July 2021: What's New In Watches
From Tudor to Montblanc, discover the latest news from the world of watchmaking
Over the years, Tudor’s Black Bay Fifty-Eight has spawned numerous variations, including a French Navy-inspired model that hit shelves last year. The two outfits have shared a long-standing relationship, which was officially re-formed this May. For 2021, this watch gets a facelift with a stunning yellow-gold case and olive dial. However, what really makes the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K special is its open case back, which now boasts a sapphire display so wearers can admire the watch’s new MT5400 movement for themselves.
If you like your fair share of shimmer, Vacheron Constantin’s Égérie self-winding diamond-pavé models are for you. Two additional novelties have been released: one in white gold, the other in pink gold. The case and dial are collectively peppered with more than 900 round-cut diamonds that total a mighty 4.10 carats. Collectors can choose from two interchangeable, navy-blue straps in either alligator leather or satin.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has released a pine green Reverso to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its most sought-after collection. A sunray-brushed lacquer dial comes with applied indexes and opulent Dauphine hands, and the case is secured onto the wrist using a matching leather strap. As with other Reverso watches, the solid metal back of this reversible case is perfect for personalisation with a motif or engraving.
Following the success of its Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire, IWC Schaffhausen has added a slightly smaller 41 mm Pilot’s Watch Chronograph to its line-up. Made using stainless steel, these new watches come with glossy blue or green dials, which collectors can wear with a calfskin strap or metal bracelet. The brand’s proprietary quick-change system lets you swap out the different straps without watchmaking tools.
Hermès has dropped a fashion-forward men’s watch collection with five distinct 39 mm references. Dubbed H08, four are presented in titanium and one comes with a cutting-edge graphene-filled composite case. Mineral materials, earthy tones and cushion-shaped cases give the H08 collection an informal, sporty vibe, and we couldn’t be happier.
Limited to 50 astonishing pieces, the Limelight Gala Precious Sunset by Piaget comes in a gorgeous 18-karat rose-gold case. A white mother-of-pearl dial is decorated with 32 brilliant-cut pink sapphires and ten brilliant-cut diamonds, which are elegantly set into an asymmetrical bezel. Secure one onto your wrist with help from a soft, white satin strap.
H Moser & Cie
The latest addition to H Moser & Cie’s minimalistic Endeavour collection, the new Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye comes with two dials, each of which is limited to 50 pieces. If that weren’t exclusive enough, the watchmaker has also announced that it will only create 20 of these watches per year, so we advise you to sign up to H Moser’s waiting list fast. Collectors can choose between a white-gold case and blue dial, which is made using a hard stone called a Falcon’s Eye, and a red-gold case and red dial, which is made with what’s called an Ox’s Eye. Both novelties measure a sizeable 40 mm in diameter and house a tourbillon with skeletonised bridges at six o’clock.
Montblanc is frequently inspired by hulking glaciers and glittering lakes. For the burly 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858, however, the watchmaker has abandoned its usual alpine inspiration in favour of the dusty desert. Limited to (yes, you guessed it) 1,858 pieces, this watch boasts a sandy-beige fumé dial and case back illustration of the Gobi Desert’s Flaming Cliffs, which pays tribute to Montblanc ambassador Reinhold Messner’s solo trek across northern China and southern Mongolia in 2004. In just five weeks, the mountaineer travelled more than 1,900 km.