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This Week in Watches

This Week in Watches features IWC, Oris, Arnold & Son and Breitling.

IWC Big Pilot Rodeo Drive

To commemorate the opening of its Rodeo Drive Flagship Boutique last month, IWC has created the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Boutique Rodeo Drive (Ref. IW502003). Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the 46mm ceramic timepiece is made with a titanium crown and a stunning blue dial. Inside IWC places its largest self-winding movement, the IWC-manufactured 51111 Caliber with a full seven-day power reserve (and display), date and Pellaton automatic winding system. The strap is black embossed calfskin strap and a blasted stainless-steel folding clasp.

Price: $14,700

Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition

Based on Oris’s hot Divers Sixty-Five, this new piece celebrates Carl Brashear, who graduated from the Navy’s diving program in 1954 but lost the lower part of his left leg in 1966 during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb. After an exhausting period of rehabilitation, he became the U.S. Navy’s first amputee diver in 1968, and then qualified as a Master Diver in 1970, the first African American to do so. A film about his story, Men of Honor was made in 2000 in which he was portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. The 42mm watch is Oris’s first made of bronze, which is initially bright and shiny, and then darkens as its copper content reacts with carbon dioxide and moisture. Thus each of the limited run of 2,000 pieces will develop a unique patina over time. The unidirectional rotating bezel is also made of bronze. The stainless steel case back shows Brashear’s helmet and a quote from him. Below the dark blue dial is automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW200, with date at 6 o’clock.

Price: $2,800

Arnold & Son DSTB

Arnold & Son’s DSTB, part of the Instrument Collection, features an in-house automatic movement that showcases the true beat seconds’ mechanism entirely on the dial side—not just the hands, but also the lever, wheels and three red gold-treated true beat seconds bridges. At 4 o’clock, an opaline subdial indicates the hours and the minutes. This 125-piece limited edition timepiece is housed in a 43.5mm 18-karat red gold case with a transparent caseback for viewing the movement, which features a 22-carat red gold guilloché oscillating weight.

Price: $48,550

Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel

This new version of Breitling’s flagship Chronomat features a steel case distinguished by its high-resistance carbon-based black treatment. The unidirectional rotating bezel has black rubber-inlaid numerals and a large luminescent dot facilitating the countdown of flight or dive times. The strap combines a military-style anthracite high-tech fabric exterior with a rubber lining for added comfort. Inside is the COSC-certified Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 self-winding chronograph movement, powered by a black oscillating weight visible through the transparent casebook.

Price: $9,930

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