Nomos introduced its Neomatik movement in 2015 in the Minimatik, Tangente and Metro models. The choice of dial was either silver or champagne. With the ‘nachtblau’ watches, Nomos has now added a third option – and IMHO it looks stunning. The dark blue tone gives these watches a whole different vibe- chic, mysterious, luxurious – without loosing any of the Nomos character [that I’ve come to love so much]. All three feature a neon orange seconds hand.
Today I updated our Patek Philippe 5960 database with the unique stainless steel 5960/1A-011.
The 5960/1A-011 is believed to be a piece unique created for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire and owner of Leicester City. Its chronograph hands are done in the colors of his Premier League football club, while the case back features an engraved image of a fox, the mascotte of the club.
Hodinkee recently posted an article on Michael Phelps and Omega’s timing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. To my surprise, the added promotional picture showed Phelps wearing a previously unknown variation of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph, sporting a black dial with lighter subdials.
A jump over to the Omega website didn’t reveal anything – not a single word on this mysterious new Planet Ocean. Omega has a history of honoring its ambassadors’ achievements (remember the Speedmaster The Legend?) – could this be something similar? I hope we’ll find out soon, but for now the finer details are still in the dark,. Nonetheless, here’s our provisional image and corresponding database entry. I will edit these as soon as more information comes in and as always: don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any details!
Amidst all the classic Patek Philippe & Audemars Piguet references added to our database, here’s something different: the 2016 Bell & Ross BR 01 92 Burning Skull.
The Bell & Ross BR 01 92 ‘Burning Skull’ was shown to dealers and journalist at BaselWorld 2016, but it was under embargo until recently. This new version of Bell & Ross’ iconic ‘Skull’ range features a micro-blasted stainless steel case with tattoo-style engraving on both the bezel as well as the sides. The engravings are hand-filled with black lacquer for optimal contrast. A limited edition of 500 pieces, the Bell & Ross BR 01 Burning Skull comes with both a brown alligator and a ‘ultra resistant’ black synthetic strap.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus in platinum (reference 5711/1P-010) was added to our database today – including pricing information.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1P-010 is easily one of the most sought-after Patek Philippe’s, with only a handful said to be produced each year – only available to those with not only deep pockets, but also exceedingly strong connections with Patek Philippe our their local representatives. It is not listed on the Patek Philippe website nor is it listed in their catalogs, enhancing its elusive and mythical status among collectors.
Word on the 5711/1P-010 first appeared around mid-2013, with sources indicating that the first pieces were delivered around the end of 2012. The idea for a modern platinum Nautilus is said to have come from either Thierry Stern directly or -alternatively- from an anonymous buyer who ordered a batch, but ended up not taking them [all].
Aside from its platinum case and bracelet, there are a few subtle differences in the dials when comparing the 5711/1P-010 with its stainless steel counterpart. The color is a more saturated blue and the date window is framed. The ‘Patek Philippe’ and ‘Geneve’ text are both done on a flat plane instead of over the regular striped pattern of the dial – the photo’s by WatchesBySJX illustrate this very well. In addendum to the words by SJX, I think it must be noted that the same is seen on the white dial 5711/1A-011 and other recent Nautilus’ like the 5980/1AR-001.
Last night Omega added four new models to its popular Planet Ocean line of watches. Including these four ceramic-cased ‘Deep Black’ versions, the total of 2016 Planet Ocean watches now stands at 36 – and I have just updated our database to feature every single one of them.
Omega introduced the third generation of the Seamaster Planet Ocean at BaselWorld 2016, but somehow only today managed to update its website to reflect the changes made to the collection, allowing me to finally fill in some gaps and add a few that escaped my attention earlier.
OK, don’t worry. If my own social media feed is any hint, I fully understand if by now you can’t read another word on the new Planet Ocean – so I’ll try and keep it short.
While perhaps a bit underwhelming at first sight, Omega went over the collection quite thoroughly with a gentle update of the design, a reconsideration of the case sizes and -of course- a METAS-certified movement in every single one of them. The addition of the ceramic-cased ‘Deep Black’ versions is a nice touch, though hardly unexpected considering the fact that the Dark Side of the Moon has been a hit for years.
Our full Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean database now stands at 145 separate watches. I’m missing a handful I guess – mainly the jeweled-versions of the early years. CLICK!
Edit – we now have the prices in EUR for the Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black’s added;
In the last couple of days I’ve been updating our IWC watch database – adding prices, refining descriptions, and adding new (and old) watches to our existing catalogue.
With a total of 556 IWC watches currently in our database, we’re slowly getting there – yet there are many missing – most notably many limited editions and dealer / country specials. Do you own a Portugieser Rattrapante ‘Cortina’, a 5021 Pisa or another IWC that’s still missing? Please email me with pics & description and I’d love to add it.
IWC is an official ‘Festival-Time’ partner of the Tribeca Film Festival since 2013. It has since made it a habit to release a limited edition watch in honor of the festival each year. For the first three years, these limited editions were accompanied by a unique watch auctioned off to benefit the cinematic arts – note that it could very well be the case that the 2016 1/1 watch is yet to be released.
Click the links below for information -most of them including prices-, pictures and detailed info;
IWC introduces its second collaboration with Boesch: the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Boesch. The sumptuous mahogany body of the Boesch 620 Rimini served as the main inspiration.
IWC first collaborated with Busch in 2009, when it introduced the Aquatimer Chronograph Busch in celebration of the 80th birthday of the boat builder. Now the two Swiss companies have once again put their heads together, leading to the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Boesch IW390504.
The IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Boesch is a limited edition of 150 pieces. It is said to be inspired by the Boesch 620 Bimini, which explains the rich brown tone of the dial and the -real- mahogany inlaid in its case back. As all other IW3905 models, the case measures 43.5mm across, housing the self-winding caliber 89361 chronograph movement.
A huge surprise to many, today word got out that the Citizen Group acquired Frederique Constant, including its sister brands Alpina and Ateliers de Monaco.
Frederique Constant was founded by the Dutch Aletta and Peter Stas in 1988. Launching its first collection in 1992, its main focus has always been classically styled luxury wristwatches at an accessible price. In 2004 the brand introduced its own in-house movement. Frederique Constant currently produces some 150.000 watches annually with a staff of 170 persons in six offices worldwide. It has approximately 3000 points of sale.
Citizen on the other hand goes back to 1918, when its forerunner Shokosha Watch Research Institute was established. In 1924 it completed its first pocket watch, while in 1931 the first wristwatch was introduced. It employs approximately 19.000 people. I am not aware of the number of watches sold annually; in Japanese yen, it amounts to almost 180 billon (1.4 billion EUR).
While continuing Frederique Constant as a family owned company has been a quiet wish according to Aletta and Peter Stas, their kids developed their own desires and ambitions – Piet-Jan in sustainable energy, Eline in the medical field. Impressed by the Citizen Group and its innovative spirit, in a letter to their partners Mrs. and Mr. Stas quote three big advantages they see in this new Japanese-Swiss partnership:
“High-tech collaboration in development of electronic, mechanical and hybrid calibers. We look forward to combîning Frederique ConstanVs high-end Manufacture capability with Citizen’s long history in revolutionary solar, radio and ultra-thin caliber innovations.”
“Citizen and Bulova have a tremendous distribution organization in the Americas. Frederique Constant and Alpina will greatly benefit from the sales and marketing power in the Citizen Group.”
“Accelerate growth with the support of a strong strategic watch industry partner. Frederique Constant secures its long-term continuity with the financial, HR, and strategic strengths of the Citizen Group.”
On the other hand, it has been a well-known fact that a number of Japanese watch comglomerates have been trying to expand their business to get a firmer grip on the luxury market. In the Citizen press release, Mr. Toshio Tokura, chief executive officer of Citizen Watch Co., Ltd, indicates that “With the acquisition of Frederique Constant, the Citizen Watch Group will be able to augment its portfolio of brands and occupy the space in the markets where some of our competitors operate and further expand the presence of the Citizen brand in the market.”
I’m looking forward to see what this move will bring. Of course, our Frederique Constant page is updated to reflect this new chapter in their short but interesting history.