I have seen a lot of watches in 2017 and now Baselworld 2018 is hitting soon – so many watches, so little time. As I really love the idea of bringing a little bit more sustainability to luxury, for me this is a good time to remember my favorite watches of last year (all unisex models) that have left a lasting impression on me. And to say it once more: Who cares if a watch is ‘last season’ if it’s a really nice one? We don’t care about that in fashion anymore, so please: just enjoy a watch if you really like it! Here’s to five timepieces beautiful inside and out that I would still buy any day.
1. Omega Speedmaster 38 Co-Axial Chronograph 38 mm
The Omega Speedmaster is a timeless classic, yes. And probably the most beautiful chronograph of them all. What we love about this sturdy, everyday workhorse is its unrivaled design combined with a decent movement. And it appeals both to men and women. For its 60th birthday and finally with female Speedy lovers in mind, Omega has given its most celebrated watch a glamorous makeover. The watch is now available with a 38mm dial which looks great on a delicate wrist and in this cool forest green and yellow gold colour combination. The body is made from aluminium and yellow gold which makes the model lightweight and elegant at the same time. Inside, it features the iconic Omega calibre 3330. A great, not too sporty watch that also looks good in the evening.
Yours for 5700 Euro (all prices refer to Germany). Find more info here
2. Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock Black
When it was first presented in 2015, the original version of the Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock completely blew our minds. Created by Fabergé’s timepiece director Aurélie Picaud and the genius watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Geneva’s Agenhor manufacture, the Lady Compliquée Peacock perpetuates Peter Carl Fabergé’s tradition of surprise and meticulous execution with a new and spectacular time display. The highly original display of the collection features a fan at the heart of the watch, a movement exclusively developed by Agenhor. The display pays homage to Fabergé’s famous “Peacock Egg” of 1908. The fact that this beauty went to win the prestigious 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in the ‘High-Mechanical’ category did not really come as a surprise to us as it was so well deserved!
Lady Compliquée Peacock Black features a matt black lacquer dial, hand-engraved peacock, black painted mother-of-pearl minute and hour indicators and a retrograde hand-winding movement, encased in a 38mm white gold case, with alligator strap. A perfect example for a beautiful unisex watch, suitable for all occasions, day and night.
Yours for 35.712 Euro. Find more info here
3. Nomos Glashütte Aqua Club Neomatik
Despite being a self-declared maximalist, this is one of my favorite watches of 2017. The new Club neomatik ticks with Nomos’ new in-house automatic caliber DUW 3001, the joy and pride of the Glashütte manufacture: a mere 3.2 millimeters of pure precision. With its 37mm dial, it’s an elegant yet sporty model for divers (or everyone who just likes the look of a scuba watch), water resistant up to 20 atm (200 meters). The dial is available in a refreshing blue or funky neon orange. And you can get the super durable strap, woven in France, in a blue-black hue instead of light grey.
Also, the price is almost a bargain, considering what you get for your money: A movement that is as fantastic as the design. A reliable, good looking everyday watch that will technically and aesthetically stand the test of time. It’s made in Germany, the land of BMW cars, Braun stereos and Miele washing machines, after all.
Yours for 2340 Euro. Find more info here
4. Slim d’Hermès L’Heure impatiente
For the Slim d’Hermès L’Heure impatiente, Hermès has again collaborated with Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor who in 2012 created the magnificent ‘Arceau Le temps suspendu’ for the Parisian luxury brand. With this new model, the concept is as romantic and whimsical as for the predecessor: The slim model with the simple but elegant 40,5mm case in rose gold features Hermès’ in-house automatic movement H1912 with a new complication by Wiederrecht that can be adjusted to a certain time within twelve hours. An hour before, a kind of mechanical sandglass is set in motion, which can be tracked at six o’ clock. The tension of the waiting is finally relieved when a bell tone finally sounds. This is not just a watch, it’s a time-keeping joy-toy – and makes a brilliant gift to yourself and a nice start to a collection.
Yours for 31.000 Euro. Find more info here
5. Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Moon Phase and Power Reserve Small Model
This beauty of a watch is not exactly a new model. Actually, it was launched in 2014. But as we just have to pressure the fact that Vacheron Constantin is a brand that we love and that makes beautiful watches for women, we have to show you one of their stunners that a jewelry lover’s Christmas list would not be complete without.This model features an elegant 36mm 18k white gold case with a mother-of-pearl dial set with 81 diamonds. The manual-winding caliber 1410 AS has a power reserve of 40 hours. The diamonds perfectly compliment the enchanting dial, indicating central hours and minutes, and featuring a small seconds sub-dial at six o’clock, a power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock, as well as a moon phase located at nine o’clock.
Yours for 39.400 Euro. Find more info here