Here’s a recap of the big stories in the watch world over the past week.
Seiko and Grand Seiko
Continuing this years’ frantic release schedule, Seiko announced the release of three new models for its Presage Prestige line. Fashioned in green, white and black, the models are a celebration of a 1964 chronograph they released. To no one’s surprise, there will only be 1,964 of each model released. These three-hand chronographs will come with a dive-style bezel, but there is no word available on their website on if it rotates. Visit here for more specifications and release information.
Grand Seiko, in another move as a direct response to the coronavirus outbreak, has announced the cancellation of its Grand Seiko Summit scheduled for early-March in Tokyo. No further information is available on the future, but we will certainly keep an ear open for more intel.
Basel World 2020
The outbreak of the coronavirus has had a serious impact on the certainty of Basel World 2020 taking place. As of this writing, there are still 95 watch brands listed on the events home page, but the number is in a steady decline. Bvlgari became the latest to withdraw this week as it joins the ranks of Gucci, Casio, Seiko, and the entirety of the Swatch Group. The show still promises to be well-produced, so there is hope that the combination of the infectious disease and the shift of watchmakers to find more affordable venues to release their wares won’t kill the show entirely. Stay tuned.
Vacheron Constantin Announces New Boutique in New York
One of the Holy Trinity made news this week announcing a new flagship to be opened in Manhattan in Spring 2021. Such a huge investment in real estate can only be the brand realizing the benefit of having a custom-tailored venue to showcase new products, don’t be surprised if brick & mortars become more popular with haute horology brands.
Seiko wasn’t the only brand to announce new pieces this past week. Here are links to the announcements made by some of the more popular brands…
HYT 1.0 X MR PORTER (sheesh!)
Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture (2020 seems to be slowly becoming the year of the in-house chronograph. Thanks, Omega.)
Finally, if you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! Look forward to giving you more news and release announcements in the coming weeks of the year.
Sanford has been a watch lover all his life, but just recently got into the hobby deeply after making some lifestyle changes. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, he offers a perspective of a seasoned rookie – not knowing much, eager to learn, with a keen eye for dumb shit. His writings focus on news in the watch industry, model reviews, and the occasional op-ed sprinkled with a movie quote or two. Be sure to check for his upcoming series’ as well as his assessments of watch trends. Feel free to reach out to him on Instagram!
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