpetual calendar

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Fast Information – 40mm x 5.8mm – sandblasted titanium or satin-brushed and polished platinum case – titanium or white gold crown – sapphire crystal back and front – 30m waterproof – sandblasted titanium or blue lacquered dial – retrograde date at midday, intercalary year at 6 o’clock, day of the week and month in decrease phase of dial – skeleton arms – Calibre BVL 305, in-house – built-in computerized QP motion with micro-rotor – 36.6mm x 2.75mm – 35 jewels – 21,600vph – 60h energy reserve – hours, minutes, date, day, month, intercalary year – sandblasted titanium bracelet or blue leather-based strap – EUR 60,000 (titanium) or EUR 90,000 (platinum)

Rolex Explorer 1 36mm 124270 & 124273

Final 12 months Rolex launched the brand new 36mm measurement for the Explorer 1, in two new references. With this, it went again to a extra classical dimension, through which it was produced between 1953 and 2010. By way of aesthetics, one is to not anticipate a revolution at Rolex, and neither was the case with the Explorer 1. It grew to become out there in Oystersteel (Ref. 124270) and two-tone Rolesor (Ref. 124273). The stable black lacquered dial is as traditional as may be, with the acquainted 3/6/9 numerals gracing the dial. With the replace additionally got here a brand new motion, the Calibre 3230, identified from the Submariner no-date and Oyster Perpetual assortment. This consists of a number of of Rolex excellent technical developments just like the Chronergy escapement and the Parachrom hairspring. The Explorer 1 retails for EUR 6,100 in Oystersteel or EUR 10,300 in Rolesor. If you may get maintain of 1, that’s.

2021 Rolex Explorer 1 36mm 124270

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Fast Information – 36mm diameter – Oystersteel or Rolesor case, bezel and crown – stable Oystersteel caseback – sapphire crystal with AR coating – 100m water-resistance – black lacquered dial – utilized numerals and indices in white or yellow gold – Chromalight filling – calibre 3230, in-house – Superlative Chronometer – computerized winding (bidirectional) – 31 jewels – 28,800vph – Parachrom hairspring – Paraflex shock absorbers – Chronergy escapement – Paramagnetic pallet fork and escape wheel – 70h energy reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – Oyster bracelet in Oystersteel or Rolesor with folding Oysterlock clasp and Easylink extension – EUR 6,100 (Oystersteel, ref. 124270) or EUR 10,300 (Rolesor, ref. 124273)

Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight 925 Silver

Throughout Watches & Wonders 2021 Tudor put up a stunning pair of Black Bay Fifty-Eight watches with a gold or silver case. Whereas the full-gold model of the model’s immensely well-liked retro-diver might need been too large of a stretch price-wise, the 925 silver Black Bay Fifty-Eight is definitely a really good-looking and distinctive rendition. The sterling silver case is made from a particular alloy stated to not tarnish, or a minimum of little or no and really gradual. Mixed with the refined taupe-toned dial and bezel insert it was a refreshing tackle the idea of the Black Bay, which was launched 10 years in the past already. Energy got here from the MT5400 manufacture calibre, with a really respectable 70-hour energy reserve. It could even be the primary time we might see a sapphire crystal caseback on a Black Bay. Retailing for CHF 4,100, it’s fairly a good cope with a singular enchantment.

Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 Silver Case 79010SG

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Fast Information – 39mm diameter – 925 silver case, brushed – unidirectional diving bezel with anodized aluminium insert – sapphire crystal with AR coating – screw-down crown – open caseback – 200m waterproof – domed, taupe-coloured dial – rhodium-plated arms and indices with Tremendous-LumiNova – manufacture calibre MT5400, computerized – COSC licensed – 27 jewels – 28,800vph – 70h energy reserve – silicon stability spring – hours, minutes, seconds – forehead grain leather-based strap or taupe cloth strap with silver streak with silver buckle – CHF 4,100