The new Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Minute Repeater is a thoroughly executed tribute to the early XIX century Perrin Freres pocket watch that the Swiss brand recently restored for the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation (EMSF.) The pocket watch in question could be just another 200-year-old artifact, if not its peculiar face.
The new Muehle-Glashutte Teutonia III Handaufzug is the first hand-wound watch from the German watchmaker that comes powered by their own Caliber MU 9411 hand-wound movement that was designed and manufactured solely in-house.
In January 2011, the Swiss-based Italian watchmaker has presented its then-new Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days (PAM 422). The ref. 422 was limited to 2000 pieces and powered by their new Panerai P.3001 in-house hand-wound caliber. Featuring the same easily recognizable exterior, the watch got better power reserve thus becoming a more interesting choice for those who like to keep their collection of luxury time-measuring accessories in constant rotation on their wrists.
The 2011 Patek Philippe Ref. 3670A super-limited chronograph is powered by an extremely rare and highly appreciated by collectors PP Caliber 13-130 hand-wound movement. The caliber was in production around 50 years ago and is to contemporary high-end movements like the 1954 Mercedes W 196 to Ferrari Enzo: it is as archaic as it is extremely cool.
At the international watch fair SIHH 2012 the French jeweler, which is gradually becoming a major watchmaker, presented its hand-wound Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Love Tourbillon (ref. W1556214). Featuring a new take on their concept of a skeletonized dial (a thick pluck of metal with cut-through Roman numerals that is actually thick enough to hold a hand-wound movement,) the watch is, as usual, daringly large and irresistibly beautiful in its own rugged way.
For this year, the German watchmaker has presented a revised version of its last year’s “deck” timepiece, which is now aptly named Archimede Deck Watch R. Initially introduced early last year as a prototype, the original was inspired by the famous (at least, among serious collectors) Stowa Kriegsmarine maritime chronometer that was used by the German Navy during the World War II.
First presented in rose gold and platinum back in January 2011 during the SIHH 2011 industry event, the gorgeous model has been reissued later in the year in Lange’s signature honey-colored gold body and with an unprecedented level of hand decoration. Now officially called A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Merite” Handwerkskunst (Ref. 761.050) (doesn’t the combination of French and German words looks a bit strange here?) it is even more attractive and, well, even more classic.
Corum, a brand that is mostly known for its Admiral’s Cup line of exaggeratedly sporty timekeepers has recently introduced a gorgeous limited-edition Corum Grand Precis (refs. 162.153.55/0001 BA47 & 162.153.59/0001 BA48) that pays homage to the vintage 1957 model of the same name. Looking unexpectedly subtle, the new dressy wristwatch nevertheless somehow managed to preserve the core of the brand’s DNA, mainly thanks to the way its laconic dial is decorated.
Remember the gorgeous NOMOS Glashuette Tangente series of hand-wound watches? Well, the independent German watchmaker that shares the neighborhood with such giants as Glashuette Original and A. Lange & Sohne, has just introduced its new ‘back to school’ limited edition NOMOS Glashuette Tangente Alma Mater designed for (wealthy) students.
Celebrating the upcoming 40th Anniversary of Apollo 15 mission (it happened on the 26th of July, 1971,) the Swiss brand has prepared a new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Apollo 15” 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (ref. 3188.8.131.52.01.003). As the rest of the series, the “Apollo 15” comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case.