Last week, HODINKEE and Audemars Piguet hosted an event at the Swiss watchmaker’s New York City boutique on 57th. On display were some of the brand’s finest timepieces, including those unveiled at this year’s SIHH in Geneva just two months ago. The Millenary Minute Repeater in Titanium, which we covered here, was on hand as were several of the brand’s grand complication pieces. It’s not a HODINKEE party without vintage pieces, folks and there were some gems pulls right from the AP museum in Le Brassus, Switzerland.
King of the blogosphere Michael Williams turns us to this gem he recently came across during his last trip to Vegas. It’s supposedly a reproduction Chinese pilot’s watch from the ’60s and the detailing is really worth checking out. Notice the Chinese Star as well as the other markings on the dial. There were roughly 1,400 watches made exclusively for the Chinese Air Force. It’s got an automatic movement with a 40 hour power reserve, is made in China and comes with a steel back but add $35 for a crystal back.
Who doesn’t like a good field trip? Michael from ACL gives us a tour of the IWC Watch Factory in Switzerland. Why’s this relevant, you ask? I think alot of people don’t know what actually goes into making watch as timeless as an IWC. The Swiss watchmaker has invested alot to maintain a modern and clean environment for the watch makers and it certainly pays dividends. The time and dedication put into each IWC watch is unmeasurable. With these shots, MW gives us insight into something we normally wouldn’t be able to experience so definitely peep the imagery.
We peeped this watch at last year’s (capsule) show and have been dreaming about it since. Yes, we know it’s a G-Shock but the detailing is impeccable and collaborative efforts like this one with Garbstore are worth mentioning. The timepiece features a black-on-black face with a green printed check strap and also comes with a premium leather zip case made by The Heritage Belt Company of England.
Uniform Wares continues deliver well crafted timepieces which highlight their minimalistic design approach. The 300 series happens to be the British brand’s first-ever chronograph watch and we’re really impressed with the offering. The watch looks great on the wrist, and for the spring and summer seasons ahead, we’re really digging this specific finish which features a satin brushed finish with a tan strap made from Italian leather.
Hodinkee done did it again with a first look at British watchmaker Bremont’s latest creation, the P-51 Limited Edition chronograph watch. The company’s known for their aviation-themed timepieces but this beauty really takes things to a new level as it features actual aluminum from the outer skin of an historic P-51 Mustang plane which took flight during World War II as well as Sweden and Israel shortly thereafter.
On this watch, you can find the aluminum on the central 30-minute subdial and on the self-winding rotor which can be seen through the display caseback. The P-51 houses a modified Swiss chronograph chronometer movement, with the addition of a 24-hour UTC hand. No detail was spared on this watch as the winding rotor is a miniature version of a P-51 propeller.
When they said Limited Edition, they meant it as only 251 of the P-51 Limited Edition chronograph will be released.
As part of Cartier‘s “Calibre de Cartier” collection which made its debut last year, the luxury brand has unveiled the Calibre de Cartier Astrotourbillon at this year’s SIHH in Geneva. The model features Cartier’s Calibre 9451 MC Astrotourbillon manual winding movement and the end all result looks stunning to say the least. The 47mm titanium case is fitted with a black alligator strap and is limited edition 100 pieces, each individually numbered.
Ahead of the SIHH, which takes place in less than two weeks time, is a look at Audemars Piguet‘s Millenary Minute Repeater. The timepiece is a wonderful blend of expertise, technical sophistication and innovative materials. Audemars continues to push the envelope and this watch goes show the amount of resources the watchmaker invests in R & D. The Millenary Minute Repeater is fitted with hours, minutes, seconds and minute repeater functions and equipped with a winding system specially developed for its hand-wound Calibre 2910. The refined movement features a new AP escapement, a double balance-spring, and overall construction that’s unparalleled.
The anthracite grey dial looks superb with its applied pink gold Roman numerals and silvered small seconds subdial. The oval-shaped titanium case is mated with a black hand-sewn crocodile leather strap, fastened by a titanium AP folding clasp.
Swiss watchmaker March LA.B has dropped some new stock at Los Angeles’ Union and the 1805 pocket watch really stood out from the pack. “An homage to the unmistakable style of the First French Empire. Engraved emerald dial with gold indexes set in a black PVD treated stainless steel case.” The set comes with a watch chain including a lobster buckle and a T-bar buckle as well as a desk stand.
The fine folks at Hodinkee have turned us to a rare pre-SIHH drop from high-grade Swiss watchmaker Piaget. The Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic is said to be the world’s thinnest automatic tourbillon measuring in at 10.4mm thick.
Piaget is known for their ultra thin mechanical movements, and it is fitting that their newest release, announced in advance of the SIHH in a few weeks, pushes the boundary on what is possible with an ultra-thin watch. Any watch at 10.4mm thick is considered thin, a tourbillon at this size is really impressive, an automatic tourbillon at this depth is really something extraordinary.
Let’s dig a bit deeper, shall we? Inside the Emperador Coussin is Piaget’s own caliber 1270P ultra-thin mechanical self-winding tourbillon movement which has a power reserve of 40 hours. On the outside the time is displayed off center, as both the tourbillon and the micro-rotor are on the front of the dial. This beauty is 46.5mm in diameter and is available in both rose gold and white gold. The white gold version is presented on a black alligator strap with white gold buckle, and while the red gold is on a blown alligator strap with red gold buckle.
For more details on Piaget’s Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic, head over to Hodinkee.