Ah, the sight and sound of brilliant new watches thundering across the horological prairie is more than enough to get any watch lover riding high in the saddle. There are just so many magnificent watches speeding before our eyes, glistening in the setting sun, that even Antoine Martin’s remarkable new Slow Runner can escape our grasp unless we make determined efforts to round ‘em up and rope ‘em in. Here for your delight is another weekly watch round-up of some of the best new watches.
Girard Perregaux Constant Escapement
We will be featuring this more fully next week, but Girard Perregaux have just released what they describe as a true technical revolution that has stunned connoisseurs when some prototypes of the innovative mechanism were first presented. The Constant Escapement is now integrated into the movements driving the new models of Girard-Perregaux’s Haute Horlogerie collection. It has taken five years of research and development in virtually unexplored territory to consolidate and ensure the reliability of this significant step in watchmaking history. The watch addresses what many see as the holy grail of watchmaking, constant force from a mechanical timepiece. The watch features a completely new architecture and a radical re-design of the escapement. More to follow next week.
Glashütte Original unveils new look watches
There are many that go ga-ga for anything new from Glashütte Original, so there will be much excitement that the Glashütte Original in-house design team has introduced a number of changes to the existing models to achieve a stunning new look that is both classic and contemporary at once. The bezel has been cut back to make room for a lacquered silver-grain dial whose finely textured surface forms a sumptuous backdrop for deep black Roman numerals and a classic black railroad chapter ring. Along with the superb new dial visuals, the Saxon manufactory’s in-house designers have made a number of more subtle but no less effective changes. The previous versions used a button at 8 o’clock to reset the second hand to zero; the new version replaces the button with a corrector inset in the case. The new timepieces are presented in a 40 mm case both polished and brushed surfaces, either in red gold or stainless steel version, and the matt black Louisiana alligator bracelet attaches the watch perfectly to the wearer’s wrist. Depending on the case material, the fold-over clasp is made of red gold or stainless steel.
Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco
We will definitely be featuring this stunning new collection in more detail next week. To design a collection that bears the name of such an incomparable and unforgettable celebrity is both a challenge and a source of enduring pride for Montblanc’s designers and jewellers, who were inspired by the grace and preferences of this European-American style icon to create a collection of new models that pay homage to the memory of Princesse Grace de Monaco. The watches in the Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco have a very contemporary diameter of 34 millimetres. A perfectly round dial and a simple circular case acquire fascinating excitement from the elliptical bezel and flange (réhaut) along the longitudinal axis from “12” to “6”. Princess Grace’s inimitable style was based on straightforward forms and uncomplicated gestures which she skilfully combined to produce an irresistible elegance.
Arnold & Son Unveils Its Time Pyramid
Deftly demonstrating its British heritage and ingenuity in watchmaking, Arnold & Son unveils a totally new watch movement with unique architecture: the original Time Pyramid wristwatch. With a skeletonised pyramid-shaped movement seemingly floating between two sapphire crystals, the Time Pyramid is a masterful rendition of technical prowess and unparalleled elegance. This superbly engineered wristwatch is part of the brand’s Instrument Collection that combines instrument precision with classical styling. Inspired by the regulators created by John and Roger Arnold over two hundred years ago, and by antique British skeleton clocks, the new Arnold & Son exclusive mechanical Calibre A&S1615 was conceived of, designed and developed in-house at the company’s La Chaux-de-Fonds workshops, Switzerland. To reflect the spirit of the brand’s rich history, yet with a vigilant eye to the future, Arnold & Son has created a highly cohesive and seductive blend of watchmaking feats in this timepiece that includes regulator, skeleton, vertical linear movement, pyramid-placement of components and multi-dimensional depth. The Time Pyramid is part of the Instrument Collection, wherein timepieces are easily identified by their sophisticated dial designs, off-centered hours and minutes indication and visual display of complexities.
Antoine Martin Slow Runner
It is often said that true genius zigs while others zag, and that’s very much what skilled watchmaker Martin Braun has done with the new Antoine Martin Slow Runner. Braun devised a radical new concept that happens to be the exact opposite of what everyone else in the industry is doing. Instead of building a watch with one of the most common frequencies: 2.5Hz (18,800 vph), 3Hz (21,600 vph), 4Hz (28,800 vph), or with a high frequency such as Zenith’s 5Hz (36,000 vph) or Breguet’s 10Hz (72, 000 vph)— he made a watch that oscillates at the slowest frequency possible – 1Hz (7,200 vph). It literally runs slower than any other wristwatch in the world. The idea came to him a couple of years ago after reading an article a futurologist had written about how the world is destined to start slowing down again.
By drastically reducing the frequency to 7,200 semi-oscillations (vibrations) per hour, or 1 Hz, the watch should lose accuracy over the higher frequency watches produced by everyone else. However, Antoine Martin has arrived at a way to offset the lower frequency by incorporating a giant 24 mm diameter balance which generates so much kinetic energy that it cannot be disturbed. As a result of the slower rate of oscillation, the second hand jumps more distinctively than a higher frequency watch. So, you can see the second hand advance in two jump increments every second. Look out for fuller coverage next week.
Watch the birdie: Hugo Boss’ hole in one gift giveaway
It might be time to hit the driving range. Hugo Boss has just launched a new UK-wide campaign that will help to promote and position its watches towards golfers. Approximately £1 million worth of specially commissioned, limited edition Boss Watches will be awarded to golfers able to record a verified hole-in-one between April 15 and October 31, 2013. Winners will also receive membership in the Boss Watches H1 Club, launched in association with The Telegraph and golfing social network HowDidiDo. As nearly 4,000 official holes-in-one were recorded in 2012, a large number of winners is likely. Registration is not required for the promotion, as all official club competitions are recorded via HowDidiDo, meaning a hole-in-one will be noted and automatically ratified by the club.
TechnoMarine sets sail for Baselworld 2013
TechnoMarine has unveiled two new watches to be showcased at the world’s biggest wath event, Baselworld. They’re adding to the Steel Evolution line with the Steel Evolution Carbon. The watch features a stainless steel case covered in lightweight carbon fibre, and also has carbon fibre incorporated into some of TechnoMarine’s signature components, such as the brand’s hallmark silicone strap.
TechnoMarine Cruise Monogram
TechnoMarine is also taking its popular collections—Cruise Original and Cruise Star—in a new direction. The Cruise Monogram pays homage to the TechnoMarine logo, which is inspired by the curvature of a shark tooth shaped as the letters “T” and “M.” The logo is used as a recurring monogram on the dial of the Cruise Monogram collection. TechnoMarine Cruise Monogram is available in tones of gold, silver, and dark grey, featuring the logo motif repeated across a mirrored dial in a nearly sheer effect.