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This Week in Watches

This Week in Watches features Louis Vuitton, HYT, Arnold & Son and Nixon.

Louis Vuitton LV Fifty Five Collection

The new LV Fifty Five collection takes inspiration from the heritage of Louis Vuitton and its legendary aluminum and zinc travel trunks. There are two plaques engraved with Louis Vuitton along the watchcase hinting to those patented, secure, trunk locks. The watch’s stainless steel mesh bracelet is reminiscent of the handles on the trunks. To display the time, Louis Vuitton incorporates its 1854 logo at the 12 o’clock position and the firm’s V logo as markers with green PVD coated hands. The collection arrives in three sizes, which are all available in stainless steel and on Louis Vuitton leather straps or a bracelet. A feminine version is offered with a quartz movement housed in a 31 mm case. The 36mm automatic model features an ETA 2892 movement and the larger (41mm) model features the self-winding ETA 2893 with a GMT function.

Price: $4,200 - $6,550

HYT H4 Metropolis

Based on a skeletonized version of H1 chassis and adding an element of ingenuity, the H4 Metropolis fulfills the ambitions of HYT. The 51 mm watch made of titanium displays the hours minutes and seconds through hydromechanics while a mechanical generator powers an LED light source at 6 o’clock flooding the entire dial with light. Simply rotating the pusher located between the 4 and 5 o’clock position and then slightly pressing the same pusher provides the energy to light the watch for five seconds. This 100-piece limited edition is a first to incorporate this type of mechanism in a wristwatch.

Price: $94,000

Arnold & Son Instrument DSTB

The DSTB is a gold-cased limited edition of 125 pieces powered by the in-house self-winding calibre A&S6003. The true beat second mechanism is visible entirely on the dial side, along with wheels, the anchor-shaped lever and three palladium-treated bridges. This 43.5mm timepiece maintains the highest standards of decoration, and includes hand chamfering and fine circular engraving. The 22-karat red gold oscillating weight embellished with guilloche is visible through the sapphire case back.

Price: $51,500

Nixon Rock LTD Collection

Nixon introduces the Rock LTD Collection, a limited edition of custom one-of-a-kind quartz timepieces featuring watch straps created with donated leather jackets, pants and guitar straps from legends of the music industry such as Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, Steven Tyler and Ringo Starr, to name a few. Proceeds from the sale of these timepieces will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, a charity that provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment. Each watch is individually, hand-numbered and will feature etched custom caseback with the name of the artist and a certificate of authenticity from Nixon and MusiCares.

Price: From $1,000 to $4,000.

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