The latest news and wrist takers to know about.
ALONG FOR THE RIDE
Cartier has introduced two new models into its gentlemanly Drive de Cartier collection and they’re both winners. First is the Drive de Cartier Moon Phases—available in pink gold and steel—with a new Manufacture movement that only needs to be corrected by one day once every 125 years. Then, there’s the Extra-Flat: At just 7mm thick, it’s 40 percent slimmer than its precursors and is one watch that will fit nicely under your shirt sleeve with no hassle at all.
FLAG TO FLAG
This year sees French racing legend Jean Todt celebrating his 50-year career anniversary, and Richard Mille has released three limited-edition models (each bearing Todt’s name and favourite colours) to honour his milestone: The RM 11-03 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary comes sheathed in a new blue and white Quartz TPT case (comprising 600 layers of silica); the RM 050 with its 9.5g tourbillon regulated split-seconds chronograph is presented in blue Quartz TPT; while the RM 056 comes in a clear sapphire case that requires roughly 1,000 hours of machining per case.
From left: Steel Speedmaster Automatic, $11,700, Omega.
Steel Cape Cod TGM Bicolore, $4,640, Hermès. Platinum
Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton, Bulgari
Get wrist ready for these watches that are going to be released at this year’s Baselworld. From Bulgari comes a new skeletonised version of its Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, a watch that still holds the world record for being the thinnest tourbillon movement since its launch in 2014. Omega, on the other hand, continues its 60-year-long Speedmaster legacy with the new 44.25mm Speedmaster Automatic, which bears a thinner profile than previous versions. Then at Hermès, we’ve got the Cape Cod TGM Bicolore, which puts the house’s expertise in leather at the forefront with a two-tone saddle-stitched strap in Malta blue with Hermès red or étoupe.
Be it for work or play, no avid traveller should have to go without a watch that presents the world’s time-zones all at a glance—especially when it comes with the sleek trappings of Patek Philippe’s World Time timepiece. Presenting 24 time-zones (including home time) within a rose or white gold 38.5mm case, you can easily adjust from one time-zone to the next through a pusher located at the 10 o’clock position.
DARK AS NIGHT
If you’re looking for a timepiece that will stop friends in their tracks and let you be the object of envy, then TAG Heuer’s Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic is the watch you want. This new addition to the brand’s bestselling Carrera Heuer-01 collection (first launched in 2015) has formidable looks, thanks to a black ceramic case, bezel, lugs, case middle and bracelet that have been micro-blasted for a stunning matte finish.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg on a bicycle tour in Monaco? That’s what happens when IWC Schaffhausen organises one in support of the Laureus World Sports Awards and its mission to empower impoverished young people through sports. The event also saw the launch of the Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”—IWC’s 11th timepiece dedicated to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.