Our Favourite Watches of 2016

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With 2016 coming to a close, we take the opportunity to reflect on the watches that became our favourites. It was a tough call with only 9 places to fill and such an incredible range of watches to choose from. Our edit covers those that stood out in particular due to the bold design, innovative approach or unique inspiration. Take a look and see what you think. 

 

 

 1. Ball Watch Company Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu

 

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A watch designed to withstand extreme conditions without comprising on accuracy. The bold, contemporary design demands attention on the wrist and is certainly worthy of a place in our edit of favourite watches. 

 

Perfect For: Those who seek adventure. 

 

Specifications: unidirectional bezel, steel bracelet, steel case, 42 mm case with, hidden folding clasp, black dial, automatic movement. 

 

Price: £3310

 

 

2. Bremont Watch DH-88 Steel Limited Edition

 

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The DH-88 celebrates one of the greatest air races of all time that lasted a record breaking 3 days. Starting in Suffolk, England and ending in Melbourne, Australia, pilots Charles Scott and Tom Campbell-Black flew the Havilland DH-88 Comet that inspired the breathtaking piece.  

 

Perfect For: A gent fascinated by aviation milestones. 

 

Specifications: fixed bezel, alligator strap, 16.2 mm case depth, steel case, 43 mm case width, pin buckle clasp type, date display, black dial, GMT, automatic movement, 100M water resistant. 

 

Price: £7995

 

 

3. Grand Seiko Watch Spring Drive Sports Black Ceramic GMT Limited Edition

 

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A Limited Edition that boasts an incredibly light, durable case due to innovative techniques by Grand Seiko. An accurate, striking timepiece that impressed our team at Jura Watches especially with the enchanting midnight blue dial. 

 

Perfect For: A watch enthusiast who seeks innovation and forward thinking. 

 

Specifications: fixed bezel, crocodile strap, 15 mm case depth, titanium and ceramic case, 46.4 mm case width, hidden folding clasp, date display, blue dial, GMT, spring drive movement, power reserve, 100M water resistant. 

 

Price: £8500

 

 

4. Baume et Mercier Watch Capeland Shelby Cobra Limited Edition

 

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The impressive piece is a tribute to Carroll Shelby; an American racing driver and automative designer. The hint of yellow teamed with the black dial and white indices creates a stunning instrument that has become a favourite here at Jura Watches. 

 

Perfect For: A racing fanatic. 

 

Specifications: fixed bezel, alligator strap, steel case, 44 mm case width, date display, black dial, automatic movement, 50 M water resistant. 

 

Price: £3200


 

 

5. Bell & Ross Watch BR-X1 Carbon Forge Limited Edition 

 

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As a tribute to the first American experimental plane with a rocket engine to break the sound barrier, the BR-X1 is a fierce, powerful piece that does not go unnoticed. The skeleton dial adds depth whilst the distressed case brings strength and stealth. 

 

Perfect For: A bold character. 

 

Specifications: fixed bezel, rubber strap, carbon case, 45 mm case width, tang buckle clasp, date display, black dial, automatic movement, 100 M water resistant. 

 

Price: £15600

 

 

6. U-Boat Watch Classico 45 Tungsteno CAS2


 

The bold, oversized timepiece certainly demanded our attention this year. U-Boats stylistic interpretation of watchmaking is witnessed with the striking dial framed in a stainless steel case and finished with a luxury tan leather strap. 

 

Perfect For: Those who like to make a statement. 

 

Specifications: fixed bezel, leather strap, steel case, 45 mm case width, cream dial, automatic movement, 100 M water resistant. 

 

Price: £3400



7. SevenFriday Watch Punk M1-04 Limited Edition 

 

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A bold interpretation of the punk movement of the eighties. The studded strap and case along with the hint of bright red is a tribute to the decade that shook the music and fashion scene of the era. The unique timepiece has certainly caught our eye. 

 

Perfect For: A lover of the rebellion. 

 

Specifications: fixed bezel, leather strap, black PVD, 49.5 mm x 47 mm case width, black dial, automatic movement. 

 

Price: £1400

 

 

8. Graham Watch Chronofighter Vintage UK 15th Anniversary Limited Edition

 

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The release of the Limited Edition was an immediate hit! A charming, beautiful timepiece that marks the 15th year of the chronofighter. A true celebration of the brands heritage bringing tradition to a modern market. 

 

Perfect For: A gent who appreciates vintage charm. 

 

Specifications: fixed bezel, leather strap, steel case, 44 mm case width, date display, black dial, automatic movement, 100 M water resistant. 

 

Price: £3750

 

 

9. Breitling Watch Exospace B55 Night Mission

 

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A stunning smartwatch that is a result of a surge in connected technology. The avant garde Exospace B55 in particular is a stunning interpretation of the new concept of the watch serving the smartphone. A distinctive timepiece that has impressed us this year. 

 

Perfect For: A tech addict. 

 

Specifications: alarm, unidirectional bezel, rubber strap, 15.25 mm case depth, titanium case, 46 mm case width, date display, black dial, flyback, quartz movement, perpetual calendar, 100 M water resistant, world time. 

 

Price: £5840