Recapping the week of watch releases, news, and our favorite things.
The first full week of 2020 has officially come to an end. While many of us expected a quiet few months as preparations are finalized for the upcoming watch fairs, there were some big surprises these first few days of this New Year. Let’s take a few minutes and recap what happened this week:
Longines Adds to the Heritage Collection with Classic Chronograph 1946
(Introduced January 6, 2020)
Longines continues to expand their Heritage collection with the new Classic Chronograph 1946. The new piece features the self winding chronograph movement L895 housed in a 40mm stainless steel case with a clean and simple two register subdial layout (a small seconds and a 30 minute counter). Aesthetically, the piece features a domed silver dial with blue steeled hands and Arabic numerals and is purchased on a black leather strap. Price $3,050 USD; check it out here.
Omega Brings Us The “Ed White” 321 Speedmaster
(Introduced January 7, 2020)
On the first #speedytuesday of the decade, Omega introduced the 321 Speedmaster “Ed White”. Following up last years platinum 321 timepiece, this new watch takes its design cues directly from the watch worn by Ed White during his historic spacewalk. With a 39.7mm symmetrical case, the exposed pushers and bracelet give a phenomenal vintage inspired look. The bezel keeps it’s traditional tachymetric indez, but is upgraded made of ceramic with white enamel text. The 321 movement is fully finished and can be seen through the exhibition case back on the timepiece. While the watch is not a limited edition, the understanding is that it will be a limited production watch, with an unknown number being produced each year. Price $14,100; more information available on the Omega website.
Introducing the Oris Aquis Lake Baikal Limited Edition
(Introduced January 8, 2020)
Keeping with their initiative to leave the world a better place, Oris introduced their first timepiece of the year, the Lake Baikal Aquis. A 43.5mm 300m dive watch with a gorgeous gradient ice-blue dial, powered by the Oris 733 automatic movement. The dial is inspired directly by the lake itself which holds 20 percent of the world’s fresh water. Limited to 1,999 pieces, proceeds go to support “Point No. 1”, a Lake Baikal conservation project with the aim of keeping the lake healthy and is the longest running such project in existence. Anticipated availability in February 2020 and priced at CHF 2,250, further details are available on the Oris website.
New Moser Watch, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph
(Introduced January 9, 2019)
Moser stepped outside the box this week with their Streamline Flyback Chronograph, bringing an unusual amount of minimalism to the complication. Limited to only 100 pieces, the watch boasts a new caliber, HMC 902 developed by Agenhor, which uses a retrograde system to allow the chronograph hand to jump instantly. The automatic movement composed of 434 pieces can be seen through an exhibition caseback without being blocked by the rotor which is actually located on the back side of the dial. The cushion shaped case measures 42.3mm with chronograph pushers located at 10 and 2 o’clock and the crown at 4 o’clock. Adding to the sports watch craze, Moser designed the Streamliner around the integrated bracelet made of single piece links. The limited edition timepiece is priced at $39,300; for more information, visit the Moser website.
Chat-worthy Videos: Hodinkee’s First Female Talking Watches with Bethenny Frankel
(Introduced January 10, 2020)
Hodinkee has put out their first episode of Talking Watches featuring a female guest, Bethenny Frankel. For those not aware, she is one of the stars on the reality TV show Real Housewives of New York and is also a businesswoman with several successful brands, her largest being SKinny Girl. Interviewed by Hodinkee correspondent Cara, the video highlights Bethenny’s collection of watches which include pieces such as the Rolex Daytona 116515LN, Patek Nautilus 7010R, Daytona 116505, Daytona 116508, Audemars Piguet 15400, and many others. The ladies discuss how Frankel views watch collecting and pursues new pieces, as well as stories as to how several of her pieces came to be in the collection, and highlights a few of her fathers timepieces.
Podcasts We Loved: Our Friends at Scottish Watches Interviewed Moser CEO Edouard Meylan
(Introduced January 10, 2020)
Airing the day after Moser’s Streamliner Chronograph, we got to hear from Moser CEO Edouard Meylan himself on the Scottish Watches podcast. Edouard discusses his experiences since taking over at Moser as well as the process and inspiration involved with the new limited edition timepeice.
Overall, not a bad start to the new year and decade. There were definitely some surprises this week that make us excited to see what’s next to come from the watch industry.