Welcome back to another edition of Wrist Watch, our updates on what’s happening in the world of watches.
A lot has happened in the past two weeks since our last update, but you’ll probably spot some familiar names on the list today. The likes of Audemars Piguet, Bell & Ross, Hublot, Panerai, and Patek Philippe are just some of the big names with some exquisite releases.
Of course, there is more to the big names than just that. Bovet 1822, Girard-Perregaux, Hermès, and Piaget round out the rest of the list, giving it a nice segue from the more familiar names in the industry. Scroll down to check out all of the latest watches releases and updates.
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The Code 11.59 collection by Audemars Piguet is one of its latest to date and it now takes a step further with the release of five Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie timepieces. Each watch features a unique and bespoke enamel dial, created by renowned Swiss enameller artisan, Anita Porchet. Famous for her “Grand Feu” enamel dials, Porchet created a trilogy of enamel dials adorned with antique gold spangles (“paillons”) over a century old, seamlessly blending ancestral savoir-faire and contemporary design.
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The Bell & Ross BR 05 has been a hot topic of discussion for the watchmaker for some time now. the BR 05 has already had many different iterations with its latest being a chronograph timepiece. The BR 05 Chrono Black Steel is the latest offering Bell & Ross has for its urban explorers, featuring its iconic round and square 42mm with polished steel and a satin finish. At the heart of the watch is the calibre BR-CAL.301. automatic movement with 100m water resistance.
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Following the success of its first edition, Bovet 1822 introduces the Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two. The now-iconic slope writing sapphire crystal case makes an appearance once more, featuring Bovet’s patented Double-sided flying tourbillon. Coming along for the ride is also a precision moon phase, a second-time zone with a twenty-four city disc, and a five-day power reserve. The Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two is limited to only 60 movements spread across three variations — blue quartz, green quartz, and blue aventurine.
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The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute made its debut in 2019 and this year, the Crystal Rock model comes into play. This sports chronograph timepiece is housed in a strong and lightweight Carbon Glass case while its dial features a sandwich-type construction. It plays with the depth of the case, giving you a different vantage point with its display. Lastly, it features the self-winding Calibre GP03300-1058 Manufacture movement, showcasing the brand’s legendary watchmaking expertise. There are only 100 pieces of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Crystal Rock.
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The Hermès Heure H is more than just a watch, it’s a symbol — a singular idea that was imaged back in 1996 by designer Philippe Mouquet. The new Heure H now comes in three elegant steel variations — the first features 114 “feather-set” diamonds with a natural white mother-of-pearl dial with Arabic numerals; the second also has a mother-of-pearl dial but punctuated with 11 diamond hour-markers, and the third has a sunburst central square dial surrounded by black numerals.
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Hublot introduces Haute Joaillerie into three distinct watches — the Big Bang Unico High Jewellery, the Spirit of Big Bang High Jewellery, and the Classic Fusion High Jewellery. All three watches will feature its own range of baguette-cut diamonds. The Big Bang Unico has 334 pieces totally to 12.5 carats; the Spirit of Big Bang has 346 diamonds at 13.1 carats, and the Classic Fusion house 427 baguette-cut diamonds at 20.8 carats.
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Panerai pays tribute to the Paneristi online community, which has been the go-to place for collectors and enthusiasts alike. The Panerai Radiomir Paneristi is a special limited edition piece at only 1,020 pieces to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Paneristi.com. Its 45mm case houses sword-shaped gold hands with beige Super-LumiNova sets a bold contrast against the brown dial. The bezel is another notable feature — AISI 316L steel finished with a matte, almost weathered patina with the word “VENTI” engraved in-between the lugs to further pay tribute. To top it all off, a manually-wound Calibre P.6000 mechanical movement finds its way into the Radiomir Paneristi.
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A name as prestigious as Patek Philippe really needs no introduction so let’s get right into it. The Swiss luxury watchmaker introduces two new ladies’ watches into its Twenty~4 collection — references 4910/1200A-001 with a blue sunburst dial and 4910/1200A-010 with a grey sunburst dial. Both timepieces share the same Caliber E15 quartz movement as well as the same steel case with 36 brilliant-cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds. 18K white-gold is flushed along the dial, most notably on the Arabic numerals, trapeze-shaped hour markers, and the baton-style hour and minute hands.
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The Limelight Gala story from Piaget has taken a bold step forwards with the introduction of an automatic movement into the collection. The new Limelight Gala 32mm automatic models come in five different models, all of which feature the Maison’s manufacture self-winding 501P movement and an exhibition sapphire crystal case back. The first two models are in Gold Milanese mesh bracelet versions while another two are in white gold and rose gold versions on alligator straps. Lastly is the Precious Snow model with its dial adorned with diamonds of different sizes.
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Aviation and Zenith go hand-in-hand and the Swiss watchmaker is proving it with the Pilot Type 20 Blueprint. The dial itself is double-layered with blue and sapphire, giving it an authentic look of a blueprint. It also features a new 45mm brushed steel case and within the timepiece is the Elite 679 movement with 10ATM water resistance. The case back of the Pilot Type 20 Blueprint is engraved with Zenith’s flying instruments logo.
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