Winding-Down: May 15 2024

Bell & Ross BR-X5 Black Titanium

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From Time and Watches

Certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Control Body (COSC), this self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) with an autonomy of approximately 70 hours. It features a rapid date correction device which allows adjustment at any time, without altering the operation of the watch.

Water-resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet, the Bell & Ross BR-X5 Black Titanium can be paired to either a black rubber strap (ref. BRX5R-BL-TI/SRB) or to an integrated titanium bracelet (ref. BRX5R-BL-TI/STI) with prices of Euro 8,900 and Euro 9,900, respectively.

Sadly, I don't have 9k Euros to plop down on a B&R. But if I did... this would definitely be the one. Titanium watch cases have grown on me quite a bit over the last year or so - the lightness, the durability, and the warmth of the metal all make for a superb wearing experience. Wrap that around a Bell & Ross design and you've got a winner!


Pink Gold Laureato?

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From Watch Time:

...Girard-Perregaux now adds two pink-gold executions in 42mm cases to the product family. Both feature gorgeous colorways, one in sage green and one in ultramarine blue. Their hues are enhanced by the signature Clous de Paris pattern, which creates a beautiful play of light and shadow and serves as a beautiful backdrop for the brand logo at 12 o’clock, the ten gold baton markers and baton hour-and minute hands, which are coated with a luminescent material that emits a green glow at night. There is also a date indication on board, displayed through a window at 3 o’clock.

Let's be real; $35k is a ridiculous sum of money to spend on a watch. Most of us would rather have 6 watches for the total amount of $35k - I can think of a few that would make the list right now (looking at you, Pelagos FXD). While this watch from Girard-Perregaux is obviously for a different type of collector, it's not going to stop me from fully appreciating the execution on this timepiece.


Gordon Ramsay is One Lucky Cat

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Ramsay undoubtedly is keen on timepieces as he lights up speaking about his new Audemars Piguet; yet, to much surprise, it wasn’t exactly in the kitchen when he discovered his passion. “I fell in love with watches when I was diving in the Florida Keys. I was going on 25-30 meter dives, and the watch was the biggest guide. When I first started diving, Rolex Submariners became my lucky charm — or my go-to. I came across some very difficult dives, and would always take them to dive to get me through. I then move up to the Rolex Explorers, which to me, are beautiful watches and also a piece of history.”

I think we can all recognize the importance of watches in the kitchen but I had no idea that Mr. Kitchen Nightmares was keen on diving and has relied on toolwatches to get him through some tricky dives. While not all about watches, this article from Haute Time is worth a read.


Toledano & Chan B/1: An Architect's Dream

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I literally have nothing to say about this other than - GO LOOK NOW! An incredibly unique piece that smashes every single desire one could ever have when looking for a watch that cross-polinates architectural design and horological chops.

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