Watches of the week: 11/09/2020 – 11/15/2020
Another week later, another roundup of all the latest watch releases in our regular series, Watches of the Week. This week we are going to cover new watches like Credor, Sinn and of course the latest super-complication from Patek Philippe. Enjoy!
Patek Philippe 6301P Grande Sonnerie
Patek Philippe just dropped the mother of all bombs with her new watch (if you can even call it that). Here is the 6301P Grande Sonnerie, a grand complication of the highest caliber. Its platinum case measures 44.80 mm in diameter and 12 mm in height and contains the immense Caliber GS 36-750 PS IRM. Composed of 703 parts, the 6301P Grande Sonnerie movement contains a large strike, a small strike, a minute repeater with chime, a dead second indicator, a movement power reserve indicator and a striking power reserve indicator.
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The black Grand Feu enamel dial sports applied Breguet numerals in gold, rounding off what is a very captivating front end. But the real magic is at the back of the watch. It’s a delicious move with a very high level finish, but it just seems to be lacking in the “wow” department. The half-plate covering one hemisphere of the movement is very nicely finished, but it’s more of a Glashutte-Lange type thing to do. The components actually on display are, again, very well finished, but the movement as a whole lacks depth. But, on the flip side, everywhere you look you can see superfluous finishes, meticulous attention to detail, and the kind of clinical precision we all love and expect from Patek. The Patek Philippe 6301P Grande Sonnerie is not a limited edition piece but will be made in limited production due to its complexity. Priced at CHF 1.15 million.
Credor Eichi II
New to Credor is the Eichi II, a divine piece of Japanese fine watchmaking that truly captivates the artistic side of watchmaking. Created to mark the 140th anniversary of Seiko’s founding, the Eichi II was crafted with a stunning porcelain dial that has been hand painted in a color that Seiko and Credor refer to as Ruri, the Japanese word for lapis lazuli. Crafted in 39mm by 10.30mm platinum, the Eichi II is a gorgeous and subtle watch that captures Credor’s affinity for simplicity and natural beauty. The Eichi II is no slouch in the field of movement either, powered by the Spring Drive 7R14 caliber, beautifully styled by the openwork Bellflower motif on the mainspring. The Credor Eichi II will be available from January 2021 and will be priced at € 59,000.
Sinn Collection 105
Coming back to Earth, we have new models of the relatively affordable Sinn watchmaker. Named the 105 collection, the new models from Sinn are all focused on functionality and versatility, emphasizing their respective utilitarian natures in the most Sinn way possible. The first model in the collection is the 105 St Sa day / date, available in a white or black dial. It is an interesting piece of which the orientation of the day / date indicator is very atypical but adds to its intrigue.
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The second model is the GMT 105 St Sa UTC, also available with a black or white dial. On both models I really like the use of orange on the hands, the riveted bezel is really cool and the quarter size crown guards add to the basic, almost industrial look of the watch. The Sinn 105 day / date will be priced at $ 1,560 while the GMT model will be priced at $ 1,830.