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The Wind Up – Watch News #52

In this instalment of our regular watch series, The Wind Up, we take a look at a celebratory timepiece from TAG Heuer, a super contemporary beauty from Girard-Perregaux and a winning piece from the kings of haute horlogerie, Greubel Forsey. So as always, sit back, relax and enjoy!


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While there’s no debate anymore around the beauty of the new Vintage assortment by Bell & Ross, these new Bellytanker versions add some charm and originality, for those who want something much more or something different, compared to classical black dial versions. The copper colour makes them quite unique and truly vintage.

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato Ceramic

Girard-Perregaux’s controversial Laureato is back, and this time in a super appealing ceramic package. This is a brilliant timepiece that has just gotten a hell of a lot better. The revelation of the Laureato is that it steps into the market dominated by the Royal Oak, the Nautilus and the Overseas, and like a breath of fresh air, it’s given the consumer so much buying power. The ceramic version holds its own as a very chic, very modern timepiece that has charisma and presence, but at the same time is quite unassuming. There is very little more for me to say, apart from expressing just how excited I am to see what GP will bring out next. Deep, dark and ominous, the Laureato Ceramic is just what GP needs to bring them into the 21st century.

 

To celebrate WorldTempus’s 16th anniversary, the French watchmaker has customised its vintage blue-and-gold-toned model inspired by naval officers’ uniforms, the BR 126 Aéronavale. The exclusive detail that makes this tag heuer aquaracer 18k unique is the figure 16 between two stars – an additional nod to Bell & Ross’s military inspiration – on the bezel at 4 o’clock.
For the new BR 03-92 Black Camo, the brand has developed an original military-type tricolor coating. Its dial is covered with a patchwork of matte greys, its situation and strap in matte black. This high-tech timepiece is practically undetectable, especially at night. Nevertheless, the display of your BR 03-92 Black Camo remains perfectly legible both day and night thanks to the photo luminescent coating on its hands, indices and numerals.

TAG Heuer 01

The polished, stainless steel situation has lugs that taper down steeply from the case, making it easier for the watch to sit on the wrist. The situation itself has an unusual construction. When viewed in the side, the bezel almost protrudes upwards from the middle case. You can’t help but think the watch could have done with a smaller situation size, maybe a 40-mm or 41-mm. What works really well are the gold accents on the sunray-finish blue dial, with gilt hour markers and numerals. The dial also features gilt skeletonized hands that are filled with Super-Luminova. The anodized blue aluminum bezel has a 60-minute gradation scale. It’s a well-proportioned and legible dial, the only eyesore being the date window at 3:30. That date window throws the symmetry off on an otherwise striking dial. A petite seconds subdial sits at 6 o’clock. The dial clearly references the historic military watches produced in the 1930s and ’40s. The case is topped by a curved sapphire crystal.

TAG seems to be reinventing themselves on a daily basis, and the advent of the Heuer 01 really brings to light just how far they’ve come. Skeletonisation, dark colours and sleek looks are in, and TAG has done extremely well to capitalise on this trend. The Heuer 01 is a revelatory timepiece that really pays tribute to TAG’s truest form: wearable and affordable Swiss watches. These are very well made, and while TAG may have somewhat lost their “oomph” from way back in their hey-day, the Heuer 01 is a prime example of why you need to pay them more attention. The Heuer 01 is under $7,000 on either a steel bracelet or a rubber strap, with either option adding a plethora of reasons why you should head on down to your TAG boutique and put a deposit down.

 

To develop the BR 03-92 Diver, Bell & Ross consulted not only its watchmakers but also experienced divers and other underwater experts, its goal being to develop a truly professional-grade diving instrument that would meet the strict ISO 6425 international standards that timepieces must meet before being labeled as “diving watches.” Among these criteria are a minimum water resistance of 100 meters, a calibrated bezel for preselecting dive times that is protected against accidental rotation, and indexes that are legible at a predetermined distance while underwater. (For a full explanation with the ISO 6425 criteria, and why so many so-called dive watches fail to meet them, click here.) The BR 03-92 hits these marks with flying colors: its squared ergonomic situation, made of satin-polished steel and measuring 42 mm in diameter, is water-resistant to 300 meters. It is equipped with a 60-minute unidirectional bezel with a luminescent dot at 12 o’clock for orientation. Its crown is protected by an impact-resistant guard and is fitted with a rubber insert for easy handling.

TAG Heuer Jack Heuer Special Edition

To celebrate the 85th birthday of Jack Heuer, TAG Heuer are launching a limited edition of the infamous Autavia. I’ve always admired the Autavia’s aesthetic. It has a very clean, very simple design that just seems to work. The unique bracelet, riveted bezel, and panda-oriented dial all look superb. The contrast between the monochromatic style of the case and dial and the black bezel and chronograph sub-dials work fantastically. The Autavia is an affectionate, almost playful timepiece whose characteristics sit on the edge of vintage and contemporary. Like the Heuer 01, the Autavia is an ode to just how diversely capable TAG Heuer are in the modern watch market.

Baume et Mercier Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition

I really enjoy Baume et Mercier. Their 187-year old atelier is full of creativity and quirky designs, but the consistent element about them is their sound attention to detail. Every single piece they manufacture is of the utmost quality, and for a manufacturer sitting in the more economically accessible segment of the watchmaking market, that in itself is a feat to applaud. Here is their latest piece, the Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition, made in celebration of the collaboration with the Indian Motorcycle Company and honouring racing legend Burt Munro. This is a very colourful, very playful and very well put together timepiece that combines the nostalgia of motorbike racing in the 1920s with contemporary watchmaking technologies. I know who this will appeal to, and I know Baume et Mercier has hit the nail right on its head with it.

Greubel Forsey QP à Équation

If you haven’t heard of Greubel Forsey, let me give you a quick little rundown on what they bring to the proverbial table. Despite their somewhat unappealing name, Greubel Forsey produces the best watches in the world, period. Daring designs, incredible mechanisms and finishing like you wouldn’t believe. The QP à Équation is just one of their many maddeningly stunning pieces, but this one is special in that it was awarded the very prestigious ‘Calendar Watch Prize’ by the Jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. As if it needed it though. Seriously, this is an incredible watch. I could go on ad nauseam about how well it’s been finishing. Or about its crazy mechanics. Or about its eye-watering price. But instead, I’m going to let the picture do all the talking. Find a single fault in it. I dare you.

If you enjoyed The Wind Up and would like to continue reading about watches, you can head on over to my blog, Haulogerie, where I delve a bit deeper into the wonderful world of watches.

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Camouflage was to start with used through the army during To start with World War. Its purpose was to hide or disguise men or objects. Green, khaki, brown, black and grey are the most commonly used colors. The matte treatment of these colors is a mandatory condition imposed by the military.
With such an inspiration in mind, the choice in the collection to do it with was not that complex at Bell & Ross: the recently updated Vintage line was clearly the most appropriate. The Bellytanker comprises two watches, the Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 as well as the BR V2-94 Bellytanker – one time-and-date and one chronograph, certainly a must-have for a speed-inspired collection.

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