Hiren Kumar Bose on the four watches which make their debut in the New Year
PANERAI Luminor Sealand – 44 MM
The Manufacture recalls the evocative thousand-year tradition of the Chinese Zodiac with the new Luminor Sealand – 44 mm (PAM00863), a special edition created to anticipate and accompany the Year of the Rat which will officially start on the 25th of January 2020. This is the 12th Panerai Luminor Sealand model and marks the end of the 12- year cycle in which each year is distinguished by a sign of the zodiac represented by an animal. Dedicated to the rat, the same is represented on the steel cover of the watch. A distinguishing feature of every Sealand, the decorated cover – with a signalling mirror inside – is hinged at 12 o’clock on the brush-finished AISI 316L steel case of the 44-mm model. This aesthetic and functional element protects the grey dial with its printed Arabic numerals and linear hour-markers, supplemented by luminous SuperLumiNovaTM dots. The decoration of the cover has been engraved by hand by Italian master craftsmen using the ancient art of sparsello. This technique is named after the tool, like a little scalpel, which is used to make incisions. These are then inlayed with gold threads which are carefully hammered to fill the recesses. This operation takes up to 50 hours of work for each watch. The mechanical movement of the new Luminor Sealand – 44 mm is the P. 9010 Calibre with a power reserve of three days provided by twin spring barrels, and rapid time adjustment which also changes the calendar. Water-resistant to a depth of about 100m, the watch is fitted with a semi-matt calf strap, gold in colour with beige stitching, and it is presented in a pearwood box. It is supplied with a second strap of black rubber, a special tool for changing the strap and a screwdriver to remove the buckle.
MOSER & CIE Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic
Fluid lines, geometric curves, dynamic forms, a harmony of contrasts and textures: H. Moser & Cie. adopts minimalism as its guiding force, creating the first integrated automatic chronograph with a central display to offer a flyback function. The Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic model is a form watch, with a steel cushion case 42.3 mm in diameter. With dynamic water resistance to 12 ATM, the chronograph function of the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic can be used underwater. Its off-centre crown, adorned with an “M”, balances the two chronograph push-buttons set at 10 and 2 o’clock. Designed as a truly sculptural piece, this case boasts harmonious proportions and beautiful aerodynamics. It is topped by a subtly domed Glassbox type sapphire crystal, echoed by the see-through case back. These lines extend to the integrated steel bracelet, which is elegantly curved to follow the shape of the wrist; the unique design of the links ensures that it sits perfectly on even the most slender of wrists. Highly complex in construction, this bracelet has extremely fluid lines, based on organic forms. All the links are articulated and feature a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces. The bezel has a sunray brushed finish; the case has alternating brushed and polished surfaces, with hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides, in a nod to the typical shapes of Moser cases. As far as the movement is concerned, the Streamliner is the first automatic chronograph with a central display to feature a flyback function for the minutes and seconds. Its chronograph calibre was developed by AGENHOR with support from the teams at H. Moser & Cie. Its limited to 100 pieces
CARL F. BUCHERER Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral
Carl F. Bucherer presents a new trilogy of stately chronometers made of rose, yellow or white gold featuring the CFB T3000 manufacture movement. It showcases the Lucerne manufacturer’s innovation and excellence in watchmaking in two ways at once: the floating tourbillon and peripheral automatic winding system once again underscore Carl F. Bucherer’s leading role in peripheral technology. The new unlimited Tourbillon models feature an expressive, multifaceted 43.1-mm case in the three classic gold alloys. With the utmost elegance, they demonstrate different ways of showcasing the precious metal. While the variation in yellow gold has a classic retro style with a silver-coloured dial and a brown alligator leather strap, the white-gold version features modern contrasts with a dark grey dial, black strap and rose-gold-coloured indices and hands. A model made of rose gold rounds out the trilogy. The warm brown shade of the dial and strap emphasizes the elegant yet striking style of this extraordinary variation. The sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the front and back ensures a clear view of the exquisite beauty of the dial and T3000 manufacture calibre. The model prominently showcases two of Carl F. Bucherer’s technical milestones at once: the peripheral automatic winding system and the patented peripherally mounted tourbillon – united in the T3000 manufacture calibre at the heart of this watch.
LUMINOX Navy Seal 3500 Gold
To celebrate the colour gold and its significance, Luminox is introducing touches of gold in its Navy SEAL 3500 Series in a special limited edition of 1,618 units: for it happens to be the whole number equivalent of phi, also known as the Golden Number, the Golden Proportion and the Golden Ratio. This special Navy SEAL 3500 gold limited edition features a 45mm CARBONOX™ case, which is light, tough and incredibly durable, and water-resistant to 200 meters. The watch comes with two straps, one rubber and one NATO. The elegant gold touches are on the hands, the crown, and the first 20 minutes on the uni-directional turning bezel, the caseback, and the 24-hour numbers on the dial, – gold even outlines the Luminox logo at 12 o’clock. On the caseback, engraved in gold, is the limited-edition number and the Navy SEAL insignia, called the “SEAL Trident,” which is given to all those who complete the Basic Underwater Demolition (BUD/S) training. The insignia is actually four symbols in one—the golden eagle symbolizes the SEALs’ competence in the air; the pistol, the SEALs’ ability on land; the trident for the SEALs’ dominance in the sea; and the anchor represents the Navy itself. It incorporates Luminox’s Light Technology, making sure that your timepiece is visible in any light conditions for up to 25 years.