A. Lange & Söhne fetes the 25th anniversary of the inimitable Lange 1 this year with a series of 10 limited-edition Lange 1 watches. Its crowning glory, Lange 1 Tourbillon “25th Anniversary”, with only 25 pieces produced, was also the last to be unveiled. Presented in silver and blue, the patented stop-seconds one-minute tourbillon takes centre stage on the dial. Flip over to the sapphire caseback to admire the signature outsize date carved on relief on the intermediate wheel cock — a unifying trademark on all the anniversary specials.
Not quite done with the 50th anniversary celebrations surrounding the El Primero movement, Zenith collaborated with Collective (a watch collector’s club based out of Silicon Valley) for a special edition of the Chronomaster El Primero. Available exclusively to the group’s 50 members, the Chronomaster El Primero C.01’s dial is finished in matte white with subtle grey accents. The date window has also been removed and the classic red chronograph hand replaced with a rhodium-plated one. Other unique features exclusive to this collaborative piece include satin-brushed pushers, custom-sourced cordura straps as well as “XX/50” and “C.01” inscriptions on the caseback to indicate the numbered edition and the group’s first collaborative design.
In case you can’t quite get hold of the Chronomaster El Primero C.01, Zenith just launched another collection bearing the famous movement. The Defy El Primero 21 SEA Editions collection features three limited edition timepieces inspired by the country flags of Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. All three feature an openworked dial with red and white accents, but are equipped with straps in different colours that match their respective flags. The sapphire glass caseback is also emblazoned with one of the countries’ iconic landmarks — Marina Bay Sands for Singapore, the Petronas Twin Towers for Malaysia and the Borobudur Temple for Indonesia.
Wrapping up the celebratory editions is a cool Seamaster Diver 300M “James Bond” Limited Edition by Omega to celebrate the 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Limited to 7,007 numbered pieces, it shows off a black PVD ceramic dial laser engraved with a spiral design seen on the opening credit sequence of all Bond films, as well as a bullet head that measures exactly 9mm. Bond diehards will also recognise the Bond family’s coat of arms at 12 o’clock as well as the “7” typeface from the 007 logo, which appears in the date window every seventh day of the month. In true secret agent style, a hidden “50” in Super-Luminova appears at night on the 10 o’clock index like a secret signature.
Made Exclusively For The Region
What a shame if you missed the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands. The comprehensive showcase told the story of one of the world’s most respected watchmakers, explored the evolution of the craft of watchmaking and featured a priceless collection of rare watches, many once owned by historical luminaries. It also provided a rare opportunity to view up-close Patek Philippe’s complete lineup of contemporary creations, including six special edition watches created specially for this exhibition. Bearing the inscription “PATEK PHILIPPE SINGAPORE 2019” on their casebacks, these pieces will only be available for sale at local or regional retailers.
Among them, the star piece is Ref. 5303R-010 Minute Repeater Tourbillon that exposes, for the first time, a tourbillon on the dial (read more in this month’s Guardians of Time). Another highlight is Ref. 5531R-010 World Time Minute Repeater, a special edition of Ref. 5531, the first minute repeater to chime the local time. Available in a limited edition of just ﬁ ve pieces, it has a cloisonne enamel dial depicting Singapore’s city centre as well as a city disc bearing the name of the city state, replacing Beijing for the first time.
Look out also for two traveller’s watches, Ref. 5930G-011 World Time Chronograph and Ref. 7234A-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. The former is a red-and-black reinterpretation of a timepiece that premiered in blue in 2016, while the latter comes replacing Beijing for the first time. Look out also for two traveller’s Ref. 5930G-011 World Time Ref. 7234A-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. The former is a red-and-black reinterpretation of a timepiece that premiered in blue in 2016, while the latter comes in a blue-grey hue and an embossed blue calfskin strap. The last two are Ref. 5167A-012 Aquanaut and Ref. 5067A-027 Aquanaut Luce. Both are available in crimson straps — the former in fiery red and the latter in raspberry red — in honour of Singapore’s national colour. The bright hue also appears on Ref. 5167A-012’s seconds hand and minute markers, and on the dial of Ref. 5067A-027.