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Pinion Watches – Apex London

On March 22nd I was fortunate enough to attend my second Apex evening. These are evenings are events hosted by Piers Berry, the founder of Pinion watches, for Pinion owners and watch enthusiasts for informal watch related discussions . They are held at the Century Club on Shaftsbury Avenue.

The exciting start to the evening was collector Stuart Kelly personally picking up his Revival 1969, reminding him of an important date. As you can see he is  very happy with his latest acquisition.

Stuart

The evening then moved on to a more general chat about Pinion and Piers showed us the current range including two great black DLC versions of the Revival 1969 and the Axis Pure (below).

Black Pure

The Revival

Black Revival

As to future developments Piers clearly is a little guarded. Before writing anything here I have taken to the precaution of checking what has already been reported. The key point is that sensibly Piers wants to consolidate what he has, he is keen to emphasise the business is self-financed. Interestingly, he did repeat the possibility of a GMT model as he had mentioned in an interview in QP magazine last year so that would like it is happening even we do not have any indication of when.

One Pinion event that is worth looking out for latter in the year is the appearance of a Black Axis in the forthcoming film “Patient Zero”. Could be the “Bond Rolex Moment” for Pinion.

These are really thoroughly enjoyable evenings and so highly recommended.

Christopher Ward – New C1000 Typhoon

Christopher Ward have announced a new version of there C-1000 chronograph.

A watch that celebrates the Typhoon Eurofighter combining both a remarkably strong yet light case of ceramic and titanium, with the ETA Valjoux 7750 movement.

The Cockpit Edition celebrates not only the plane but the remarkable pilots of the RAF who fly them. Taking design cues from the cockpit (particularly the yellow “warning” elements) the completely new look dial and hands suggest the instrumentation at the centre of the pilot’s fast moving world.

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There will be three variants available, all at £995.

This my favourite of the three

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You will find more information here

Unfortunately since I’ve moved to self hosting I have not worked out how to embed the greta video.

George Daniels Watch- sold at auction

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GEORGE DANIELS. A VERY FINE AND RARE 18CT YELLOW GOLD LIMITED SERIES AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH CO-AXIAL ESCAPEMENT WITH FITTED BOX, PAPERS AND LETTERS SIGNED BY GEORGE DANIELS
Millennium, Made in 1999
Sold for £146,500 inc. premium
For more information follow the link below :

The auction

The Future of Luxury Watches

 

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Last week in the Financial Times Watches and Jewellery special section there was a thought provoking article in which Jorn Wedelin, the Danish but British based watchmaker gives his opinions on the future of luxury watchmaking. It is better to read the whole article. Here is a link to the FT.

One point he made that I think points to a future for our British brands when pitted against the Swiss power brands is – rarity. Part of the appeal of luxury watches is their rarity and their stories. Fingers crossed.

Bremont – Basel

This has been a pretty exciting week from a watch point of view given all the new watch announcements. One company worth a mention, despite them not being British, is Tudor. I am particularly taken by their Black Bay in bronze which I like to believe is following the lead of Pinion and Schofield in the use of this material.

Anyway moving onto the news in the title of this entry, Bremont and their new models. At the watch fair they announced no fewer than 10 new watches.

Four of which coming from their involvement in the Americas Cup and collaboration with Boing.

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On the left is the AC-R in steel and the right the OTUSA.

Bremont also have three new watches for women. Based on the 32mm case below.

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For all the news follow this link  2016 Releases

Christopher Ward C70 GP Chronometers

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These fine watches  are a limited edition collection of four  COSC-certified chronometers, celebrates four of the earliest Grand Prix races from the pioneering years of motorsport.

This are really great looking watches for motor sport fans. I was a little disappointed to discover they have  quartz movements, I would have thought a mechanical one would have more appeal to petrol-heads.

Each watch is available either with these leather straps or a steel one or

More details here

Pinion Axis II – range

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The latest newsletter from Pinion, that arrived this morning, announced that the Axis II range now consists of a choice of three cases, Steel, Bronze and Black DLC. Each being available either with a closed or exhibition back. One interesting “Pinion Fact”  is that emerged from reading about these watches was that the Bronze Axis was the first bronze watch from a modern British company.

For more news of the range follow this Axis link

I really looking forward to seeing this new range soon.