This Week in Watches: June 20, 2020 — The “More” Edition
Welcome to This Week in Watches for June 20, 2020 — the more edition. We’ve got more of everything on the eve of Summer so let’s get to it!
Corum LAB 02
First up this week is the Corum LAB 02. If you want more skeleton, this just might be your watch! Just remember to bring at least CHF 180,000 because that’s where life with this manual wind flying tourbillon (cal CO 300) begins. The massive 45mm case is available in several shades of gold and with or without diamonds. Corum calls out 10 of each style, but they will also allow you to choose colorful gems and other modifications. A power reserve and date function also show on this piece. When I think of older Corum, I think of the Golden Bridge and this is somewhat resemblant of that. Super cool, but super pricey. I can’t find the info on the Corum site at this point, but keep checking if the LAB 02 interests you.
Tissot Heritage 1973
On the heels of the success of the Tissot Heritage 1973 L.E., we now get more regular production models. Tissot has sent us word of three new models that will be available for €1,940. White panda dial, blue with white registers, and reverse panda options are your new choices. Each will come on a rally-style leather strap with obligatorily large holes. The slight difference here vs the L.E. is the use of orange on the central chrono hand and two of the sub register hands. There’s also some blue for the first five minutes of the minutes counter. Personally, I like these a little better than the limited model as the colors pop nicely. The 43mm diameter by 14.8mm thick chronographs use the Valjoux A05.H31 automatic (ETA 7753). Look for these in August and head to Tissot for more information.
Hamilton Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO
It’s soon time for more from director Christopher Nolan and that means a new special Hamilton watch. I watched the trailer for Tenet and I still couldn’t tell you what it’s about aside from the lead character being able to move time forward and backward (I guess). It looks a bit like Inception meets the Matrix and that means that I’ll go see it. Regarding the watch, we don’t know if it plays as large a part as the Hamilton “Murph” from Interstellar, but it is the Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO’s turn for a stint in the spotlight.
Hamilton once again worked with set designer Nathan Crowley to create this 46mm black PVD-coated titanium beast. There’s not much to differentiate this model from the unlimited core version other than the weight-saving case material (as opposed to the stainless steel of the original). That, and a “refreshing” pop of “color”…
The watch is essentially all black aside from dark grey Super-LumiNova and either a red or blue arrow at the end for the tip of the seconds hand. 888 pieces of each “colorway” will be made and housed in a funky clear box. The H10 automatic powers the watch and it’s good for 100 meters while having a rotating external bezel. These new pieces will come in at €1,945 (a couple of hundred more than the regular model) and you can find more info here.
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM01313
Despite our recent article on all the Panerai novelties, we’re getting more from the brand. Panerai now comes to us with a regular edition Luminor Marina in the form of the PAM01313. This new piece follows in the direction of their other new releases with its blue sandwich dial. However, we’re seeing a traditional matte stainless steel case in 44mm. The P.9010 3-day in-house automatic powers the new Luminor and features a date. As per, this one is good down to 300 meters and comes on a blue alligator strap. €7,700 is the price of entry which makes it far less expensive than the other new PAM’s with their exotic materials. This hasn’t hit the Panerai site yet, but keep checking.
Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite Blue
Showing more than one timezone is a popular complication these days and the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite is here to help. Glashütte presents an updated version of its travel 44mm steel travel watch. It now comes with a dark blue dial and updated lumed sword hands. The in-house automatic Cal 89-02 powers the watch and is beautifully engraved and visible via the display case back. This watch contains both home and local time displays. It also allows the wearer to scroll through 35 different cities (including those with 1/2 hour and 3/4 hour time differences) and displays them in windows marked DST and standard using IATA codes. Pricing begins at €20,700. A day and night indicator is also included on the dial. Head to the official site for more information and for a helpful video on how this unique movement works.
Rado Captain Cook Collection
It’s a Swatch Group type of week and we have more to go! This time it’s Rado and they’ve brought us news of more additions to the Captain Cook collection. Firstly, get three new bronze Captain Cook models. These arrive in 42mm and with 300 meters of water resistance. Patinated blue, green, and brown dials are your choices and all come with matching concave ceramic bezels. These will come on leather and feature the 80-hour power reserve ETA C07 automatic. Pricing is set for €2,620 and more info can be found here.
Meanwhile, Rado has also updated the steel 42mm Captain Cook models. These models are now available with green, black, or blue dials and matching ceramic bezels. I happened to get my hands on a green one on the beads-of-rice bracelet and it’s fantastic looking. I also really like the very retro stamped clasp and I’d advise taking a look. The C07 automatic is once again at work and pricing begins at €2,110 on bracelet. For €110 more, buyers can opt for a leather pouch and additional leather and nylon strap. Head to Rado for additional information on the steel models.
Endatto C1V1 and C1V2
Ready for more? Last but not least we present two watches from a Phoenix, Arizona-based micro brand named Endatto. Endatto Craft Timepieces kicks things off with a 39mm steel automatic using the ETA 2824-2 automatic. The C1V1 has a dark green dial and the C2V2 has a reddish maroon dial. The dials feature layered construction and are laser etched while the colors are meant to evoke the Arizona landscape. At $1,200, the Endatto watches will be available in mid-July. Head to the brand’s official site for more information.
Thanks for tuning in this week and enjoy your weekend!