Hey, psst! Yeah you, loyal reader! In an exclusive sneak preview for Style Compass readers, we’ve got a few new additions to the Collection that we’re really excited about. And you’re now the first to know about these stunners that are readying themselves for their imminent Eleven James debut…
Tag Heuer Carrera Ref: CAR221A.FC6353
Tag Heuer fans rejoice! The beloved brand is now part of the Eleven James Collection. We’re delighted to add the newly revived Carrera to our Enthusiast Collection—a handsome, vintage-style racing watch that pays tribute to a true classic. The original Jack Heuer-designed Carrera was inspired by the Carrera Pan Americana, a five-day, 2,100 mile race across Mexico, and was possibly one of the best chronographs ever made.
The panda-style design of both the original and the reissue is evocative of the much-loved “Paul Newman” Daytona that amps the heartrates of so many racing watch fanatics, but the Carrera has a panache all its own. Its new “glassbox” design, black perforated leather strap, 39mm dial, and old-school HEUER branding all mark a significant nod to the legacy of both the watchmaker itself and the tradition of racing chronos.
If you’re looking for a change of pace in your scales and complications, you’ll enjoy the novelty of the Carrera’s new telemeter scale (the original bore a tachymeter). Though usage of the telemeter declined after WWII, it was once a common scale for measuring the distance of artillery fire based on the speed of sound. Sporting folks may find this a handy feature as hunting season kicks off, or perhaps employ it to estimate the relative distance of a thunderstorm.
However you use, or simply admire, this fantastic ticker, we know Members will be thrilled to welcome it into their rotations.
F.P. Journe Chronometre Bleu
Demanding a certain boldness of its wearers, an F.P. Journe watch is not for the demure. Though by no means lacking in elegance, FPJ’s make bombastic use of typography and numerals, reference vintage pocket watch forms, and even bear a certain “steampunk” aesthetic to their designs. Central to this style is the fact that F.P. Journe the watch company is entirely owned, operated, and designed by François-Paul Journe the man—the only high-profile Swiss watch company with this autocratic distinction. To facilitate a platform of creative and technological control, FPJ manufactures all its own dials, cases, and 95% of its movements in-house, producing only 800-900 pieces annually.
With a brand motto of Invenit et Fecit (Latin for “[He] invented it and made it”), each FPJ is an expression of an artist’s singular vision, making them thrilling pieces to behold.
The Chronometre Bleu is an excellent entree into the world of F.P. Journe, a work of true “haute horology.” Its case is made of tantalum, a dark grey metal rarely used in watchmaking because of its difficulty to mold, and the partial obscuring of its 18k rose gold movement adds a playful sense of mystery to its inner workings. Everything about the movement is so exquisitely designed and finished, one could examine it for hours and never run out of things to admire.
Where the Chronometre Bleu really comes alive is in its magnificent blue dial. Impossible to represent in a single image and wildly responsive to different lighting environments, it is somehow black, blue, iridescent, mirrored, luminous, and moody all at once. For any lover of uniquely designed timepieces, this midnight blue marvel is not to be missed. Available in our Connoisseur Collection.
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A
Launched in 1976, the Nautilus line was Patek Philippe’s answer to Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak—the original luxury steel sport watch. Not to be outdone by their longtime competitor, Patek commissioned the RO’s designer—the now-legendary Gérald Genta—to create their game-changing luxury sport watch, and the resulting timepiece was no less revolutionary in its presentation—with its ship’s porthole shape and brawny steel profile—but precisely as elegant as you would expect of a Patek Philippe. Though by current standards it feels quite slim for a sport watch, and even modest at 40mm, its dimensions were a marvel of heft at the time.
Now one of the world’s most iconic luxury watches, the Nautilus is sought after for its magnificent balance of brains, brawn, and beauty. The 5712/1A boasts the added complications of a moon phase, date, and power reserve indicator and is also noted for its self-winding movement with a 22k gold micro rotor—a very small rotor indeed within a notably small movement, making its capability quite extraordinary in and of itself.
All in all, this Nautilus is a specimen of harmony in form and function. The exquisite balance of polished and brushed surfaces, the effortlessly comfortable feel (its streamlined bezels setting it apart from the ultra-chiseled Royal Oak), and sheer power of its caliber 240 movement make it a piece any collector would be more than happy to (as the slogan goes) “look after it for the next generation.”
Available exclusively in our Virtuoso Collection.
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