There was no way for the best watch fair in the world to leave us disappointed. While it wasn’t the most productive year for technical innovations, the multitude of brands present did offer a wide range of products. Some revived old models, some extended their lines and some presented tempting new creations.
When you say luxury there are certain names that come to mind, like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin or Piaget – brands that couldn’t possibly make a bad watch, not even average, but from the sea of new calibers and beautiful dials there are a few that captured our imagination and almost our credit cards. They might not be the biggest names in the industry but we know they would look good on the wrist of any modern man. From sports watches to dress watches, you can probably own one of these special watches after a little monetary restraint.
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary
Starting with a classic but maybe the best of them; Omega commemorates the Apollo 11 mission with a special edition of the Speedmaster timepiece every five years and this year it really went beyond engraving a NASA logo. This 45th Anniversary piece is one for the collectors, but you can appreciate it as it is for its spectacular looks.
A case made of lightweight brushed titanium with twisted lugs, black PVD dial with the Omega logo embossed by laser, just like most of the indicators and chronograph counters. Whatever is not engraved is finished in rose gold, resulting in an intriguing watch sold in 1969 pieces. We wish you luck trying to get your hands on one!
Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition
Just like the name suggests, this is a watch dedicated to pilots. Beyond basic time and date functions, the timepiece can compute crosswind values using a drift-angle calculator that is integrated into the dial. The 60-hour reserve of the automatic Hamilton H21 movement will come in handy for extended trips while the anti-reflective surface of the sapphire is very practical when flying in sunny conditions.
The inspiration from the world of aviation is obvious when looking at the chronograph counters and the general design of the watch that resembles the instruments on the board of an aircraft. This limited edition watch comes in two dial versions, with black or silver-toned with sunburst effect and dark grey accents, and also two strap versions: in stainless steel or black rubber strap.
Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve
One for the classic man who prefers a simple understated design without all the trinkets of modern technology. This Nomos Metro showcases the brand’s new in-house swing system escapement and we have to say we still love the Bauhaus style of the dial. The simple aesthetics set the watch apart and the subtle colour accents give it a modern look. Turn this thin city watch around and you’ll notice the case back offers a glance at the new movement with 23 jewels as stylish yet subtle detail.
Casio Edifice EQB-500 Bluetooth 4.0 watch
Based strictly on looks, the new Casio Edifice has the styling of a traditional analogue watch with a few lively green details on the hands and dials. But from a technical point of view, it’s more related to the smartwatches we’re growing accustomed to for the past few years. The Bluetooth mention gives a hint of its capabilities but it’s not just another watch that alerts you on new activity on your phone. No, there are no alerts for incoming mail and messages. Casio uses a Bluetooth connection to keep the watch synchronized to your needs – checking the official hour, updating local time if you’re traveling and you can adjust the alarm functions from your phone.
So the connectivity option gives you an easier way to control and make the most of your watch. Speaking of which, being an official F1 partner, Casio added a handy feature for any racing enthusiast. The watch has racing tracks programmed in so you can record timed laps and it even shows your average speed on the dial. You shouldn’t probably look at your watch while on track but after the deed is done you can give it a quick glance and monitor your progress.
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono
Another tribute timepiece, this time to the Historic Grand Prix in the principality of Monaco. This bold watch is the most recent addition to the Monaco Historique collection and the first feature you notice is the black and yellow design. Going beyond that, the timepiece has the usual chronograph counter, a power reserve indicator and a new titanium case. It’s quite similar in functions to the Omega presented at the beginning but it has wonderful racing-inspired details that will delight any racing enthusiast.
Unlike many tribute watches, this Chopard timepiece is not a limited edition and its practicality allows you to wear it on a daily basis if you’re comfortable with showcasing almost 8.000 dollars on your wrist. This watch will draw attention and make any motorsport follower jealous.