Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic
The talk of SIHH in January, the Baumatic has been unanimously applauded by those-in-the-know. This new mechanical movement is a joint development between Baume & Mercier, Richemont’s Research & Innovation centre and Manufacture ValFleurier. It incorporates the latest innovations – a silicon balance spring and escapement – and delivers a full five days of power reserve, packaged in a classic design that would be hard to fault and at a more than reasonable price.
Breitling Superocean Heritage II 46
This black-on-black professional dive watch celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017 with the addition of a steel bezel plus a high-tech ceramic insert for maximum scratch- and shock-resistance. Features such as a clearly legible dial, a COSC-certified movement, a reassuring 46mm diameter, a robust case and water-resistance to 200 metres ensure that the Superocean Heritage II 46 has everything an adventurer needs in a watch.
For more than a century, the elegant square shape and rounded angles of the Santos have been part of the Haute Horlogerie landscape. The watch that Louis Cartier imagined for Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904 comes in multiple versions this year, all directly descended from the original. As an additional plus-point, the new Santos comes with two straps, in steel, gold, calfskin or alligator, that are easily swapped thanks to the QuickSwitch system.
Hermès Cape Cod TGM Manufacture
An icon among Hermès watches, the Cape Cod was sketched into being by Henri d’Origny in 1991 and has retained its appeal ever since thanks to subtle changes. This TGM (Très Grand Modèle, Very Large Model) measures 33mm x 33mm. Beneath the mat black dial beats the precision of an in-house movement.
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
Kitted out in a tobacco brown dial and Santoni calfskin strap with contrasting cream stitching, this pilot’s watch is one of several special editions in honour of aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Standout features include a 40mm steel case, an automatic movement with date display and large centre seconds hand, and an engraved Lockheed P-38 Lightning on the caseback.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic
A zest of elegance, a touch of vintage and the precision and reliability of an automatic movement. Inspired by the 1968 Memovox Polaris, this new launch channels a dive-watch aesthetic into its 41mm steel case. A mix of sunray, grained and opaline finishes on the dial enhance legibility. Wear it on a leather strap or a metal bracelet, both easily interchanged.
Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph
Speed freaks and vintage enthusiasts will put this TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph in pole position. The chrono counters and small seconds subdial stand out on the panda dial, as well as adding to the motor-racing vibe. A black ceramic bezel tops the 43mm steel case. The engine is an in-house automatic movement.
Officine Panerai Luminor Base Logo 3 Days Acciaio 44mm
A new, in-house manual-wind movement, 72 hours of power reserve and some subtle design tweaks: this year sees the return of one of Panerai’s best-selling watches. The robust 44mm case in polished steel combines with the clean good looks of the emblematic dial, whose only fantasy is the OP logo. Classic, functional and sporty, all in one.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02
Equally at home around town as on the track, this champion watch gets the benefit of an in-house movement, the Heuer 02, for its 55th birthday. A solid 43mm case, tachymeter scale on the bezel and skeleton dial seal the deal. TAG Heuer is offering no fewer than 13 variations of this Carrera Heuer 02, in steel, carbon, ceramic or gold, on a metal or ceramic bracelet or a choice of rubber or leather strap.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel
Comfortable, legible and precise, the Heritage Black Bay Steel carries on the legacy of Tudor’s dive watches. Equipped with a COSC-certified, in-house automatic movement, it measures time with style. A 41mm case in steel, a graduated unidirectional rotating bezel, 200-metre water-resistance and an aged leather strap, what’s not to like!