It’s This Week in Watches for November 16, 2019 – let’s do this!
Before we get into the new watch information on This Week in Watches, I’ll put in no time flat discussing some observations over the last week. Last weekend was auction end of the week in Geneva with the noble cause occasion occurring. If my math is correct, the Patek Grandmaster
Flash Chime helped raise roughly 82% of the proceeds for a noble cause when it sold for a whopping 31M CHF . I’m truly glad for the foundation, however in the event that I’m being open and honest, that was one ugly watch. Still, congrats to the owner and the charity. Next up were all the individual auctions held by the typical suspects. This year felt a piece “normal” as there weren’t any genuine VIP or uncommon watches; those come on December tenth when Phillips brings the Rolex 1675 GMT_master from Marlon Brando to the stage. Overall, though, it seemed like the auctions were somewhat obvious and that the bull run of expanding costs has at long last leveled off. Like every good thing, such behavior can’t keep going forever and with more and more global economic questions, let’s see what occurs. It once again underscores the “buy what you like” truism. On the other hand, I’ve seen some truly good pieces (non-Rolex to be reasonable) sell for what I’d call approachable, but still far higher than five years ago, prices. So, if there’s a modern or vintage watch you’ve consistently loved and have the money sitting on the side, it’s possibly worth taking a gander. And now onto the new stuff…
While maybe new in the most recent week or so, we got word of a couple more current deliveries from SevenFriday. For certain, SevenFriday acquires a tasteful that’s rather polarizing, however I’ve consistently found the watches fun and they’re an extremely simple approach to get into the modern open-dialed look that can undoubtedly cost 100’s of times more. Two watches are here and are evidently motivated by the home of the originator, which is Normandy, France. First up is the 752 Euro T2/01 which has some dim greenish tones intended to review the local foliage.
The 792 Euro T3/01 gets the traditional French colors of blue and red. Both are powered by the Seiko automatic NH70 and are on the more modest – for the brand – side at almost 45mm on each side. The thickness is 12.95mm and the brand mentions improved wearability because of more slender, more comfortable, cowhide straps. For more information head to the official site.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bronze LE Diver
Next up on This Week in Watches is a piece that was shown a couple weeks back. We have another Limited Edition Bell & Ross BR03-92 Bronze Diver with navy blue dial. At 42mm, this run of 200 pieces may be accessible in the Americas. It’s somewhat not the same as a past bronze variation (with green dial) of this watch as the blue has a completely bronze bezel. This new model has 300 meters of water obstruction and utilizations an automatic dependent on the Sellita SW300-1. It will come with a blue calfskin tie and an elastic lash that can be utilized for diving. The watch should be accessible now and retails for $3,990. Head to the official site for more information.
Delma Shell Star Bronze LE
Meanwhile, Swiss brand Delma announced a bronze version of its Shell Star Diver to praise the 50th commemoration of its jump watches. The 44mm, 500 meter water safe, bronze divers utilize an ETA 2824-2 which is noticeable through a showcase back. Available with either a brown, green or blue dial and 5 interesting calfskin lash choices, there will be 500 made in total. The bezel is also in bronze and I think the overall look is cool, particularly with the checkered section ring. The watches retail for 1,490 Euros and are accessible on the official now.
Boston and Stewill Tourer
UK-based autonomous brand Boston and Stewill (set up in 2015) sent us word of a couple restricted edition versions of their 40mm automatic Tourer model. Available with either 12 PM blue or dim dials, there will be 100 bits of each at roughly 650 GBP. The watches contain automotive-roused plan, however it’s not overbearing (the inset little seconds dial is intended to evoke thoughts of an exemplary Bugatti). Inside is the Sellita SW260 automatic and other comforts, for example, a presentation back and sapphire front precious stone are included. More information can be found on the site.
Laco Ulm & Würzburg
I truly enjoy the look of Laco’s watches and today’s new pieces are no exception. Laco sent us information on their new Ulm & Würzburg pieces, which are somewhat dressier versions of their historic pilot’s “A” and “B” models. The Ulm depends on the “A” and the Würzburg on the “B”. I say dressy as they utilize a more modern, yet still straightforward, brushed pure case. At 42.5mm in measurement (49.8mm carry to drag) and simply 11mm high, the watches contain the handwound Laco 98 type (ETA 6498.1).
The movement is pleasantly completed and can be seen by means of a screw-down presentation back. The gem is sapphire and the watches are good for 10 ATM of water resistance. At 980 Euros, they’re an alluring option for an every day wearer. Head to the official site for additional information.
Folks, that’s for this week’s edition of This Week in Watches. Enjoy the weekend!