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Autumn’s new releases
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Autumn’s new releases

Wednesday, 15 September 2021
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Christophe Roulet
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With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.

Autumn is always a time to take stock of the new watches presented after the usual run of fairs. Following the upheavals to the 2020 calendar due to the global pandemic, and as the situation returns to normal, now is the time to take a closer look at some of the latest offerings: proof that watch brands have lost none of their creativity.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph 42

Audemars Piguet has made 2021 the year of the Royal Oak Offshore, with a slew of new Chronograph and Diver versions. Latest to date is a selfwinding flyback chronograph in a 42mm case, in titanium or steel, powered by the Calibre 4404 movement. The dial retains the inimitable Méga Tapisserie pattern with a new layout for the counters, now in reverse order with the hour counter at 12 o’clock and small seconds at 6 o’clock. The minute counter is unchanged at 9 o’clock.

Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two

Bovet has imagined a new look for the Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two, introduced in 2020, with a black DLC titanium case framing a Super-LumiNova® dial in yellow, blue, salmon, turquoise, green or violet. This distinctly contemporary appearance is accentuated by the blackened movement finish. The tourbillon, which also carries the small seconds indication, is at 6 o’clock under a large date and a display for the ten-day power reserve.

Gérald Genta Arena Retro Mickey Mouse Disney

The iconic Gérald Genta Mickey Mouse watch is back! The very one that – somewhat irreverentially – introduced high-end watchmaking to the world of cartoons. True to form, this latest version features Mickey laughing and dancing on the rhodium-plated sunburst dial. One of his arms points to the retrograde minutes on a 210° sector display. Jumping hours are in an aperture at 5 o’clock.

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Perpetual Calendar

H. Moser’s “zen attitude” continues with this Streamliner Perpetual Calendar, a lesson in perfectly mastered minimalism that does away with the obvious trappings of a perpetual calendar complication. Months are indicated by a tiny red and white central hand. The instantaneous date is shown in an aperture at 4 o’clock. An indicator for the 168 hours of power reserve, at 10 o’clock, has been discreetly incorporated into the minute track. With its rounded case, integrated bracelet and fumé dial, the apparent simplicity of this new Streamliner belies the complexity within.

Hublot Big Bang DJ Snake

Partner to Hublot since 2018, DJ Snake is a global star on the electro dance music scene. Named in his honour, this Big Bang DJ Snake will stand out in any crowd. The iridescence on the bezel and the six components of the 45mm titanium case is obtained with the “Newton effect”: a technique similar to PVD treatment. Adding to the originality, the colours never appear to be the same, depending on where the light is coming from. The bezel cut-outs are by DJ Snake.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”

Nelson Mandela once declared that “sport has the power to change the world.“ The Laureus Sport for Good foundation puts this belief into practice by supporting over 250 programmes for disenfranchised youth in 50 countries. Every year since 2006, IWC has issued a special edition timepiece in honour of Laureus Sport for Good. This fifteenth edition takes the form of a Pilot’s Watch in an all-blue livery, from the ceramic case to the dial and the rubber strap with a textile inlay.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura

This jewellery watch is a stunning ode to femininity. A large precision moon phase – one that will require no adjustment in 972 years – in mother-of-pearl is beautifully complemented by the two rows of diamonds. The stones on the outer circle are in a classic prong setting, while the diamonds on the inner circle are in a grain setting. Yet more diamonds frame the star chart on the lapis-lazuli dial. This celestial map marks the brightest stars of each constellation, completed by tiny hemispheres in polished gold. Sitting at the edge of the dial and set by the second crown, a gold star marks the hour of a special rendezvous.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Limited Edition 200

Montblanc commemorates the two-hundredth anniversary of Nicolas Rieussec’s inking chronograph with this limited edition. The 60-second and 30-minute chronograph counters take the shape of disks in the bottom section of the dial, which is decorated with barleycorn guillochage. They rotate under a fixed double-tipped hand, a system that recalls Rieussec’s original device. The off-centre dial at 12 o’clock displays hours, minutes and a second time zone, with a day/night indication. There is also a date aperture at 6 o’clock.

Oris Aquis Date Upcycle

Oris is marking its climate-neutral status – a long-term goal that was recently certified by independent climate experts ClimatePartner – with the Aquis Date Upcycle dive watch. The brand is active in cleaning up ocean plastic through its Change for the Better programme, working alongside ocean conservation organisations. Leading by example, the colourful dial of this new Aquis Date is made from recycled PET.

Piaget Polo Date 36 mm

In 1979 Piaget gave a name to its sporty-looking watch: the Piaget Polo. Some forty years later, this classic design returns as the Piaget Polo 36 mm, still with the characteristic cushion shape of a dial embedded in a perfectly round bezel. This aesthetic signature lends itself to seven references in steel or pink gold, with or without diamonds, and a fully paved version. The slim profile of the 501P calibre with automatic winding underscores the elegant nature of this unmistakably Piaget watch.

Richard Mille RM 029 Automatic Winding Le Mans Classic

Richard Mille has been a partner to the Le Mans Classic since the event’s inception in 2002. Held every two years, it brings some 700 historic racing cars together with more than 8,000 “old timers” in the club areas. Cancelled in 2020, the next edition will be in 2022. To make the wait a little easier, Richard Mille has released a 150-piece limited edition of the RM 029 Le Mans Classic, featuring a Quartz TPT® case and bezel, mounted on a white rubber strap. The baseplate and bridges of the Calibre RMAS7 movement are in titanium. The 24-hour display at 2 o’clock is joined by a large date aperture.

Ulysse Nardin Torpilleur Moonphase

As a brand with a rich past in marine chronometry, Ulysse Nardin introduced its Marine collection in 1996. The Marine Torpilleur, a new-generation chronometer, launched in 2017. In 2021, seven new models are joining the Torpilleur portfolio, including this Moonphase. Distinguishing features include a fluted bezel, a dotted minute track and Roman numerals. The movement is equipped with a silicon balance spring in addition to an escape wheel and lever in DIAMonSIL®: silicon coated with synthetic nanocrystalline diamond.

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