I've just come back from a week in the Cayman Islands (and before that there was a week of finals), so I'll start posting more regularly again. The Wall Street Journal recently released an article titled "The Best Watches of 2016". While I can appreciate some of their choices, such as the updated Rolex Air-King, some other choices leave a little to be desired. They are all nice watches, but some honorable mentions, such as the Breguet, are nothing special. There are no major design changes. I'd like to add my own "best" watches of 2016, while also including the biggest events of 2016. In no particular order:
Chopard L.U.C Full Strike. I wrote an extremely long post on this watch, which you can find here. There are so many special things about this watch I can't even start here. With this in mind it's hard to compare a simple GMT watch to something so complicated.
Oris' first bronze watch release, so I had to include it here. Bronze watches seem to be falling out of favor at this point, but this is still a beautiful watch.
Possibly Omega's most popular (or close to the most popular) model in their current lineup, the Planet Ocean is a gorgeous synergy of ruggedness and stylishness. The new model has taken a turn away from style and focuses more on the diving side. They increased and decreased the size slightly and gave the watch an appearance more like a typical dive watch, while at the same time doing away with the neutral black/gray/steel look I enjoyed so much. You want a plain watch you can wear with with a suit and t-shirt? You get a leather strap. Shame.
Carl F. Bucherer is a brand I was introduced to through their diving watch released a number of years ago. Actually I take that back, I'm confusing CFB with Cartier. I've actually only written about CFB once on this blog, it just happens that I wrote about them back during Pre-Basel 2014 (same year watches such as the Omega 300 Remastered and Rolex Cellini were introduced). Anyway, CFB's new Manero Tourbillon is a LE of 188 pieces (the company was founded in 1888, which is where I assume they got this number). It features the CFB T1001 movement and a sharp-looking sunray dial paired with gold hands. I personally think the contrast between the white gold case and gold hands looks fantastic. The watch also features a power reserve and 24-hour display, which I assume can be used as a GMT. The date display is around the outer rim of the dial. The case is 41.8mm in diameter and and is tastefully styled. I've always been a fan of this style of watch and, in my opinion, CFB executed the design beautifully.
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