⌚Piaget's Icon Makes a Big Comeback!

Piaget's Polo rebirth, Zenith's titanium frenzy, colorful new Grand Seiko's and more!

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This is Watch Bites. This week, we’re looking at a perfectly pricey new Piaget, considering Asia’s finest tickers, and more, so check your wrist, silence your messages, and let’s get into it!
🍿 5 min read

Here's what we got today:

  • Zenith and Tudor take on Formula One 🏎

  • New Grand Seiko colors and textures! 🇯🇵

  • Piaget’s Polo 79 is an absolute killer

  • A British company’s fresh take on the field watch 🇬🇧

The numbers above represent market trends in secondhand watch prices. The “Price“ column represents the average secondhand price for the top 30 watches of each brand. This data is sourced from Watch Charts.

Watch News

The Modern Rebirth of Piaget’s Most Important Watch

It’s been 45 years since Piaget dropped their game-changing ‘sports elegant’ (or spelegant, as I prefer) watch, the Polo. Now, to the delight of old and new fans of the brand, they’ve released the updated Polo 79, an all-gold, brushed-and-polished nod to a timepiece that represents the decadent class of the 1980s more than perhaps any other.

Furthermore, this is probably the best example of the ‘bracelet watch’ that Yves Piaget worked so hard to popularize throughout his career and with its integrated bracelet, it’s not hard to see why. Piaget’s own calibre 1200P1 sits within the 38mm x 7.3mm case, beating at 21,600 bph with a 44-hour reserve. These are impressive stats for a watch that’s primarily made to look (and feel) good, proving that the new Polo 79 is every bit as practical as it is pretty and going a long way to justify its $73,000 price tag.

While I wonder who this watch is really for, I’m sure the resurgence of interest in the ‘Money Never Sleeps’ aesthetic and the bubbling dress watch trend have bolstered the Piaget sales team’s confidence in the timing of this release. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the polished ‘lugs’ that run across this watch are technically called ‘gadroons’. Now you know.

Zenith’s Chronomaster Sport Is Now Harder Than Ever

Despite having the corniest slogan in the watch world (reach your star), Zenith continually releases some of the game's most unflinching and well-designed men’s watches. The Chronomaster Sport Titanium is the latest timekeeper on a long list of unapologetically bold watches from Zenith. And boy is it a doozy. 

To those of you who know the OG model, many of the specs will be familiar - a 41mm brushed case that sits just less than 14mm high on the wrist, 2-and-5 o’clock pushers, and a wide, bossy bezel. What’s different here is of course the fact that the case and bezel are titanium and therefore, the weight of this watch (105 grams), is a whole 30% less than its steel counterpart. There’s also the new ‘nickel-grey’ sunburst dial, broken up elegantly by gradated hues of grey on the tri-color sub-dials. A few of you may be thinking ‘Why would I shell out $11,800 for a lighter version of an otherwise amazing watch?’ And that’s a fair question. All I know is that I’d be jealous if I was wearing steel and someone I didn’t like showed up wearing titanium. Maybe that’s reason enough…

Watch Fact

Thanks in part to the prevalence of Cousteau’s own Submariner in his revolutionary documentaries, the Rolex Submariner would go on to become the premier wristwatch for underwater use!

3-Watch Collection

3 Watch Collection: Asian Edition

With the days of Swiss domination behind us, watch fanatics are more often looking to the East for inspiring and reliable timepieces. Here’s a 3 watch collection for fans of ramen, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and K-Pop.

Grand Seiko SBGA481 (Sport watch) -  No Asian ‘greatest hits’ list would be complete without at least one GS and today’s pick is the often-mentioned-yet-rarely-purchased SBGA481 ‘Lion’. A Spring Drive movement with a 72-hour reserve, packed into a 44.5mm high-intensity titanium case for $10,400? That’s a very fair deal. Plus, it’s got a cooler dial than most watches you’ll ever see.

Credor Goldfeather GBBY980 (Dress watch) - Often overlooked by Westerners, Credor represents the luxurious heights of Eastern watchmaking and the Goldfeather is one of the most desirable dress watches in the company’s vast collection. It’s all in the name, really - thin, light, and shiny, this $22,000 mechanical masterpiece is as slick and reliable as they come.

Atelier Wen Perception (Everyday watch) - Born in Hong Kong as the brainchild of two French immigrants, this stunningly off-beat timepiece is inspired by traditional Chinese design and made to compete with the best in its class. Come for the love shape and style, and stay for the surprising durability and accuracy. $3,288.

Total Collection Cost (USD): $35,688

Watch News Bites

Quick Bites

  • Tudor has made a play for a sponsorship position at Formula One, giving driver Daniel Ricciardo a mysterious blue-dial Black Bay ceramic that has watch aficionados scratching their heads…

  • Raúl Pagès’ ‘Régulateur à Détente’ isn’t just a smart-looking throwback. It also just won its maker the first Louis Vuitton Independent Watch Prize thanks to its innovative inclusion of a detent escapement. Hats off!

  • A couple of downsized Grand Seikos are out, with the new dial treatment (pink and green faces), in 62GS titanium cases. These hi-beat tickers look great at 38mm and the texture of the green dial is especially flirty.

  • If you’re attracted to the very British idea of ‘politeness hiding some serious attitude’, you’ll likely love the look and feel of UK brand Schofield’s latest re-imagining of the field watch. The Dark One is the best, obviously.

Pre-Owned Watch Deals

Watch Scout by Watch Bites

Tudor Classic 21010

  • Case: Stainless steel, 38mm

  • Condition: Very Good

  • Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm 1144300
  • Case: Stainless steel, 39mm

  • Condition: Very Good

  • Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Annual Calendar 36mm 25920ST

  • Case: Stainless steel, 36mm

  • Condition: Excellent

  • Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included

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