RE­PEAT­ING HIS­TORY 02 / RADO HYPERCHROME 1616

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - The Brief / Trend Report -

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.

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