Watches Of The Month: February
The finest wrist-worthy timepieces from Greubel Forsey, Omega, Jaquet Droz, Junghans, Breguet and Frank Muller.
\nDouble Tourbillon 30-degree Technique Sapphire
\nGreubel Forsey has never struggled to reach the US$1 million price barrier – many of its watches start at six figures – but this latest version of the double tourbillon ramps the costs thanks to its totally transparent solid sapphire 3-piece construction.
\nSpeedmaster Professional 'Instagram' Limited Edition
\nFor Omega fans, the #SpeedyTuesday hashtag – created by Fratello Watches founder Robert-Jan Broer in 2012 – has been adopted throughout the world by Speedmaster owners and enthusiasts who take pictures of the company's hero model each week, before posting them to Instagram on the second day of the week.\nTRENDSETTER
\nTo celebrate this social media phenomenon, Omega has produced a limited edition of the trendsetting chronograph. The new Speedmaster Professional was a reverse panda dial with luminescent radial sub-dials.\nEXCLUSIVE
\nThe Speedy Tuesday limited edition was announced via Omega's Instagram page, and fans were able to pick one up for US$6,500. All 2,012 pieces are now reserved, but this still a chance to obtain the model by subscribing to Omega's waiting list.\nFOR THE LIKES
\nThe design of Speedy Tuesday was inspired by Omega's Alaska Project III, a model created for NASA in 1978. It comes in a 42mm steel case, along with a special leather watch roll and black and white NATO strap stamped with the eponymous #SpeedyTuesday hashtag.
\nPetite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
\nAt this point, it's safe to say that Jaquet-Droz creates miniature, wrist-friendly works of art rather than simply watches. And its latest Petite Heure Minute is no different. The latest edition – dubbed, Thousand Year Lights – was inspired by an ancestral Asian decorative technique called Najeon Chilgi – the mixing of black lacquer with mother-of-pearl. The watch is put together entirely by hand; first engravers bring out the details of this flowery landscape, before handing the dial over to master painters – who highlight certain areas with translucent paint. The Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights is available in five versions, each limited to 28 pieces, in red or white gold cases, set with diamonds or without.
Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope
\nJunghans has been making watches for more than 150 years. In the 1950s, it was the third-largest producer of chronometers. In 1908, it produced the first radio-controlled watch, the Mega 1. Today, it produces watches with style, precision and value at their core – and this retro-inspired diver is an excellent example.
Breguet Type XXI 3817
\nThe Type XX, XXI and XXII watches give collectors a chance to own a piece of the brand's history with regards to aviation. These historical renditions mimic the original design and material of the originals, but with a 42mm case (a decidedly more modern size), newer movement and sapphire crystal case back.
Frank Muller V45 T Gravity
\nThe new Gravity line features the concept of tourbillon cage held in place by its elliptical structure. Wholly in-house designed and manufactured, the pillars of the tourbillon have been completely reinvented and accommodated into the circle on the dial.