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Armin Strom: Why Does The Bear Follow The Salmon?

The latest funky engineering from Armin Strom features a salmon coloured dial, limited edition of just five pieces. Yep five. Like a bear stalking the salmon leap, wealthy watch collectors are loving this intricate workmanship.

Here’s the word;

After the“Sky Blue” and “Sea Green” editions of its innovative Pure Resonance model, Armin Strom celebrates the golden age of precision chronometry with a more traditional but equally striking “Salmon” guillochédial, handcrafted by Kari Voutilainen in a limited edition of only five pieces.

The physical phenomenon of resonance has long been a source of intrigue and fascination for watchmakers. It allows for a more regular timekeeping rate by synchronizing two balance wheels that oscillate in opposite directions at the same time. Even in modern watchmaking, watches incorporating the physical phenomenon are few and far between.

In fact, only ahandful of watchmakers in the entire history of watchmaking have attempted to harness the potential of this physical phenomenon, with varying levels of success and reproducible reliability.

IT’S ANTI-SHOCK, BUT NEXT LEVEL

With its ground-breakingand patented Resonance Clutch Spring, Armin Strom has succeeded where other watchmakers could not. The result of years of intensive research by ClaudeGreisler and the Armin Strom manufacture, it ingeniously incorporates the physical phenomenon of resonance by directly connecting two hairsprings for the fastest and most regular resonant state ever witnessed in a wristwatch, resulting in exceptional chronometric stability that is much more impervious to shocks and positional rate variances than traditionally built movements.

Lavishly hand-finished throughout with bevelled and polished edges and wide côtes-de-Genève stripes, this special edition is further embellished with a coppery-rose “salmon”coloured guilloché engraved dial, handcrafted by the celebrated independent and artisanal watchmaker Kari Voutilainen’s atelier using a traditional manual rose-engine lathe for a truly lavish touch.

The salmon colour and radiant guilloché pattern add a touch of old-worldchronometry to an otherwise cutting-edge piece of creative and highly technical independentwatchmaking.

On pre-order now, price is £53,000. More info from Armin Strom. 

Rebellion Re-Volt Dakar is Super Rare

We love the Dakar here at NWC magazine, even though it has decamped to Saudi Arabia. It remains the toughest off-road race out there and Rebellion watches have done a great job in capturing the right look for a tie-in watch.

Complete with Dakar logo, desert sand strap, plus the gas/brake markings on the chrono button, this Re-Volt model is available in just 20 pieces, so yeah, pretty limited edition. Price is 26,500 CHF, or about £21,500.

Here’s the word from Rebellion;

The Re-Volt Chrono Dakar is a concentrate of the racing spirit. Unique, demanding and uncompromising, this limited edition features a striking open architecture built around a titanium case with aerodynamic lines. Its ergonomics are designed like the cockpit of a GT in order to facilitate its use.

The hands move on a honeycomb dial like the grille of a supercar. The timing is carried out using the two push-buttons designed as accelerator and brake pedals.

The totalizer housed at 3 o’clock takes the features of a stylish tachometer. These and the indexes have golden tones. And to reinforce its “desert fox” personality, the Re-Volt Chrono Dakar is worn on a fabric strap in the colour of the landscapes of the rally tracks. Once again, every detail embodies Rebellion’s passion for the Dakar!

SINN Adds Splash of Colour For Spring

SINN has added some new models to their line up, here’s the word from their press office;

We present exciting additions to the range for the 556 model series, to which four coloured dials have been added.

Just 400 timepieces are available in each shade. In a departure from the brand’s usual aesthetic, their dials in emerald green, citrine yellow, aquamarine blue and carnelian red are impressive evidence that a fresh, contemporary look combined with SINN’s trademark design is a recipe for success.

Inspired by gemstone colours, the dials feature rhodium-plated, polished appliqués. To make them even more harmonious, the dials are finished using varnish with a metallic shimmer. This lends them a subtle glittering effect.

Price is 1290 euros, with a cheeky 120 euros shipping cost for the UK on top. Is it being sent by Uber or what?

More info here.

Bell+Ross Edition Limitada: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Bell+Ross has a new model in the range and it’s a revival of a classic gentleman’s club, cigar aficianado, kinda deal. The Edicion Limitada is a refreshing throwback to a time when men were er…men and you have to admire Bell+Ross for going with that old school Bryan Ferry/Richard Burton/Roger Moore man-about-town image.

It’s still a square watch though, so you either love that B+R vibe or you really want a brown Omega, Zenith or Breitling instead, all of which channel that oak panelled smoking room feeling.

Starting at £7200, it’s a pricey investment, so make sure you love it. Here’s the blurb from B+R;

In 2006, Bell & Ross launched the BR Vintage 126 XL Edición Limitada. This sporty chronograph from the Vintage collection has a round rose gold case.

In 2015, the WW1 Edición Limitada came along to embellish the series. This model takes up the design of the WW1, inspired by the first wrist watches. The retro-style timepiece features a round red gold case and very thin wire lugs.

Now, the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada is here: the third piece in this successful collection. More urban in design, this modern, technical watch features the Edición Limitada warm finish that is created with a brown dial and gold case.

The BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada is aimed for the chic, stylish dandy and urban epicurean. The watch is adorned with details specially designed with him in mind.

LORD BRETT SINCLAIR WOULD LOVE THIS WATCH

A lover of beautiful things, good food and good cigars, this sophisticated gent subscribes to a certain artde-vivre. The style and finishes in this limited series match his demeanour and way of life.
Deeply rooted in the 21st century, this hedonistic gentleman embraces a timeless approach to life.

He cultivates a certain refined classicism, revisited in a contemporary fashion. He likes to drive prestigious cars, sip smooth spirits, wear fine materials—and, of course, smoke good cigars.

However, you can be a non-smoker and still want to wear the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada chronograph. Any lover of refined objects will be moved by this watch, with its shimmering finishes that convey the elegant, urban, epicurean art of living.

– Gold covers the small, subtle details, like the outside
of the chronograph counters.
– Red can be found on the stopwatch hands, evoking
the cigar bands. As a nod to the cigar’s roots, the
Edición Limitada inscription on the dial is written in
red and in Spanish.

The colour code used is also a way to separate different functions, a Bell & Ross signature design detail. The two stopwatch hands are dressed in red. The large central hand measures the seconds, while the small hand on the counter at 9 o’clock measures the stopwatch minutes. The counter at 3 o’clock houses a small golden hand which displays the seconds: no risk of confusion.

It comes with a bracelet or there is a rubber strap variant, slightly cheaper. The box is a wooden delight by the way, plus you can get a matching proper cigar box with temp gauge – we love that detail.

More info here.

Oris Sixty-Five Diver: Chronos Collab Edition

Oris has released a special collab version of the Sixty-Five dive model. Just 200-pieces of the Divers Sixty-Five will be produced, made in collaboration with long-time friends at the legendary Chronos watch magazine.

The Chronos Limited Edition comes in a special presentation box with an additional leather strap and a strap-changing tool. Otherwise the key thing worth noting is the price at £2900, which is kinda tasty for an Oris diver, given that the stock Sixty-Five starts at £1400.

Love the blue dial, plus that see-thru caseback is a watch geek’s delight. But yeah, too pricey for us northerners.

More here.

Longines Hydro Conquest: Commonwealth Games Edition

Longines have  a special Commonwealth Games edition of their Hydro Conquest model, which could be a collectors item one day, although we think a standard one looks pretty cool too. Here’s the word;

Price in the UK is £1600 for the steel bracelet Commonwealth 2022 edition. You could buy the standard Hydro Conquest model and colour in the bezel numbers using Airfix paint. No, don’t try that…

This exclusive edition, limited to 2,022 pieces, celebrates one of the world’s greatest sporting events, which sees athletes from over 70 Commonwealth nations and territories compete against each other.

Those multi coloured bezel numbers are kinda Ball Watch don’t you think?

The watches in this line are distinguished by their daring design, taking up the codes of diving and aimed at demanding athletes. Water-resistance to 300 metres, a unidirectional rotating bezel, a
screw-down crown and case back, and a double security folding clasp with an integrated diving extension-piece are all features that emphasise the style of these timepieces.

Limited to 2,022 pieces, the HydroConquest XXII Commonwealth Games watch proudly displays the vivid colours of the event logo on its black ceramic bezel, as well as on the minute-track of its black sunray dial. Its 41 mm steel case contains an exclusive self-winding movement with a silicon balance-spring to ensure high-precision and a longer life span.

Longines should send one to Jeremy Clarkson, he LOVES Birmingham. Does the accent n everything.

These characteristics further enhance high-level performance and allow Longines to provide this watch with a 5-year warranty. To accentuate the uniqueness of this model, the case back is engraved with the Birmingham 2022 logo and “Limited Edition – 1 out
of 2022”. A stainless steel bracelet completes this timepiece with sporty and modern lines.

Skagen Collab: Moonphase Daydream

Skagen has launched a new moonphase quartz watch, which has a collab edge to it.

This one is inspired by Soulland, a Danish fashion design house and dare we say the black version has a touch of the Braun minimalist clocks and watches vibe going on?

We dared.  The steel bracelet variant also has that classic Seiko/Tissot link style so beloved of 60s and 70s watch designers too, closely packed, symmetrical taper.

There is an orange dial option too,.

The trio of new Skagens retail at £159. More here. 

Some G-Shocks Are Instant Collector’s Items

That is a true statement and the Casio G-Shock Rubik’s Cube edition, due to be launched soon, is one such watch. Bright colours, the connection to happy times in childhood, plus the added bonus of a collectors edition box too.

As many toy and action figure aficionados know, having the original packaging is everything. If not, you’re basically whistling into an emply solar wind, like a non-flashing light sabre.

So other reasons for owning this watch; mineral crystal, 3 year battery life, plus it isn’t too expensive compared to some other G-Shocks, which can cost over six grand. Yeah crazy times.

This one is a mere £139 and dare we say it, kinda more fun than a gold plated, carbon fibre, super trick radio player, sapphire crystal number. Surely you buy a Casio because it’s a tough everyday watch?

More details on the Rubik’s Cube edition here.

Bulgari Steve Aoki: Superlight Aluminium/Titanium Blend

Why do watch companies always seem to use steel for watch cases? Well, there are gold or bronze of course, but the fact is, stainless steel is super durable for decades and fairly scratch resistant too.

But how about a watch made from aluminum, which is super light like titanium? Bulgari are all over it, with their Steve Aoki special edition which mixes those two lightweight materials.

Here’s the word and yes, they did that v instead of u thing;

Boldly going beyond trends and eras, Bvlgari Aluminium has redefined what a luxury sport watch can be. For this Limited Edition, the Roman Maison has teamed up with DJ and music producer Steve Aoki, featuring his special logo on the watch’s dial. Like a flash in the night, the timepiece asserts itself in the darkness with a glorious radiance serving as a reminder that light always triumphs over obscurity.

Made from completely unexpected materials, it speaks a universal language that approaches the watchmaking world with a refreshing and incredibly modern allure.

Bvlgari Aluminium Steve Aoki Limited Edition watch with mechanical manufacture movement with automatic winding, hours, minutes, seconds and date indications,

B77 calibre (3.60 mm thick), 42-hour power reserve and 28,800 VpH. movement.

40 mm aluminium and titanium case, black rubber bezel with BVLGARI BVLGARI engraving, white dial coated with green SLN and featuring a special Steve Aoki logo that glows in the dark, date opening and black rubber bracelet with aluminium inserts. Water-resistant up to 100 meters.

Price is £3,050 – more details here.

Bronze Fan? Christopher Ward C60 is Worth a Look

So you want a dive watch that’s COSC grade, decent diameter and bronze case too? Well Christopher Ward can help you there matey with their C60 Ombre Green, COSC LE, Bronze edition.

Priced at £950 it is a little bit more than your average Indie brand, even a bronze model, but you do get that COSC movement accuracy, plus a better resale value, at least in the UK.

The movement is the trusty Sellita SW200, but obviously COSC level. A 42mm case is ideal for most wrists and a green strap is nice for everyday wear.  You get that cool trident end second hand too. Nice touch.

OK, you need to add a bracelet or more likley a silicone strap to go underwater, but this is a limited edition watch (500 pieces) that is worth a look if you love bronze case watches.  Depth rating is an impressive 600m by the way.

More here.