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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 is back, everyone. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Omega reintroduces the caliber 321 movement. Though this time it’s housed in the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.

Omega, the Swiss luxury timepiece brand, made the announcement nearly parallel the time when the first moonwalk happened 50 years ago. Though it was Neil Armstrong who first trailed the lunar surface, it was Buzz Aldrin, accompanying Armstrong in his stroll, wore the Speedmaster Professional during the iconic moment. People called the timepiece the “Moonwatch” ever since.

The watch is perhaps most famous for its intricate design. The original caliber 321 served as the first-ever movement used in the Omega Speedmaster in 1957. It also appeared in the Speedmaster ST 105.003, which astronaut Ed White wore during the first American spacewalk.

The caliber 321 chronograph powered the Moonwatch until 1968, when Omega swapped it out for the caliber 861. On the new watch, you can see the reinstated reconstructed caliber 321 through the back. The Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum boasts a 42mm brushed and polished case made from a special platinum alloy that uses gold. The case draws inspiration from the asymmetrical fourth-generation Speedmaster case.

It comes with a black leather strap and a platinum buckle, to boot. You’ll also find a black ceramic bezel here, complete with the Speedmaster’s tachymeter scale in white enamel. Other features include a step dial made from deep black onyx, and indexes and hands made from 18-karat white gold. More info when you hit the link below.


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Omega Speedmaster Met Edition

Omega has officially reissued its Speedmaster, dubbed the Omega Speedmaster Met Edition, in commemoration of the iconic Apollo 11 moon landing. In cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Omega is set to release the watch. And after that, launch an exhibit called Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography.

The “First Omega in Space” timepiece draws from the original Omega Speedmaster astronaut Wally Schirra wore during the 1962 Mercury Sigma 7 mission, as well as the Met. This variant bears a 39.77mm stainless steel case. It also has a black varnished dial, black anodized aluminum bezel, and a red and white NATO strap. That’s not only a chic color combo, by the way. It’s also a nod to the museum’s signature hues.

The watch features the Omega caliber 1861. That’s a descendant of the movement so robust NASA relied on it. The folks who headed toward the moon were on time’s side. Flip it over and you’ll find the Met’s logo etched on the case back, as is Omega’s Seahorse badge. The watch comes in a presentation box with an additional leather strap. It’s a massive splurge for $5,200, though. But if you’re keen on wearing something that not only is oozing with style but is also a resplendent historical document in and of itself, this is a must-have.

Hit the link below to check out the full listing plus shipping costs. Note that there’s no difference between the regular price and the member price, which is a shame.


Grand Seiko SBGC229 Watch

Grand Seiko has shown off its latest collaboration with Nissan, this slick-looking limited edition watch that commemorates their respective 20th and 50th anniversaries. The Grand Seiko SBGC229 is the latest addition to the watchmaker’s Spring Drive Chronograph lineup. If you’re a fan of that series, you’ll love this new entry. It features the same stunning aesthetics and innovative construction found on the other watches.

Modeled after Nissan’s iconic Japanese sports car, the GT-R, The Grand Seiko SBGC229 watch gets the “Bayside Blue” colorway of the original ride. The ceramic case and white dial recalls the classic Skyline 2000 GT-R. There’s even an anniversary emblem coated in 18-karat yellow gold atop the oscillating wight. It complements the watch’s handful of car-related flourishes.

Grand Seiko also opted to add a GS-stamped crown just to give a watch a more authentic vibe. You’ll also find a chronograph function and titanium internals. Just 200 pieces are available, which is to say this is going to fly off quickly. In European markets, it’ll retail for €21,600 — stateside pricing is yet undetermined, but chances are it’ll sell for around $21,000 there. Check back with Men’s Gear as we learn more.

You can find the watch at select Grand Seiko boutiques and retail partners around the world. You can also hit the link below to find out more about the watch from Grand Seiko’s website. If you’re a sports car nut, this is a no-brainer. Provided you can afford its lofty price tag, of course. Hurry, though.


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Zelos Horizons GMT Watch

Beyond the luxurious appeal, there’s arguably not much incentive toward buying fancy schmancy watches, unless of course you’re a rich scion who doesn’t look at price tags and just bags everything shiny.

It doesn’t help that smartwatches are increasingly becoming the default choice for people who want a watch that does more than tell time. The Apple Watch, in particular, is a popular option in this newfangled era of connectivity. So how can classic luxury options stand out?

That’s not something we can answer, of course. But just in case you’re still clinging to the sheer glamour of being able to own an expensive timepiece, the Zelos Horizons GMT Watch is worth the look.

The newest addition to the Zelos family, this GMT watch features a bronze case that will get even more beautiful overtime as it wears down. It’s also got an exhibition caseback that exposes the Swiss Made ETA 2893 Automatic Movement. To top it all off, you get a custom engraved rose gold plated rotor.

The dial is made from a million-year-old meteorite with hands and indices covered with luminous C3 strips. There’s a bright orange GMT hand with bezels markings, too, for maximum visibility when you’re in low-light environments. Protecting everything is a hard sapphire crystal case. The watch is water resistant up to 200 meters, which is surprising. Not all watches this luxurious can withstand the sheer pressure of water. Expect this one to stand up to quite a bit of abuse. More info when you hit the link below.

Zenith El Primero A384 Revival Watch

Comebacks are a tricky thing to pull off — you can only really stage a good one if the original release made waves and pulled enough attention. For people to care about long-lost heirlooms, there must, of course, be a burning desire more potent than nostalgia. Which is all to say the Zenith El Primero A384 is staging a comeback — a potentially memorable one, at that.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the famed El Primero, known as the world’s first automatic chronograph, Zenith is recreating the groundbreaking watch for modern times. The watchmaker unveiled its latest creation in New York City. What we have now is a reverse-engineered variant of the original classic, able to measure time intervals to one tenth of a second.

Beyond that, the El Primero A384 gains a few modern tricks as well. For starters, it boasts the 278-part El Primero 400 chronograph movement. There’s a sapphire crystal window and a transparent case back rounding out the luxurious look and feel across the board. On top of that, you get a 37mmm faceted matte-finished steel case and a lacquered black-and-white tachymeter. Those latter two are a nod to the original, and we’re fully into it.

To be sure, this isn’t an exact replica. Even Zenith CEO Julien Tornare admits as much:

“We can’t create an exact replica because times have changed and so has technology.”

The design, however, remains faithful to the preceding classic.

“We use a new state-of-the-art movement, and we added sapphire crystals and an open caseback. Otherwise, the design is exact.”


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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

It took them a while, but Audemars Piguet has finally given its RD#2 an official release date and name. Not only that, it signals another watchmaking first for the luxury brand. The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is the world’s thinnest Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar at just 6.3mm thick.

Audemars Piguet spent five years developing the watch, putting in countless hours of research, not to mention expert craftsmanship, to bring the concept to life. The design, as you would expect, doesn’t disappoint. The watch combines two signature Audemars Piguet traditions: complex internals and an ultra-thin profile.

The company developed the new ultra-thin 5133 calibre with a perpetual calendar. That proved to be a cumbersome task, requiring not only re-engineering the three-storey movement into a single level, but also re-arranging functions to boost ergonomics, efficiency, and robustness.

The new system, patented, of course, features a record-breaking 2.89mm central rotor. The redesigned case is just 6.30mm, shaving nearly 2mm off the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Jumbo. Which is all to say the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is the thinnest of Audemars Piguet’s selfwinding perpetual calendars. And the entire market, too.

Beyond its thin profile, the innards are nothing to sneeze at, too. You get a 12 o’clock moon phase, an homage to the company’s first-ever perpetual calendar. That came out in 1955, and it’s good to see semblances of it here, still. There’s also a 40-hour power reserve, and the watch gets the same frequency as the calibre 5134. That’s 2.75wHzor 19,800 vibrations per hour, to be exact.


Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 10

If you’ve been collecting luxury watches, the moment a model features a tourbillon, the price soars through the roof. The micro-engineering and craftsmanship that goes into one the creation of these components are astounding. For those of you who want superior timekeeping accuracy, then these bad boys are the answer. Designed and created by Abraham-Louis Breguet back in 1908, its purpose is to counteract the effects of gravity on the balance wheel.

If just one of these can influence the cost significantly, imagine what four would do. This is flaunted by the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 10. A timepiece sporting four tourbillons on each corner of the dial. The brand is reportedly celebrating a decade of high-end horology and it is doing so with these limited edition pieces.

Connoisseurs can choose from an 18k white gold and 18k rose gold version with only 10 examples each. If that’s enough, then what you could be looking for is the ultra-exclusive Winstonium variant. This particular model which rocks a platinum alloy case and components will only have one unit available. All of these come with black alligator leather straps and platinum 950 thread stitching, except for the rose gold, which features rose gold stitching and copper accents.

The Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 10 runs on an HW4702 caliber manual movement. Each of the 12-hour markers sits on a skeletonized sapphire dial with everything under a sapphire glass inside a rectangular case. This outstanding collection of luxury watches showcase a high level of affluence and what is possible when the price is not an issue.

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Ressence Type 1 ZZ Luxury Watch

Name a more iconic collaboration than Ressence teaming up with Chronopassion. Well, you probably can. But still, the point stands. These two iconoclasts hitched to bring us the Ressence Type 1 ZZ. In an all-black finish with a matte black DLC treatment on the case, no less.

The watch looks gorgeous and sleek as heck; something a neo-noir steampunk James Bond would wear. One of the key highlights is the matte dark grey PVD treatment on the nine components that constitute the watch’s dial.

For those of you Type 1 ZZ newcomers, this watch has no crown. Instead, it has a winding and setting mechanism on the caseback. Once set, the Ressence Orbital Convext System smoothly rotates inside. There are individual registers inside that indicate hour, minutes, seconds, and days of the week. It’s a pretty bizarre system, but that’s part of the whole package, really. Plus, it makes the luxury watch more unique and appealing than most options out there with conventional crown-based systems.

For those of you Type 1 ZZ connoisseurs might be inclined to think that this is a riff on Ressence’s first design. And you’re right, actually. The above watch borrows heavily from the original Type 1 Slim, which here is a delightful merit more than it’s a demerit. If you’re wondering about the name, it refers to the Flemish term for “black black” — “Zwart Zwart” — and for ZZ Top. That’s Chronopassion owner Laurent Picciotto favorite band.

Limited to just 20 examples, it’s worth noting. So act fast if you want this on your wrist. It’s available exclusively from Chronopassion. Hit the link below for more details.


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Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon

In parallel to the number of car shows that are unveiling new and luxurious rides, watchmakers are also parading their wares. If you’re seeking some of the most high-end and exclusive timepieces, conventions are the best venues. Recently, the inaugural Time To Move event by the Swatch Group wrapped up its show. The show was highlight reel from brands including Breguet, Harry Winston, Omega, Blancpain, Jaquet Droz, and Glashütte Original. Here we have a stunning number from the latter, which is the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon.

All eyes are on this timepiece due to its remarkable craftsmanship and impeccable accuracy. The marriage of top-tier features such as a minute detent, a flying tourbillon, and a zero reset mechanism allows for ultimate precision. Thanks to the latter, the second hand is always synchronized with the minute hand each time you pull the crown. A layer of sapphire crystal protects the front and back alongside the 5-bar water resistance.

The flying tourbillon sits just below the Galvanic Blue dial with the exposed components surrounding it. You can observe the intricate mechanical motion of its components and admire the elegant patterns throughout. Meanwhile, what gives this timepiece life is a calibre 58-05 manual movement, beating at 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour. Furthermore, it grants users a 70-hour power reserve. All of these complications lie within a 42 mm case crafted out of satin-polished platinum. The Dark blue Louisiana alligator leather strap also comes with a platinum fold fastener. Only 25 examples of the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon will be available.

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Tag Heuer Connected Golf Edition

TAG Heuer’s Connected smartwatch receives the Golf Edition treatment. The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Golf Edition will help all you golfers track your rounds as you play them.

This new model is exactly like 2017’s Connected Modular 45. That is to say it comes in a 45mm case, boasts a 1.45-inch display with a resolution of 400 x 400, and is powered by an Intel processor. You also get 512MB of ram, 4GB of storage, and a 410mAh battery. As for connectivity, the usual suspects are here, as GPS and NFC both come baked in. Build quality is topnotch, with sapphire glass and 5ATM water resistance, black PVD titanium, and black ceramic.

What makes this a punch above its identical twin sibling from 2017? It comes with a companion app especially made for golfing. Users can download the TAG Heuer Golf app on their phone, pair their watch, and use the app for a number of things. For example, golfers can use it to track distances on a golf course (the app has maps for more than 39,000 golf courses). Or get 2D and 3D course mapping, as well. You can also record scores for up to four players, and show stats after a round.

Each purchase comes with a set of commemorative balls. And the watch itself comes in a super fancy box deserving of its $1,850 price tag. That’s a lot to pay for a smartwatch, but if golfing is already your pastime, that probably won’t even leave a dent on your banking account.


Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition

Here we have the Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition. A beautiful timepiece that celebrates a hundred years of automotive excellence. The story of its debut started a few days ago, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Bugatti introduced the world’s most expensive supercar, the La Voiture Noire. It’s an ebony-clad one-off beauty that was surprisingly sold immediately. It was a special model to commemorate its 110th anniversary in the business.

Meanwhile, another carmaker also made a big impact at the expo. This European brand was also celebrating its 100th anniversary and it was doing it in elegant style. The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner is one classy ride. It pays homage to the 1929 Blower Bentley with a wooden insert taken from the original car’s dashboard. On the other hand, the watchmaker is responding in kind, with a brown bur elm dial. Other details under its non-reflective sapphire lens include a chronograph counter and a tachymeter scale. Both of which are within black subdials.

The indices and hands sports coatings of Super-Luminova for low-light visibility. Its case measure 42 mm and features Bentley script on the side opposite the crown. Next, this limited edition timekeeper runs on a Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 Automatic movement. Then, the bottom holds a transparent case back with the rotor and its complications on display. Furthermore, the Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is available in 18K rose gold and stainless steel variations. Just as the name suggests, availability will be exclusive, with only 200 units for the rose gold and 1,000 units for the stainless steel.

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Top 13 Most Expensive Rolex Watches In The World

Dr. Rajendra Prasad’s Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual — $440,000

The 13th most expensive Rolex watch in the world in our list is the Gold Oyster Perpetual that was once owned by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India, hence the name. Aside from its jaw-dropping estimated value of $444,000, this elegant timepiece also has a rich story that comes with it and how it came into being.

Rolex had custom made the Gold Oyster Perpetual for Dr. Prasad in 1950 to commemorate India’s first Republic Day. Some say that this special wristwatch was given to the president as an inauguration gift.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad’s Gold Oyster Perpetual is completely made of 18-karat pink gold. The watch’s custom dial in black and blue features a map of undivided India. It also displays January 26, 1950, India’s first constitutional day, etched across it.

In 2011, this exorbitant priced Rolex watch was supposed to be put up for the Sotheby’s auction for important timepieces that belonged to well-known leaders from around the world after World War 1. However, the Indian government stepped in on Prasad family’s stead.

Apparently, the historical watch was reportedly stolen in 1964 and made its way back to Geneva, Switzerland 47 years later. Sotheby’s had to postpone the auction while the authorities do their investigation on the theft case.

In addition, there are two more Rolex timepieces worth mentioning here. First is Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner, which costs about $234,000. This invaluable watch debuted in the year 1967. The fans of the iconic actor saw him wearing this piece named after him in the 1971 movie, Le Mans.

The other one is the Rolex Platinum Pearlmaster 18956 that has a price of $276,000. This Rolex watch is ultra-rare in contrast to the brand’s image of understated elegance.

The Platinum Pearlmaster 18956 wristwatch is bedazzled with real diamonds encrusted lavishly in its platinum case and bracelet. The watch has a total of 71 baguette diamonds and inner bezel engraving.

So, there you have the list of the most expensive Rolex watches in the world. As it appears, Rolex is simply synonymous to extravagant luxury that only a privileged few can afford in a lifetime.

NOMOS Tangente Neomatik 41 Update

German watchmaker Nomos Glashütte brings its signature timeless luxury with the latest additions to its Neomatik lineup.

The Tangente Neomatik 41 Update, which comes in either white or ruthenium, sports new in-house automatic movement. It also comes with a new date ring subtly embedded around the perimeter.

You might think that a date ring would disrupt the clean, understated look of this classic NOMOS timepiece, but that can’t be farther from the truth. Instead of looking cluttered, the ring actually gives the watchface a very subtle visual heft. Underneath the outer layer sits two red markers to indicate the current date, too. NOMOS designed it to fit into a confined construction space. That’s exactly what helped the watch snag the prestigious GPHG design award.

Luxury extends beyond the watchface. You’re looking at a stainless steel case plus a sapphire glass display back. Each timepiece comes with a strap crafted from Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan leather. You also get a polished Nomos winged clasp.

NOMOS entirely redevelops all Neomatik watches from top to bottom. It also optimizes them for precision and longevity. Each comes equipped with a DUW 6101 neomatik date caliber, which is extremely slender.

Typical rotor, date, and mechanism setups would usually occupy a considerable amount of space. But NOMOS found a way to congest them into something that’s just 3.6mm tall, but without sacrificing durability. As an added bonus, the caliber includes traditional polishes and decorative engravings.

It’s quite pricey at $4,100, that’s for sure. But those already used to NOMOS’ signature topnotch quality wouldn’t bat an eye at the price of admission.


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Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart

We were recently blown away by the amazing craftsmanship that went into the production of the Grand Complication Phoenix. However, our appreciation for these remarkable timepieces doesn’t end there. The watchmaker throws us another bespoke piece with the Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart. This model represents a perfect contrast to the rose gold-clad variant with its white gold finish. Meanwhile, don’t let its supposedly simple appearance fool you, because underneath its shell lies an outstanding feature.

From afar, its design looks deceptively modest. Yet, when you get up close and personal, that’s where it shines. We mean that literally because the watch boasts an array of baguette diamonds set around its bezel, lugs, as well as on the hour markers. Furthermore, the number of sparkling stones on the timepiece totals to around 5.80 carats. The black dial seems uncluttered with an intricate pattern engraved towards the center. Additionally, its tourbillon sits on the 6 o’clock position,

Akin to the Grand Complication Phoenix, the Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart relies on a 2755 BOSS manual caliber. Moreover, you can flip the wristwatch over to discover a sapphire-covered case back that holds a striking complication. It represents Geneva’s night sky and includes stars, constellations, as well as the Milky Way. The rear dial completes its revolution every 23 hours and 56 minutes.

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Vacheron Constantin Grand Complication Phoenix

Luxury watch collectors are in for another treat as Vacheron Constantin unveiled two new remarkable items. Both are bespoke timepieces that perfectly showcase the amazing skills of expert watchmakers. The white gold model is the Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart, which we will explore in another article. For now, let’s shift our focus on what we believe is one of the most beautiful designs we’ve ever seen. The Vacheron Constantin Grand Complication Phoenix lives up to its name as it symbolically rises up from the ashes in all its glory.

Its biggest showstopper is the 47mm 18k rose gold case that flaunts an elaborate engraving, which reportedly took 300 hours to complete. Additionally, as the extravagant wristwatch’s name suggests, the exterior bears a phoenix awash in flames. Almost every surface save for the case back is covered in lavish detail.

The dials are mostly in black with the indices and hands in rose gold. Meanwhile, Vacheron Constantin confirms that the Grand Complication Phoenix features 15 complications. These include a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, moon phase, minute repeater, seasons, zodiac signs, and more. The 2755 BOSS manual movement keeps everything in motion. We have yet to find out how much each of the two models cost, but it should be around six figures or more.

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Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic

Luxury watchmakers often work with precious metals and gemstones to create amazing works of horological art. The latest innovations in the manufacturing of composite and synthetic materials allow even more combinations. One of those that are increasingly becoming popular is ceramics. However, in order to produce heavy-duty variants, the ceramic powder undergoes heating at temperatures that exceed 2,000 degrees Celsius. This makes it difficult to apply certain colors, which often produces darker hues. Hublot finally overcomes this limitation with the Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic.

The Swiss luxury brand is apparently the first company to produce the material in bright shades. To flaunt its achievement their latest timepiece boasts fiery red aesthetic that elegantly its black accents. Crimson might be the most dominant tint, but the expert designers gave some of its components some contrast. Among the parts coated in black, we can spot components in gray and silver, which is aesthetically pleasing. This hand-crafted masterpiece is limited to only 500 pieces, which won’t last long in our opinion. Collectors will undoubtedly snatch these up as soon as its retail ready.

Experts from the company developed a process that uses pressure instead of heat to produce brightly-colored ceramics. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic sports a 45mm case and bezel fashioned from the special material. A skeletonized dial sits below a sapphire crystal lens and flaunts a HUB1242 UNICO automatic movement. Moreover, the chronograph’s transparent case back gives you an unobstructed view of the rotor and complications.

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The Dynamic Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

Here we have another showstopper that made it debut at the SIHH 2019 event in Geneva, Switzerland. Several awe-inspiring timepieces were on show, but a select few managed to grab our attention. You have the Panera Submersible Mike Horn Edition with its EcoTitanium manufacturing process and recycled PET strap. H. Moser & Cie follows with their Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black watch, which relies on a minute repeater to tell the time. Then there’s the Ulysse Nardin Freak X as it finally returns to form with a traditional crown. Finally, we have the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar and its groundbreaking new feature.

What makes this luxury wristwatch so special is the innovative power conservation system when it’s not In use. We know that most top-shelf watches boast remarkable power reserves. However, this new offering from Vacheron Constantin uses its dynamic caliber to deliver up to 65 days more than its competitors. We would love to see the watchmaker include the tech in their future models.

The advanced technology of its mechanical system allows the user to quickly switch between Active and Standby mode. The patent-pending innovation can detect if the watch is on your wrist or just sitting on a surface and adjusts accordingly. An indicator on the stunning dial shows its current state, which ranges between 5Hz and 1.2Hz. The engineering of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar manages to cram everything into a compact 42mm case. Moreover, the superb craftsmanship that goes into each timepiece will make it a worthy addition to any luxury watch collection.

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Diving In Style With the Panerai Submersible Carbotech Watch

We recently reviewed a collaboration between Panerai and famed explorer Mike Horn. Its most notable include an eco-friendly manufacturing process that uses scrap aviation-grade titanium. Moreover, even the watch strap is sourced from recycled PET, which earns major brownie points for nature in our book. This is a first for the company since most luxury watch brands normally use new material. Moving on to another model in its lineup, we have the Panerai Submersible Carbotech and it’s a looker.

Most high-end watches opt to use precious metals, but some experiment with innovative materials. The gorgeous matte finish of the Carbotech sports a mesmerizing pattern that’s supposedly unique for each example. Panerai crafts it using thin sheets of carbon fiber with a mix of Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK). Its then undergoes high-pressure compression to create an extraordinary durable composite. The resulting product is a lightweight and robust timekeeper that absolutely looks stylish.

The Panerai Submersible Carbotech is a striking timepiece that ditches the titanium finish of its siblings for a darker shade. The case, bezel, as well as the brand’s iconic crown guard, use the composite material. Additionally, the case back is black titanium, while rubber straps and a titanium buckle complete the ensemble. The indices, hands, and markings on the bezel all have Super-LumiNova coatings for low-light visibility. As you’ve probably guessed from the name, this watch is ready for diving with a 30-bar water resistance rating. The watch runs on P.9010 automatic mechanical movement with a three-day power reserve in tow.

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H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black

It’s easy to mistake the new H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black for a smartwatch. From afar, it looks like an Apple Watch. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll immediately notice that it has a rather odd design. We are talking about the absence of a dial along with the minute and hour hands. We’ve seen avant-garde models from various watchmakers, but this one certainly caught our attention. A minimalistic approach with remarkable elegance is the company’s signature, but maybe it needs to dial it back a little.

As you can observe, there is no means to tell the time visually. There is no secret window or special tech that hides the dial and hands. Basically, the only thing visible up front is the intricate one-minute flying tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position. We know that this seems like a big step in the wrong direction, but there’s a nifty little gimmick. In order to find out the time, you need to rely on your hearing.

This seems like an entirely new approach, but the technology was widely used back then. We’re talking about minute repeaters, which was an essential timekeeping feature in the past. When the use of electricity was still limited and it was too dark to see, the practical solution was sound.

This makes the H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black a one-of-a-kind timepiece. It runs on a manual HMC 901 movement. Adjustments can be made using the crown that only shows the graduations when it’s pulled out. The transparent window on its case back gives you a glimpse of its finely-crafted complications.

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Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition

Now that both consumers and manufacturers are more environmentally aware, eco-friendly options are now becoming popular. When it comes to the production of various goods, vast amounts of resources are a requirement. The process of gathering these often result in pollution and appears to be unsustainable in the coming future. We can observe that some companies are making some big changes. For example, the automotive industry is investing more in the development of electric vehicles (Evs). That is why the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition makes a bold stride to change how big-name watchmakers build their timepieces.

The brand earns the distinction of being the first luxury-grade marque to recycle titanium from aircraft manufacturers. At first glance, the timekeepers sport the familiar bold design associated with the label. The iconic crown-shield design alongside a large case is a recognizable signature. However, this time around, this new model boasts what the company refers to as EcoTitanium construction. In other words, the wristwatch relies on aviation-grade material from aeronautic scrap yards. Additionally, the straps are made from recycled PET as another nod to Mother Nature. Equally important, with Mike Horn on board as its ambassador for the design, its certain to become a collector’s item.

There are two variants available for the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition. The standard version touts a black watchband with green luminescent marking on its bezel and dial. On the other hand, the limited edition flaunts blue accents alongside a blue strap. Moreover, only 19 units will be available for the latter worldwide. Both models feature an in-house P. 9010 automatic movement with a 72-hour power reserve and 300m water resistance.

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