1. IN-DEPTH THE REMARKABLE PATEK PHILIPPE ANNUAL CALENDAR TRAVEL TIME 5326G
Travel is gradually resuming in many parts of the world, so it has never been a better time to unveil a new travel watch. And that’s exactly what Patek Philippe did. This is the new Annual Calendar Travel Time 5326G. The name already tells you most of what you need to know. This is a watch that combines the annual calendar complication with dual-time functionality. Complications aside, the watch also comes with an amazing grained dial and the most seductive-looking syringe hands filled with creamy beige lume. It may be a Patek, but it has very a very utilitarian, almost military, vibe to it. My only complaint? It only has 30 meters of water resistance.
2. THE NEW PANERAI P.9010 – PERPETUAL DOWNGRADING
Long-time Panerai fans will remember the PAM318 movement scandal. To cut a long story short, instead of using a modified and decorated ETA 6497 movement like they said they would, Panerai used a very basic-version ETA movement inside the PAM318. Needless to say, it was extremely embarrassing for the brand. I fear, however, they are back it again. This time, it’s the Panerai P. 9010, which was quietly altered in the middle of 2020 with a new version of the movement called the P.9010 Evolution. Hilariously, it wasn’t an evolution of the original P.9010. No, it’s a downgrade. Gone is the hacking seconds function and also any semblance of decoration. And Panerai expects to use this same movement in watches costing as much as $30,000. Just what are they thinking?!
3. EDITORIAL: THOUGHTS ON W&W 2022
Watches & Wonders 2022 has concluded and it seems like it was a rousing success. The numbers tell part of the story. With over 22,000 attendees, Watches & Wonder 2022 had about the same number of visitors as SIHH 2019 did. But perhaps more tellingly, the show saw the introduction of several new brands and brands, once again, attempting more complicated watches. The Richemont Group, particularly, impressed with the Cartier Masse Mysterieuse and the A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Minute Repeater. Even Seiko had a highly complicated watch: the Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-Force Tourbillon. Hit the link below to see what it means for the industry and the hobby.
Source: Watches by SJX
4. SUNDAY MORNING SHOWDOWN: TAKE TO THE SKIES — THE ROLEX AIR-KING REVISITED
One of the most talked-about watches from Watches & Wonder 2022 is the new Rolex Air-King. It has a new reference number — 126900 — but most people probably can’t tell what’s new. In true Rolex fashion, the changes are subtle yet significant. Though the case remains 40mm large, it has an entirely new profile. The new Air-King ditches the more rounded Milgauss-style case for the sleeker case that’s used by the Submariner and GMT-Master II. It also has crown guards. Improvements have also been made to the dial — note that I said improvements, not changes. So, yes, the new Air King withholds the Rolex tradition of making fine incremental changes.
5. THE MOST FAMOUS WATCH CASEBACK ENGRAVINGS – PAUL NEWMAN, MARLON BRANDO, JFK AND MORE
Though sapphire casebacks offer a glimpse into the inner workings of a watch, a solid caseback provides a canvas on which memories can be etched eternally. What can feel more special than wearing a watch gifted to you by a loved one bearing a special message? And since we are on the topic of engraved casebacks, here’s a collection of some of the most memorable and famous engraved casebacks and the story behind them.
Source: Wrist Enthusiast