On this month’s roundup, we start in Germany with Leica’s very first watches. These aren’t simply watches slapped on Lecia logos. That is really Leica’s very personal tackle what a Leica watch ought to be. Subsequent, we check out two quartz watches — one from G-Shock and one other from Girard-Perregaux. Lastly, we finish in China the place a Chinese language watch model is trying to redefine what it means to be thought of haute horology.
From across the internet, we check out a captivating classic Panerai watch with a uniquely weathered dial. Transferring on, we ponder on the subject of quartz watches and why it’s that they’ve such a nasty fame amongst fanatics. Subsequent, journey again in time to study extra concerning the particular relationship between Patek Philippe and its now-defunct Brazilian retailer Gondolo & Labouriau.
1. HANDS-ON WITH THE LEICA L2 WATCH
In 2018, Leica shocked watch fanatics when it introduced that it was launching its personal watch assortment. It might need taken some time, however the watches are lastly prepared. And after dealing with the L2, we now know simply how severe Leica is about this endeavor. This isn’t only a watch with a Leica brand — the L2 encompasses a dual-time complication with a rotating interior bezel and day/night time indicator. It additionally has a cool zero-reset perform that’s activated by pushing down on the crown, which has been styled to appear like a shutter button. Moreover, it’s a manual-wind, and the motion, seen by the show caseback, has an attention-grabbing structure. It is a severe little bit of package.
2. HANDS-ON: CELADON HAUTE HORLOGERIE CENTURY WATCHES BOAST ‘MADE IN CHINA WITH PRIDE’
The international locations most related to haute horology are Switzerland, Germany, and, maybe, Japan. China just isn’t sometimes in that dialog, however a small model needs to vary that. The model in query is Celadon Haute Horlogerie, whose mission assertion is “Made in China with Delight.” Just lately, the model launched its Celadon HH Century watch assortment, which consists of two fashions that includes cloisonné enamel dials and a 3rd that has a regulator dial configuration. The enamel dial watches are spectacular. And the dials are mentioned to be produced by a third-generation grandmaster enamel artist that’s rumored to have labored on dials for main Swiss and German manufacturers. Better of all, you may decide up one in all these for a lot lower than what you’d pay for a Rolex Submariner.
3. HANDS-ON: CASIO G-SHOCK G-STEEL GSTB400-1A WATCH
The enjoyable factor about G-Shock is that there are at all times new fashions and colorways to look ahead to. There are such a lot of that solely probably the most diehard collectors will be capable to preserve monitor of them. And one of many newer editions that caught our eye lately is the GST-B400. This mannequin is notable as a result of it’s G-Shock’s slimmest G-Metal watch but. At 12.9mm-thick, it’s much more wearable than earlier G-Metal fashions, which have been hulking beasts — and that’s saying one thing contemplating how huge some G-Shocks might be. Regardless of the slimmer dimensions, the GST-B400 nonetheless has a carbon core guard construction and all of the options you’d count on from a comparatively high-end G-Shock watch.
4. CROWDS COME FOR SEIKO WATCHES WITH ABLOGTOWATCH IN LOS ANGELES
2021 was an necessary 12 months for Seiko as a result of it marked the one hundred and fortieth anniversary of the model. To have a good time, aBlogtoWatch and Feldmar Watch Co. in Los Angeles hosted company to indicate off the newest Seiko fashions. Other than Seiko’s anniversary, the occasion was notable as a result of it was the primary occasion that the Feldmar Watch Co. had organized because the begin of the pandemic. It feels good to be out and about once more speaking watches with like-minded fanatics.
5. HANDS-ON: GIRARD-PERREGAUX DEBUTS CASQUETTE 2.0 WATCH
Launched in 1976, the Casquette was one in all Girard-Perregaux’s responses to the Quartz Disaster. Even within the wild ’70s, the Casquette was a cool watch. It has a driver-style show, uncommon case design, and solely round 8,000 items have been mentioned to be made. Girard-Perregaux has properly determined to revive the Casquette for 2022. The brand new watch is extraordinarily trustworthy to the unique, nevertheless it’s made with trendy supplies — black ceramic and grade 5 titanium, to be actual — and it’s executed with better refinement and aptitude. I do know many readers flip their noses up at quartz watches, however inform me this isn’t cool?