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HH Journal’s 10 watches of the year
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HH Journal’s 10 watches of the year

Friday, 22 April 2016
By The HH Journal editors
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Bringing the watch fairs season to a close, the team at HH Journal have made the difficult choice of picking their one “watch of the year”. Take a look at this line-up of exceptional timepieces, and find out what makes the editorial team tick.

A. Lange & Söhne – Richard Lange Seconde Sautante

This is the watch that caught my eye. I love the clarity of the dial arrangement. The movement is the Calibre L094.1. One of the functions is a jumping seconds with the addition of a constant force mechanism. Then there is the practicality of the triangle, where the hour and minute circles overlap, which turns red as soon as power reserve dips below ten hours. (Alex Ballmer)

A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Seconde Sautante
A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Seconde Sautante
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

Not every watch has the “wow” factor, so it’s all the more appreciable when one does. Watchmaking in symbiosis with the applied arts, the Octo Finissimo is the kind of watch that appeals to the emotions. This is Italian style in all its splendour. Beautiful and refined, with a carefully studied, balanced design, it is a delight to behold and an experience on the wrist. (Pascal Ravessoud)

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater
Omega Speedmaster CK 2998

A vintage-style panda dial, blue ceramic bezel and matching blue strap, not to mention the affordable price, make this Speedmaster my watch of the year. This is a fabulous iteration of a 1959 Speedmaster that’s lost none of its appeal. By the way, my birthday is May 23rd. (Gregory Gardinetti)

Omega Speedmaster CK 2998
Omega Speedmaster CK 2998
Bulgari Serpenti Spiga

The Serpenti Spiga is, for me, the perfect fusion of watchmaking and jewellery. Once again, the Bulgari Manufacture in Neuchâtel has wowed women with this new rendition of a design that will never go out of style. Trust me, ladies, you will be charmed! (Isabelle Zakher)

Bulgari Serpenti Spiga
Bulgari Serpenti Spiga
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar

As one of the year’s loveliest reinterpretations of a classic, what really struck me after wearing this Overseas, in addition to the colour scheme, is the balanced design and that it fits neatly under the cuff. Vacheron Constantin has also had the good idea of fitting this collection with interchangeable straps and buckles. (Emmanuel Schneider)

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra thin Perpetual Calendar
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra thin Perpetual Calendar
MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual

Certain products can be given a completely new dimension by rethinking the fundamentals. MB&F has made 28 days the default month of its perpetual calendar, to which days are then added. In doing so, it shows that we only need put our certainties aside for magic to happen. (Raphaël Ly)

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual
MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar

As far-removed as it is possible to be from watchmaking’s show-off side, this perpetual calendar reminds us just how hard it can be to produce a useful, elegant, comfortable, practical watch. An essential watch. This is even truer of a perpetual calendar. Nothing detracts from the purity of this model, the antithesis of ostentation, which doesn’t have to shout to make itself heard. (Marie de Pimodan-Bugnon)

H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept
Zenith Heritage Café Racer

Fans of girly watches should look away now. This is a man’s watch, a watch that shows time as it is, in a sturdy case that was never intended for the suit brigade. Add a vintage touch, a hint of pilot’s watch, an El Primero chronograph movement, and this Zenith soon becomes the one watch not to be without. (Christophe Roulet)

Zenith Heritage Café Racer
Zenith Heritage Café Racer
Rolex Cosmographe Daytona

My pick for 2016 is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. At 53 years old, you’d be forgiven for thinking it had taken a well-earned retirement when nothing could be further from the truth. Here it is, in its prime, with a new black monobloc Cerachrom bezel and the usual distinctive features: Oyster case, screw-down pushers, chrono counters and a tachymeter scale on the bezel. Truly a landmark watch. (Alexandre Gaillard)

Rolex Cosmograh Daytona
Rolex Cosmograh Daytona
Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860

I like this Chopard steel watch for its classic sobriety. The small seconds counter incorporates the date window, which creates a pleasing symmetry with the 12 numeral. Dauphine hands, applied markers and a railroad minute track complete the harmonious dial. Inside, the extra-thin, self-winding 96.03L calibre gives this watch its character, with typical distinction. (Fabio Teta)

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860
Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860
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