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Celebrating A Milestone: Watches That Mark Significant Time

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In the horological world, where craftsmanship intertwines with artistry, the release of timepieces to commemorate significant milestones or anniversaries is nothing short of a grand celebration.

Like the turning gears of a perfectly synchronised mechanical movement, these limited-edition masterpieces tick relentlessly through time. They embody the rich heritage and innovation that define the finest watchmaking houses.

Blancpain, Omega, TAG Heuer, and NORQAIN among others, have all released extraordinary timepieces this year that pay homage to the past while embracing the future.

For sure, each milestone piece is a testament to the enduring legacy of precision timekeeping.

Seventy Years Of Heritage

Blancpain’s grand celebration of the iconic Fifty Fathoms dive watch unfolds in two acts, each representing a remarkable journey through history and innovation.

The Act 1 and Act 2 watches of the Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary collection pay tribute to the legendary timepiece that has defined the brand’s legacy in the world of luxury diving watches.

Act 1 harks back to the Fifty Fathoms origins.

Embracing the vintage spirit, the watch showcases a blend of classic design elements and modern technology. It has a polished stainless steel case, domed sapphire bezel insert with a luminous timing scale, and a screw-down crown.

At the core lies Blancpain‘s state-of-the-art movements, masterfully engineered to ensure accuracy and reliability. The manufacture’s caliber 1315 uses a silicon balance spring and offers a five-day power reserve thanks to its three-barrel construction.

There is even a commemorative engraved platinum rotor, visible through the sapphire caseback.


The Act 1 Fifty Fathoms watch represents Blancpain’s horological journey.

Act 2 further takes the celebration to new depths, introducing a fresh array of innovative designs and technical advancements.

This model reportedly underwent five years of intensive testing. It is co-developed by Blancpain’s CEO and president, Marc Hayek, in association with the Gombessa Expeditions of French photographer and biologist Laurent Ballesta.

Thus, it bears the added moniker of “Tech Gombessa”.

While Act 2 bears the signature looks of the Fifty Fathoms watches, the traditional sapphire bezel inlay has been replaced with black ceramic for a more prominent and curved dial fit.

As the celebration unfolds in these two acts, the Fifty Fathoms collection cements its status as an enduring icon, where tradition meets innovation in a captivating union of horological brilliance.

Illustrious Journey Of 75 Years

Omega, on the other hand, presented the Seamaster 75th Anniversary Summer Blue collection, a stunning tribute to the iconic dive watch that has become a symbol of precision, style and adventurous spirit.

As a showcase of Omega‘s unwavering commitment to innovation and craftsmanship, it offers a range of exquisite models that pay ode to rich heritage and cutting-edge technology.

Each timepiece in the collection embodies the Seamaster‘s timeless design while introducing contemporary elements that resonate with modern watch enthusiasts.

Diving deep into the ocean of horological excellence, the Seamaster 75th Anniversary collection features a variety of materials, including stainless steel, precious metals and innovative ceramics.

Striking dials (all blue, like the name suggests) showcase Omega’s expertise in creating captivating timekeeping masterpieces that effortlessly blend form and function.

At the heart of these remarkable watches lies Omega’s state-of-the-art movements, ensuring unparalleled accuracy and reliability.

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Omega dives deep with the colour blue for this gorgeous Seamaster anniversary range.

In homage to the original Seamaster design, some models boast a vintage-inspired look, capturing the essence of the classic timepiece that first debuted in 1948. Others feature bold and contemporary aesthetics, embodying Omega’s forward-thinking approach to horology.

The anniversary release is something to be proud of.

After all, with its storied legacy as a watch trusted by divers, explorers, and even James Bond himself, the Seamaster watch upholds its reputation as a reliable companion for both sea and land adventures.

The exquisite collection serves as a testament to the brand’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of watchmaking excellence, propelling the Seamaster‘s legacy forward into an exciting future.

A Spirited Six Decades

For TAG Heuer, it is the iconic Carrera that deserves celebrating.

The Carrera 60th Anniversary watch is a horological masterpiece that pays homage to its legendary heritage, while embracing the spirit of innovation that has defined the brand for generations.

The Carrera collection, originally introduced in 1963 by TAG Heuer’s visionary founder Jack Heuer, quickly became synonymous with motorsport and precision timekeeping.

Consider the two Glassbox models.

There is the Carrera Chronograph with a “glassbox” sapphire crystal reminiscent of the domed hesalite crystals found on Heuer Carrera models from the 1970s, and the Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon (also with the “glassbox”), of which the mechanical complication can be seen through an aperture at 6 o’clock.

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The “glassbox” gives the watch a streamlined bezel-less look.

The tall and arched sapphire crystal extends from edge to edge of the dial, and thus gives it an bezel-less look. Yet, it more than just aesthetic, the design somehow allows the dial to be viewed from extreme angles.

The new Carrera Chronograph has two versions. One displays a sleek, black and silver “reverse panda” dial, while the other sports a blue face with a deep blue calfskin leather strap.

The Chronograph Tourbillon is said to be a first of its kind for TAG Heuer. It is a lot sleeker in looks when compared to previously released Carrera tourbillon timepieces with their robust and athletic case designs.

As limited-edition releases, these anniversary models by TAG Heuer will surely be regarded as exclusive collector’s items, making them highly sought-after treasures.

A Newcomer In The Realm of Watchmaking

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Founded in 2018 but with true family heritage rooted in the watch industry, NORQAIN’s expertise spans over four decades. Supported by watch industry legend and NORQAIN’s advisor to the board, Jean-Claude Biver, the brand aims to spread their passion for mechanical watches in the age of digitalization and smartwatches.

Driven by the excitement that comes with exploring the road less travelled, NORQAIN has three collections – Independence, Adventure and Freedom – that are exclusively equipped with mechanical automatic movements.

To mark its fifth anniversary in April 2023, NORQAIN introduced five new Independence timepieces including two new Independence Skeleton models. These were based on the forerunners of 2021 and 2022 which experienced immediate success and sold out instantly. Now the Wild ONE line integrates this highly desired skeletonised movement.

With its eye-catching turquoise and burgundy versions, this new timepiece evokes the feeling of a beach club holiday with picturesque blue water and breath-taking sunsets. The watches are made with NORQAIN’s proprietary NORTEQ material which is known for being ultra-robust and ultra-lightweight. Thanks to the skeletonised movement, each watch weighs just 78 grams, which is more than 50% lighter than a stainless steel NORQAIN watch and six grams lighter than the current 84-gram Wild ONE models.

Back To The Future

More importantly, with the milestone models of Blancpain, Omega, TAG Heuer, and NORQAIN such releases honour a storied heritage – but at the same time serve as a symbol of how watchmaking can push boundaries and achieve new heights.

Extraordinary timepieces such as these serve as living reminders of the artisans’ dedication, the houses’ enduring heritage, and the relentless pursuit of perfection.

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