August 2021: What’s New in Watches
From Omega to Jaeger-LeCoultre and Chopard, here are the best new watches to put on your radar this month
Two 40 mm references have been added to Omega’s sophisticated De Ville Trésor collection of classic men’s watches. Made using yellow gold or the watchmaker’s own 18-karat Sedna gold, these watches come with silver coloured or oxblood dials. Both versions are powered by in-house Master Chronometer movements that ensure timekeeping accuracy. Choose between a slate grey or burgundy alligator-patterned leather strap.
Earlier this year, Patek Philippe’s head honcho Thierry Stern announced he was preparing for the launch of a limited final edition of the watchmaker’s iconic Ref 5711/1A. After a 15-year run, this beloved luxury sports watch is being discontinued. The latest and last model abandons Patek’s signature blue for an olive sunburst dial. A version with a diamond-set bezel has also hit shelves for those who like to sparkle.
Three series of ten-piece limited editions, Vacheron Constantin’s new miniature masterpieces pay tribute to Portuguese explorers Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral. Each watch comes with an intricate Grand Feu enamel dial that’s inspired by the Miller Atlas: an illustrated map that took about three years to make, from 1519 to 1522. A reproduction is kept in the Portuguese Maritime Museum in Lisbon, and now you can wear this little piece of history on your wrist, thanks to these novelties and their handsome off-centre displays.
Following the 2019 success of its Hourstriker Phantom, Ulysse Nardin has launched another chiming watch in collaboration with audio tech company Devialet, which was founded by a descendant of horologist Ulysse Nardin himself. A traditional chiming watch, the Black Hourstriker comes with a hammer that hits its gong and a thick titanium membrane that vibrates like a speaker, which amplifies the timepiece’s sound.
Reverso owners: hold onto your hats! Jaeger-LeCoultre has just unveiled the world’s first four-faced watch, which can be yours for a staggering US$1.35 million. The watchmaker is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its historic Reverso collection this year, so this new world record couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Named Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadriptyque, the watch has taken six years of research to develop and perfect. The timepiece’s new movement boasts 11 complications and 12 patents, making this Reverso the most complicated ever made.
Audemars Piguet has announced an ongoing collaboration with Marvel Entertainment and, at a star-studded launch live streamed from Los Angeles and hosted by stand-up comedian Kevin Hart, the watchmaker unveiled its limited-edition Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon. Housed in a 42 mm sandblasted titanium case, the three-dimensional, laser-cut, hand-engraved dial is adorned with the fictional superhero Black Panther, who is sculpted using white gold. Only 250 of these bad boys are on offer, and a unique piece has already been sold at auction for a whopping US$5.2 million.
The new LUC Quattro Spirit 25 has been unveiled to celebrate Chopard’s 25th anniversary. This timepiece is the watchmaker’s first jumping-hour novelty, which means the dial doesn’t feature an hour hand but instead a disc that’s viewed through an aperture. Each time the minute hand reaches 60 minutes, the disc jumps forward to display the next hour. Housed in a 40 mm case that’s crafted from ethical 18-karat rose gold, the sophisticated LUC 98.06-L movement comes equipped with four barrels, which enables up to eight days of power reserve.
A dragon’s lair worth of diamonds has been set into Richard Mille’s latest scintillating women’s watch. Talented gem-setters have used the brand’s signature snow-setting technique to mount the RM 07-01’s dial, bezel and bracelet with enough sparkle to turn you blind.
The quintessential design of the Hermès Faubourg Polka is inspired by the miniaturised Faubourg model from 2014, which featured a mother-of-pearl dial and dainty round shaped case. This new Hermès timepiece has an entirely redesigned bracelet that consists of interwoven dots and oblique lines.
Good luck getting Greubel Forsey’s new cutting-edge GMT Sport. Only 33 have been made, and each comes with a chunky titanium case back that’s strapped onto the wrist using a supple, fully integrated metal bracelet. Pops of blue adorn the crown and jam-packed dial, which is open-worked to highlight the three-dimensional movement of a globe and 24-second indicator ring.