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Top 50 Watches of 2018

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 2018.

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Top 50 Watches 2017

BOVET 1822 RÉCITAL 22 GRAND RÉCITAL

The third in an important trilogy of astronomical watches, the newest Bovet 1822 watch was several years in the making and holds an incredible five patents. The independent Swiss watch brand delivers a complete working tellurium orrery — a real-time mechanical rendition of the Earth, the moon and the sun. It also has a patented, raised double-sided tourbillon; hand-painted topographical [...]

OFFICINE PANERAI L’ASTRONOMO LUMINOR 1950 TOURBILLON MOON PHASES EQUATION OF TIME GMT

If you haven’t figured it out already, the name of Panerai’s first-ever moonphase watch says it all — except for the complexity of building it. The L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT watch will be built on a made-to-order basis, allowing its master watchmakers to personalize the geographic coordinates selected by the buyer. The watch pays homage to Galile[...]

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS LADY ARPELS PLANÉTARIUM

Extremely complicated watches designed expressly for women can be rare in the watch world, making the new Lady Arpels Planétarium even more spectacular. Inspired by the more complex Midnight Planétarium for men, these watches bring miniature mechanical planetariums to the wrist. The module for this automatic movement was the result of a collaboration with renowned master watchmaker Christ[...]

LOUIS VUITTON TAMBOUR MOON MYSTÉRIEUSE FLYING TOURBILLON

In Louis Vuitton’s latest high complication, a mysterious movement is arranged in a vertical line and features a one-minute flying tourbillon escapement. An intricate system of sapphire crystals in the manual-winding LV 110 movement enables the optical illusion, making it look like the movement floats in space with hands levitating above. The Monogram flower at 12 o’clock conceals a co-ax[...]

AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK RD#2

This year, Audemars Piguet once again went above and beyond and unveiled its second significant concept watch: the Royal Oak RD#2 perpetual calendar ultra-thin concept watch. Aptly named, the new self-winding caliber 5133 took five years to develop and combines two important complications. In addition to measuring just 2.89mm in thickness, the 256-part caliber boasts a perpetual calendar [...]

TAG HEUER CARRERA "TÊTE DE VIPÈRE" CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON CHRONOMETER

In celebration of 55 years of its famed Carrera watch, TAG Heuer unveils a limited-edition chronograph that combines the chronograph tracking function with the brand’s tourbillon escapement. Crafted in a midnight blue ceramic 45mm case with ceramic bezel, the new Carrera timepiece features a tachymeter scale for measuring speeds and a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. E[...]

GREUBEL FORSEY DIFFÉRENTIEL D’ÉGALITÉ

Following years of research and development, Greubel Forsey unveils its fifth Fundamental Invention: the Différentiel d’Égalité. The hand-wound watch features regulated driving force — steady distribution of power from the mainspring barrel — for enhanced precision throughout the 60 hours of power reserve. The spherical timepiece has an inclined fixed escapement (at a 30-degree angle) mad[...]

FP JOURNE CHRONOGRAPHE MONOPOUSSOIR RATTRAPANTE

For the 2017 Only Watch Charity Auction, FP Journe donated a monopusher split-seconds chronograph with a new movement and a blue dial, which sold for more than $1m. Per Only Watch’s requirements, the timepiece was one of a kind. However, it inspired Journe to create an all-new series, and this year, the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante debuts as part of the LineSport series. The 44mm[...]

FIONA KRÜGER CHAOS MECHANICAL ENTROPY

Fiona Krüger’s eponymous brand is known for incredible skull-shaped watches and colorful designs. Now, she unveils the oval-shaped Chaos collection and her own movement made by Agenhor. The first pieces are two dial-free skeletonized Entropy watches that embrace the notion that as time passes, a system will go from a state of order toward a state of disorder, or chaos. The watch combines[...]

A LANGE & SÖHNE TRIPLE SPLIT

Easily one of the most complex chronographs to date, the A Lange & Söhne Triple Split sets a new benchmark for chronographs; it is the world’s first triple-rattrapante chronograph capable of tracking comparative time measurements in multiple increments for up to 12 hours. The 567-part in-house movement, caliber L132.1, was several years in the making, and is the long-awaited sequel to[...]

PARMIGIANI FLEURIER KALPA CHRONOR

The Kalpa Chronor is part of a series of new Kalpa tonneau-shaped watches unveiled this year that recall the original 2001 creation, but with updated detailing and exclusive, shaped movements. The new movement of the Kalpa Chronor, the COSC-certified chronometer caliber PF365, took six years to create. Designed, developed and built entirely in house, the PF365 is the world’s first 18K gol[...]

BREITLING NAVITIMER 8 B01 CHRONOGRAPH 43

While some might have been worried about Breitling’s future — it has new ownership, management and designers — its new releases prove those worries to be unfounded. It is remaining true to its roots while making interesting moves forward. The new Navitimer 8 B01 Chronograph 43 is a prime example of creating something new from its archives. The “8” in the name refers to the Hui[...]

ARNOLD & SON GLOBETROTTER

A three-dimensional work of art, Globetrotter shows a second time zone via the world map in its center. While most world timers have the cities listed on a chapter ring, this timepiece expects the wearer to set the local time’s hour hand, then set the home time by finding the location on the map using the crown, then aligning it with the 24-hour sapphire ring. The intriguing piece uses th[...]

HERMÈS SLIM D’HERMÈS GMT

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Discreetly elegant, the new Slim d’Hermès GMT watch, with a slate gray dial and a smoked crystal, offers an interesting take on a GMT. Powered by the ultra-thin Manufacture Hermès H1950 movement topped with an ultra-thin GMT module made exclusively for Hermès by Agenhor, the 39.5mm case is crafted of palladium. In addition to 42 hours of power reserve, the watch indicates t[...]

GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL SENATOR COSMOPOLITE MINIMALIST WORLD TRAVELER

While this top-notch German watch brand has produced a world-time Cosmopolitan watch for several years, the all-new sequel is crafted in stainless steel with a more minimalist dial design. The 44mm watch displays home time in a subdial at 12 o’clock. This subdial is harmoniously balanced with a seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. At 8 o’clock, two display windows show the destination, or second[...]

FRANCK MULLER VANGUARD WORLD TIMER GMT

Instantly recognizable by its big, tonneau-shaped case — it measures 44mm wide by 53.7mm long — the Vanguard collection offers both form and function in a bold way. Its newest Vanguard World Timer GMT displays time in the 24 official time zones, along with a decorative relief-engraved world map on the dial. The raised sapphire crystal is hand polished, and the case is two-tone with brushe[...]

ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL GMTMASTER II

Rolex delighted its fans with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II, which indicates time in two zones. The 40mm watch carries the COSC certification and, after casing, the entire watch is further tested to receive the Rolex Superlative Chronometer certification. Offering the date in addition to hours, minutes and seconds, the GMT-Master II features a rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel [...]

GIRARD-PERREGAUX MINUTE REPEATER TRI-AXIAL TOURBILLON

Girard-Perregaux has pushed the limits of complications almost since its inception in 1791. Now, the brand artfully combines the tri-axial tourbillon with a minute repeater in a bold rendition that is at once contemporary and classic. Crafted in titanium to produce the strongest, most intense chiming sound possible, it is powered by an exceptional mechanical manual-wind caliber, GP09560-0[...]

JAQUET DROZ TROPICAL BIRD REPEATER

Part of its exceptional Automata collection, the Tropical Bird Repeater is the newest rendition in Jaquet Droz’s now-famed bird repeater series. This mesmerizing timepiece, a series of just eight unique pieces, features a hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother-of-pearl dial and subdial. The watch celebrates nature and the automaton, which is activated by the minute repeater and shows[...]

H MOSER & CIE SWISS ALP MINUTE REPEATER TOURBILLON

Individually built upon order, the newest Swiss Alp Minute Repeater Tourbillon showcases the independent Swiss watch brand’s technical and aesthetic prowess; H Moser & Cie is particularly known for its breathtaking dials. This model is crafted in 18K white gold and features an intriguing laser-machined dial. Its differently shaded blue mosaic motif recalls the brand’s beloved “f[...]

OMEGA SEAMASTER DIVER 300M TITANIUM TANTALUM LIMITED EDITION

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the legendary Omega Seamaster Diver 300M watch. To celebrate, Omega unveiled the new 42mm Seamaster Diver 300M Titanium Tantalum Limited Edition. Attesting to its durability and reliability, the watch houses the brand’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8806, which is officially certified by METAS (The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology). It has[...]

ROGER DUBUIS EXCALIBUR AVENTADOR S

Focusing on its recently established relationship with Lamborghini, Roger Dubuis released the Excalibur Aventador S. Codeveloped by Roger Dubuis’s designers and Lamborghini’s engineers, this exceptional timepiece is no ordinary auto-inspired watch. It has five high-performance features, each of which is patented. Most notably, its anti-gravity RD103SQ movement references the V10 or V12 en[...]

ULYSSE NARDIN DIVER DEEP DIVE

The new Diver Deep Dive from Ulysse Nardin focuses on function and technical advancement. It’s water resistant to an incredible 1,000 meters — nearly three times the depths a highly trained technical diver can reach. The manufacture-made caliber, UN-320, has a patented silicium escapewheel and lever system, and a silicium balance wheel. The titanium watch has a removable crown guard at 2 [...]

MONTBLANC 1858 POCKET WATCH LE100

Inspired by military watches and today’s active hikers, climbers and mountaineers, Montblanc focused on functional watches for outdoor use. The new 1858 Pocket Watch, created in a limited edition of just 100 pieces, is the standout player. This exceptional watch houses the Montblanc M16.24 mechanical manual-wind movement influenced by a key Minerva caliber built in 1929. The 60mm watch is[...]

PATEK PHILIPPE REF 5531R

Housing a patented chiming movement first unveiled last year in a USA-exclusive watch, the new Patek Philippe Ref 5531R is both a minute repeater and a world-time watch. The timepiece deftly combines art, technology and function in a masterful manner. The brand’s 462-part caliber R 27 HU is an ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement featuring a minute repeater with local-time strike a[...]

ZENITH DEFY ZERO G

The ultra-modern Zenith Defy Zero G (G for gravity) has a new skeletonized high-frequency movement coupled with the brand’s patented gyroscopic Gravity Control module. The 44mm 18K rose gold watch houses a manual-winding 324-part movement, the El Primero 8812S caliber, which measures tenths of a second, beats at the high rate of 5Hz and offers 50 hours of power reserve. The newly reconfig[...]

JACOB & CO BRILLIANT FLYING TOURBILLON

A dance of bold color and mesmerizing flash offset by a technical feat at 6 o’clock, this watch houses a manually wound caliber JCBM01 and a one-minute flying tourbillon. Consisting of 206 components, including bridges set with 1.50 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds, the caliber offers 100 hours of power reserve. The dial is invisibly set with 146 multicolored baguette-cut sapphires in a c[...]

CORUM ROMVLVS 44 BILLIONAIRE

Known for unusual timepieces, from movement to finish, Corum’s decadent and intriguing Romvlvs Billionaire 44 is a bold statement showcasing the brand’s signature vertical movement. The large 44mm 18K 5N rose gold case houses the CO 374 hand-wound movement, consisting of 196 hand-finished skeletonized components, including sapphire bridges, plates and barrels. It has an incredible 90 hour[...]

JAEGER-LECOULTRE RENDEZ-VOUS TOURBILLON

Although relatively new, considering its famed Reverso dates to 1931, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s dedicated women’s collection, Rendez-Vous, has become one of the brand’s most beloved. Its latest Rendez-Vous Tourbillon is crafted in 18K white gold with an enchanting blue dial encircled with diamonds. There are also diamonds set around the tourbillon escapement and on the case, lugs and crown, furt[...]

IWC PORTUGIESER CONSTANT-FORCE TOURBILLON EDITION 150 YEARS

From its Jubilee anniversary collection, this sophisticated watch with a solid-gold blue/gray dial marks the firsttime that IWC has combined a constant-force tourbillon with a moonphase display. In fact, it has integrated a constant-force mechanism into the tourbillon escapement to ensure the delivery of power is consistent, whether the movement is fully wound or as the power reserve depl[...]

CHOPARD L.U.C ALL-IN-ONE

With 14 patents pending and 14 indications on the watch, Chopard’s new L.U.C certainly lives up to its name, the All-in-One. On the blue/gray solid-gold dial, in addition to the hours and minutes, the watch has a tourbillon escapement with small seconds at 6 o’clock; perpetual calendar with the day, date, month and leap year displayed around the dial; and double-window big-date display at[...]

CARTIER ROTONDE DE CARTIER 93 SKELETON MYSTERIOUS DOUBLE TOURBILLON

Since unveiling its now-iconic mystery clock more than a century ago, Cartier has continually innovated and miniaturized the captivating movement. About five years ago, Cartier revealed its first in-house mysterious double tourbillon movement, where the tourbillon escapement is the mystery component, seemingly suspended in midair. Now, it unveils the next stage in its evolution. Powered b[...]

BLANCPAIN VILLERET TOURBILLON VOLANT HEURE SAUTANTE MINUTE RÉTROGRADE

Since 1989, Blancpain has equipped many of its prestigious Villeret watches with a flying tourbillon. This year, it adds jumping hours and retrograde minute functions to the already complicated piece. Created in a 42mm 18K rose gold case, it houses an all-new, hand-decorated movement produced in the brand’s high-watchmaking department. While a flying tourbillon is devoid of an upper bridg[...]

FERDINAND BERTHOUD CHRONOMÈTRE FB 1R5 EDITION 1785

This five-piece limited series honors Ferdinand Berthoud, one of the forefathers of the marine chronometer. Named for two French ships with Berthoud’s masterpieces aboard that vanished in 1785 during an ill-fated expedition to circumnavigate the globe, this bronze watch pays tribute to the lost pieces. The octagon-shaped cases have an aged patina, each representing a different stage of ox[...]

CARL F BUCHERER MANERO TOURBILLON DOUBLE PERIPHERAL

With two patents filed (one pending), this timepiece demonstrates the brand’s watchmaking expertise. Powered by the CFB T3000 movement, developed and designed in-house by the manufacture, it is the world’s first to combine a peripheral automatic-winding system and a peripherally mounted tourbillon. The caliber is the evolution of the brand’s earlier Manero Peripheral watch, which was equi[...]

BREGUET CLASSIQUE TOURBILLON EXTRA-PLAT AUTOMATIQUE 5367

This new addition to the much-coveted Breguet Classique Grande Complications collection houses the extra-thin self-winding caliber 581, which measures 3mm in thickness. The complex movement features a one-minute tourbillon, whose bar is hand-beveled for added allure, and a silicon balance spring. Thanks to a high-energy barrel with patented construction, the watch is endowed with 80 hours[...]

HARRY WINSTON PREMIER WINSTON CANDY

This dazzling, candy-colored high-jewelry watch celebrates snow setting, where different-sized gemstones are set side by side, creating the illusion of falling snow. The entire case and dial are meticulously hand-prepared and set with 244 diamonds and gemstones. Eight colored gems in three sizes are used for this mouth-watering watch: 25 neon-blue Paraíba tourmalines, 24 intense-green tsa[...]

BELL & ROSS BR-X1 TOURBILLON RS18

Celebrating its third year as a key partner of the Renault Sport Formula One Team, Bell & Ross introduced a BR-X1 Tourbillon RS18, inspired by the new Renault single-seat race car. A skillful blend of technology and engineering, the 45mm tourbillon chronograph features a case made of perforated titanium, making it extremely lightweight and strong. Powered by the hand-wound 282-part BR[...]

DIOR GRAND BAL MISS DIOR BLUE

Much like the flower-inspired couture designs of Christian Dior, the Grand Bal collection artistically and technically recalls the beauty of nature. The Grand Bal Miss Dior Blue features the Dior Inversé 11 ½ caliber. By placing the oscillating weight on the front of the dial, Dior can lavishly embellish it, making it a key design element rather than a practical component. Here, it takes [...]

DE GRISOGONO ALLEGRA 25

Obsessed with creating the most showstopping jewelry and watches, designer Fawaz Gruosi loves to make time come alive. With the newest Allegra 25 high-jewelry watches unveiled this year, de Grisogono places shimmering diamonds front and center. The 18K white gold case’s design features ribbon-like curls of dedicatedly interlaced woven gold that are bedecked in diamonds. Thanks to the thre[...]

GRAFF HIGH-JEWELRY SECRET WATCH

Amazing diamonds, technical mastery and pure artistry come together in this Graff haute joaillerie secret watch. Graff, purveyors of the finest stones in the world and masters of high watchmaking, brings its expertise to this beautiful floral arrangement of nearly 36 carats of perfectly matched colorless diamonds. The square case is outlined with a bezel of diamonds, and the dial is set w[...]

CHANEL CODE COCO

A true visionary in the haute couture world, Coco Chanel changed the way women dressed and accessorized forever. Now, Chanel unveils a new timepiece collection in tribute to her enduring legacy: Code Coco. This stunning 18K white gold high-jewelry bangle watch is covered in nearly 55 carats of diamonds, mixing baguette-, brilliant- and princess-cut diamonds. While many high-jewelry watche[...]

HUBLOT BIG BANG UNICO RED MAGIC

With a tagline that reads, “The Art of Fusion,” Hublot is constantly uniting ideas, materials and designs to create something original. This year, the brand unveils an all-new material, a bright red ceramic that took four years to develop. It is an evolution from its scratch-resistant 18K gold, which was an alloy of boron carbide (ceramic) and 24K gold. This combination inspir[...]

RICHARD MILLE RM 53-01 TOURBILLON PABLO MAC DONOUGH

As he requires his ambassadors to wear their watches while playing, no matter the sport, Richard Mille has to create some of the world’s toughest watches. For polo player Pablo Mac Donough, that necessitated the development of a unique caliber, the all-new RM 53-01, which has both a suspended tourbillon and an unusual cable-suspension mechanism. The movement rests on two braided-steel cab[...]

MB&F MOONMACHINE 2

For the MoonMachine 2, MB&F teamed with watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva to create the world’s first projected moonphase display watch. The second collaboration between the pair is a culmination of both MB&F’s concept of projection and Sarpaneva’s mastery of the art of the moonphase. The projection system was first used in its Horological Machine No 8 to project hours and minutes via a[...]

PIAGET ALTIPLANO ULTIMATE AUTOMATIC 910P

For more than half a century, Piaget has been a leader in ultra-thin movements. This year is no exception, as it demonstrates its mastery with the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P watch; measuring just 4.30mm thick when cased, it is one of the thinnest mechanical automatic watches in the world. Taking its design cue from caliber 900P (unveiled in 2014) that used a revolutionary new const[...]

BULGARI OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON AUTOMATIC

Once again, Bulgari set a world record, this time with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic. Measuring an incredible 3.95mm in thickness, it is the thinnest automatic tourbillon wristwatch in production. Built entirely in-house at Bulgari’s manufacture, it is Bulgari’s fourth world-record-setting watch for thinness. Powered by the new caliber BVL 288 with automatic winding, it has a go[...]

VACHERON CONSTANTIN OVERSEAS ULTRA-THIN PERPETUAL CALENDAR

Carrying the Hallmark of Geneva certification, the 18K rose gold Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar measures 8.1mm in thickness. This is a watchmaking feat, given that the complicated 276-part movement has hours, minutes, moonphase, date, day of the week, month and leap year indications, without needing a correction until the year 2100. One of the slimmest perpetual calendar watches o[...]

LAURENT FERRIER GALET MINUTE REPEATER SCHOOL PIECE

Reference LCF.030, the newest School Piece from Laurent Ferrier, is sublimely simple and elegant in its appearance, which belies its incredibly complicated movement. The watch houses the new manual-winding caliber LF707.01, based on a movement by La Fabrique du Temps, that has a balance screw and Swiss-lever escapement. In addition to hours and minutes, the watch features a small seconds [...]

LOUIS MOINET SPACEWALKER

Inspired by the adventurous early era of space exploration, Louis Moinet’s SpaceWalker watch is dedicated to the now 84-year-old Alexey Leonov, a pioneering cosmonaut who in 1965 became the first man to spacewalk. He also initiated one of the most important gestures of the era: an outer-space handshake with NASA astronauts in 1975 during the Apollo-Soyuz mission, the first joint space mis[...]