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The pick of the summer releases
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The pick of the summer releases

Thursday, 06 September 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
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Not everyone was “out of the office” this summer. While we were soaking up the sun, brands were releasing a rich crop of new watches to take us gently into autumn. The FHH Journal team has made its selection.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Summer Edition 2018

There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues, except this Laureato Summer Edition 2018 from Girard-Perregaux. The colourful hobnail dial and rubber strap provide the fresh, laidback note that makes this watch a shoo-in for summer (and beyond). The diamonds on the bezel add a smattering of bling but still play it low-key against a case in stainless steel: proof that the lady’s no pushover. While there are no objections to a quartz movement in such a “fun in the sun” watch (as is the case for the 34mm versions), this 38mm rendition is driven by an automatic mechanical calibre, the GP03300 with a 46-hour power reserve.
— Sandra Petch

Laureato Summer Edition blue © Girard-Perregaux
Laureato Summer Edition blue © Girard-Perregaux
H. Moser & Cie Venturer Big Date Purity

The new Venturer Big Date Purity from the fast up-and-coming Manufacture on the Rhine will smooth the transition from summer torpor to the harsh reality of your desk. Observe the hands as over and over they sweep the four strategically positioned indexes – all you need to arrive (just about) on time at the meetings that seem to have magically filled your diary while you were away. Thankfully, the large date is there to remind you to start planning your next escapades. It all comes wrapped in a magnificent Funky Blue dial; the colour of the crystal water that lapped your toes only yesterday… or was it a lifetime ago?
— Emmanuel Schneider

Venturer Big Date Purity © H. Moser & Cie
Venturer Big Date Purity © H. Moser & Cie
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph

Prepare to be impressed by how perfectly legible this chronograph is. No need to scour the dial for the right read-off. A red chronograph seconds hand sweeping a quarter-second scale on the flange combines with chronograph hours and minutes in a single totalizer for an intuitive reading of stopped times – a task further facilitated by the contrasting colours. Another of this watch’s qualities that shouldn’t be overlooked is its understated elegance, the mark of distinction for a flyback chrono with in-house movement. The blue of the dial, echoed by the rubber strap, lends a relaxed note to this truly irresistible watch.
— Fabio Teta

Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph © IWC
Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph © IWC
Nomos Club neomatik siren white

Given its immaculate white dial, bright red font and dark blue hands, the new Club neomatik siren white from Nomos Glashütte would make the ideal watch for fans of Les Bleus. Considering how my eyes glaze over at the first mention of the so-called beautiful game, you’ll understand that for me, this watch’s appeal lies only in the beauty of its execution and its refreshing summer colours. What better than a cool white dial to show off a tan?
— Gregory Gardinetti

Club neomatik siren white © Nomos
Club neomatik siren white © Nomos
Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday 2 Ultraman

Instagram users were once again treated to an Omega limited edition in collaboration with fratellowatches.com. The Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday 2 Ultraman was available only on the social media platform. All 2,012 were gone in under two hours (read about it here). It’s always good to see an icon revisited by people who care about watches.
— Alex Ballmer

Panerai Luminor California 8 Days DLC - 44mm

Sober, reliable and robust – what more can you ask of a timepiece designed to go wherever you go. With its generous 44mm case that’s featherlight on the wrist thanks to DLC-coated titanium, a dial as beautifully simple as a railway clock, not forgetting a (removable) leather cuff for brute force, the Luminor California captures Panerai’s design tropes in the simplest of packages. Powered by a manual-wind P.5000 movement that delivers a more than comfortable 8-day power reserve, its powerful simplicity is shaken only by the alternation of Arabic and Roman numerals – a nod to the original military Panerais worn by combat divers. Reporting for duty…
— Christophe Roulet

Luminor California 8 Days DLC © Panerai
Luminor California 8 Days DLC © Panerai
RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Sylvester Stallone

We’re talking heavy stuff! Richard Mille drafted in Rambo himself for this RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure, a blockbuster of a watch in Carbon TPT and titanium, more than 50mm in diameter, and kitted out with rare functions such as a compass, a spirit level and a hermetic compartment for water purification tablets. In a word, a watch designed to survive in the most hostile environments. Well… not too hostile. At $983,000 (€791,500), you may not want to get it scratched. This is Richard Mille at his over-the-top best!
— Fabrice Eschmann

RM 25-01 © Richard Mille
RM 25-01 © Richard Mille
Vacheron Constantin Overseas

No big reveal, no noisy campaign, just good news for fans of classic watches and style that never goes out of fashion. Twenty years after its launch, the Overseas continues to offer new renditions of its elegant silhouette with its signature six-sided bezel, inspired by the Maltese Cross. Attributes include a beautiful black dial that goes with everything, not least the 41mm steel case – a diameter that’s ideal for men as well as for women who enjoy a large watch. Then there is the interchangeable strap system for swapping from steel to leather to rubber in the wink of an eye. Behind the scenes beats the 5100 automatic calibre, hallmarked Poinçon de Genève. Reliability and sobriety in perfect harmony, for every day.
— Marie de Pimodan

Overseas automatic (steel strap) © Vacheron Constantin
Overseas automatic (steel strap) © Vacheron Constantin
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