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Oris Celebrates The Monkey King

The word from Oris who have just launched a movie tie-in watch, based on their Aquis model;

We’re delighted to introduce our latest co-creation, the Sun Wukong Limited Edition, a 2,000-piece limited-edition version of our high-performance Aquis Date diver’s watch that’s been designed and produced in partnership with the Shanghai Animation Film Studio Co. (SAFS).

The watch celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Chinese animated feature film, The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven, which was produced by the Wan brothers and originally released by SAFS in 1961 during the Second Golden Era of the Chinese film industry.

The Monkey King, or Sun Wukong in Mandarin Chinese, is a legendary mythical figure from the 16th century Chinese classic novel Journey to the West. The story tells of how Sun Wukong, a monkey born from stone, acquires supernatural powers before rebelling against heaven. In the story, the Monkey King acquires a red pillar with golden tips that he shrinks to become a staff to fight his enemies and their unjust ways with, creating the “uproar” described in the title.

Oris’s designers saw an opportunity in the Monkey King’s staff, a magical red and golden pillar he uses to defeat his enemies. The seconds hand became that weapon, red with golden tips. To express how fast the Monkey King spins it in battle, the designers abstracted the form, adding repeating flashes of blue that diminish and return in size and colour to suggest constant motion.

The effect is intoxicating, creating a tangible and yet otherworldly impression of a fast-spinning staff, which becomes almost audible as you look at it. Beyond its unique, playful aesthetic, the Sun Wukong Limited Edition carries the same quality signifiers and refined silhouette the Aquis Date has become known for. It has a 41.5 mm stainless steel case and a uni-directional rotating bezel that’s equipped with an ocean blue ceramic bezel that plays an appreciable role in delivering the watch’s singular character.

Crown protectors, a screw-down crown and a stainless steel bracelet with an extendable folding clasp serve as a reminder of the watch’s impeccable underwater credentials – as the dial indicates, the watch is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres). Inside it is an automatic mechanical movement that provides the watch with its sweeping, “spinning” central seconds hand. Completing the story, the case back is engraved with the head of Sun Wukong and his staff, while the same dial abstraction repeats on the special presentation case. Only 2,000 pieces will be made.

More here. 

Bremont Limited Edition Longitude: Bespoke & Old School

This imited edition luxury watch is a tribute to that fabled quest for accurate Longitude, which was resolved by the genius of John Harrison who developed the ship’s chronometer and eventually won the 20,000 pounds prize offered by Parliament.

Bremont’s new 40mm wide, big crown watch also costs around 21 grand in rose gold, and 15K in stainless steel. It will go on sale on December 1st.

That red dot in the middle of the dial is the automatic power reserve indicator by the way. It has a distinct retro appeal, it almost looks like a marriage watch, you know where they recase a pocket watch movement, plus it has that polished bezel that reminds me of a ship’s chronometer.

It’s a handsome devil but expensive, despite the British made kudos. A true collectors item in the long run? Maybe.

Here’s the word from Bremont;

Not only does the Longitude house the brand’s first manufactured movement from its new ENG300 movement series but it also incorporates original brass from the historic Flamsteed Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London.

At Greenwich, the brass Flamsteed Meridian line marks the historic position where the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, made his observations and laid the foundations for accurate timekeeping and navigation.

Bremont has made considerable investment into new machinery, staff and training and the firm’s in-house technical team has modified the base K1 calibre, for which it has acquired the full rights to manufacture and re-engineer from Swiss firm “THE+”. The ENG300 series is the result of Bremont re-engineering 80% of the base calibre, including making a number of design improvements, in order to build a proprietary movement to the brand’s unique specification.

VERDICT;

Is a Bremont a good investment? Let’s take a look online and see what pre-owned examples are selling for? We found a 2017 chronometer whoch made just under £7000 at Bonhams, that’s pretty respectable.

Another less impressive result was at the Worthy auction site, where a Bremont Chronometer made just $1600 back in May 2021. Over on eBay we saw a Bremont Solo on sale ( or Offers) at two grand, which is exactly a grand less than the new price, or a 33% depreciation. Assuming it sells of course.

A Bremont ALT-Z model was on offer from a dealer for £3000. Brand new it retails from 5K upwards, depending on spec. That’s a hefty 40% depreciation, again assuming that someone pays the three grand for it.

On that basis you could be looking at dropping about five grand on this Longitude model if you decide to sell it in 3-5 years time. That’s not great is it? Maybe Bitcoin isn’t so risky after all..

 

 

 

Ltd Editions: Citizen Calibre 2100 White Dial

The Citizen Calibre 2100 in white is one of those perfect watches. It’s a bit different from the pack, look at the case shape. The dial design has a symmetry and is packed with features. Then there’s the limited production run of 2100 watches worldwide, so yeah, collectable too.

Here’s the word from Citizen and the RRP is £795 on this one.

Citizen’s most iconic watch is recreated in a stunning limited edition timepiece, discover the Calibre 2100. Packed with features to accompany you from day-to-day, including 1/5 second chronograph, perpetual calendar, 12/24 hour time, alarm, screw-back case & crown, flyback chrono and water resistance to 200 metres.

Styled in a stainless steel case and bracelet with a white dial with high grade luminous hands and markers. Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and date display complete the look of this bold timepiece, presented in a limited edition box. Featuring Eco-Drive technology, powered by light, any light. Never needs a battery.

STOP PRESS; We just saw this one at £636 retail at Hilliers Jewellers online shop. That’s a sweet deal for Black Friday.

Ball 130th Anniversary Engineer Moon Calendar Edition

Ball watches have a 130th anniversary special on sale right now. Here’s the word from Ball;

Rooted in purposeful watchmaking, the Engineer II Moon Calendar is a dress watch with distinction. From its artful moon phase display to its robust stainless steel, it is a timepiece designed to go everywhere your imagination leads.
Check out the promo video here;

 

Anniversary price: the Engineer II Moon Calendar is part of our 130th celebration, limited to 1000 pieces and is now available for pre-order until 24 November 2021 at an exclusive price of £1810.
Crafted from stainless steel, the 40mm case of the Engineer II Moon Calendar is tough enough to handle all the unexpected bumps of daily wear with smooth elegance. At a case thickness of just 13.4mm, this everyday watch ensures a comfortable wearing experience.
The clean white dial presents the perfect backdrop to highlight the blue moon phase indicator as well as the dates of the month marked on the outer edge of the dial. With 4 recessed pushers on the flanks of the case to control the adjustment of the complications, the design of the Engineer II Moon Calendar is unadulterated minimalism at its best.
Day, date, month, and moon phase.
The true calendar timepiece showcases sophisticated functionality with high legibility. The spacious day and month windows are perfectly complemented by the whimsical fourth hand and its crescent moon tip that indicate the date.
Not to be overshadowed, the moon phase display showcases our watchmaking prowess with elegance and precision, accompanied by markings that indicate the time it takes for the moon to complete one phases cycle: 29½ days. A timepiece full of complications, presented with simplicity.
More at the Ball website.

Autodromo Vic Elford Chrono: Fire Up Your Motors

Those motorsport fans at Autodromo watches have a stunning chronograph just out, the Vic Elford special edition. Just 350 pieces will be made, retails at $775. Here’s the word from Autodromo;

Vic Elford is a living legend of motorsport, celebrated for his outright speed as well as his mastery of the world’s longest and most challenging race courses such as the Nurburgring and the Targa Florio.

His name is inextricably linked with the Porsche marque, as he won many significant races for Porsche throughout the 1960s. He was the first man to campaign the 911 in rally events, eventually winning the Monte Carlo rally for Porsche. He was also at the wheel of a Porsche when he crossed the finish line first at the Daytona 24 hours, winning Porsche’s first ever 24 hour race. In the 908, he won the Nurburgring 1000km race a total of 3 times.

Elford won the Targa Florio and Sebring for Porsche as well. In the fearsome 917 langhek, Elford dominated the 1970 Le Mans for 18 hours until his car broke. Elford’s extraordinary versatility led to a rich and diverse career, encompassing Rally, Endurance Racing, Road Racing, Formula 1, Trans Am, Can Am, NASCAR, and even the Paris Dakar Rally.

Autodromo has collaborated with Vic Elford a second time to create this limited edition timepiece to commemorate Vic’s epic, yet un-sung drive to finish 2nd at the 1969 Targa Florio race in Sicily. After a stunning win against all odds the previous year, Elford nearly repeated the feat in 1969. After setting fastest time in practice (35m 54.7s) Elford looked to be the favorite for back to back victory.

However, soon after the start of the race, a failed alternator belt forced Elford to limp back to the pits losing 6 minutes to his team mate Gerhard Mitter in an identical Porsche 908/02.

Elford chased Mitter, shaving an entire minute off his lead each lap, setting new lap records each successive lap, ultimately taking 46.5 seconds off his own qualifying record. After a small incident with Alfa Romeo’s Nanni Galli, Elford knew his charge would fall short of victory, but continued driving as fast as possible. In the end, he finished 2 mins and 49 seconds behind his team mate, having yet again set the fastest laps ever driven on the Sicilian mountain circuit.

We always remember those epic drives that end in victory. With this watch, we celebrate the story of Elford’s determination, guts, and sheer driving brilliance, even when he knew it was unlikely he could win.

With a dial inspired by the colorful paintwork on Elford’s Porsche 908/02, this special edition is limited to 350 numbered pieces. The caseback features a map of the Targa Florio circuit, which wound through the villages and mountain passes of Sicily, as well as Elford’s practice lap record and race lap record. The Vic Elford Prototipo comes in special edition packaging along with an illustrated booklet, and signature card hand-signed by Elford himself. Original artwork commissioned by Autodromo from renowned automotive illustrator Dwight Knowlton graces the cover of the booklet and signature card.

Hublot Big Bang DJ Snake: Purple Reign

If Prince were still around then this would be the logical choice for His Royal Purpleness. The Hublot DJ Snake may well be 45mm across, which is kinda large for a pocket sized superstar, but still, what a match made in I Wish You Heaven. See what we did there?

OK, let’s talk specs. The case is satin polished titanium and has that iridescent glow, so the colour shifts as you move the watch in the light. Sapphire AR coated crystal and a camo style strap.

You only have 100m water resistance, but that should be OK for most poolside parties over at your local TikTok influencers rented mansion.

Inside you have a HUB chronograph movement, with the usual flyback button feature and 72 hours of power. That’s an impressive amount of longevity.

It’s a skeleton dial so you can see some of that handiwork and we like the hollowed out hands too, nice ghostly sort of face on this one.

It’s priced at £21,500, so yeah, crank up that crypto celeb scam idea, because you need to get rich quick. Just 100 pieces are being made.

Armin Strom: California Dreamin’

The latest from Armin Strom;

The Armin Strom Tribute 1 California, which continues the brand’s eye-catching fusion of tradition and transparent mechanics, features a California-style dial created in a choice of five fumé colours that offer a striking contrast to the black guilloché plate. Each colour option has been produced in a limited edition of five pieces.

The California dial: reviving a design icon

The newest interpretation of the Armin Strom Tribute 1, the brand’s popular modern dress watch, takes its name from the so-called California dial, which is distinguished by its alternating Roman and Arabic numerals.

The dial, which is offered in five different colours, also features bar markers and a railway track minute ring. The California dial design, which is a favourite among watch aficionados, dates back to the 1930s and with its distinct presentation on the coloured dials, it offers each proud owner a timepiece of distinction and a touch of exclusivity.

The visibility of the barrel on the dial makes the Tribute 1 California resolutely modern while the California dial gives it a pleasing vintage flair.

What we like about this; true handcrafted watchmaking. Got a real Fritz Lang Metropolis feel to it.

Price: $19,000 or so. Who’s counting?

Marloe Watch Celebrates Donald Campbell’s 100th

The Centenary of Donald Campbell’s birthday is something that Marloe Watches, and speed fans everywhere, can celebrate. Campbell junior lived in the shadow of his father to an extent, but carved his niche in the world of speed record breaking, becoming front page news in Britain back in the Sixties.

Watch the land speed Bluebird CN7 story here;

Here’s the word from Marloe Watches on their special edition;

The Centenary Edition is a celebration of a man borne of speed obsession who would travel firmly and resolutely into the annuls of speed history. His achievement on land and water captivated, inspired and motivated people to be better, to chase harder and love stronger. This 100 piece edition marks the 100th year from the day Donald Campbell was brought into this world, and with this unique conduit of memory we celebrate the inimitable speed master.

The design of the Centenary Edition is unique – we’ve taken a back seat – our logo is printed in clear gloss whilst Donald’s iconic Bluebird logo is centre stage. Glistening salt-white, gold and Bluebird blue, the Centenary Edition is heavenly in its presentation – classic, clean and uncomplicated. The gold-edged dial is surrounded by a moat of lume which is startlingly bright in vivid blue – Donald’s lucky colour – and just wait until you see the Bluebird icon at night.

We’re also honoured to be permitted to use the great man’s signature on our exhibition case back, and sign off this edition with the etched and paint-filled markings “Speed Record Breaker On Land And Water – Official Commemorative Edition – Donald Campbell”. A final unique touch to an already incredible watch. Supplied on a salty sand rally strap as standard, and numbered 001-100.

 

Surf’s Up Casio Dudes, Vision Is Highly Over-Rated

Casio have a new special collab edition out now, dubbed the Kanoa Igarashi. He’s a surfer bro. Here’s the blurb from Casio;

The new GBX-100KI is the second signature model endorsed by pro surfer Kanoa Igarashi, and is a special-edition watch with a design and colour theme created under Igarashi’s supervision.

The all-black watch is adorned with different textures and shades for each part including the bezel, band, and LCD, expressing Igarashi’s cool and unique worldview. The bezel and glass feature a graphic of Igarashi himself tube riding a massive wave. The dial, case back, and band tip feature Igarashi’s signature. The band’s lug side showcases the number 50, which is Igarashi’s number on the WSL Championship Tour.


The GBX-100KI is also equipped with Mobile Link functions that pair with a smartphone. With the dedicated smartphone app, the user can select a location from approximately 3,300 preset locations worldwide and send the information to the watch, including tide data, sunset/sunrise times, and other essential data for surfers.

In addition to displaying tide graphs and moon data, the watch comes with a variety of functions that are useful in daily training, such as distance traveled, time, and pace. The wide watch face uses a high contrast Memory in Pixel (MIP) LCD for optimum visibility.

Zenith Desert Storm – Another 50 Pieces in The Pipeline?

A limited edition Zenith El Primero/Defy is always like catnip for us here at NWC magazine.

Groovy beige strap,  beige sub-second dial trim, oh yes we like that, titanium case, beefy 45mm width, nice…oh heck, the price is £18,500. It’s a sell-out in the first 50 pieces, but you can add your name to the waiting list, so there could be another 50-100 next year.

OK, we can dream, here’s the word from Zenith;

Limited to just 50 examples, the DEFY Extreme Desert edition draws inspiration from the raw, elemental beauty of the desert. Crafted in titanium, the 1/100th of a second chronograph features Pusher protectors and bezel crafted in Falcon’s Eye gemstone, paired with a tinted sapphire dial with beige counters.