SWATCH Back to 1984 Bioceramic
Innovation, new technologies, fantasy, a little bit of provocation… that’s what Swatch got us used to. And, well, the new collection didn’t fail us. The 1984 Reloaded collection pays a tribute to the brand’s iconic year when it wasn’t even one year old. The 1980s has made its comeback as a true fashion phenomenon this year. And Swatch took the opportunity to release five iconic watches that were first launched in 1984. This is a new interpretation using bio-sourced and bio-ceramic materials.
This collection, sold at an affordable price, is directly inspired by the artistic movement called the “Memphis Design”. The movement featured ultra graphic pop and coloured patterns and which was very controversial at that time. Nowadays, the design is recognisable by all and has been reproduced multiple times. We loved the grey New Gent version and its patterns. Which recall the “Saved by the bell” credits or the famous Tahiti table lamp by Ettore Sottsass. It should also be mentioned that both the white New Gent and the grey Gent are available in a special set.
The watches are made with bioceramic (case and clasp) and bio-sourced elements like castor oil (for the strap). Besides the ceramic unique qualities (resistant, hypoallergenic and scratchproof), the elastic bioceramic is nice to wear and provides a soft and pleasant feel. Which we already mentioned in a previous article about the Big Bold Bioceramic collection.
The brand’s choice is once again spot-on. The Swatch collection will surely appeal to the most nostalgic of us but also to new young customers.
New Gent Bioceramic – 41 mm: €85
Gent Bioceramic – 34 mm: €75
Special set: €160
For technical details, visit the Swatch website: www.swatch.com
RADO Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic
In 1986, Rado was the first watchmaker to use ceramic on its watches. Now, the brand has equipped its signature diver watch with the high-tech material. We must admit it: the Captain Cook Ceramic, from the self-proclaimed “Master of Materials” Swiss manufacture, is a real technical feat that will seduce anyone.
Equipped with a 43mm diameter monobloc case, these new timepieces hold all the required characteristics to dive deep. They also feature all the essential elements: 300m water resistance, unidirectional turning bezel with a ceramic insert, 60min scale, luminous markers, screw down crown and back, Super-LumiNova hands and markers.
The Captain Cook Ceramic is available in several versions: black ceramic with steel elements or rose gold coloured PVD treated stainless steel (€ 3,800), grey matt plasma and blue ceramic insert on the bezel (€ 3,900). Note that the black ceramic and steel model is available with a rubber strap (€ 3,400).
All of the timepieces have a titanium back and a black tinted sapphire crystal glass. Which allows the wearer to observe the automatic Rado calibre R734 featuring a Nivachronähairspring and a 80 hours power reserve. The dial also displays a black tinted sapphire crystal glass. So you can admire the movement but it is still legible. Nice touch!
RADO True Thinline Les CouleursTM Le Corbusier
I have to say; I don’t know which model to choose because all of them have fabulous colours. One for each day, you’d say, right? But let’s be reasonable and let’s first congratulate Rado for this original collection called True Thinline Les CouleursTM Le Corbusier.
Entirely made in high tech ceramic, these watches pay tribute to the father of modern architecture and Architectural Polychromy. This colourful palette with infinite combinations echoes the works of designers and architects of nowadays. Created by Le Corbusier in 1931, enriched in 1959, this avant-gardist tool is composed of 63 colours total.
The Maison Rado used ageless and timeless colours to make its nine models that match the nine groups of shades. Frank Sans C presented four of these models in his video about ceramic watches. In collaboration with Les Couleurs TM Le Corbusier, Rado met the challenge and managed to recreate the exact same shades on ceramic. Which is a very resistant material that is now part of the Maison’s DNA.
Cream white, iron grey, spectacular ultramarine, slightly greyed English green, pale Sienna, grey brown natural umber, sunshine yellow, luminous pink… the True Thinline Les CouleursTM Le Corbusier watches are produced in limited editions of 999 pieces per colour. Not everyone will be able to get one!
Monobloc case and matt high-tech ceramic crown
Curved sapphire glass
Water resistance: 30m
Titanium case back with special digital print on sapphire crystal: Le Corbusier colour stripes
Dial: printed indexes
Bracelet: 3-row matt high-tech ceramic – titanium 3-fold clasp
BVLGARI Serpenti Spiga
A few seconds before Frank began shooting his video, I had the chance to wear this Serpenti Spiga and let me tell you: it was love at first sight! The watch combines a very sophisticated traditional design true to the Serpenti collection while being ultra modern with its snake’s head case and bracelet (wheat stalk pattern) in black ceramic. Bearing a rose gold bezel, markers, hands and crown, the Quartz movement watch wraps itself on the wrist and makes us lose our minds.
Case shape: drop
18 kt rose gold and black ceramic case
18 kt rose gold crown set with a cabochon cut ceramic element
Lack lacquered polished dial
Single spiral black ceramic bracelet with 18 kt rose gold elements
Water resistance: 50 m
AUDEMARS PIQUET Royal Oak dressed in black ceramic
The Royal Oak is Audemars Piguet iconic watch. In 1972, famous designer Gérald Genta designed its signature elements: octagonal bezel with visible screws, integrated bracelet, dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern. It was a request from the past owner for his Italian customers who were visiting a watch salon at that time. The feat was thus done in just one night!
A new black ceramic version for the Royal Oak watch
Since its creation, the Manufacture released many versions of this timepiece; the latest one is a black ceramic model with black “Grande Tapisserie” pattern dial. True to its time, this piece echoes the trend of gender-neutral watches.
The 34 mm diameter watch is suited for slenderest wrists and illustrates the savoir-faire of Audemars Piguet in the ceramic field by presenting a polish and brushed finish. Several – hand-made – finish that perfectly highlight the emblematic design of the watch; elegantly contrasted with pink gold screws, hands, and markers.
On the other side, the titanium back displays a glareproofed sapphire crystal. That way, you can admire the inner workings and perfect finish of a self-winding AP movement. Which is decorated with “Côtes de Genève” stripes and holds an oscillating weight in pink gold. This is not the first full black ceramic Royal Oak created by Audemars Piguet. The brand launched in 2017 a stunning Perpetual Calendar edition. Audemars Piguet also released a beautiful skeletonized double balance wheel watch. You can see it in the Frank Sans C video about skeletonized watches.
IWC Pilot’s Watches Chronograph Editions “Royal Maces”, “Tophatters”, and “Blue Angels®”
IWC has surprised us by launching a special edition in ceramic made up of three pilot’s watches with chronograph function. Each one of these watches (limited at 500 pieces each) are directly inspired by the models that the Schaffhausen manufacture produces exclusively and in secret for the US Navy.
Generally worn by pilots and members of the American military squadrons, this is the first time that these timepieces are available to civilians. Indeed, since 2018 IWC is licensed to work on watches for the American military troupes. Namely the US Navy and Marin Corps aviation units, including Blue Angels® and the 247 active and 100 inactive squadrons.
Each one of these three IWC chronographs displays the colours and the patch of a squadron
The “Royal Maces” edition, in black ceramic contrasted with yellow, was developed with the Strike Fighter Squadron 27. Which is nicknamed the “Royal Maces” and based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
The “Tophatters” edition is a reference to the Strike Fighter Squadron 14 of the Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. On this black ceramic model with red spots, both crown and pushers are manufactured Ceratanium®.
Developed by IWC, this titanium alloy material is as light and tough as titanium. But also hard and scratch-resistant like ceramic.
Third model as part of IWC’s license, this blue and yellow ceramic chronograph honours the famous “Blue Angels®” acrobatic patrol. It also features Ceratanium® crown and pushers.
The new IVC ceramic watches have the same features
The timepieces are powered by a robust, reliable and precise IWC mechanical movement. They also share other features such as a 44,5mm diameter, a 60m water resistance, luminous characteristics, date and day display, soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields and a glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure. Each piece has a screw-in titanium back with the squadron’s patch.
RICHARD MILLE RM 07-01 Coloured Ceramics
It’s a colourful season for the Richard Mille feminine watches. This capsulecollection reveals three new RM 07-01 models, and each model is limited at 50 pieces. Just like the bold and gourmand RM 07-03, RM 16-01 and RM 37-01 that Richard Mille launched in its Bonbon collection, these pastel “Blue”, “Pink” and “Lavender’” pieces are true technical marvels.
Signature of the manufacture, the tonneau-shaped case is made in white gold and its bezel and back display a coloured high-tech ceramic: pink with cerulean-lilac rubber strap, lavender with coral-tangerine rubber strap, and blue with olive-aqua rubber strap. As an expert of new materials, Richard Mille was able to produce these timepieces with TZP (Tetragonal Zirconia Polycrystal) ceramic. Which is durable, scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic.
Director of Creation and Development Cécile Guenat makes a point of always designing very artistic dials with patterns that are part botanical with six lobbed, part sunburst, and part Art Deco.
The timepieces are assembled from inserts of ceramic, geometrically patterned rubber and – a first – a handcrafted guillochage. The Maison has taken this centuries-old technique to express its creativity.
A skeletonized self-winding calibre powers the three models and is visible through the dial. On the back, the wearer can observe the inner workings and oscillating weight in red gold.
For technical details, visit the Richard Mille website: www.richardmille.com