During our trip to Sydney last week we met up with James from The Versatile Gent (Instagram @theversatilegent) who took us to a boutique watch store on George Street called Watches of Switzerland (located in the Four Seasons Hotel). They have described themselves as ‘Sydney’s premier watch specialist’ and they definitely didn’t disappoint. We were greeted at the door with a glass of Bruichladdich 16 – just one of the fine whiskeys that they had on offer. After this the real fun began.
We were shown around their newly renovated store which had only been reopened for just over a month after being given a completely new fit out. The store hosts brands such as A. Lange and Söhne, Hublot, Tudor, Breitling, IWC, Ulysee Nardin plus many more. After having a quick look around we were sat down and shown a few amazing timepieces and a couple that completely blew my mind.
First off we were shown the Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser (2056-131) and its unusual way of winding the Cal. UN-205. 19 jewels. Manual-winding-7 day carrousel, Flying tourbillon,”Dual Ulysse” escapement movement as well as setting the time. The one we were shown comes with a 45mm 18ct rose gold case and an alligator strap. As you can see from the picture below it definitely lives up to its name.
Next we got to see a timepiece that is valued at just over AU$380,000. This was the A. Lange and Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar, which was piece 88/100. The features of this piece include an off-centre main dial with hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds dial, tourbillon with patented stop-seconds mechanism, month ring, perpetual calendar with outsize date, retrograde day-of-week and leap-year display, peripheral month ring, moon-phase display, day/night indicator and 50 hours power reserve.
For more details on Watches of Switzerland check out their website-http://www.watchswiss.com/boutiques/sydney
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