REPEATING HISTORY 02 / RADO HYPERCHROME 1616
OLD IS GOLD AS WATCHMAKERS REISSUE VINTAGE CLASSICS TO ASSERT THEIR HOROLOGICAL HERITAGE. THEIR AUDIENCE? FANS OF THE ORIGINALS AS WELL AS A NEWER CROWD EAGER TO CATCH UP ON WHAT THEY MISSED THE FIRST TIME ROUND.
01 / PANERAI LUMINOR 8 DAYS SET
Panerai’s pre-Vendome pieces – produced before the brand’s 1997 acquisition by the Vendome Luxury Group (today’s Richemont) – continue to attract healthy demand. Wise, then, for Panerai to release a 500-piece limited edition box set targeting collectors and enthusiasts. The set consists of two models created for Sylvester Stallone in 1996: a Luminor Black Seal with left-hand crown (PAM 649) and a Luminor Daylight with white dial and blue numerals/ markers (PAM 650). From its cushion case and multifaceted hands/markers to its characteristic vertical day-and-date aperture at six o’clock, Rado’s Hyperchrome 1616 is a faithful re-edition of a vintage piece produced in the 1960s and 1970s, the Cape Horn. The bimetallic tones (silver and gold) add a further vintage touch. What is modern is its case of grade 5 titanium, which has been strengthened with an “interstitial hardening treatment” that makes it almost as tough and scratchresistant as ceramic.
03 / LONGINES RAILROAD
The Longines Railroad pays tribute to the watches that the company produced for the rail service in the 1960s. This model derives its minimalist mien from a reference piece circa 1960, which was driven by Calibre 280, Longines’ first central seconds movement produced in 1958. The engine has been upgraded to Calibre L888.2 – hence the “R.R 888” on the dial – to fit the modern 40mm case, though the central seconds function remains.
04 / OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CK2998 LIMITED EDITION
The classic Speedy 2998 never gets old, thanks to the limitless ways it can be reinterpreted with a simple change of dial colour or design detail. Enter this year’s version, a very handsome edition tinged with blue accents on the ceramic bezel, minute track and chronograph registers. The watch also features the iconic “lollipop” central chronograph seconds hand, a motif first used on reference CK2998-1, circa 1960. Powered by Calibre 1861, only 2,998 pieces exist.
05 / GIRARD- PERREGAUX LAUREATO
Icons such as the Ingenieur, Nautilus and the Royal Oak epitomise the sport-luxe horological wave of the 1970s, which also gave rise to the Girard-Perregaux Laureato. The original Laureato, circa 1975, is distinguished by an octagonal bezel, Clous de Paris-patterned dial, baton hands/markers, and integrated bracelet. Those same attributes define the 2016 update, except that its proportions have been nicely plumped up to contemporary dimensions. An automatic movement also replaces the quartz original.