What new watches presented in November 2021 caught our attention?
With the end of the year celebrations approaching, watch brands have unveiled a multitude of new products to end the year on a high note. After a very successful charity auction where a princely sum of $ 32 million was raised to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the brilliant Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de GenÃ¨ve, which celebrated watchmaking innovation, you are forgiven for not having paid enough attention to novelties that may have gone under the radar.
Here is a recap of the latest watches unveiled in November 2021:
Not one but five timepieces from the Super AVI collection were presented by Breitling. Although they may differ in terms of aesthetics and materials, they are collectively inspired by the legendary aircraft of the 20e century still defiantly roaming the skies today. The series is a celebration of aviation history, the design of which is a true nod to the 1953 âCo-Pilotâ reference. 765 AVI. Each model pays homage to the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, the Vought F4U Corsair, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and the de Havilland Mosquito, respectively.
The Super AVI P-51 Mustang is available in 2 references: 46 mm in stainless steel with a black dial and in 18-carat red gold with an anthracite dial. The Super AVI Tribute to Vought F4U Corsair is a tone-on-tone chronograph with a blue dial, while the Super AVI Curtiss Warhawk combines accents of military green, white and red. Thanks to the black ceramic bezel and inverted panda dial, the Super AVI Mosquito receives rave reviews.
The iconic dive watch maker is judiciously teaming up with the French Navy for the last straw – the Pelagos FXD. Developed with expert combat swimmers, the rugged timepiece exceeds usual standards to ensure it can be used while sailing underground. This includes a 42mm one-piece titanium case. A spectacle when darkness descends, the timepiece features a bi-directional 120-notch rotating bezel inserted with exceptional luminescence. The back of the case is inscribed with the logo of the French Navy and “MN21” (French Navy 2021).
Girard-Perregaux’s unique interpretation of the predominantly two-tone timepiece is inspired by an elegant palette of black and gold. As a result, the Laureato Absolute Gold Fever is both a sporty and chic timepiece. Born from a multitude of juxtaposed elements, the timepiece is a composition of an octagonal bezel, circular shapes, angular lines and muscular proportions. In addition, the dial is reminiscent of the old thanks to a retro-inspired sandwich dial. Measuring 44mm in diameter, the Grade 5 titanium case is PVD-treated and reinforced with an impressive 300-meter water resistance.
Packed with Mid-Century references, the resolutely modern Air Command Flyback Chronograph is Blancpain’s interpretation of aviator’s watches and sports chronographs united in a single entity. Unmistakably beautiful, the raison d’Ãªtre of this sophisticated timepiece is the combination of a flyback function and a countdown bezel. The purpose of the countdown bezel is to indicate the time remaining until the destination is reached. Unlike those on the bezel of a diving watch, the numbers here turn counterclockwise. On top of that, the internal movement beats at 5Hz to allow for 1 / 10th interval timing. The timepiece is offered in a 42.5 mm red gold or grade 23 titanium case.
One is a watch brand that dares to be different, the other is an art provocateur. Together, Roger Dubuis and renowned tattoo artist Dr Woo meet to give birth to the Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon, an avant-garde timepiece that is both sophisticated and iconoclastic. At the heart of the timepiece is the superb caliber RD512SQ, unabashedly showcasing a lower tourbillon cage in non-magnetic titanium and an upper tourbillon cage in non-magnetic mirror-polished cobalt chrome. Considered as a canvas to unleash creativity, the timepiece is reinvented through the provocative lens of Dr Woo. The end product is a 42mm fusion of industrial architecture, cosmic explosion and geometric shapes.
Don’t whisper that the dial is green or emerald as the last treasure is adorned with domed malachite. The lush and hypnotic tourbillon is complemented by Roman numeral indexes and diamond-polished hands. As if the timepiece is lacking in superlatives, Omega is handing out its exclusive 18k Moonshine gold that debuted in the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Chronograph for this 36mm ladies’ offering. The edges of the case are further set with 38 full-cut diamonds. Finally, the timepiece is finished with a virescent leather strap or a silk-like mesh strap.
In collaboration with the 140 of the brande anniversary and historic relationship with Ginza, Seiko unveils limited edition auspices in the form of the Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-interpretation SPB259 and Presage SSA445. The eye-catching dials are a recreation of the cobbled streets of Tokyo’s shopping district, while the calm blue-gray hue is meant to evoke the many buildings in its locality. The Prospex Reissue features a 38mm steel case, while the Presage Special Edition is housed in a 40.8mm steel case. The two watches presented in November 2021 are limited to 3,500 and 4,000 pieces respectively.
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