Konnichiwa, horologically enthused perusers!  It’s This Week in Watches for June 23, 2019!

So, I’ve roughly tallied it and I’ve accomplished something like 30 trips over the last 60 days.  I’m sort of happy to be back at home while I write this in spite of returning to heat that just doesn’t have a place in a country that discovers air molding unhealthy.  What the damnation is up with that backwoods medical witchery?  Freeze me out and turn me blue!  This week was memorable as I had the opportunity to take in the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep press release.  It was fantastic and my transit was easy thanks to the great people at Omega and the pearl that is London City airport.  I’ll come back in a future article on the Ultra Deep that will give you a “deeper” take a gander at the watch, however we’re here today to talk about other things on This Week in Watches.

Vacheron Produces a Prototype for Everest

Heights and depths appear to be a thing this week and Vacheron went with the former when it flaunted a prototype dual time Overseas made for photographer and explorer Cory Richards.  Richards attempted a summiting of Everest earlier this year, yet the weather unfortunately wouldn’t have it.  He made it to barely short of 25,000 feet (that’s about 4,000 short of the highest point) and all without supplemental oxygen when things turned nasty.  Vacheron Constantin equipped Cory with a 41mm dual time Overseas prototype to help him monitor the time in both Nepal and the USA.  The case is made of titanium, however is reinforced with tantalum – a material we’ve witnessed before and to like.  A rather amazing 22k rotor is fitted and features an inscription of Everest.

An in-house automatic (cal 5110 DT) powers the watch and the dual time region is set with the crown and that pusher at 4:00 synchronizes the date with local time.  Let’s trust that this watch appears in a production version as it’s unquestionably a touch more sporty than the current Overseas collection.  I didn’t see anything regarding this watch on the , yet don’t hesitate to continue to check for more info.

Label Noir and a Dayton Tourbillon

If you thought finding a stainless Rolex Daytona was troublesome, one anonymous (and very much behaved) customer chose having one just wasn’t one of a kind enough for him.  So, he went all the way and chose to ask the top of the line watch customizer, Label Noir, to create something truly special.  The request was for a tourbillon Daytona and one that brings in the vibes of the famous Paul Newman.  Based on the last generation (steel bezel) 116520, the watch currently has a tourbillon in place of where the small seconds once involved real estate.  61 pieces were removed from the Rolex 4130 caliber and 93 new components were added for the tourbillon.  Additionally, the frequency was changed to 21,600 bph to drive the tourbillon.  You can also see that some broad case work was done to remove those dreaded crown guards.  The price?  Don’t ask as this was a 1 of 1, however it will be on display in Geneva, Paris, St. Tropez, and Monaco (French Canada is feeling left out).  I figure it flaunts Label Noir’s talents very well, though.  For more on the brand, head to Label Noir’s .

Hermès Arceau Petite Lune

I rarely wear a tie, however I do have a penchant for Hermès ties.  The equestrian-themed and patterned pieces do it for me and I locate that the brand really feels comfortable around the color wheel.  On the other side, I could manage without those “H” belts that appear to be the calling card of the Schickeria that invade the Aperol Spritz and Hugo-imbued parlors of both the Fatherland and Mallorca.  Sigh…  But, did you realize that Hermès works its magic on the seat as mechanical watches?  Of course you did.  Today, we have the new Arceau Petite Lune in 38mm and stainless steel.  While the case shape has been in presence since 1978, this release adds a moon phase complication at 10:30.  One variant comes with 70 diamonds on the bezel and one goes without.  Hermès doesn’t exactly call out whether these are planned for men or ladies, yet with a large group of alligator strap tones to browse, I guess these pieces could work for either sex.  We have a white dial with black Arabic numerals, and open-worked rhodium hands.  Inside, the in-house H1837 automatic goes to work.  These watches look amazing and that dial – damn. (pics by the way are courtesy of Hèrmes) Unfortunately, pricing wasn’t included, yet on the off chance that you’re a fan, you can almost certainly get a ballpark idea by taking a gander at the rest of the Arceau lineup.  Head to for more information – consider rolling past the “H” belt, bitte.  🙂

RIP Steel Ploprof

We received word from the people at Omega that the steel Seamaster Ploprof 1200M has gone the way of the dodo and thought it was worth a share on This Week in Watches.  While it’s rarely examined today, the current Ploprof has been around since 2009 and is available in a number of variants.  Titanium, however, is by all accounts the most popular because of the watch’s forcing size, yet steel is considered most with regards to the original Ploprof 600 from the 1970’s.  That crafty RJ snuck in and recently acquired another steel 1200M and I’m sure we’ll will see it more soon.  While the modern Ploprof utilizes a screw-back in lieu of the original’s monobloc and adds a helium valve, it’s one serious piece of unit and the reissue was an important part of Omega’s renaissance.  And, for the individuals who have never tried on a Ploprof, you should.  They some way or another fit the wrist far better than you’d imagine.  The steel Ploprof 1200 was a true apparatus watch made for professionals and enthusiasts – we’ll pour one out in its memory.  Omega actually shows the steelie on its , so I’m sure they’ll still be in stores until they’re all sold.

Team, that’s all for This Week in Watches.  We’ll be back one week from now with more…enjoy the weekend.

 

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