1. Hublot and Bucherer have put their heads together
Bucherer’s exclusive ‘blue editions’ are coming thick and fast at the moment, which is a good thing, because they’re almost always impressive. The latest partner for the Swiss watch retailer is powerhouse brand Hublot, which last week unveiled a new take on the Classic Fusion Bronze.
True to Hublot’s ‘the art of fusion’ mantra, the design mixes a number of watchmaking opposites to create a contemporary statement piece. When bronze watches crop up, they tend to pair a bronze case with brown or copper ceramic for a tonal effect, but this strikes a different note with its royal blue sunray dial and alligator strap. It also combines the bronze case with a black ceramic bezel (a first for Hublot) and six H-shaped titanium screws – a distinctive set of materials that lend the watch’s design real depth.
With a substantial 45mm diameter, it’s not for the faint hearted. Within the case beats a mechanical HUB1112 automatic in-house movement with a 42-hour power reserve. If you’re into modern design, or you’ve been looking for a bronze watch that isn’t too brown, this could be the answer to your prayers.
2. Tudor turns up the glamour (date)
For those readers that like their dress watches, Tudor’s revisited its Glamour Date model, first unveiled in 2010 and inspired by a dress watch held in the company’s archive. As the name suggests, it was a deliberately swish design back then, and the four new models unveiled this week are true to the same principle.
Each model has a different, but dressy look. There are models in bi-metal steel and yellow gold – one with a gold dial and the other silver. Then, there’s a polished stainless steel and black number (very smart) and a quirky design with a silver dial, royal blue hands and indexes, on a black alligator strap with white stitching. This is our pick of the bunch (see above), it’s sleek, a touch retro and suits the balanced 42mm case diameter.
Technically, the watch’s in-house movement is interesting, too. Tudor’s created a new manufacture calibre for the model, which for the first time includes a small seconds hand at six o clock, as well as an instantaneous midnight date-change function. It’s called the MT5641 and powered by a bi-directional self-winding mechanical rotor system.
Like many of Tudor’s watches, these won’t break the bank, and with a calibre like that they offer a lot of watch for the money. Impressive stuff.
From £2,300, tudorwatch.com
3. The Heuer Carerra has a new look
Another collaboration rounds out this week’s watch news. Ever a brand to push boundaries, Tag Heuer’s partnered with Japanese streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara with surprisingly restrained results. Fujiwara, for context, is the creative brain behind cult brand Fragment – the Japanese version of Supreme, if you will – a partner that’s nudging Tag into unusual watchmaking territory.
The resulting watch is the Carrera Heuer 02 chronograph by Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara, limited to 500 pieces, and there’s no denying it’s a cool looking thing. With its monochromatic looks it’s close to the 1963 original; with a black dial and white markers in a 39mm case. It’s set on an alligator powerhouse strap in black, but comes with a black and grey nato strap for something sportier, too.
Beige indexes and rhodium-plated hour and minute hands complement the dial, which is finished with the Heuer Carrera logo and Fragment’s lighting motif at 12 o clock. On its underside, the case has a special stainless-steel screw-down sapphire caseback, engraved with its limited-edition number. It’s out now, and available in either boutiques or online.