Everything you need to know about watches this week, from Omega and Nomos to MB&F
By Chris Hall
Something colourful: MB&F releases the LM2 Purple
While much has been made of Switzerland’s new-found comfort with all manner of brightly coloured dials, purple still isn’t one you see every day. Blue, of course, along with plenty of green – this year in particular – and various shades of brown. But purple? Not so much. Enter the MB&F LM2 White Gold Purple, which does what it says on the (sci-fi influenced) tin: a purple dial take on the brand’s dual powertrain legacy machine. Read all about the Legacy Machine series here – and while you’re at it, pass the Quality Street…
Somewhere new: The Hour House
Opening this November at 6 Duke St is The Hour House, a new shop for watch fans that promises to bring accessories, customisation and sales both new and vintage under one roof. Key backers are winder and case specialists Rapport, and aftermarket customisers Titan Black, but we hear that there will also be a selection of watches for sale from indie brands courtesy of Skolorr, as well as hand-picked vintage pieces and jewellery.
Something blue: new Nomos Glashutte Orion
Nomos Glashutte’s Orion can often seem like the unsung hero of the brand’s range; the Tangente is the most classic, the Tetra the most colourful, and the recent additions of Autobahn and Club Campus the most outgoing. But the Orion is a slim, sleek watch – especially with the hand-wound Alpha calibre, it’s only 7.9mm thick, which is almost in “ultra-thin” territory. Now it’s available with a midnight blue dial with gold hour markers, in both 38mm and 33mm case sizes.
Something to work for: H. Moser & Cie’s Entrepreneur’s watch
Naturally, being an entrepreneur should be its own reward. But if you do need extra incitement to get up and start that idea you’ve had brewing for the last six months, this is it. As a partner of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards, H. Moser & Cie gave each of the four category winners (eleven people in total) a custom-designed Endeavour Centre Seconds Automatic in white gold, with a blue fume dial and yellow seconds hand. It’s an absolutely smashing watch. The awards are given in four categories: “Services/Trade”, “Emerging Entrepreneur”, “Family Business” and “Industry / High-tech / Life Sciences”. Get those entries in, watch fans!
Something reassuring: Omega’s new warranty
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a fully-paid-up #watchnerd, deciding to pull the trigger on a new watch is always a significant piece of shopping. So it’s nice to see Omega doing something to ease buyers’ minds: it has increased its standard warranty to five years. That’s the same as Rolex, which took that step a couple of years ago, and good news for the industry as a whole. The more brands that see this as the norm, the harder it will be for others to hold out. If you’ve just bought a Speedmaster and are cursing your timing, don’t: Omega is backdating the new warranty to July 1 2018.