Men's Favourite Watches of 2017
Tuesday - 02 January 2018
The beginning of a new year is always a time for reflection on the days gone by. 2017 has witnessed many new releases that have served to impress via creativity, innovation and artistry. Although a difficult task, we have chosen nine favourites that have made an impact on the watchmaking industry and will surely be fastened to many wrists during 2018!
Celebrating one of the greatest races of all time, the limited edition embodies the spirit of the piloting heroes that broke records. The stunning rose gold case frames the beautiful dial that pays tribute to the Havilland DH-88 Comet that flew from England to Australia in 3 days!
Specifications: fixed bezel, alligator strap, 16.2mm case depth, rose gold case, 43mm diameter, date display, black dial, GMT, automatic movement, 100M water resistant.
Limited to 300 pieces, the Eterna KonTiki was certainly a memorable release of 2017. Marking the 70th anniversary of when Thor Heyerdahl – a Norwegian adventurer – sailed the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Tuamotu Islands aboard Kon-Tiki – a hand made raft. The beautiful bronze case is a triumph of 2017.
Specifications: unidirectional bezel, leather strap, 14.05mm case depth, bronze case, 44mm diameter, black dial, automatic movement, 200M water resistant.
The playful pin up girls of the 1940s made an appearance at Baselworld 2017. Perched on the dial, Lilly reflects a time where such images where painted onto WWII planes to provide morale to the pilots during the war. The cheeky, fun design certainly made an impact during 2017.
Specifications: fixed bezel, leather strap, stainless steel case, 44mm diameter, day and date display, blue dial, automatic movement, 100M water resistant.
The soft, textured dial reflects the snow that falls outside the Grand Seiko studio transforming the hills of Japan into a breathtaking, glistening view. The simplistic yet beautiful design was admired throughout 2017 for its timeless, signature style.
Specifications: fixed bezel, titanium strap, 12.5mm case depth, titanium case, 41mm diameter, silver dial, spring drive movement, power reserve, 100M water resistant.
We were charmed by Longines Heritage design this year, with its warm, velvety tones. The brushed coppery dial and aged suede strap was a highlight of 2017. The vintage timepiece brings a sense of nostalgia to the wrist of an era that will never be forgotten.
Specifications: fixed bezel, leather strap, stainless steel case, 40mm diameter, cream dial, automatic movement, 30M water resistant.
Who can forget TAG’s Connected Modular 45 makeover into a Kingsman agent? The release of the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle saw the smartwatch undertake a starring role in the film. Complete with a tangerine orange strap and the Kingsman logo the collaboration was a highlight of 2017.
Specifications: fixed bezel, leather strap, 13.75mm case depth, titanium black PVD case, 45mm diameter, LCD dial, 50M water resistant.
Named after the British explorer, Captain Cook, the limited edition captures the spirit of his incredible expeditions. Seeking the unknown, he ventured the coastline of the Pacific where no one had dared to explore before. His pioneering spirit and groundbreaking achievements, led him to discover and understand astronomy, anthropology and cartography. The retro, sporty piece is certainly one of our favourites.
Specifications: unidirectional bezel, leather strap, 11.1mm case depth, stainless steel case, 37.3mm diameter, date display, black dial, automatic movement, 100M water resistant.
Oris’ dedication to conservation has definitely impressed this year with their attitude to endangered species and careless behavior. In particular, this design raises awareness of tourism, over-fishing and bleaching that has left over one quarter of Staghorn coral beyond repair. Through sales of this stunning timepiece Oris will donate a percentage to the organisations that work hard to preserve the coral.
Specifications: unidirectional bezel, rubber strap, day and date display, stainless steel case, 43.5mm diameter, blue dial, automatic movement, 300M water resistant.
Already thinking of the future and what lies ahead, the Breitling Exospace B55 strives for innovation. The avant garde smartwatch connects to your smart phone notifying the wearer of a phone call, message or calendar update. A concept that is bound to soar in 2018.
Specifications: unidirectional bezel, rubber strap, 15.25mm case depth, titanium case, 46mm diameter, black dial, date display, flyback, quartz movement, perpetual calendar, 100M water resistant, world time.