May 2021: What's New In Watches
From Omega to Richard Mille, discover the latest news from the world of watchmaking
This double-sided watch by De Bethune comes with two different dials that are centred around the brand’s new Calibre DB2579. One side displays a space-agey design complete with specks of blue and grey, as well as a combination of polished and matt finishes that surround a tourbillon at six o’clock. The other side reveals a more traditional dial with an elegant hand-guilloché centre. Which is your favourite?
For the Éclosion de Chaumet watch, a white mother-of-pearl Grand Feu enamel dial by Anita Porchet, one of Switzerland’s most recognised and respected enamellers, is set with brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies. White gold, black lacquer and gold thread are carefully positioned to resemble the spring flower ranunculus. Wear yours with a red alligator leather strap.
Omega has launched standard-production Moonwatches with the brand’s Calibre 3861, which is Master Chronometer-certified, meaning the overall precision, performance and magnetic-resistance of each watch is improved. Like their predecessors, these Moonwatches are also certified for use in manned space flight, but they come with a narrower link bracelet that’s lighter and more comfortable. Other design elements, such as the asymmetrical case, step dial (where the minute markers are sunken lower than the main dial), double-bevel case back and iconic dots on the anodised aluminium bezel ring, take inspiration from the vintage Ref 105.012, which was worn by Apollo 11’s astronauts on the moon in 1969. Eight models are available, including versions in stainless steel and the brand’s trademarked Canopus or Sedna golds.
Roger Dubuis’ monster Excalibur model now comes equipped with a revamped double flying tourbillon. Available in pink or white gold, this new watch boasts sapphire crystal, a skeletonised dial and a daredevil tourbillon that’s constructed out of titanium and mirrorpolished cobalt chrome. This watch’s complex movement, Calibre RD108SQ, is made up of 319 components and provides a 72- hour power reserve. Both models are limited to eight pieces each, so act fast.
Legendary designer Henri d’Origny first developed the Arceau, which has since become Hermès’ longest-standing men’s watch, back in 1978. This new edition measures in at a sizeable 43 mm and features a deep blue dial that provides a backdrop for a triple calendar and moon-phase complication, which displays the date, day and months as well as the sunlit portion of the moon as observed from Earth.
Only 28 numbered pieces of this new limited-edition Reine de Naples Cœur have been made. The collection is inspired by Caroline Murat, who was the younger sister of Napoléon Bonaparte and who commissioned Abraham-Louis Breguet to make what is widely recognised as the first-ever wristwatch. This new release has two-minute hands that join together to form the outline of a heart. The hours are displayed at the centre of the elongated oval dial, which is housed in a rose gold and diamond-set case.
The newest addition to Chanel's Première watch collection, the Extrait de Camélia watch combines gold, diamonds and plush black velvet. Inspired by the octagonal shape of Place Vendôme, which has traditionally housed the world’s best-established jewellers, this watch’s case back is simple and sophisticated, while a diamond-set dial and glittering camellia charm add a playful touch to this timeless design.
The RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night and the RM 07-01 open-link red gold and Carbon TPT (thin ply technology) bracelet are the two latest novelties to join the Richard Mille family. Both are housed in tonneau-shaped cases and are powered by the in-house Calibre CRMA2, a skeletonised automatic movement developed by the watchmaker. The RM 07-01 Automatic Starry Night is an especially spectacular model, with a splash of brilliant-cut diamonds that are scattered across the bezel and dial like, you guessed it, a starry night sky.