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This week: TAG Heuer, AP, and more

2020/09/19 by Dale Vito

This week’s best Watchbase entries

TAG Heuer Carrera 160th Anniversary

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I stumbled upon this one whilst uploading a couple of the more classical Carrera offerings – the TAG Heuer Carrera 160th Anniversary CBN2A1D.BA0643. Building upon the template of the Carrera 02 44mm launched earlier this year, this limited edition of 1,860 pieces sports a silver ‘Panda’ style dial. Not a bad look! There’s a blue one too, in the form of ref. CBN2A1E.BA0643.

Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Japan Edition

The Breitling Chronomat B01 42 AB0134101B2 is exclusive to the Japanese market. But what’s different? The red accents on both the dial as well as the hands are now silver, making for a pure monochromatic look. The devil is in the details!


This Week: IWC, SYE, AP

2020/06/16 by Dale Vito

Hi guys!

In our last update, I wrote about the extent of our IWC watch database. It’s even better now. I’ve added another few hundred watches, making for a total of over 1.600 at the time of writing this – including some truly rare and forgotten gems.

I’ll keep working on it, but at a slightly lower pace. Check out the full IWC catalogue – it’s wild!

A new entry is SYE (for Start Your Engines), whose kind owner approached us to have his brand included in our watch database. Are you a brand owner looking to have your watches featured? Contact us!

What else is new? I’ve added a few new releases here and there, such as the Japan-exclusive Royal Oak Tourbillon in white gold posted above. I’m really hoping we’ll get to see some more new watches in the next couple of months!


This week: Watches and Wonders 2020, major IWC updates

2020/04/28 by Dale Vito

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all doing reasonably well – it’s been an unusual couple of months for sure! For Watchbase, the situation in which we now find ourselves has had a couple of implications. For one, I haven’t been at our office much, and the same goes for the rest of our team. It took a bit of time to settle in at home, but productivity is up at our usual standards again.

Then, many brands have put off new releases indefinitely. The first to break this pattern was Breitling, and all their 2020 releases are of course up on our website. Past weekend saw a digital edition of Watches & Wonders (formerly SIHH), with many brands releasing at least a couple of new pieces. I will be adding these to our database over the next few weeks.

I am however most excited about the big steps we’ve made in our IWC database – which I think now ranks amongst the best on the web. I’m not at all finished, but a few fun numbers nonetheless:

Stay tuned for more!


This week: updates for A. Lange and Soehne, Audemars Piguet, and more

2020/03/07 by Dale Vito

Another week, another round of updates.

This week I’ve gone over our A. Lange & Söhne collection and updated the prices to reflect the most recent price increase. Top of the charts? That would be the Tourbograph perpetual Pour le Mérite 706.025. I’ve also added a couple that were missing still, such as the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds below.

Another brand that has received a round of updates is Audemars Piguet. I’ve added a lot of watches that were not yet in our database, most of them from either the Millenary or Jules Audemars collection. Whilst not very popular nowadays, there’s some great watches in these collections. The Jules Audemars Minute Repeater Jumping Hours being a prime example.

What else? A few limited edition TAG Heuer watches, including a limited edition for Qatar that’s pretty cool;

Stay tuned for more!


This Week: Omega and Jaeger-LeCoultre updated

2020/02/28 by Dale Vito

Quick update from WatchBase HQ, Amsterdam:

I’ve just finished going over Omega’s full current catalogue including the latest price increase. This means over 1400 watches are now up-to-date, ready for the upcoming novelty season. I’ve also put on draft a few upcoming 2020 releases, but those will have to wait until the info is made public 😉 .

A somewhat smaller project also finished is the Jaeger-LeCoultre catalogue, which is now also once again up-to-date. I’ve also added a couple of watches that were either missing or just released;

Stay tuned for many more updates in the coming weeks!


This Week: IWC Big Pilot Black Carbon, Zenith prices updated!

2020/02/04 by Dale Vito

How’s it going guys?

Zenith price increase

Last week I’ve updated our Zenith prices to reflect the price increase that’s set for February first. As with Rolex, I’ve also added a few missing watches here and there. Please find our Zenith watch database here.

IWC Big Pilot Black Carbon IW5061-01

I’ve also added a couple of rare and / or new IWC watches – among them this cool IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Black Carbon, a limited edition of 100 pieces created with the help of Hong Kong IWC collectors. This watch, reference IW5061-01, has a case made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (‘UD carbon’). Details here.

Other cool new IWC’s included the Portugieser Perpetual for Arije in red gold and white gold, and the Portugieser Automatic 100 Years Hübner.


This week: Rolex prices Updated!

2020/01/22 by Dale Vito

This was a big one.

It might seem as if little has been done over the past few weeks, but it’s quite the contrary. I’ve been working hard on Rolex January price increase. The collection is quite vast to say the last – but it’s finished now.

ENJOY!


This Week: the IWC Portugieser 3716

2019/12/21 by Dale Vito

I’M SORRY – the past week has been fairly slow. And with the upcoming Holidays I suppose the next few weeks won’t be any different. This week nonetheless saw a notable and important addition with six new variations of the IWC Portugieser ref. IW3716.

A bit of background.

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3716 is an updated take on the 3714. The latter was introduced in 1998, itself building on the template that was introduced with the 1995 Portugieser Chrono-Rattrapante ref. 3712. The look would proof to become hugely popular and quite timeless. Proof? It looks identical to this day.

Both the 3712 as well as the 3714 saw their movements based on the Valjoux 7750 / 7760 platform. Not that anybody cared too much about the somewhat pedestrian origins of the movements: the Portugieser Chronograph remains popular to this day, and the Rattrapante was recently resurrected in the form of various boutique-specials after a sizeable hiatus.

In the mean while the 2011 Portugieser Yacht Club and the 2013 Portugieser Chronograph Classic were introduced. Positive: in-house movements, in-line with the demands of today’s collectors. Negative: whilst beautiful in their own right, neither of them looked much like the good ol’ Portugieser Chronograph.

150 years.

Then, in 2018, IWC celebrated its 150th anniversary. As part of this celebration the company brought three limited edition Portugieser Chronograph models; two in stainless steel, one in red gold. These paired the classic looks (though with faux enamel dials) with an in-house movement. Of course anybody could tell that it would only be a matter of time until the regular collection Portugieser Chronograph would receive these updates.

And now it’s finally here. In no less than six executions. In stainless steel there’s the IW371604 and IW371605, both with silver dials, the IW371606 with a blue dial, and the IW371609 with black dial. Looking for something a bit more sumptuous? The IW371610 and IW371611 feature red gold cases, paired with an ardoise or silver dial respectively. In stainless steel the premium over the classic 3714 is only 250 EUR. Not bad!


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