To begin with, watch companies are releasing new models regularly. When all of them - large or small - are doing that, you end up with new releases EVERY WEEK. I mean, that's a boatload of watches to cover. And then there's a whole ecosystem operating within the world of horology. Think watch auctions run by houses such as Christie's, Antiquorum etc. Think new boutiques opened by any given major brand. Think blockbuster exhibitions/ trade shows (e.g. Baselworld, SIHH). Think discoveries and reviews done by similar watch sites. The reality is, hardly a day passes by without at least a piece of horology-related news that isn't making waves. And this poses a challenge for people who have not been following the industry: you simply don't know how to decipher all these information.
Once again, Lengbeau, as a steadfast advocate of the notion that horology should be a fun, accessible public good, wants to go the extra mile to better serve our readers' interest by delivering the most interesting/ important watch news over the week or so in the form of a weekly recap. We will stick with the use of simple languages as much as possible and point you to the right source of information, should you wish to understand more about a particular piece of news. The Mid-Week News Recap will replace the previous Unveiled articles going forward as we institutionalize this as the primary source of news at Lengbeau.
So much for the introduction. Now sit tight and read on. We have a pretty solid lineup this week to show you.
News #1: the Nomos Neomatik First Edition, A Line Up of 10 Watches with Brand New, Ultra-Thin Caliber 3001
Price ranges from EUR2,520 to EUR2,850 across the collection of ten. They will only be produced in 2015 before being replaced by a new collection in 2016. So grab them when you can. To learn more, go here.
News #2: Introducing the Kickstarter-Backed The Klokers Klok-02, A World Timer with Cool Mechanisms
Klok-02 is a Swiss-made, innovative timepiece (more like an accessory, really) that displays time making use of a jumping hour mechanisms, topped with a retrograde minute and second display (meaning the hands, once hit the "60" mark, will fly back to its original position along the way it's travelled, much like how the hand of a piano timer operates). It even comes with a world timer function that allows user to change timezone with the convenience of a single click on the 4 o'click button. Pressing the button and holding it will lead to the hour window displaying the date, until the button is released.
News #3: Muammar Gaddafi's (Disgraceful) Chopard to Be Auctioned by Antiquorum in Hong Kong This Month
This gaudy reference is part of a collection to mark the 40th anniversary of the Libyan Revolution in 2009, with a case made of white gold and with diamonds installed all over. Being a narcissist dictator as Gaddafi was, having his own portrait on the dial is a must. OF COURSE you must have green emeralds (green was the only color of Libya's flag before Gaddafi went down) lining up around the bezel just to show how much fortune you've amassed by hurting your own citizens.
All in all, a rather tasteless timepiece. You can check it out here. Estimate is HKD 240,000 - 480,000.
On the contrary the Patek Nautilus once owned by Yakuza boss Jiro Yanagawa, which also got auctioned by Antiquorum earlier this year, is something I can live with. You can check it out here.