Is it simply me, or have the primary couple of weeks simply flown by in January? I imply, I nonetheless really feel prefer it’s 2020. I’m nonetheless writing 2020 and having to right myself. Evidently some watch manufacturers do not make this similar mistake as me. They’re shifting full steam forward, and we’re already seeing some unbelievable new fashions.
Issues are actually hotting up this week. We’ve received an actual heavy hitter from Moser, a few tasty micro/indie manufacturers, and a watch from Junghans devoted to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2021 in Oberstdorf. Let’s get to it!
H. Moser & Cie — Endeavour Minute Repeater Tourbillon
I’ve to begin with this piece from H. Moser & Cie. I imply, have a look at it. This classical styling might not be for everybody, however you may’t have a look at this watch and say it isn’t effortlessly dripping with type and sophistication. I imply, I like it. My pockets wouldn’t. Nay, my pockets couldn’t. It prices a cool CHF 330,000, which is method out of attain for mere mortals like me however, hey. A person can dream.
…that includes a brand new colour within the model’s catalog…
Because the identify suggests, this can be a minute repeater. It incorporates a tourbillon, and it falls into H. Moser & Cie’s Endeavour household. Two formed chimes and the minute repeater hammers sit resplendent in opposition to a brand new dial colour for the model’s catalog: Electrical Blue. The seen gong skirts previous the tourbillon at six o’clock, which seems to be unbelievable.
It’s all concerning the sound
The Swiss model has put important effort into making certain the diameter and thickness remained proportionate and eminently wearable. The important thing with any minute repeater is the amplification of the chiming sound and making certain it’s pleasing to the ear. To realize this, the mid-case has been widened as a lot as doable to accommodate the motion whereas permitting sufficient area to create a soundbox.
Contemplating all this has been achieved whereas sustaining a 43mm diameter and 14mm top, it’s fairly spectacular. The case’s geometry has additionally been meticulously designed, developed, and tailored to maximise titanium’s properties and improve its influence, amplifying the resonance chamber whereas permitting the important partitions to contribute to the resonance.
…deforms little or no below stress…
Titanium has a excessive elastic modulus, which signifies that it deforms little or no below stress and is extra inflexible as a consequence. Its low density ensures that it is usually light-weight, and it retains the vibratory power from sound effectively, fairly than permitting it to dissipate. The H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Minute Repeater Tourbillon is proscribed to simply 20 items. For those who’re feeling flush and need to reserve one for your self, you are able to do so right here.
Junghans — 1972 Automated FIS Version
Throughout 13 days in February and March, athletes from everywhere in the world will convene for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf, to check each their bodily and psychological limits. They may struggle for each fraction of a second and each meter to attempt to safe the gold medal, and, in flip, the title of world champion. Oberstdorf will turn into the middle of the world for winter sports activities over these 13 days.
As official timing companion for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Junghans presents the 1972 Automated FIS Version, restricted to 500 items. Stable chrome steel, screw-down crowns, and a putting crown guard quantity to an athletic silhouette. A second timezone is displayed on the interior bi-directional rotating bezel, that includes the purple and blue coloring of the occasion brand.
Winter sports activities prepared
In a lot the identical method athletes modify to outside situations, the 1972 Automated FIS Version is characterised by its extraordinary sturdiness due to the sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating and water-resistance as much as 300m. The Junghans 1972 Automated FIS Version shall be out there in February and priced at £1,575. Discover out extra on the Junghans web site right here.
Seals Watch Co — Sea Storm
Seals Watch Co is a small microbrand primarily based in California, US. Whereas one of many points many individuals have with microbrands is their tendency to pop up recurrently, launch a watch, after which fade into obscurity, this isn’t the case with Seals Watch Co. The model began again in 2014 and is now launching its sixth mannequin, the Sea Storm.
…impressed me by way of its construct development and ending.
I’m a fan of Seals Watch Co. I’ll make no effort to cover that. I purchased a Mannequin C again in 2018 for my wedding ceremony. It’s an incredible watch and impressed me by way of its construct development and ending. I put on it recurrently, and I’ve been following model proprietor Michael, and his work, ever since.
It’s 1960 in 2021
Whereas I’ve loved many of the designs Seals have launched, the model’s newest providing is one in all its greatest thus far. The Sea Storm is the primary dive watch from Seals. It’s a contemporary tackle the 1960s skin-diver aesthetic and navigates the same old stereotypes very effectively. Taking inspiration from the venerable Seiko 62Mas and Glashütte SeaQ, it’s in good firm. The satin-brushed chrome steel case is a svelte 38mm extensive and accented with a sliver of polished accent alongside the highest beveled edges. The crystal could have a classic, high-dome scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating utilized. You have got the selection between a Miyota 9015 (date) or 9039 (no date) automated motion to maintain this child ticking.
Seals launched the primary wave of the Sea Storm pre-orders again on the finish of November, and so they offered out in a short time. I’m speaking just some hours. The ultimate wave is dropping as we speak at 10 am PST on the Seals Watch Co web site, which is 7 pm CET. Costs are $575 plus delivery, however you may reserve yours for simply $300 upfront, with the stability due when it’s able to ship round mid-Could. The watch comes on a bracelet and contains an additional strap too. The one selection now for me is which colour? I’m leaning in direction of the black dial and bezel as within the above picture. I feel it’s essentially the most basic, however the gray is a detailed second!
John Roberts Wristwatches — The Archetype
This subsequent watch is one that you simply’ll be seeing extra of within the close to future as this vary will characteristic in our “Subject Of The Week” column subsequent week. You may anticipate some extra element there however I wished to throw them out right here upfront too.
…gown watch aesthetics with instrument watch performance.
John Robert Wristwatches is the brainchild of John Barclay, a Melbourne-based watch fanatic and a long-time Fratelli member. On the finish of this month, he’s launching his new design, The Archetype. It’s a watch he designed to mix components of gown watch aesthetics with instrument watch performance. Of The Archetype, John mentioned, “It permits you to take your type with you wherever, from the boardroom to board shorts and every little thing in between.”
Obtainable in three colorways (white, blue, and charcoal), the Archetype incorporates a fairly fetching linen dial texture. This linen dial is a good texture selection and has lately confirmed standard with fellow microbrand Zelos Watches, in its Nova assortment. We are literally giving away a Zelos Nova with a linen dial right here! Test it out!
The Archetype is on the market in a selection of actions; Swiss automated or Swiss Excessive Accuracy Quartz (correct to +/- 10 seconds per 12 months). Pre-orders start on Kickstarter on Saturday, 30 January 2021. Costs begin at $389 for the quartz mannequin and $789 for the automated. Discover out extra on the John Robert Wristwatches web site.