If there’s one thing I can’t stand about the Hong Kong summer, it’s junk trips. Being stuck on a boat with people you barely know and can stomach for seven hours in the baking heat would ordinarily be deemed a cruel and unusual punishment. Add to that godawful techno music, warm Tsingtao and barely edible food – the torment is endless. No? Is it me?
Anyway, we’ll get on with the watches. This week we’ll be looking at three limited-edition timepieces starting with the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 6 (right), which is as wacky and outré as high-end watches come, with its asymmetrical case shape, flurry of dials, semi-exposed movement and all manner of complications and indicators. This watch has a tri-axial tourbillon, which, speaking plainly, means it is fancy. I’ve been down on the tourbillon recently, as it has become a little too ubiquitous. Harry Winston, however, has injected a bit of razzle dazzle with this version, which appears to hang in mid air – pure wrist theatre. Its beauty really has to be seen to be appreciated. The watch also has a bulbous time dial above the tourbillon, making the white-gold case size a hefty 55mm x 49mm. To the right is a karussell, a piece of the movement that allows for a second time zone at the bottom right. Other features include a power-reserve indicator. Inside is an HW4701 movement that makes all the drama possible. Limited to 20 pieces, prices for the Histoire de Tourbillon 6 are available upon request, but if you’re asking how much, you probably can’t afford it.
Next we have the Panerai Luminor Base Logo Acciaio (right), or PAM00634 for short, which is a celebration of the brand’s fans, in particular those who have been running the dedicated unofficial site paneristi.com for 15 years. A limited run of 500 PAM00634 will have “Paneristi” engraved on the back. Getting back to the watch itself, it’s an unfussy, almost typical Panerai but the eagle-eyed will notice there’s something up with the numerals, in particular the six and the nine, which, unlike normal Panerai numbers, have closed loops. There is also a blue OP logo on the dial. The case is sized at 44mm and made of steel. Inside is an exclusive-to-Panerai Unitas-based movement that pumps out 56 hours of power. Prices will be released soon.
Finally, we have the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph QEII Cup 2015 Limited Edition (right). Made for Hong Kong’s No 1 nag race, this Royal Oak is limited to 200 pieces and priced at HK$218,000. A 41mm titanium case features the iconic grande tapisseriepatterned dial in a silver tone, which works even better with the grey rubber strap. There’s nothing outwardly spectacular about this watch but, given its local significance, it might appeal to horse race enthusiasts. Plus, it’s a grey and silver Royal Oak, so you can’t really go wrong.