The Chosen Three
While you can never really call a watch truly outdated, there are always interesting seasonal offerings that can allow you to add well to your current collection. Here are three picks for autumn.
Bremont Boeing Model 247: a tribute to Boeing’s first commercial twin engine aircraft, this chronograph has a very distinct look: a modern, attractive and accessible design (rather different from the brand’s previous military watches), coupled with Boeing’s first class technology. It’s powered by a BE-50AE automatic two-register chronograph movement, and features a bi-directional bezel with an engraved edge, anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a display case back. Its 43 mm case is made of scratch resistant 465 steel, an alloy that is exclusive to Boeing. The 465 steel is double vacuum-melted for the aerospace industry and is developed to be as scratch and corrosive resistant as possible, without the need of surface hardening. And, as if that were not enough, there’s a titanium model (Ti-64, an aerospace grade titanium developed by Boeing as well) in the making which will be launched soon.
The Grand Seiko Hi-beat 36,000 GMT Limited Edition features the new caliber 9S86. It runs at 5 Hz, which translates into 36,000 vibrations per hour and 10 beats per second; it has a power reserve of 55 hours and runs on 37 jewels; the case is stainless-steel and it has a curved non-reflective sapphire crystal. What makes is a stand out piece is the brightly colored 24-hour GMT hand and the deep green dial. The Grand Seiko GMT is limited to 600 pieces and costs approximately Dhs36,000. If you can’t get your hands on one, drop by our store. We have an equally rare piece: a Grand Seiko dated 1968 (priced at Dhs 14,950), the year the watchmaker introduced automatic winding and received international acclaim for this mechanical model.
This spring, Omega is reintroducing a classic: the Speedmaster Mark II. First launched in 1969 the new edition has been updated to include the self-winding movement co-axial caliber 3330 and a transparent tachymetric scale, which along with the white and black hour and minute hands, and the central chronograph hand are illuminated by Super-Lumi Nova, a first for the Speedmaster range. For real Omega Speedmaster fans and collectors this piece is evidently way more than just a seasonal update.