Leica, Audemars Piguet and more
Discover the latest technical feats in the world of watchmaking and jewelry.
From the latest releases to new creative expressions, this month features anniversary watches and icon updates.
Leica L1 and Leica L2
Photographic equipment maker Leica has unveiled two new watches inspired by previous engineering masterpieces made in its hometown of Wetzlar, Germany. The exteriors of the new Leica L1 and Leica L2 were conceptualized by Professor Achim Heine, who has designed many Leica products in the past and incorporated several subtle references to certain Leica features. For example, the watch has a patented push crown, which is pressed like a camera’s release button. Once the crown has been pushed in, the watch stops and the small second hand jumps to zero. Another click releases the movement again. Both models are powered by a new mechanical hand-wound movement visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. Available now at the Leica Store Singapore Raffles Hotel.
Omega 65th Anniversary Speedmaster Caliber 321
Omega marks the 65th anniversary of the Speedmaster with a new model featuring a 38.6mm case crafted from the house’s exclusive Canopus gold. Inspired by the first Speedmaster or CK2915-1, the watch features a black onyx dial with an applied vintage Omega logo and oval “O” typography – a detail on early CK2915 models. Collectors will also recognize the Naiade symbol on the crown of the watch which is also found on some of the early models. If you look closely at the black Grand Feu enamel bezel, you’ll notice two of the original Speedmaster’s most collectible details: the dot above 90 (DON) and a diagonal dot at 70. However, the he most important element is the original. movement used in 1957, Caliber 321, which Omega resumed production in 2019. An engraving of the Omega Seahorse, the brand icon used on the Speedmaster since 1957, adorns the interior of the sapphire crystal. Her eye also features a blue sapphire, a gem that marks a 65th anniversary.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton Automatic Flying Tourbillon
One of the most remarkable models launched by Audemars Piguet on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak is the first Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked in the collection. The elegant 41mm steel watch sees the premiere of the brand new in-house caliber 2972. Offering symmetry and a rich play of light, the highly stylized and multi-layered openwork architecture of the new movement gives the watch a unique 3D effect. The beauty and finesse of the mechanism are also revealed by removing as much material as possible from the plate and the bridges to allow light to pass through. The new creation is equipped with the Royal Oak “50 years” oscillating weight, which will be fitted to all Royal Oak anniversary models launched this year 2022. The case and the bracelet see wider polished chamfers for a slimmer aesthetic that offers games of stronger light. between satin and polished surfaces. The bracelet links are also thinner and lighter for more comfort.
Moritz Grossmann Universalzeit
The exquisite dial of the Universalzeit from German manufacturer Moritz Grossmann allows its wearer to see the current time in different time zones around the world at a glance. Depicting the world map, all time windows and hour, minute and second hands come together in an easy-to-read layout presented in a classic, elegant design. Six apertures digitally display the hours from 1 to 24 in each of the cities represented, while the hours of the main time are displayed by the manually worked hour hand. Daylight saving time is not observed in selected cities, which means that the 44.5m steel timepiece tells the real time all year round without requiring any adjustment. However, the star of the watch is the new in-house caliber 100.7, a hand-wound movement featuring exceptional hand-finishing visible through an exhibition caseback and a 42-hour power reserve.
This story first appeared in the March 2022 issue of Prestige Singapore.