Duckworth Prestex Relaunched After 50-Year Absence

LFamous British watch brand reborn after a 50-year absence* Prestex, a British watch brand that was a household name right up to the 1960s, is to be relaunched thanks to the original founder’s grandson.
Neil Duckworth has created the new Duckworth Prestex range of watches, to honour the original Prestex watches established by his grandfather Frank Duckworth.
Based in Bolton, Prestex watches achieved worldwide fame thanks to their blend of style, strength and reliability. The default choice for many people looking for a high-quality British watch, Prestex watches were sold until 50 years ago – when Swiss watches began to dominate the scene.
Now, the Prestex name lives again with the new Duckworth Prestex range, which takes the winning formula pioneered by the original watches from the 1930s and updates it with the latest watchmaking technology. The tried and trusted values of affordability and quality remain, ready for a new generation of traditional watch wearers to enjoy.

Two types of watches will be sold initially – an automatic watch and a quartz chronograph – in a variety of different colours. A number of different strap options are also available that allow customers to specify a watch that will be truly individual to them, yet with the timeless elegance that has always been associated with the Prestex name.
The automatic watch, with its Verimatic movement, will be priced at £595 while the quartz chronograph, with its two subdials, will be priced at £495.
Both are built to the highest standards and designed in Britain, with a five-year warranty and aftersales service facility available in Bolton: where the story first began.
Neil Duckworth, who previously represented some of the world’s leading Swiss manufacturers before realising the dream to revive his family watch brand, commented: “I’m incredibly proud to give new life to a historic British name. In buying a Duckworth Prestex watch, you’re buying into a tradition, which as a third-generation watchmaker, I’m delighted to represent. Despite our close links to the past, we’re looking firmly to the future with the latest technology and a whole new family of designs that look forward to the next hundred years.”
The watches are currently for sale on the new Duckworth Prestex website:

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The highly mechanical universes of watches and cars have often collided but this one’s truly quite special.
This time, two of the industries’ most respected names have come together in the spirit of engineering and performance excellence to showcase this very synergy, and the result is the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”.

The long-standing collaboration between the Swiss luxury watchmaker and sports car marque Mercedes-AMG has been grounded in many common values, the most important of which is their relentless pursuit of technical perfection and quality. Both companies too, were created by visionaries with bold ideas; Florentine Ariosto Jones redefined watchmaking in 1868 by marrying traditional craftsmanship with advanced industrial technology, while Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher wanted to inject cutting-edge racing technology into road-going series vehicles with AMG in 1967.
Today, both have brought their technical know-hows to the table to create the ultimate sports watch for racing enthusiasts and unsurprisingly, it’s also one of many firsts. Besides being the first Pilot’s watch to sport a titanium case, it’s also the first to contain the IWC caliber 69385, and the first cross-branded watch to make it to the permanent collection.

There’s plenty of shared aesthetics to be found here, the first being that the Grade 5 titanium finish was directly inspired by AMG’s signature paint finish: Selenite Grey Magno. Besides giving it its sporty matte grey appearance, this material keeps the watch extremely light and scratch resistant, so it’s perfect for any high-speed, high-octane activities you might want to put it through.
Its dial is then crafted from woven carbon fibre, an equally lightweight and rigid material borrowed from AMG’s aero department. These carbon fibres are processed on special weaving machines into textile-like structures, giving the end product the woven “carbon look” that’s synonymous with high-performance vehicles. Besides, it couldn’t have been a better contrast for the silver chronograph sub-dials, which stand out here to provide easy reading.

Inside, the IWC-manufactured automatic chronograph movement is robust and precise, and enables stop time measurements of up to 12 hours, with 46 hours of power reserve. As with any self-respecting collaboration, this 43mm timepiece will see the AMG logo emblazoned on its tinted sapphire crystal caseback.
Despite its obvious references to motoring, this watch still manages to walk the line as an everyday timepiece, and wears just as well with a white shirt and jeans as it would with a racing jacket. The monochromatic aesthetic is furthered with a black embossed calf leather strap that sees contrast stitching and folding clasp.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” will retail at S$14,000, and will be available for pre-order online here, or through IWC boutiques and authorised retail partners.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore 
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Quick-Take: Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze

After releasing its Diver Bronze in a black version back in 2018, a green version in 2019 and a blue one last year, Bell & Ross is now completing its shade card with a new colour: red
Bell & Ross introduced a new chapter in its Diver Bronze collection. Titled BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze, this new watch features three shades of colour combinations, including red lacquer for the dial, a reddish-brown strap and anodized red for the bezel.

The watch’s bezel and case are made of satin-polished CuSn8 Bronze, an alloy combining 92 percent copper and 8 percent tin, that is deeply linked to diving history as it was used in the past for deep-sea helmets and naval construction.

On top of that, all the metal parts of the case — as on previous versions — are made from bronze except the case-back, which is made from stainless steel, and the anodized aluminium bezel ring. Uniquely, the aforementioned case-back also engraved with the watch’s emblem, a deep-sea diver’s helmet.

More importantly, the brand’s constant strive for excellence, challenge and innovation is also confirmed in this elegant watch that meets all the standards for diving watches set by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry: ISO 6425. To top it off, along with its water resistant to 300m, it’s safe to say that the watch is ready to conquer the depths of the ocean.

Finally, available as a limited edition of 500 pieces, the BR 03-92 Diver Red Bronze is certainly designed to accompany the adventurer side of its wearer both on land and at sea.
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