No new watches that I was terribly interested in writing about, so I decided to throw this together. These aren't in any particular order, but these are a few of my favorites of the watches currently available. There are so many more micro brands that I could mention, but I just need to stop talking and get on with the list.
TL;DR: Yes the list is short. No this list is not complete because I don't want to write about 500 watches.
Omega Planet Ocean and Aqua Terra
I'll put both of these in the same section since they're from the same company
Omega released a number of new Aqua Terras at Baselworld 2017 with a number of large changes. Revamped with a focus on clean aesthetics, the new teak dials (inspired by the decks of ships) now have horizontal lines and the date has been shifted to 6 o'clock. The 8500 movement was replaced by the new 8800. The MSRP should remain similar to past versions and should range from about $6,000 for steel models and $9,000 for two-tone. omegawatches.com
It would be negligent to leave out Omega's beautiful Planet Ocean. Although they released a slew of new Planet Ocean models back at Baselworld 2016, the 8500 models are still incredibly nice watches (I have worn mine daily for an embarrassingly long time). I almost prefer the older models due to their greater simplicity (the newer models have brighter colors on the first 15 markings of the bezel), which gives the watch a sportier look, but one I personally prefer less. The prices of newer models run slightly higher than those in the past and an entry-level Planet Ocean has an MSRP of about $6,500. Chronograph models start at around $10,000.
Seiko Prospex SLA017
Seiko relaunched the SLA017 this year. Designed around the vintage 62MAS (Seiko's first dive watch released in 1965), the new watch is a near carbon copy of the old one, but with updates that make it far better than it's past version. It's a limited edition of 2,000 pieces, but it had to be mentioned.
Rolex Polar Explorer II (216570)
Summer isn't all about the beach and ocean. Barbecues, swimming, and relaxing outside are all scenes straight out of summer. The "Polar" Explorer II is clean, simple, but has a wonderful design that can effortlessly flow from a business setting to BBQ and pool. It's water resistant to 100m, so there's no fear involved with swimming. Maybe the best "summer" watch around. rolex.com
Rolex's little brother couldn't be left off this list. The Pelagos is a titanium dive watch whose design leaves few people unsure of how they feel about it. Some love it, others hate it, and there are few people in between. Personally, I think the watch looks magnificent, but the unconventional "snowflake" hands turn many people off. I'm in love with the matte black ceramic bezel and dial, but that's just me. The MSRP (of the in-house movement version) currently sits around $4,400. tudorwatch.com
Oris Divers 65
The Oris Divers 65 is one of the more affordable options on this list (I use the word affordable lightly in this case). The latest version was released over a year ago, but it still fits well for a summer watch. Back in 2015, Oris released a more playful version of the Divers 65 that I quite liked. More recently, however, they have chosen to make the design more serious. They still look good, but they lose the playfulness that the other watches have. I've put examples of both versions below. They retail for about $2,000. oris.ch
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.
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