Even though the year started on a bad note with the pandemic slowing down businesses around the world, the last few weeks have been relatively positive. Several companies across the luxury sector have opened their offices and stores, and a handful of brands have also organised events and exhibitions to showcase new products and collections.
Several watchmakers around the world have launched their timepieces, both, at virtual and offline showcases such as Watches and Wonders in Shanghai (September 9 to 13) and Sanya (September 29 to October 31). We bring you the best timepieces that were launched in September.
Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen’s iconic Portugieser Chronograph now comes in a stainless-steel bracelet. The polished bracelet has a satin-finished surface and comes with a butterfly folding clasp. It has a clear and open dial with two recessed totalisers at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. The inner flange is printed with a quarter seconds scale and this timeless modern chronograph has become one of the most popular models from Schaffhausen.
Swiss watch manufacturer Rolex virtually launched four additions to the iconic Oyster Perpetual collection: Submariner, Datejust, Oyster Perpetual and Sky-Dweller.
Oyster Perpetual Submariner
The new Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date have a larger 41 mm case and a bracelet with a broader centre link. The former is characterised by a recently launched calibre 3230, while the latter has calibre 3235. These movements use Rolex’s Chronergy escapement and have a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
Oyster Perpetual Datejust
The new white Rolesor versions of Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 combines Oystersteel and 18k white gold. The watch has a diamond-set bezel, surrounding a dark purple, sunray-finish dial. The dial stands out because of its Roman numerals crafted in 18k white gold. The highlight is number IV, which is set with 11 diamonds.
New Oyster Perpetual
The Oyster Perpetual 41 has two sun-ray finish dial colour options; silver and bright black. The first version, an Oystersteel watch gives off a retro vibe with hour markers and hands crafted in 18k yellow gold. While the second version has the same in 18k white gold.
Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
The Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is the first from this collection to be equipped with Rolex’s Oysterflex bracelet. Crafted in 18k yellow gold, this version features a bright black, sunray-finish dial and an elastomer bracelet with an Oysterclasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension system. Its calibre 9001 consists of a blue Parachrom hairspring, created by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy. You can expect a power reserve of around 72 hours.
Vacheron Constantin’s new overseas self-winding model in pink gold is an elegant timepiece delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps (18K 5N pink gold, blue alligator, blue rubber) for optimal comfort. ⠀
Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur-Superbia’s is crafted in palladium-enriched white gold and set with exactly 600 precious white diamonds and blue sapphires.
A. Lange & Söhne
A special edition watch by A. Lange & Söhne pays homage to late Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the Saxon watchmaker, inventor, entrepreneur and politician. The tourbillon cage is suspended between two diamond end stones as was the case in Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s historic pocket watches. The 684-part movement is decorated with a special finissage that enhances the three-dimensional effect of the pattern and gives the traditional technique a contemporary look.