This is Watch Bites. This week, we’re looking at Hublot’s most evolved ticker, fawning over a new TAG Heuer, and more, so check your wrist, finish off your breakfast, and let’s get into it!
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Here's what we got today:
A neo-vintage TAG Heuer that cuts through the noise
Hublot’s watch that isn’t a watch 👀
Is the MoonSwatch getting its groove back? 🕺
No one does Bulgari like Bulgari 🇮🇹
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Can Snoopy Save The MoonSwatch?
Word on the street is that a Snoopy MoonSwatch is inbound. While the Snoopy Speedy is one of Omega’s most beloved timepieces, the vague ‘announcement’ of a MoonSwatch version has been met with some well-founded skepticism. It’s now generally accepted across the industry that the MoonSwatch has lost its original verve, in part due to over-saturation, but also because the last few versions have been rather shit, to put it diplomatically.
Now, I love Charlie Brown’s pooch as much as the next guy but if Snoopy fails to break the stale dynamic that recent Moonshine Gold releases represent, then it may well be the final MoonSwatch to burden grace the market. With that being said, it’s going to be very hard to screw up - throw Snoopy on the dial and put that dial in a 42mm bioceramic (aka fancy plastic) case. Maintain the OG color scheme and layout and bingo, the MoonSwatch is back in business. Stranger things have happened, so I’ll give Swatch the benefit of the doubt and assume that this will be something worth lining up for.
TAG Heuer’s New Carrera ‘Dato’ is the PERFECT dress piece
Who doesn’t love a modern take on a classic watch, particularly when it’s as well-executed as TAG’s latest iteration of the legendary ‘Dato’? Let’s dive right into some specs - a 39mm stainless steel case that’s a little thicker than most would like at 13.86mm, an automatic calibre TH20-07 with 80 hours reserve, and a 60-second sub-dial. The real star of the show, however, is the ‘teal green’ circular brushed dial that brings endless amounts of depth and detail to this ticker. Also of note is the fact that this re-issue has been given the full glass box treatment and is thus missing a bezel. Perhaps ‘missing’ is the wrong word. Free of the restraints of a bezel feels more fitting.
Now, although this is notably a TAG Heuer release, it feels every bit more like the Heuers of yesteryear than it does a modern TAG, which will sit better with some people than it does with others. The neo-vintage charm of the new Dato is worth every penny of the $6,550 that TAG is asking for and you’ll be happy to hear that it’s not limited, so take your sweet time.
Arguably the greatest director of all time, Stanley Kubrick approached Hamilton in 1966 to create unique timepieces for his ground-breaking film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. The partnership yielded a wristwatch and desk clock that have never been replicated.
3 Watch Collection: Artisan Edition
From hypnotic guilloché dials to insanely intricate carving work, the hands of an artisan can turn a standard watch into something truly unique. Here’s a trio for the most tasteful schmuck you know, price be damned.
Czapek Passage De Drake (Sport watch) - Granted, it’s not as sporty as a Daytona but the Czapek Passage De Drake is undeniably cool in both execution and design. With a dial that you can stare at for years without getting bored, this understated ticker is an undercover hit at even the most hip gatherings. $30,000 will get one on your wrist. A bucket load of mojo will help you wear it.
Grand Seiko SBGZ009 (Dress watch) - This $79,000 platinum timepiece is an icon in the making with its ‘love-by-a-thousand-cuts’ engraving work, every millimeter of which speaks to the steady hands and cool temper of whoever did the carving. No one does detail like the Japanese.
Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Tourbillon Rose Gold (Everyday watch) - Certainly a pricey choice for everyday wear but worth the sweaty-palmed experience you’ll face every moment you have this on your wrist, Parmigiani’s $150,000 Toric Tourbillon is a masterclass in Guilloché dial work. Few timepieces can hold a flame to this in terms of detail - I dare you to find someone who can show you a guilloché dial that’s better executed. Time saver: you can’t.
Total Collection Cost (USD): $259,000
A couple of PVD Maurice Lacroix Aikons breathe life into a tired model. The gunmetal rendering is fairly standard but the blue is pretty groovy, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Could the latest platinum Daytona, the 126506, sneak into the ranks of great Rolexes? A chestnut-brown bezel and updated movement can’t hurt its chances…
Inspired by ancient Roman coins (but sexier) Italy’s classic Bulgari Bulgari has returned and it’s as stylish as the day it was first released in 1977.
No hands, no dial, no indices, and no lume. Hublot’s new MP-10 Tourbillion might be mechanically brilliant but is it really even a watch?
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Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Black Matte
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 8 Dark Side of the Moon
Case: Black ceramic, 44.25mm
Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660
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