They say that New York is the city that never sleeps. The industry that never sleeps is watchmaking, hardly a week goes by without several new designs cropping up, whether from big name brands or independent makers – which is why we’re here. Read on for all the best new watch releases you should know about this week.
1. Omega’s 321 movement is back in action
While not strictly a watch, this is nonetheless newsworthy. The 321 movement forms a mythic part of Omega’s history. It’s been out of production since the 1960s, but the original 321 was the caliber that powered the Speedmaster ‘Moon Watches’ used by Messrs Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins on the Apollo 11 mission. Now, ahead of the Moon landing’s 50th anniversary in July of this year, Omega has announced they’re bringing the 321 back into production – albeit in subtly modernised form. True to the 1960s version, the movement uses a column wheel (not a cam) to switch between its chronograph functions, and a lateral rather than vertical clutch. What Omega hasn’t yet unveiled is which watches will carry this new movement, but it’s safe to assume there will be new releases aplenty to keep track of in the coming weeks.
2. Raymond Weil’s new Parisfal collection
First launched in the 1990s, Raymond Weil’s Parisfal collection – a range of heritage-inspired quartz dress watches that keep things clean and simple – is back. Inspired by Richard Wagner’s last opera, every watch in the collection is true to Raymond Weil’s tradition for unfussy, elegant styling. Our pick is this: the Classic Blue in steel with its fluted gadroon bezel, classic steel case, chunky crown and timeless Roman numeral detailing. The 41mm size is well balanced, and on its characteristic crosslink bracelet it looks every bit a polished day-to-evening watch. The best bit? It won’t break the bank either.
3. Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms arrives in Titanium
Few diver’s watches are better known than the Fifty Fathoms, a first of the breed released in 1953. Today, it’s such a mainstay for Blancpain there are over 80 Fifty Fathoms models, though this is the first classic Fifty Fathoms to come in Titanium. The change in material means it only looks subtly different to the majority of other Fithy Fathoms watches that come in stainless steel; the case is a little darker and has a matte appearance, but that’s about it. What is significant is the change in weight. Now in super-light and super-tough titanium, the result is a serious watch (it’s 45mm in diameter) that’s positively featherweight on the wrist. Given it’s size, you’ll need chunky arms to make this work for you, but if big watches are your thing, this is most certainly one to add to your collection. Important to note too; like all Fifty Fathoms it’s waterproof to 300m deep, with an impressive power-reserve of 120 hours.
Price TBA, blancpain.com