Time To Move 2019Written by Alvin Wong
BLANCPAIN Air Command
A vintage-style pilot’s flyback chronograph that is limited to 500 pieces. The Blancpain Air Command is based on a prototype model that made for the United States Air Force in the 1950s, and was eventually adopted by the Colombian Air Force. Winsome features like a ratcheted countdown rotating bezel, tachymeter scale on the inner flange, radium-style indexes and bi-compax layout all hark back to the original design and combine to make the Air Command an instant hit.
BREGUET Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395
A stupendous skeletonised creation, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5359 captivates with a dexterous mix of artistry and engineering. More than 50 per cent of the watch’s hand-wound movement has been removed, leaving behind an artful architecture that, while barely there, still manages to hold all the essential mechanisms in place. Not only that, the skeletonise gold movement does it while still promising robustness and superlative hand-decorations including hand-chamfered bridges and Clous de Paris patterns.
JAQUET DROZ Magic Lotus
Jaquet Droz stands peerless in the field of wristwatch automatons and 2019 sees the brand striding further afield with the Magic Lotus, a magical and meditative work of art. The watch invites one to contemplate the circle of life and rebirth, expressed via an animated dial that shows a running river with a carp swimming languidly in it, and a gem-set lotus flower that flows with the tide, its precious stone changing colour at each quarter. Like its predecessors, the Magic Lotus combines miniature art, micro-engineering and story-telling to brilliant effect, amalgamating all of Jaquet Droz’s strongest suits inside a 43mm case and is easily one of the talking pieces of 2019.
OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo II 50th anniversary edition
The version in ‘moonshine’ gold and burgundy bezel, capped at 1,014 pieces, is definitely the baller version. However, fans who desire a less showy and more affordable option has the equally awesome Speedmaster Apollo II in stainless steel, with moonshine gold accents on the bezel, indexes and sub-dials. Limited to 6,969 pieces, this model is no less beautiful and enticing, featuring a caseback laser-etched with the likeness of man’s first footprint on the moon.
HARRY WINSTON Historie de Tourbillon 10
Complication watch connoisseurs will have a field day poring over the intricacies of the Historie de Tourbillon 10’s quadruple tourbillon movement, armed with three differential systems for optimum energy distribution and timekeeping precision. Even so, a massive part of the Historie de Tourbillon 10’s appeal is its imposing aesthetic – a 45mm by 32mm mechanical behemoth with four tourbillons performing a sophisticated and choreographed mechanical dance like a mini sculpture that would be equally at home in a modern art museum.
GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL Spezialist SeaQ 1969
The new Spezialist collection ranks as one of Time To Move 2019’s surprise packages. The last time Glashütte Original had a decidedly sports-themed collection was sometime back in the early 2000s, with the Sport Evolution collection, which has since disappeared from the brand’s line-up. The inaugural Spezialist collection comprises dive watches that are inspired by a 1969 model from Glashütte Original’s archives. Fittingly, the model that elicited the most coos is a remake of the original, a 39.5mm throwback limited edition dubbed SeaQ 1969, which is capped at 69 pieces, and features hands and markers in different colours.
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.