Watches

Your week in watches

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This week: Hublot joins the ranks of Bucherer's blue editions, Tudor unveils the Glamour Double Date and the Heuer Carrera gets a new look

Hublot week in watches1. 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.

£15,000, bucherer.com

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

Tag Heuer Carrera3. 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.

£6,600, tagheuer.com