Glashütte Original Sixties Series

What’s new is old and what’s old is new. What goes around comes around. If something you like goes out of style don’t worry, give it a few years and it will be back in style.

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The Sixties line from Glashütte  is a bold and dashing throwback to a time when creativity, innovation and experimentation were exploding into a wild and wicked energy. As Bob Dylan said, he not busy being born is busy dying.

The Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date in multifaceted orange are beautiful in a most groovy kind of way, as they might have said back in the Sixties. One could picture a group of “mods” lounging around the floor on shag carpeting, listening to this new thing called rock ‘n roll while wearing striped pants and  go-go boots.

The Glashütte Sixties series feature impeccable created dégradé dials, as radiant as the eventful decade that gives them their name.

The watchmakers at Glashütte Original created an unmistakable style from the signature curvature of the watch face to the dial and the hands to the anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Arabic  numerals, diamond-cut  indexes, manually applied hour markers and hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova add perfectly aligned accents.

But the dial here is the real star of the Sixties. Starting  from a golden  yellow at the center, the color flows across the curved surface, changing to fiery orange and red before reaching the black perimeter. The result is luminous vivacity, warmth and energy. 

Credit  for this  impressive ensemble of  different hues also known  as the degrade effect goes to the experts at Glashütte’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim.

After a galvanic bath gives the dial its golden yellow hue the dialmakers carefully apply a series of layers in red and black lacquer. The result of this filigreed craftsmanship is an individual color gradient that renders each dial unique. In a final step, the dials are heated in a kiln in order to burn in the colors. Hey, it’s better to burn than fade away, right?

Additionally, much of the texture of the dial is produced using tools and methods from the 1960s. 

Available for a limited time only, these dazzling watches are sure to inspire a whole new generation. And really, isn’t that the perfect homage to the 60s?

Visit: https://www.glashuette-original.com

Bausele Oceanmoon

As a Florida resident, boater, fisherman and ocean kayaker, I’ve become a student of the tides. One has to be in Florida, especially if you live near Estero Bay, as I do. Misjudging the tide can have disastrous effects not just on the quality of a fishing day, but even more importantly, making it back home.

Which brings me to the new Bausele Ocean Moon watch. Bausele was founded in 2011 by Christophe Hoppe, a watch industry veteran. They call themselves the only premium Australian watch brand for men and women. They have also referred to themselves as The #1 Australian Designer Watches for Men & Women.

Bausele stands for Beyond Australian Elements. This is because each watch has a little bit of Australia built into it – whether it’s sand, coral, or a mineral. 

In my case, I received the Bausele Ocean Moon The Reef with a brown leather strap.

Right off the bat, was struck by the size of the watch. My main daily wear is a 43mm, nearly 16mm thick watch, so I’m used to a larger watch. But the Bausele Ocean Moon definitely has a presence.

I found the dial very easy to read strap feels great on the wrist. The Low Tide and High Tide lettering on the inside of the dial can be seen if you look very closely. The moon indicator, which shows the side of the moon visible in the Southern Hemisphere, is an interesting feature. Obviously, as an Australian brand, this makes perfect sense. As does the beach sand placed into the winder. It does give the impression, though, that one must either have a passion for all things Australian, or just enjoy pointing out all of the Australian features, to truly savor the personality of the watch. The WatchYouSay.com staff was split on the idea of sand in the winder. Some felt it was a bit “touristy” reminding them of picking out a pebble on a trip to a national park. Others felt it was a great touch, and really created a connection with the brand’s home country.

Getting beyond the cosmetic, we move to the Swiss Quartz movement. As far as reliability, it definitely works for Australia’s Army Intelligence Corp, for which Bausele is the official supplier of watches.

Instead of sapphire crystal, we have nano-crystal, which Bausele claims is the first of its kind and significantly stronger than sapphire. This is a really smart approach as everything about this watch screams ruggedness and durability. It’s Australian, after all.

Check out some of the specifics of the Bausele OceanMoon The Reef:

  • 45mm stainless steel case, 14mm thick
  • black dial 
  • Crown/Winder filled with genuine beach sand
  • Super Luminova hands and numerals
  • Scratch-resistant, Nano-ceramic glass face
  • Tide and Moon phase indicators
  • Water resistance: 200m/20 ATM

The Bausele OceanMoon The Reef currently retails for $700.

To learn more, visit:

Bausele.com

Instagram: @bausele

Backes & Strauss

Since the dawn of modern time, nothing has captivated the human eye and mind more than the diamond.

And no company has so captivatingly brought the beauty of diamonds to life than Backes & Strauss.

Established in 1789, Backes & Strauss is the world’s oldest and most elegantly glamorous diamond merchant and jeweler. The firm’s watches, in collaboration with Franck Muller, are dazzling pieces that enrapture everyone, including royalty.

Yet we at WatchYouSay.com also believe that while the gorgeous array of diamonds is certainly worthy of the attention they bring, Backes & Strauss timepieces carry a level of refined elegance that is often missed. And who could blame a person for focusing on the brilliance of diamonds and spectacular jewels?

Take the Piccadilly Steel Collection, for instance. Designed for daily wear yet remarkably regal in style, the collection is a highly versatile range of timepieces suitable for any occasion. Each watch is masterfully hand-crafted, set and polished at the firm’s Swiss workshops. Sophisticated, functional and bold, these exquisite timepieces draw on the timeless elegance of Regency London.

Best of all, the Piccadilly Steel 45 is certainly attainable for those with a passion for elegant watches that don’t come with a price tag equal to a jumbo mortgage. 

Check out the two versions of the Steel 45 that have particularly caught our eye:

SIZE: 45mm

CASE: Stainless Steel

DIAL: Blue dial with Arabic hand-polished numerals and Indexes

MOVEMENT: Automatic

BRACELET: Leather strap

CROWN: 1 Ideal Cut diamond, “the jewel in the crown”, 0.12cts


TOTAL CARATS: 0.12cts

SIZE: 45mm

CASE: Stainless Steel

DIAL: White dial with Roman hand-polished numerals and Indexes

MOVEMENT: Automatic

BRACELET: Leather strap

CROWN: 1 Ideal Cut diamond, “the jewel in the crown”, 0.12cts

TOTAL CARATS: 0.12cts

To learn more visit:

Instagram: @backesandstrauss

www.backesandstrauss.com

Breguet…in Blue.

 

In its current collection, the new Breguet Classique 5177 presents the Breguet blue for the first time in a grand feu enamel. This unique color affirms the elegant simplicity of the Breguet style in a contemporary register.

In the eighteenth century, an age marked by baroque exuberance, Abraham-Louis Breguet favored refined aesthetics. This simplicity became par for the course and its style seduced the elite. In 2019, the new Breguet Classique 5177 Grand Feu Blue Enamel is essentially inspired by these neoclassical lines. However, Breguet adds a fresh new touch this time, with the color of the blued hands being transposed onto the dial; presenting an unprecedented deep blue grand feu enamel.

 

The Breguet blue

The hue of the dial echoes the color obtained during the bluing of the Breguet hands. To guarantee this exact nuance throughout the production process, the development of the pigments called for extensive research. The color needs to remain perfectly stable during firing at over 800 degrees Celsius. This is required to create a grand feu enamel, lending it a unique grain.

Finally, Breguet’s secret signature, also in enamel, appears at 6 o’clock. For all of its timepieces with an enamel dial, the House of Breguet continues to use the calligraphy once drawn by Abraham-Louis Breguet, as featured, for example, on the self-winding Breguet No. 15 watch launched in 1787.

 

The perfect marriage of refined aesthetics and high technology

 

Powered by the self-winding 777Q mechanical caliber, the Classique 5177 Grand Feu Blue Enamel model has simple and useful functions: the central second hand and the date at 3 o’clock. Current technological advances such as the use of silicon for the lever and escape wheel optimize its chronometric reliability. However, certain aesthetic elements of this caliber, in particular the form of the wheels, are reminiscent of Breguet’s creations from the late eighteenth century.

Characteristic of a self-winding movement, the rotor in engine-turned 18-karat gold appears through the sapphire-crystal caseback. Similarly, each of the components – visible or invisible – is delicately finished by the craftsmen of the Breguet Manufacture with techniques such as chamfering, circular graining, and brushing, or with the côtes de Genève.

 

The 777Q caliber fits into a slim case in white gold with fluted sides. True to the Breguet style, the lugs are welded and rounded toward the midnight blue alligator leather strap. Finally, an individual number is engraved on the back of each watch, marking it unique to its owner. In turn, the owner can have their name recorded in the Breguet registers that have been kept since 1780 – as a contemporary sign of their taste for timeless elegance.

SPECS:

 

Case round in 18-carat white gold with finely fluted caseband. Sapphire-crystal caseback. Rounded lugs welded to the case, with screw pins securing the strap. 38mm diameter. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial in « Grand Feu » blue enamel, with Breguet secret signature. Chapter ring with Breguet Roman numerals. Centre seconds and date aperture at 3 o’clock. Open-tipped Breguet hands in rhodium-plated steel.

 

Movement mechanical self-winding, adorned with “Côtes de Genève”, Cal. 777Q. Numbered and signed Breguet. 55-hour power reserve. 18-carat oscillating weight in 18k gold, hand-engraved on a rose engine. Stop seconds. 12 lignes. 26 jewels. In-line Swiss lever escapement, escape wheel and lever in silicon. Silicon balance-spring. Breguet balance-wheel with 4 regulating screws. 4Hz frequency. Adjusted in 6 positions.

 

Strap in dark blue alligator leather with a pin buckle in white gold.

 

HyperFocal: 0

Visit: Breguet.com