Top 50 Watches of 2017

From astrological wonders that take you to the moon and back, to intricate high jewelry masterpieces that make a statement on your wrist, we present our pick of the top 50 watches of 2017.

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Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Glyptic

A unique piece, this Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Glyptic watch embraces the brand’s haute couture roots. Crafted in proprietary 18K beige gold, the watch is snow-set with 502 diamonds weighing 4.80 carats. The elaborate dial is created using glyptic and sculpted gold techniques. The flowers are raised and created in coral, while the leaves are painted. The ancient Chinese screens[...]

Dior Grand Bal Pièce Unique Galaxie Pavo

Always enthralled with the world of couture, gowns, ruffles and lace, the House of Dior this year unveils a special series of 10 unique watches that recall the beauty of the universe. The new pieces, such as this Galaxie Pavo watch, emulate a galaxy of twinkling stars. The watch is powered by the Dior Inverse caliber, which showcases the automatic oscillating weight of the watch dial-side[...]

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Pink Flamingo

Jaquet Droz has long been a master at creative watches and dials, using rare stones, meteorites, fine painting, automatons on the dial and other techniques. The new Petite Heure Minute Pink Flamingo watch features a black Grand Feu enamel dial background with a vibrant flamingo painted on top. Crafted in 18K rose gold, the 39mm watch is set with 248 brilliant-cut diamonds. The dial is ent[...]

Piaget Altiplano Radiant Feather Marquetry

A work of beauty and nature, this 38mm 18K white gold Piaget Altiplano Radiant Feather Marquetry watch is ablaze with feathers. Colorful and alluring, the dial is crafted using feather marquetry with a mix of peacock, duck and rooster feathers that are partially covered in silver leaf. The artisan must carefully select the right feathers— looking at shade, density and texture — for an end[...]

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate

This year, Van Cleef & Arpels pulled out all the stops with its Lady Arpels Papillon Automate 40mm Poetic Complication watch that combines automatons and several types of Métiers d’Arts. The watch dial is a stunning array of diamonds, multicolored sapphires, mother-of-pearl, miniature painting and champlevé, paillonné, plique-à jour and curved plique-à-jour enamel that all come togeth[...]

Bovet Récital 20 Astérium®

For the Récital 20 Astérium® Tourbillon, Bovet master watchmakers and artisans mapped out the stars and constellations visible from Earth on a dome of translucent blue quartz, laser-engraved and coated in Super-LumiNova® to create a dazzling true-to-life sky. The watch offers retrograde minutes, seconds hand on the tourbillon, equation of time, precise moonphase indicator, solstice and eq[...]

Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887

This grand complication wristwatch pays tribute to the fact that the brand’s founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, was appointed the official horologer to the French Royal Navy by King Louis XVIII in 1814. Crafted in 18K white gold, the triple-complication timepiece features a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and offers a running equation of time to show the difference between average and r[...]

Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon

From Graham, the manual Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon houses the Caliber G1800, a high-precision mechanical movement exclusively made for Graham by Christophe Claret. The 48mm watch with blue lacquered dial offers a 100-year calendar on the caseback, with two additional graduations of 100 years for 300 years of total calendar accuracy. The dial offers hours and minutes, Gregorian calendar [...]

Jacob & Co Astronomia Solar

Jacob & Co sets a new milestone in its representation of the Earth within the solar system with this reproduction of eight planets on a dial around a majestic sun, formed by a citrine displaying the 288 facets of the Jacob Cut®. The hand-engraved Earth rotates around its axis once every 60 seconds and makes one complete revolution of the dial in 10 minutes, as do the flying tourbillon[...]

Louis Moinet Space Mystery

Louis Moinet’s Caliber LM48 Space Mystery is the world’s first ‘satellite tourbillon®’ watch. The large-sized tourbillon cage is balanced by a planet that orbits around it, and both seem to float in space between two sapphire crystals. The stunning blue dial, called ‘Magic Blue,’ is obtained via a secret manufacturing process. Like many Louis Moinet timepieces, Space Mystery i[...]

Vacheron Constantin Copernicus Celestial Spheres

Deftly blending technology and craftsmanship, Vacheron Constantin’s all-new Copernicus Celestial Spheres collection pays tribute to Nicolaus Copernicus and the great astronomical discovery, the theory of heliocentrism. This new collection is offered in three different dial versions and houses an original patent-pending caliber featuring peripheral hands. It reproduces the theory of [...]

A Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar

German watch brand A Lange & Söhne is a master of complex calibers. The new 1815 Annual Calendar watch features a manually-wound movement. A button at 2 o’clock collectively advances all indications, while three recessed push pieces allow separate corrections of the day, month and moonphase. For the first time in an A Lange calendar model, the date can also be separately advanced with[...]

Chopard LUC Lunar One

In its continued commitment to precision and fine craftsmanship, Chopard unveils an all-new LUC Lunar One version — crafted in a material worthy of the caliber: 950 platinum. The perpetual calendar model with astronomical moonphase display also features a deep blue sunray-patterned multi-level dial. The unique moonphase subdial at 6 o’clock depicts a dark blue sky studded with stars of th[...]

Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar

Demonstrating a unique design approach to the perpetual calendar, Glashütte Original turns out a truly contemporary piece. The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar features a harmoniously balanced dial with leap-year indication at 12 o’clock via a small aperture, the month at 2 o’clock, the brand’s iconic Panorama Date at 4 o’clock, the moonphase indication at 8 o’clock and the day of we[...]

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

The new Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph represents the first IWC in-house-made movement, the 89630 caliber, to combine the double chronograph counter with moonphase system, both on a single subdial at 12 o’clock. The moon remains stationary against the night sky, while the moonphase disc below the dial, acting as a shadow of the Earth, depicts the waxing and waning moon. The perpe[...]

Patek Philippe Ref 5320G

This year, Patek Philippe indulged in true classic elegance with the Reference 5320G Perpetual Calendar with moonphases. Inspired by several watches the brand produced in the mid-1900s, including one that is in the brand’s museum in Geneva, the watch is crafted in 18K white gold with a cream lacquered dial for vintage appeal. The piece features gold applied numerals outlined in black with[...]

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante

Breitling has long been known as a brand producing performance instruments for professionals, which it demonstrates here with its own proprietary split-seconds chronograph movement — one of the most sophisticated horological complications. The Manufacture Breitling Caliber B03 split-seconds chronograph holds two patents and enables timing of different events that begin at the same time bu[...]

Carl F Bucherer Manero Flyback

The 43mm Manero Flyback in 18K rose gold is perfect for the modern gentleman who loves refined technology. It exudes a classic, pure style, while offering the useful ability to measure consecutive short time intervals with its flyback function, meaning at the end of the start/stop process the chronograph minute and seconds hands fly back to their original position to begin timing again wi[...]

Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Aérolithe Performance

The Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Aérolithe Performance features a titanium case with laser engraving for meticulous finishing. This watch is all about high performance. It is equipped with a double tachymeter, with km/hour indications in red and mph in blue, both of which recall the colors of Bugatti. The proprietary PF335 movement, with flyback chronograph module and Côtes de Genève finis[...]

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T

The newest TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T watch is a glamorous take on its tourbillon. The highly technical timepiece combines a lightweight tourbillon handcrafted in titanium and carbon with the brand’s specialty: the chronograph. The manufacture movement features black skeleton bridges and is a COSC-certified
chronometer. The 45mm watchcase is crafted of grade 5 titanium with a white[...]

Zenith El Primero Full Open

The 42mm El Primero Full Open chronograph is equipped with the brand’s famed El Primero caliber 400B, containing 326 individual components and beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour. The movement is semi-skeletonized for added beauty. Crafted in stainless steel and 18K gold, the chronograph features a central seconds hand, 12-hour totalizer and 60-minute totalizer, as well as running secon[...]

Girard-Perregaux Planetarium Tri-Axial

The Planetarium Tri-Axial is one of the very few triple-axis tourbillons in the watch industry. It defies gravity with the high-speed rotation of its tourbillon. The watch also features a three-dimensional terrestrial globe that rotates once every 24 hours. In addition to the triple axis tourbillon and the rotating globe, the watch offers off-centered hours and minutes, day and night indi[...]

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2

Greubel Forsey has long been a leader in innovation. Its newest hand-wound Art Piece watch features a patented Double Tourbillon 30° (meaning the double tourbillon escapement is inclined at a 30-degree angle) that is designed to take center stage as a piece of art. In this watch, time is secondary, and it features a push-piece that needs to be activated in order to obtain the indication o[...]

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 8

Harry Winston’s newest Histoire de Tourbillon 8 is the eighth in a series of incredibly complex tourbillon timepieces that the brand regularly develops. This 51mm watch is offered this year in two colorways, anthracite and red, and the one we love most is the red version. The watch houses the mechanical manual wind 4503 caliber consisting of a staggering 534 parts. The partially open-work[...]

Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis

A sensational work of technology, aesthetics and innovation, the Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis offers grand visibility of the tourbillon escapement at the 6 o’clock position on the unusually shaped watch. To create this timepiece, Hublot’s master technicians first designed the movement and then built a case around it. The self-winding mechanical caliber features a biaxial tourbillon tha[...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time

The platinum Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time underscores Jaeger-LeCoultre’s sophisticated watchmaking expertise. The watch is equipped with an orbital flying tourbillon, as well as a world time indication. The world time is displayed in 24 time zones, which are represented by a city from each time zone. The flying tourbillon, which indicates the seconds, completes one turn of th[...]

Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie Diamond Outrage

The Haute Joaillerie Diamond Outrage is an audacious statement of diamond setting and gold working. The final piece in the ultra-contemporary trilogy of high-diamond watches from Audemars Piguet, the white gold cuff watch features a complex rendition of more than 40 spikes of varying heights, all meticulously set with brilliant- and baguette-cut diamonds. The icicles that form during the [...]

Cartier Panthère Royale de Cartier

A breathtaking statement of nature and elegance, the Panthère Royale de Cartier features the brand’s iconic panther realized in all its glory sitting atop the small watch dial, looking regally backward against six rows of concentric circles set with diamonds. Created in 18K white gold, the 36mm watch has an inset silvered sunray-effect dial showing hours and minutes at 6 o’clock. Finally,[...]

Cvstos Re-Belle Sakura

From Swiss brand Cvstos, this Re-Belle Sakura watch recalls the early days of spring in Japan, where the cherry trees (sakura) blossom in all their pink glory. The dial of the tonneau-shaped 18K rose gold watch is multi-dimensional. The background is meticulously set with diamonds and enamel forms the branches of the sakura tree, which has individually-crafted gold and enamel blossoms. Th[...]

Graff MasterGraff Floral Tourbillon

Once again the master artisans at Graff Diamonds marry complex watchmaking with elaborate diamond setting and enamel work in this beautiful MasterGraff Floral Tourbillon. The 36mm 18K white gold watch features a dial adorned with enamel-painted flowers that rotate on themselves via a complex series of gears and wheels. The enamel process for the unique blooms is time consuming, and a sing[...]

Honorable Mention: H Moser Swiss Alp Watch on the Rocks

Independent brand H Moser & Cie offers a creative take on time with this exquisite watch. Naming it Swiss Alp Watch On The Rocks, the brand plays with the rugged terrain of the Alps, with diamonds as rocks, and interprets the stones in an ice-cube shape to reflect the winters in Switzerland. The dial of the cushion-cornered 18K white gold rectangular case is set with 232 baguette-cut [...]

Andersen Genève Split- Second Chronograph Worldtimer

Since 1979, Svend Andersen, master watchmaker, has been amassing a global following for his special timepieces. Collectors continually expect something new and unusual from him, and this year he doesn’t disappoint. He unveils a new milestone in luxury watchmaking: the first mechanical split-second chronograph worldtimer. It’s difficult to combine these complications, but Andersen ac[...]

Honorable Mention: Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance

A true technological innovation, Armin Strom’s Mirrored Force Resonance watch is a complex piece that, due to its patented movement, increases accuracy by 30 percent. Several years in the R&D stages, the patented Caliber ARF 15 offers a stabilized going rate that translates to better accuracy and conserves energy with its dual regulators. Resonance is achieved via two independent main[...]

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

This year Bulgari set a new world record in the watch industry by unveiling the world’s thinnest automatic watch: Octo Finissimo Automatic. The slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market to date has a thickness of just 5.15mm — the equivalent of 2-3 letter envelopes stacked. The in-house-made self-winding movement, Caliber BVL 138, measures 2.23mm in thickness, features a platin[...]

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Automatic

The alluring Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Automatic features offset hours and minutes, slanted seconds on a subdial at 6 o’clock along with day/night indicator. The time indications are read off of a transparent sapphire and offer multidimensions to the intriguing dial. What really sets the watch apart, though, is the fact that the EB02 boasts the world’s first dial-side diamond setting with no [...]

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

The House of Fabergé turns to master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor for assistance in building unique complications. They’ve stepped up their game with the Visionnaire Chronograph watch with a movement that is unusual in its chronograph counter display. They usually indicate elapsed time on a series of subdials, but the Visionnaire displays the chronograph totalizers vi[...]

Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

The Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente features a new complexity that is the first of its kind. Designed by Hermès with master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor, the L’Heure Impatiente (the Impatient Hour) allows the wearer to anticipate an upcoming event, meeting or moment via a whimsical countdown that heralds the moment’s arrival with a chiming sound. The system is easy to use,[...]

MB&F HM6 Alien Nation

One of the newest creations from MB&F — easily one of the most innovative brands on the market — is the Horological Machine No 6 (HM6) Alien Nation. The HM6 Alien Nation is a series of four unique watches that are space-inspired. Marking a world-first for aliens in a watch, each timepiece actually features six extra-terrestrials carved in 18K gold by artisan Olivier Kuhn. In addition [...]

Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No 36

Instead of the see-through approach that some brands use, Arnold & Son skeletonizes its movement and sets it atop the mainplate so that all is visible from the dial side. The A&S8600 hand-wound movement is made of nickel silver and steel with 18K rose gold-treated bridges and mainplate. Haute horlogerie finishings include sand-blasted bridges with chamfered and polished edges, 18K[...]

Corum Golden Bridge Round 43

Corum’s Golden Bridge is a legend in horology, and now the brand brings it full circle, creating new and unusual renditions. Featuring a linear baguette movement, CO 113 (the first and only in-line baguette movement on the market), the watch features a totally transparent sapphire crystal, caseback and case sides. It is enhanced with decorative architecture that recalls the Golden Gate Br[...]

De Grisogono Retro Tourbillon Skeleton

A stunning watch, the new Art Deco-inspired De Grisogono Retro Tourbillon Skeleton with sapphire caseback and crystal offers a panoramic view of the elaborate movement. With an unusual horizontal format, the hand-wound caliber DG31.88 showcases the open-worked barrel, the gear train and tourbillon. The parts appear to be suspended in air between the geometrically shaped bridges. Just 25 p[...]

Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity Skeleton

Crafted in black titanium, this Franck Muller Gravity watch offers cutting-edge technology. The highly visible movement features bridges with concave and convex shapes, offering an exclusive and trademarked design. The bridges and the pillars of a traditional tourbillon have been turned into an elliptical circle with a 21.2mm diameter, giving the timepiece a three-dimensional aspect. The [...]

Honorable Mention: HYT H4 Nero

Not your typical skeleton watch, HYT is no ordinary timepiece. HYT’s hydromechanical horologists deftly blend mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch, wherein liquid that runs through a capillary powered by bellows indicates the time. On the HYT H4 Nero, the hours are indicated via a traditional hand at 12 o’clock, but to read the minutes, one must push a button and watch the liquid (gre[...]

Manufacture Royale ADN

From independent watch brand Manufacture Royale, this ADN skeletonized watch features independent dual time zones with flying tourbillon escapement. The MR09 caliber has skeletonized circular bridges that connect two independent time zones, which can be set to the minute. The local time is displayed via a patented jump-aperture hour system and sweeping minute hand at 12 o’clock. The home [...]

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton

As a result of an exclusive partnership with Pirelli, Roger Dubuis unveils the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton, with a strap that features rubber inlays from certified Pirelli winning tires that competed in actual races. Crafted in black DLC titanium, this 45mm watch is intricately worked, with a skeletonized movement consisting of 167 individual components and a micro-rotor h[...]

Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC

Paying homage to its rich diving history, Blancpain unveils the 40mm stainless steel Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC. It is powered by the in-house automatic caliber 1151 with silicon balance spring. The watch is equipped with a unidirectional rotating sapphire bezel, and the black dial features a circular water-tightness indicator similar to the designs of the 1950s. If liquid were to [...]

Bremont AC35

Further developing its America’s Cup range of timepieces, this year Bremont unveiled the AC35 watch, in an extremely limited run of 35 pieces in 18K rose gold, to honor 2017’s 35th America’s Cup. The AC35 incorporates Bremont’s proprietary BWC/01 automatic movement with 50 hours of power reserve. Inspired by the J Class yachts of the 1930s, the watch features the brand’s Trip-Tick® [...]

Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial Master Chronometer

Crafted in proprietary 18K Sedna gold, the new Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial Master Chronometer watch features the brand’s distinctive alternating minute-track design on the dial, recalling the 1968 model that forever linked the brand to auto racing. The 44.25mm watch houses the caliber 9900/99001 movement with 60 hours of power reserve and co-axial chronograph chronometer with two register[...]

Panerai Luminor 1950 Submersible Bronzo

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Submersible Bronzo 47mm watch features a blue dial and bronze alloy case. Created in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, the dive watch houses the p.9010 automatic caliber with three days of power reserve. It has a titanium caseback and a unidirectional rotating bezel, whose graduated scale is used for calculating immersion time while diving. The bezel also feature[...]

Richard Mille RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon

Unveiled in May of this year, the new Richard Mille RM 27-03 Rafael Nadal Tourbillon timepiece continues the collaboration between brand and famed tennis player (and nine-time winner of the French Open). The new watch is inspired by the clay courts of Roland- Garros and is crafted of ultra high-tech Quartz TPT®, achieved by impregnating fine layers of silica just 45 microns thick with tin[...]

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

One of the world’s most iconic watches, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is known for its connection with the world of auto racing. This year, three new versions of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona were debuted in 18K yellow gold, white gold or proprietary Everose gold. This yellow gold version is fitted with the brand’s innovative Oysterflex bracelet in Elastomer, rei[...]

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Manufacture Regatta

Ulysse Nardin releases a groundbreaking regatta chronograph in support of Artemis Racing, with which the brand partnered for the America’s Cup races. The watch movement, Caliber UN-155, is equipped with a sweep countdown timer that can be set from one to 10 minutes for the critical moments before the race starts. However, as soon as the countdown is done, the 44mm watch automatically begi[...]

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter

Montblanc presents an innovative timepiece in a limited edition of 100 pieces. It can easily be converted from a wristwatch into a pocket watch or a dashboard clock. The manufacture caliber MB M16.29 with a monopusher chronograph was inspired by the Minerva caliber from the 1930s, and the chronograph’s 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock is vertically aligned with the small seconds subdial at[...]