This is Watch Bites. This week, we’re inspecting quirky releases from Hublot and LV, the world’s new lightest mechanical watch, and more, so check your wrist, grab a Cappuccino, and let’s jump into it!
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Here's what we got today:
Rexhep Rexhepi and Louis Vuitton unveil a masterpiece
Ming breaks a weight record in spectacular fashion 🏋️
Hublot gets complex with a fresh Tourbillon
A world-class moonphase from a surprising brand! 🌓
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.
Ming just (probably) released the world’s lightest mechanical watch
There are very few things that watchmakers can do to lighten their timepieces - advances are made in micrograms instead of grams because honestly, we’ve gotten too good at making stuff.
Enter the Ming LW.01, the new lightest mechanical watch in the world. At just 8.8 grams for the manual winding movement, the LW.01 achieved the near-impossible thanks to some very clever engineering. There’s no dial, there’s not even a ‘full’ case. There’s just a ring of Magnesium-Aluminium-Zinc-Manganese (say that 3 times fast) that’s even lighter than Carbon. Gorilla glass stands in place of sapphire above the modified ETA 2000.M1 movement, which reduces heaviness even further.
If you’re still not convinced, know this - Ming included a moving star at the center of the watch solely to show wearers that the watch is indeed working. It’s so light, you’d think there’s nothing inside the damn thing.
Rexhep Rexhepi and Louis Vuitton have just done something ridiculous!
Kosovan-born Rexhep Rexhepi is, to anyone who knows their stuff, one of the world’s greatest living watchmakers.
You might use the word ‘freak’ and I might agree, in private. His latest venture is a collaboration with Louis Vuitton (heard of them?) and sees his Akrivia brand lend some breathtaking updates to LV’s LVRR-01 Chronograph à Sonnerie. The first thing you’ll notice is the tinted sapphire dial, which exposes the elegant turns of the movement below and boasts a cheeky integrated Akrivia x LV logo. The updated movement, built from the ground up by Rexhepi, includes a Tourbillon and of course, a chiming complication. If all this isn’t enough, the LVRR-01 is in fact double-sided, with a more subtle white grand feu enamel dial on the reverse… I guess they had to do something to back the $500,000 price tag!
With only 10 made, this watch is more exclusive than Epstein’s island…
Perfectly named, the Rolex Datejust ushered in a new era of timekeeping in 1945 as the first wristwatch to include a date complication!
3 Watch Collection Edition: Thin Edition
Most of the time, a slender watch is a good watch. Light on the wrist and safer from dings and scrapes than chunkier tickers, thin watches are coveted by many collectors. What would a super slim 3-watch collection look like, though?
Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari (Sport watch) - Starting with a whopper, RM’s ultra-flat Ferrari is the thinnest watch that (a lot of) money can buy. At just 1.75mm thick, this unorthodox timepiece can’t be beaten in terms of thickness or lightness. The catch is that it costs $1,888,000, so start saving up now.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra Fine 1955 (Dress watch) - Simple without being even remotely basic, this skinny Vacheron is the envy of every thin watch specialist, with dress sensibilities oozing out of every millimeter. 4.10mm of perfection for $29,600? Sounds like a steal, to me.
Piaget Altiplano 41mm 910P (Everyday watch) - This Piaget benefits from being both extremely thin (4.3mm) and intriguingly complex. A skeletonized dial makes this a must-have for movement geeks and at $30,800, it’s a pretty affordable piece in its class, as crazy as that sounds.
Total Collection Cost (USD): $1,948,400
Is Nomos’ new Tangente Rose Gold Neomatik a force for good, or a proponent of ‘fake-luxe’ materialism? The brand is known for Bauhaus-inspired designs and while this piece plays that tune, it lacks the no-nonsense German-ness that makes other Nomos pieces so damn appealing. If you like shiny things, though…
Die-hard fans of the NFL and indeed fans of Zenith, will be giddy about the brand’s newest release - the Chronomaster Sport ‘Aaron Rodgers’. Limited to 250 pieces, this green, Daytona-esque ticker, is a ceaselessly athletic watch, thanks to its El Primero 3600 movement.
For the more futurist fans of Hublot, the latest version of the Big Bang Tourbillon, the SR_A, must be a wet dream. Designed in partnership with Samuel Ross, this watch wears its complications on its sleeve. To those who can pull this one off, I salute you.
Christopher Ward’s captivating new C1 Moonphase is a rare example of an affordable watchmaker doing something more beautiful than its ultra-luxe counterparts. A jaw-dropping Aventurine dial perfectly represents the night sky, and a big old moon graphic is the dial’s focal centre. This is as simple as a complication can get.
Watch Scout by Watch Bites
Grand Seiko Peacock GMT SBGJ261 Limited Edition 500pcs
Case: Stainless steel, 40mm
Condition: Excellent condition
Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph 45mm Titanium
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15550ST
Case: Stainless steel, 37mm
Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included
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