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Atelier Jalaper’s new watch made from Lamborghini Miura bulkhead

Last August, French watchmaker Atelier Jalaper announced itself with an automatic timepiece whose dial was cut from the hood of an Aston Martin DB5. The next collection is ready, this one with an Italian flavor. After another lengthy search, the company located a burned-out Lamborghini Miura P400S in Avignon, France. We’re told a section of the aluminum bulkhead between the engine and the trunk escaped the fire, and with this, Atelier Jalaper created the AJ-P400.

Instead of the Miyota automatic movement used in the DB5’s AJ-001 and AJ-002 watches, the AJ-P400 is based around a Sellita SW200-1 manual caliber. Anyone without a watch winder will need to restore the power reserve after about 45 hours. The oval-shaped 39.5-millimeter satin-finished steel case shows off the first Miura connection: An oval outer bezel surrounding a circular dial, recalling the oval “eyelash” treatment around the Miura headlights. The chapter ring around the bezel comes in four colorways close to original Miura hues of Azzuro Cielo (blue), Verde Miura (green), Arancio Miura (orange) and Nero Cangiante (black). The Miura wreck provides the aluminum dial, its face textured and anodized matte black. The lengthy hash marks and somewhat crowded numbers are inspired by the Miura’s speedometer. At bottom, instead of a Lamborghini logo and unit indicator, the watch shows the power reserve meter. And the band makes a callback to Miura seats.

Last year’s Aston Martin watch was produced in a run of 1,200, costing from €800 ($852 U.S.) to €1,150 ($1,225 U.S.). The Miura timepiece will be more rare and more dear, coming in a run of 400 examples, each costing $2,000. Orders are open now, the first samples to be delivered in July.

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The Rolex Submariner 116610

The Rolex Submariner 116610 came to market in 2010 and is the brand’s most recent stainless steel dive watch.  While it offers many notable upgrades – more on that later – the most desirable is the ceramic bezel insert.

Patented by Rolex as “Cerachrom”, the bezel insert features platinum graduations and ceramic material and is highly resistant to scratches, corrosion, and fading.  Even when exposed to sun and salt water, the ceramic insert will maintain a rich, even hue for many years.  904L Oystersteel produced in-house and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal further enhance the toughness of the case and bracelet for professional use, more specifically diving.

The Rolex Submariner still runs on a the calibre 3135 self-winding movement and now offers an in-house Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring.  This feature debuted in 2000 and provides ten times more shock resistance than 5-digit Submariner references.  The modern calibre 3135 with increased shock resistance is one of the brand’s most reliable movements.

Aesthetically, the Rolex Submariner 116610 also received many obvious upgrades, including the addition of a modern maxi dial with larger hour markers and wider hands.  The luminous material used on the dial is the brand’s upgraded Chromalight, which is set into white gold and is designed to offer a distinct blue glow for up to 8 continuous hours.  The improved luminous material coupled with a larger display on the dial makes for a legible reading while in the ocean.

At 40mm, the case maintains a traditional Submariner measurement but wears slightly bigger on the wrist. This is due to the broader lugs are broader, and the larger crown guards with a more squared-off aesthetic like a few earlier Submariner models.  Dubbed the “Super Case”, the new-style Oyster maintains a comfortable yet contemporary hold that wears easily under a formal dress sleeve or over a wetsuit.  The case is also waterproof up to 300 meters or 1,000 feet, a depth rating that is credited to a solid screw-down case back and a Triplock crown that both screw into a Monobloc middle case.  This process hermetically seals the case and protects it from the immense pressures experienced at such depths

Solid center links, solid end links, and a new-style Oysterlock clasp on the upgraded bracelet counter the weight of the robust Oyster case for a supremely comfortable hold.  A Glidelock sliding extension system is built into the clasp itself and can be adjusted up to 20mm without the use of tools to accommodate a wetsuit or the fluctuation of the wrist throughout the day.

The Rolex Submariner is also available in two-tone, white gold, and yellow gold options as well as different dial and bezel colors.  However, the stainless steel and black dial and bezel ref. 116610 remains one of the most desirable for its iconic appeal and low supply. Getting your hands on one may be harder than anticipated, due to the limited supply. You may not even have access to it unless you’ve made plenty of other purchases with your local Authorized Dealer.

Fortunately, there is a way to bypass the Authorized Dealer. Merchants like Bob’s Watches carry these models and makes it available to your non-VIP Rolex customers.

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Daizoh Makihara’s Chrysanthemum Sakura Timepiece

Although he may not be the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to exquisitely designed watches, now is as good a time to change that, with this beauty. Ideally suited for someone who feels Audemars Piguets and Patek Philippes are not quite special enough, this is a marvel of handcrafted watch making.

It was designed and created by Makihara using old-fashioned Edo-kiriko techniques to form the complex and painstakingly detailed crystal dial.

This part of the process of creating the timepiece takes a full day of solid work. Due to this enormous amount of personal skill and downright dedication to the job, it should be seen as more than just an elaborate or fancy timepiece, but more of a work of art. A true passion project!

This exquisite piece of jewelry also has a distinctive and eye-catching cherry blossom theme in both the crown and Unitas movement. Complementing the color of the theme is the 18k pink gold 42mm casing.

Considering that it can take as much as 8 months to build each to completion, it is not surprising that only 8 in total will be available to buy. The laborious and intricate work involved, plus this timeframe also goes a long way to explaining the high ticket price.

Even though we would not pay out for this, it is a good-looking watch!


Autodromo Ford GT Owners Edition Chronograph

As the name implies, Autodromo’s Ford GT Owners Edition Chronograph is a watch inspired by the famous supercar. The timepiece is reserved exclusively for owners of the new Ford GT and can be customized to match the color of the car.

Taking design cues from the half-a-million dollar 647-hp beast, the watch sports a crown that resembles GT’s steering wheel, with shifters-like pushers on the 43mm ceramic & stainless-steel case that’s modeled after the car’s front splitter.

Powered by an automatic La Joux-Perret 7773 column-wheel flyback chronograph movement, the luxury watch is rounded off with a dial and hands made of sapphire crystal for a unique, futuristic touch.

Learn More From Ford GT Watch $11,500+

Photos Courtesy of Ford/Autodromo

2018 Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch

LA-based Weiss Watch Company handcrafts elegant timepieces inspired by aircraft vintage gauges and infused with just enough modern flair. Their latest release is the 2018 Standard Issue Field Watch – an updated version of the brand’s signature model, boasting an even more refined design but maintaining the rugged build.

Featuring a thinner 38mm case and caseback machined from one solid piece of surgical grade 316L stainless steel, the new ticker is powered by the in-house Caliber 1005 manual movement offering a 42-hour power reserve and fitted with inclabloc shock protection.

Sapphire crystals on both the front & back of the case add strength and durability, while the hands are finished with a black oxide treatment and covered in Super-Luminova paint which, together with the hand-painted naval brass dial, make for increased legibility in dark conditions.

Available in your choice of black or white dial, the watch is supplied with a durable and waterproof olive green Cordura canvas strap. Custom caseback engraving is also offered for an additional $85.

Buy From Weiss $950

Singer Track 1 Hong Kong Edition Watch

When they’re not busy upgrading and turning vintage Porsche 911s into genuine pieces of rolling art, the folks at Singer also create high-quality, sleek-looking watches. Their latest is the Track 1 Hong Kong Edition, a rugged timepiece with sporty looks that’ll surely appeal to automotive fans.

Powered by the revolutionary AgenGraphe chronograph self-winding movement (60 hours power-reserve), the watch features a 43mm case and it displays elapsed seconds, minutes and hour counter in the center.

What makes the Hong Kong Edition stand out from the previous two versions are the sporty orange accents on the dial and the black ceramic-coated aluminum case that keeps the weight light while providing a tough, scratch resistant layer, and of course, good looks.

Learn More From Singer Reimagined $44,600

Bremont Waterman GMT Watch

Tested in the most extreme ocean environments, Bremont’s Waterman GMT is a solid diver watch that’s based on the brand’s core S500 model–a favorite among the military and explorers from all over the world.

The all-purpose watch features a 43mm satin and polished stainless steel case with uni-directional scratch resistant sapphire rotating bezel, Super-LumiNova markings, anti-shock movement mount, automatic helium escape valve and crown protector.

Boasting a blue and white look with deep-blue applied indexes on the easily legible dial, the timepiece is powered by a modified caliber 11 ¼”’ BE-93-2AE automatic chronometer with 42-hour power reserve and GMT. Water resistance is 500 meters and the watch comes on a stainless steel bracelet with additional blue kevlar strap. Limited to only 300 pieces and available in late Summer 2018.

Learn more From Bremont $6,595

Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull Watch

Part of a line of memento mori-inspired watches, the Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull is an unusual timepiece with a beautifully detailed construction.

The case is a 46 mm piece made of micro-blasted steel with “Clou de Paris” design and a minimalist dial (displays hours and minutes, no markings) that highlights applique metal skull and skeletonized Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands. Underneath the anti-reflective sapphire crystal ticks a BR-CAL.206 automaton mechanical movement that, when hand-wound, makes the skull move its jaw up and down as if it’s laughing. Water-resistance is 100 meters and each watch comes with a brown alligator and black rubber strap.

Learn More from Bell & Ross $9,900

Breitling X Mr Porter Navitimer 8 Watch

Breitling has joined forces with leading men’s style website Mr Porter to release a new watch. A limited run of 1000 pieces, the Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Limited Edition is a new iteration of the highly acclaimed pilot watch released earlier this year.

The timepiece is powered by the in-house Caliber B01–a COSC­-certified chronometer which is widely considered as one of the world’s finest mechanical movements. The 43mm stainless steel case has a convex AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and bidirectional pointer bezel. An elegant silver dial with anthracite contrasting chronograph highlights the understated style, while SuperLuminova hands and numerals make for easy legibility in the dark. Water-resistance is rated at 100 meters.

Arriving on a brown leather strap, the limited edition watch will be available exclusively from Mr Porter starting June 4, 2018, for one month, before going on release to other retailers.

Learn More From Breitling $TBA

Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital Watch

With two Récitals in its name, a mind-boggling astronomical display at its heart, and a price tag of half a million dollars, the Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital Watch is sure to capture attention.

More than just a time-showing wristpiece, the handcrafted Swiss watch displays with perfect accuracy the movements of the Earth, Sun, and Moon. On the back of it, is a perpetual calendar, while a manually-wound caliber with 472 components, flying tourbillon, and a nine-day power reserve, ticks at the heart of this haute horlogerie timepiece.

Fitted with Super-LumiNova illumination, a water resistance of 30m, and a full-grain alligator strap, the Récital 22 Grand Récital arrives in your choice of 18K red gold or 950/1000 platinum, each limited to just 60 units.

Learn More From Bovet $469,800-$502,200

Hanhart Pioneer One Watch

Venerated German watchmaker Hanhart (est. 1882) is known for its precise, highly-legible, and robust timepieces that also happen to be affordably priced. Their latest is the Pioneer One, inspired by an iconic 50s pilot watch, used by the German Air Force and worn by of the manliest men in history–Steve McQueen.

Paying tribute to the extremely-rare Hanhart Chronograph 417, the watch features a timeless design with a stainless steel 42 mm case boasting a bidirectional rotating coin-edge bezel with a red marking placed at 12 o’clock. Under the anti-reflective sapphire glass is a black or white dial with Super-LumiNova-coated Arabic numerals and a date window at 3 o’clock, while the movement inside is a Swiss-made automatic Sellita SW 200 with a power reserve of 38 hours.

The beautiful wrist piece comes on a brown calfskin strap with riveting and is water-resistant to 100 m.

Learn More From Hanhart $1,170

Ulysse Nardin Freak Out Watch

In an effort to make their Freak watch more accesible, Ulysse Nardin has swapped the precious metals in the case for titanium, but kept the unusual tourbillon movement and crownless case that made the original so special.

The Freak Out Watch sports a 45mm case with no crown. A small lock at 6 o’clock releases the bezel which can be used to adjust the time, while the hand-wound movement within is wind-up by twisting the entire caseback. The baguette-style movement, which is the watch’s minute hand (how cool is that?), has an impressive power reserve of 7 days and includes various silicon components.

The watch is available in four models: Full Black, Black Gold, Freak Out of the Blue, and Blue Gold, each presented on a matching color sailcloth strap with folding buckle.

Learn More From Ulysse Nardin $48,000+

Tom Ford 001 Watch

Following last year’s announcement that his brand would start producing luxury watches, designer Tom Ford has finally released images and modest info about the 001 Watch.

While details such as the official launch date or the movement driving the timepiece are a mystery at the moment, we do know that the Swiss-made 001 will have a sleek rectangular silhouette with clean, elegant features.

The case will sport a glide system that will allow for a quick and effortless interchange of straps and will be available in an array of different materials including 18-carat yellow gold, stainless steel, and a DLC-finished version.

Learn More From Tom Ford $2,190 – $10,100

Shinola Canfield Sport Watches

The latest iteration of Shinola’s Canfield line of watches, the Sport Collection, updates the Detroit-made classic with the brand’s most complicated movement yet and comes in a multitude of flavors to please different tastes.

Arriving in 40mm stainless steel cases (Argonite 5040.D movement) and 45mm versions (Argonite 5040.F), the watches maintain the ceramic bezels and the open dial of the original while offering chronograph, date, and calendar (45mm only) functions. Water-resistant to 50 meters and presented on leather straps or stainless steel bracelets attached to a fixed top ring with a ceramic insert.

Buy From $850-$1,100

2018 Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 Watch

Paying tribute to their historic CK 2998 watch from 1959, Omega has just released the 2018 Speedmaster CK 2998, a tastefully designed limited edition timepiece that has all the ingredients to become a hot seller.

With a dial dressed in a “panda” color combo (a fancy way of describing black subdials against a white dial), the watch features a 39.7mm polished stainless steel case with blackened Alpha-shaped hour and minute hands. The pulsometer bezel (used to check a person’s heartbeats per minute) is a not to the original model, while a red second hand and matching “Speedmaster” logo on the dial add a touch of color to the overall black & white theme.

Complete with a sporty black micro-perforated leather strap with white rubber lining, the new CK 2998 is powered by a manually-wound caliber 1861 movement with a 48-hour power reserve, and is limited to 2998 pieces.

Learn More From Omega $5,850

Nomos Glashütte Autobahn Watch

With its polished case, fresh dial, simple hands, and Bauhaus-styled numerals, the Nomos Glashütte Autobahn Watch boasts one of the cleanest designs we’ve ever seen in an automotive-inspired wristpiece.

The German-made timepiece is powered by Nomos’ Neomatik Caliber automatic movement with a reserve of 42 hours. It features a 41mm stainless steel case, inset sub-second dial, domed sapphire crystal and display back, and a woven textile strap. The watch is elegantly detailed with racing-inspired bits such as the raised plots of lume that curve around the center resembling a gauge cluster, and a triple date window (displays yesterday, today, and tomorrow simultaneously) looking like a vintage odometer.

Water-resistant to 100 meters, the Autobahn is available in three versions: all white silver-plated, gray dial with blue accents, and a midnight blue dial with white accents, each with an orange seconds hand.

Buy From Nomos Glashütte $4,800

Breitling Navitimer Super 8 Chronograph

Taking its design inspiration from the Reference 637 stopwatch, which was used in the Second World War by bomber pilots and crews, the Breitling Navitimer Super 8 Chronograph is a big, bold wristwatch that’s built to last for generations.

Boasting a hefty 46 mm case in titanium with a military green dial or stainless steel with black dial, the timepiece has a distinctive bidirectional rotating bezel and a prominent crown found on the left side of the case for added wrist comfort. The dials feature large, luminescent Arabic numerals and anti-reflective convex sapphire crystals, while the hour & minute hands are also luminescent, allowing for easy reading in all lighting conditions.

Ticking inside the Navitimer Super 8 is an automatic Manufacture Caliber B20 movement with a massive power reserve of over 70 hours. Like every Breitling, this solid watch is a COSC-certified chronometer. It’s also water-resistant to 30 meters and comes on a brown NATO leather strap, rounding off that perfect military look.

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Intuitive, engaging and simple, the HORIZON Watch offers an objective angle on how we tell the time. The beautiful timepiece uses a central disc that completes a full rotation once a day, displaying both the day and night hours, separated by a single line representing the horizon.

Created by OPTIK INSTRUMENTS, a young British design house “driven by a slow-living culture,” the striking watch features a smooth, rounded stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal. The integrated crown adds to the seamless look, while a battery-powered movement is suspended in the case with a unique engagement frame, allowing the disc to rotate freely and helping with shock resistance.

The Swiss-Made HORIZON is rated to 100m water resistance and comes with a bespoke strap with curved springbars and custom moulds that allow for a comfortable wear. Available in 4 different stylish colorways.

Preorder From Kickstarter $345

DOXA SUB 300T Divingstar ‘Poseidon Edition’ Watch

The new DOXA SUB 300T Divingstar ‘Poseidon Edition’ Watch recreates one of the company’s rarest 1970’s models, paying tribute to that golden age of scuba diving. The original SUB 300T was the dive watch to rock at that time, so much so that famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, SEALAB divers, and the French Navy were all trusting it to keep track of time underwater.

Made in collab with venerated Swedish Poseidon diving gear makers, the timepiece resembles its forebear but is updated with modern specs. The brushed stainless steel case has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, protecting a bright yellow dial, while inside ticks a solid Swiss ETA 2824-2 self-winding movement with 42-hour power reserve.

The watch is now water resistant to 1,200 meters (four times the depth rating of the original) and the dial markings and hands are coated with Super-Lumi-Nova for legibility in dark waters. Fitted with a “beads of rice” style steel bracelet, with a fold-over clasp with an extension for use over a thick diving suit, the ‘Poseidon Edition’ is available in a limited edition of 300 units, making it almost as rare as the 1970s original.

Preorder From DOXA Watches $1,990