As 2017 comes to a close, we wonder where all the time has gone. While you reminisce on all the precious moments - small and big - the Luxglove team looks back at the year to roundup the some of the best timepieces that we’ve come across and what makes them our favourites!
Just in the last 12 months, Patek Philippe's Advance Research Program announced two new innovations. The first offers a new system for activating a complication that uses no conventional pivots and the second, a new method of forming a balance spring that allows Patek to offer good rate stability.
The ref. 5659G Aquanaut Travel Time Advance Research features both and is the first of its kind to be presented in a silicon material instead of steel. This is the material used for the "compliant" (flexible) mechanism for the resetting of GMT indication that does away with any conventional lubricants, frictions and better durability and functionality. With the Spiromax balance spring, Patek has mathematically developed a way to set up the balance spring such that the centre of gravity of the spring aways coincides with the exact centre of gravity of the balance - all by adding a slight swelling in the intermost coil.
The first RIchard Mille x Rafael Nadal watch was released in 2010 and since then the duo have made a name for themselves with lightweight and shock-resistant watches that the tennis superstar wears while playing. This year, the new release although isn't too different shell-wise, it is painted in the colours of Nadal's home country, Spain and is limited to 50 peices.
Most notably, Richard Mille has used a new movement that is able to withstand shocks of up to 10,000 Gs, which is a world record! Before the watch's release, it underwent extensive shock tests with a pendulum impat tester - a hammer that swings at a force of 10,000 G at the watch. Cool yet functional?
Although not known as a watch maker, Chanel has surprised the world by launching its first men's watch that was designed and built in-house. Limited to 300 pieces, the jumping hour timepiece is a beauty on the wrist, whose font was designed specially for its creation.
The creation of The Monsieur de Chanel took five years to complete and perfect and no doubt by a fashion house. Their dedication to fine watchmaking is appauded and if you did not already know, Chanel is an investor in the watch-making protegé, Philippe Dufour, Mr. Romain Gauthier, who most likely had a hand in the making of this wrist candy.
The Pallweber are one of the more famous early IWC pocket watches from the late 19th century. Named after the Australian watchmater Josef Pallweber, who patented and licenced his invention to IWC, these special timepieces were only produced for a short period of time following a dip in trend.
IWC has revived the Pallweber pocket watches by offering their iconic jumping hour and minutes display as a wristwatch. While the size and exterior bears resemblance to the Pallweber, the new IWC caliber 94200, running at 28,800 vph, with a quite good 60 hour power reserve is manufactured by IWC. Limited to 250 pieces worldwide!
For their 60th Anniversary, Omega launched a special edition of its iconic chronograph - The Omega Speedmaster. With the proportions and design matching their first ever 1957 model and the exact reference CK2915-1.
The Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary offers a perfect reedition of the original tachymeter bezel, replicating the smallest details and also spots some new upgrades like the modern evolution of the chronograph caliber 1861. This commemorative Speedmaster does not come alone and you and 3, 556 others may purchase the trilogy with the reproduced Seamaster and Railmaster!
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