Rolex is not a brand known for producing a lot of models and changing them often. Like Apple, Rolex strategically offers a narrow, premium product line. Suitable for most any man (and many women) regardless of look, style, or age. It goes without saying that the perennially good design of the Rolex Submariner is alive and well today in its newest renditions featuring 40mm wide cases available in steel, two-tone, or 18k white or yellow gold. Pricey with an average price of about $8,500, but sure to be timeless and retain value. rolex.com
Rolex Submariner watch uses a better grade of still to the usual 316L steel (which most watches use), call the 904L steel. This steel is said to be more corrosion resistance and it makes more sense if you use the Rolex Submariner a lot in the salty seawater
An introduction to the Omega Speedmaster isn’t necessary we think. We all know about this iconic timepiece.
Priced anywhere from $2400 to $1800, the Speedmaster Reduced Automatic is not just an also-ran to its bigger brother. It is actually a completely separate and exciting watch, full of history, aesthetics, and tradition.
With its steel case, octagonal bezel, “tapisserie” dial and integrated bracelet, the Royal Oak overturned the prevailing codes in 1972 and took its rightful place as a true modern icon. What makes this watch so special and who should wear it? Anyone who can appreciate the fact that an actual machine made of sweat and steel powers the piece. And anyone who can drop $21,000 on a sports watch. Black with exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif, white mother-of-pearl counters, eight diamond hour-markers and white square hour-markers with a luminescent coating. White gold hour- and minute hands with a luminescent coating. Water-resistant to 20 metres. All parts meticulously decorated; mainplate circular-grained and sandblasted; counterpierced holes; bridges circular-grained and adorned with Côtes de Genève motif. Simply splendid!
There is almost nothing new about the latest Reverso, save its combination of pink gold case and chocolate dial. With hindsight, it seems bizarre that it was not until the 1980s that Jaeger-LeCoultre restarted production, but 80 years on there’s little doubt that the Reverso is one of the few watches that deserve the term icon. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s continuation of their Reverso line continues to impress me, and acts as an exception to my general disdain for “special edition” timepieces, which are often just a regurgitation of the same old stuff over and over again. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948 is available as a Boutique Edition only, and is priced at $9,450.
As we have it configured here, the Datejust 36mm is priced at $7,850, meaning that while it’s not exactly a budget buy, it still comes in significantly under the all-important $10,000 mark. With a polished steel bezel instead of the fluted white gold bezel, the 36mm Datejust starts at $6,600. Two-tone versions start just over the $6,00 mark while solid gold versions can exceed $30,000. There are definitely reliable time and date watches out there for less, but you are still getting a lot for your money here. But, as always, if you think this watch is for you, there are still some other options to consider, so let’s take a look at what else might fit the bill.
The Monaco is one of TAG Heuer’s most famous watch families, sporting a cushion/square case which was originally debuted in 1969 – an important year for watch making, and an important year for Heuer. The hands are perhaps the only nod to the past, with the hour, minute and sub-dial hands each inspired by the design of the Monaco 1133B worn by Steve McQueen. Overall it’s a design that I liked the more that I wore the watch. I’ve always loved the Monaco 24/ LS case and this is probably the most “traditional” dial that we’ve seen used in this case design, and one that looks great with just a few red markers to set off the otherwise monochrome dial.
It’s a familiar type of watch. Black dial, white numbers, large size, lots of SuperLuminova, Pilot’s watches were originally designed to be easily legible in an aircraft cockpit, and so simplicity was essential. This makes for a really nice looking sport watch that still has a conservative twist to it – which at the end of the day, is really what Glashütte Original is all about. Price is US$11,800 on the strap and US$13,300 on the steel bracelet. The technical features of pilot’s watches are generally anti-magnetic qualities, good shock protection, and sometimes hacking seconds for synchronization.
The Navitimer was originally designed for pilots and still holds all of the additional features the were seen on the original, such as a thermometer conversion scale on the case back. As usual, Breitling will limit the Panamerican’s production to just 1000 pieces that will most likely retail at some $5000 or close to that. If you are looking for a “true” limited edition watch (and I am talking about a timepiece which is limited to no more than a couple of dozens of pieces, maybe even less), you should probably look somewhere else.
The Cartier was introduced in 1979. It is a modernized version of the watch Louis Cartier made for his Brazilian aviator friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. He complained that it was very difficult to get his watch from the pocket of his leather jacket with gloves and all and the watch Cartier gave him was one that could be strapped around the wrist. Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont was one of the most famous men in the world at the turn of the century, thanks to his pioneering work with airships and controlled flight. The sporty and elegant feel of the original is encapsulated in the Santos de Cartier Galbée, which artfully combines gold and steel cases with silver dials and Cartier’s trademark sword-shaped blued-steel hands. Quartz and automatic movements are available, with size options to suit both genders.
WatchAffairs.com favourite watch of all time. This year, IWC Schaffhausen celebrates the 75th year of the Portugieser (Portuguese) watch family. Its colourful history reflects the development of the Schaffhausen-based watchmaking company into an internationally renowned luxury haute horlogerie brand. Additionally, for under $13,000, buyers can get into manufacture movement chronographs like the new Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887, or the Zenith El Primero. While IWC’s new Portuguese Chronograph Classic is undoubtedly an impressive watch, is it up to the task of going toe to toe with these heavyweights? Definitely yes.