Top 50 Watches 2019

This year's Top 50 Watches showcase watchmaking at its finest. These timepieces include supreme examples of all areas of horology, from technical advancements in movements and chronometry, to artistic engraving, complex gem setting, astonishing designs, as well as superb sports and classic watches. The finest watch brands regularly push the envelope in creativity, and challenge themselves and their peers to continually attain even higher levels of precision and beauty.

Watches A-Z

A Lange & Söhne - Lange 1 Tourbillon 25th Anniversary

Earlier this year, A Lange & Söhne introduced the first watch in the brand’s 25th Anniversary collection. The series honors the late Walter Lange, whose perseverance and passion enabled h[...]

Armin Strom - Dual Time Resonance Sapphire

Breathtaking from every angle, the Armin Strom Dual Time Resonance Sapphire watch is an architectural and technical beauty. The horizontal, oval-shaped sapphire case is futuristic looking, an[...]

Arnold & Son - Time Pyramid Tourbillon

The Time Pyramid has been a sought-after watch in the Arnold & Son lineup for years. Now, the skeletonized watch is joined by an important horological feat: the tourbillon. The all-new, h[...]

Audemars Piguet - Haute Joaillerie Sapphire Orbe

Few brands can surpass Audemars Piguet’s over-the-top, high-jewelry masterpieces. This year’s Haute Joaillerie Sapphire Orbe once again surprises and delights with its incredible shape and ex[...]

Blancpain - Air Command

Blancpain looked to the original scales and functions used in 1950s military aviation and brought them into the modern era in its Air Command watch. It is a re-issue of a chronograph it devel[...]

Bovet 1822 - Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One

An all-new case shape for Bovet 1822 — with the slope of an old-fashioned writing desk — is one of the architectural highlights of the new Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One watch. Fashioned f[...]

Breguet - Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395

Underscoring its high-horology expertise in ultra-thin movements, Breguet’s newest Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395 is fitted with a 3mm thick skeletonized tourbillon movement w[...]

Bulgari - Gérald Genta 50th Anniversary Arena Bi-Retro

While Bulgari continues to set world records for ultra-thin watches, it also takes a new direction honoring Gérald Genta, one of the greatest watch designers of the 20th century. This watch r[...]

Carl F. Bucherer - Heritage Bicompax Annual

The vintage-inspired Heritage Bicompax Annual watch houses an exceptional new movement: the self-winding CFB 1972 caliber. While its dial design is complex, it is nevertheless incredibly easy[...]

Cartier - Privé Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time

Known for its high complications, Cartier skillfully blends the art of skeletonization and specialty shapes (something else it has long mastered) in this new watch. The elegant timepiece was [...]

Chanel - Sautoir Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel

For its Mademoiselle Privé collection, Chanel looks to the private world and passions of its founder, Gabrielle Chanel. The new Sautoir Coromandel, a one-of-akind timepiece, recalls the objec[...]

Chopard - L.U.C Flying T Twin

It may seem difficult to believe, given Chopard’s vast experience in high horology, but the newest L.U.C Flying T Twin represents the brand’s first-ever flying tourbillon (a tourbillon escape[...]

Corum - Golden Bridge Dragon

In a highly detailed work of wearable art, Corum places a superb miniature 18K gold sculpture within a watch. While the brand has occasionally created dragons inside its square Golden Bridge [...]

Cyrus - Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon

Young independent Swiss watch brand Cyrus brings together the beauty of a vertically positioned tourbillon with a fully skeletonized movement in a caliber designed by its technical director a[...]

De Bethune - DB28GS Grand Bleu

This watch from independent brand De Bethune represents a host of firsts. It houses an all-new caliber, is the brand’s first dive/water watch, is equipped with exclusively developed lighting [...]

Dior - Grand Soir Reine des Abeilles

Turning to Christian Dior’s beautiful gardens that brought him so much inspiration, the House of Dior creates an exceptional new series of one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the bumblebee. Each[...]

Ferdinand Berthoud - FB1L Far Side of the Moon

Ferdinand Berthoud FB1L Far Side of the Moon An intriguing blend of astronomy and chronometry, Ferdinand Berthoud’s FB1L Far Side of the Moon offers an innovative and unique display of both t[...]

FP Journe - Tourbillon Souverain Vertical

In honor of the 20th anniversary of FP Journe’s first Tourbillon Souverain, the independent Swiss watchmaker unveils a new twist on the collection: The tourbillon cage is vertical rather than[...]

Franck Muller - Vanguard Yachting Anchor Skeleton

Franck Muller’s oversized tonneau-shaped collection is beloved by collectors and appears in countless iterations, including camouflage, skeletonized movements, flying tourbillons and world ti[...]

Girard-Perregaux - Quasar

Girard-Perregaux is no newcomer to high complications; in 1884, it patented and debuted its famed Three Bridges Tourbillon. However, the newest Quasar watch is a deft blend of high-complicati[...]

Glashütte - Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon

A world first for German brand Glashütte Original, the new Senator Chronometer Tourbillon joins a one-minute flying tourbillon with a stop-second mechanism, zero reset and minute detent (the[...]

Graff - Inspired by Twombly Watch

Two years ago, Graff unveiled a high-jewelry collection named Twombly, which was inspired by the late American artist, Cy Twombly. It features loops and swirls in scintillating diamonds, and [...]

Greubel Forsey - GMT Quadruple Tourbillon

In its newest high-complication timepiece, Greubel Forsey combines its coveted Quadruple Tourbillon with the round globe GMT mechanism via an all-new, handwound caliber consisting of an incre[...]

H. Moser & Cie - Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater

An absolutely beautiful watch, the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater is also a grand example of H Moser & Cie’s high-horology prowess. Created in a limited edition of just 10 pieces, this[...]

Harry Winston - Histoire de Tourbillon 10

To celebrate both the 10th anniversary and the final timepiece of the much-coveted Histoires series, which was dedicated to creating tourbillon watches with unusual high complications, Harry [...]

Hautlence - HL Sphere

Since its founding 15 years ago, Hautlence has become revered for its three-dimensional, avant-garde creations powered by top-quality, in-house movements. This year, the brand’s newest calibe[...]

Hermès - Arceau L’Heure de la Lune

A technical and aesthetic work of art, Arceau L’Heure de la Lune depicts the moonphases in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres at the same time. While most moonphase discs rotate, thes[...]

Hublot - Classic Fusion Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Orlinski

In a rare collaboration, Hublot and artist Richard Orlinski partnered to create a watch collection designed by Orlinski. He’s known for his Wild Kong gorilla and crocodile sculptures, crafted[...]

HYT - H0 Diamond Red

For the first time ever, HYT, the brand that uses liquid to indicate time, unveils a fully diamond-adorned version of its H0 watch. The H0 Diamond Red boasts a stunning snow setting that is d[...]

IWC Schaffhausen - Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire

For the first time in IWC Schaffhausen’s history, the brand has equipped a Spitfire watch with a perpetual calendar. A deft blend of sporty looks and elegance, the watch houses the manufactur[...]

Jacob & Co - Mystery Twin Central Tourbillons

In typical Jacob & Co style, the brand masterfully brings together haute joaillerie with haute horlogerie in a mystery watch that shimmers from every angle. The new 50mm Mystery Twin Cent[...]

Jaeger-LeCoultre - Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel

Thanks to six years of research and development, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel watch is one of the most complicated pieces ever produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre[...]

Jaquet Droz - Magic Lotus Automaton

In the 18th century, Pierre Jaquet-Droz established himself as a master at creating life-size automatons. Today, the brand continues his tradition, but in miniature, regularly releasing autom[...]

Karsten Fräßdorf - Spirograph Sport

It was just three years ago that master watchmaker Karsten Fräßdorf created his own brand in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Now, he reinterprets his first timepiece and brings revolutionary [...]

Louis Moinet - Ultravox

Ultravox represents the independent Swiss brand’s first hour-strike timepiece, a rare complication in watchmaking. Unlike a minute repeater that strikes the hours, quarter-hours and minutes p[...]

Louis Vuitton - Voyager Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

Not surprisingly, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton produces highly colorful, fashionable, eye-catching watches; it’s also at the forefront of high horology and complicated timepieces.[...]

MB&F - Legacy Machine FlyingT

For the first time since MB&F’s founding in 2005, the independent Swiss brand has created a women’s watch. In true MB&F style, the Legacy Machine FlyingT is a three-dimensional work o[...]

Montblanc - Heritage Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition

The newest Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition watch houses an all-new movement that spent three years in the development stages. The perpetual calendar portion of the self-[...]

Omega - Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and man’s first steps on the moon, Omega has created a truly special limited-edition watch. Omega’s Speedmaster played an inst[...]

Panerai - Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon (Pam600)

Panerai packs a host of high complications into the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon, which chimes the time, and offers a GMT function and a patented tourbillon escapement. The hand-wou[...]

Parmigiani Fleurier - Toric Capitole Blue

The Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Capitole Blue is a unique piece. It not only looks fantastic but is also music to the ears. Inspired by a 19th-century pocket watch created by Perrin Frères (whi[...]

Patek Philippe - Alarm Travel Time Ref 5520P

Patek Philippe wowed its collectors with the release of its in-house Caliber AL 30-660 SC FUS, which has four patents in the entirely new 574-component, self-winding movement. Globetrotters w[...]

Piaget - Extremely Lady

For nearly 150 years, Piaget has earned its reputation as an outstanding watchmaker that is extremely skilled in ultra-thin movements as well as master goldsmiths and gem setters. The new Pia[...]

Richard Mille - Gemset Sapphire RM 07-02

Richard Mille is always a leader in the industry when it comes to new technology and materials. This year, it wows us with its first-ever, gem-set sapphire watch. The brand has used sapphire [...]

Roger Dubuis - Excalibur One-Off

A unique watch, the Excalibur One-Off houses the third caliber made specifically for Roger Dubuis’ racing involvement with Lamborghini. The complicated RD106SQ skeletonized movement is built [...]

Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

Reinforcing its commitment to creative dial designs, Rolex places its excellence in métiers d’arts at the forefront of this sensational 40mm Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. The stunning [...]

Ulysse Nardin - Marine Mega Yacht

Inspired by its marine heritage and the most beautiful contemporary yachts, Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Mega Yacht watch with a rich blue, grand-feu enamel dial is both visually arresting and high[...]

Vacheron Constantin - Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

Only a brand as prestigious as Vacheron Constantin could create a watch as complicated and as revolutionary as its newest masterpiece, the Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar. This wa[...]

Van Cleef & Arpels - Lady Arpels Zodiac Lumineux Pisces

Van Cleef & Arpels is a master at the creation of artistic timepieces, especially those inspired by zodiac signs and astronomy. The newest collection of Lady Arpels Zodiac Lumineux watche[...]

Zenith - Defy Inventor

The new Defy Inventor lives up to its bold name with an unusual movement and case material: It’s the first time the patented Zenith Oscillator appears in a production watch. The Oscilla[...]

Top 50 Watches 2018