Over the course of last year we witnessed the launch of an array of innovative timepieces, as well as the revival of some great watches from the archives. Take a look at some of our favourite pieces in our ‘Best Watches of 2018 List’!
This one was a complete no-brainer. There was a lot of speculation surrounding this particular watch before it launched, but it quickly became a highly sought-after model. Rolex remodelled the existing, and iconic, Pepsi GMT in steel, updating it with a Jubilee bracelet. This seemed like a controversial choice, however as a more lightweight option it made the timepiece more wearable than ever. It also still has a stand-out style with the blue and raspberry-red bezel, a look that watch fans have fallen in love with.
When Tudor announced the launch of the 58, the watch world was certainly excited! The Black Bay/Burgundy/Black/Blue was (and still is) one of their most recognisable ranges. However, some found that the 41mm case was slightly too big and heavy. The Black Bay 58 is very similar to the aforementioned model, yet it is equipped with a 39mm case. Although it’s only 2mm finer it does make a big impact. It was great to see brands like Tudor listening to their fans and adapting their watches to make them more desirable than ever!
Santos De Cartier
Initially created 115 years ago, Cartier have tweaked a few features of the Santos as time has gone on, but 2018 was the year that they introduced interchangeable straps for the popular model. As well as the distinctive steel bracelet the model now also comes with a calfskin strap in an array of colours to choose from, giving the wearer another option. The clever thing about the interchangeable strap is that you can easily do this at home with minimal effort, allowing you to add your own personality to a top timepiece.
Longines watches have always had a classic aesthetic and the Master Collection Annual Calendar is no different. However, what surprised the watch world was its technical sophistication, as this was the brands first approach to the complication. It has a wonderfully elegant look and coupled with Longines step-up in technology this is definitely one of the best value watches on the market.
Another newcomer that has been a hit is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris, an archived collection that the brand has brought back to life. Paying tribute to the historic range, it’s a robust and well-built timepiece with a rugged charm to it. The luxury brand are often associated with an excellence in craftsmanship and timeless appeal, the re-imagined collection perfectly captures this.
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