So, folks, here we are. Our first weekly drop on the journal. Not only is this the most exciting time of every week for us here at XUPES, but it’s one we have been gearing up to share with you for some time now. Each week, same time, I will be here to talk you through the new watches going live on the site. While this may become a twice a week occurrence as we scale up purchasing, for now it’s just one. There may be 3 watches – there maybe 10, but that’s all part of the fun! Now, there is a watch for every occasion. Sometimes there is joy in taking a risk, other days playing it safe. Well this week's drop has the perfect everyday Rolex Oyster Perpetual, a bold Yacht-Master, a lesser known Planet Ocean SAS Special Edition and two complicated Patek's. Does it get much better?
When it comes to comfort and functionality, there just isn't any competition to the 34mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Black dial, no date, just pure legibility and absolute wearability! There are no frills here, this is just a watch that will be one you keep for a lifetime.
Patek Philippe's 5224 was initially released in 2015 to mixed reception. The sporty and pilot-inspired design was a controversial move away from the brand's more conservative offerings, particularly considering that Patek Philippe never actually made a dedicated pilot's watch before. Regardless, it has become a key part of the Calatrava collection, offering both functionality (in the form of the travel time complication) as well as a unique aesthetic within the brand's product line up.
Like all classics in the watch world, those that are not initially accepted tend to become iconic. While this 5524R marked a step change in Patek's design approach, we feel it is inspired.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is a watch many of you will be familiar with. But this one is just a little bit special. It’s a limited edition and was made exclusively for members of Special Air Service 22 regiment, more commonly known as the SAS. This edition differs from the regular Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean as the case back is engraved with the famous winged SAS logo with their legendary motto ‘Who Dares Wins’. Also on the left hand side of the case its engraved ‘Always A Little Further’. No if that’s not a conversation piece – I don’t know what is.
This is the ultimate under the radar daily beater from Rolex. This is the first 42mm time-and-date Yacht-Master, offering a larger option for those who still find 40mm too conservative, and it comes with a sleek combination of a black dial and an unbelievable bezel made of white gold with a matte black Cerachrom insert. The markings on that insert are raised and polished and the result is totally stunning. Inside is the caliber 3235, which will give you +2/-2 seconds per day. It really is the full package.
To round things off this week, a stunning modern chronograph from Patek. The Swiss maker has redesigned its chronograph which boasts a column wheel, horizontal clutch and is manual winding, putting it with a new white gold case with round guilloched pushers and three-tier lugs. You have to see it to believe it. Its subtle vintage allure is underscored by a sapphire-crystal “box” glass. The dial also sports an all-new look with a blue background and contrast luminescent white gold applied Arabic numerals and hands. This might be the only watch you ever need – but it almost certainly won’t be your first.