‘We’ve compiled seven unique watches to get your wheels turning and help you diversify your collection in the New Year.’
We’re just a few months into the New Year. If you’re like us, you’re already plotting your first watch purchase of 2018. Do you find that you always gravitate toward a particular brand or style? If you answered yes, maybe this is the year you take your watch collection to the next level with a statement piece, limited edition model, or simply a timepiece that’s a little more out of your comfort zone. We’ve compiled seven unique watches to get your wheels turning and help you diversify your collection in the New Year.
Cartier Drive de Cartier Extra Flat
Cartier has a strong appeal among seasoned watch aficionados. However, for the younger generation of watch collectors the brand can tend to feel a bit traditional. That is, until the recent release of the Drive de Cartier Extra Flat. This modern watch illustrates the brand’s ability to reinvent itself and turn a classic into something more contemporary. This model strikes the perfect balance of old and new. It features Cartier’s trademark Roman numerals on the dial complemented by an ultra-thin cushion-shaped case – a completely new silhouette for the brand.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
Creating a watch that serves equally well as a sport watch and a dress watch has been a goal of countless watchmakers for many years. In 2017, Rolex raised the bar on this classic quandary with the introduction of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. No model in recent memory has redefined the sport watch category as much as this one. It features a stunning rose gold case from a single block of 18-karat gold, starkly contrasted against a sleek rubber strap.
Bremont MKI and MKII
The partnership between Bremont and Jaguar is a match made in British heaven. A few years ago, Jaguar embarked on a project called the Special GT E-type. They set out to create a series of coupes just as they would have been built in the 1960’s. In conjunction with the project, they tapped Bremont to design a watch to pair with each of the eighteen limited edition cars. The duo continued their work together with the release of two models in regular production. The MKI and MKII are both inspired by the limited edition models and the famous vintage motorcar.
The Omega Trilogy
Many watch brands pay homage to the anniversary of an iconic model with a re-edition that infuses elements of the past and present. In 2017, Omega celebrated the anniversary of not one but three of its most notable watch models: the Speedmaster, the Railmaster, and the Seamaster 300. Of course, the brand had to commemorate the occasion in a big way. Using state-of- the-art digital scanning technology, Omega was able to replicate the look and feel of each of the models from 1957, preserving the dimensions and proportions of the originals.
Graham Prodive Black and Gold
The Graham Prodive is a tried and true dive watch. It features a patented chronograph fast-action trigger that can be used under water, with a water resistance of 600 metres or 60 bar. The limited edition black and gold variation gives this model an elegant and luxurious twist. It showcases a stainless steel case coated in black DLC, a diamond-like carbon, and a chronograph button made of 18-karat gold. The gold hands and indicators are still treated with a luminous coating for optimal legibility.
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition 50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG
IWC also created a commemorative watch in 2017: the Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition 50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG. The brand has a long-standing partnership with Mercedes Benz. It encompasses the Formula 1 team (Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport) as well as the performance road car division (AMG). The model not only celebrates the fruitful relationship between the two brands but also the 50 th anniversary of AMG. As an ode to the division, this model features an anti-magnetic soft-iron core that’s carved into the shape of an AMG brake calliper.
TAG Heuer Heritage Autavia Calibre Heuer 02
In 2016, TAG Heuer announced plans to revive one of their first generation Autavia models. They asked their customers to vote on which design they wanted to see reimagined. The winning model was the Ref. 2446 from 1966 with a Mark Three dial. The Heritage Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 isn’t an exact replica of the original. However, it captures the spirit of the iconic 1960’s design. Plus, it gets an upgrade with the modern Heuer-02 automatic movement.
Whether you’re looking for an innovative feature, an interesting colour scheme, or a show- stopping design, there are plenty of ways to spice up your watch collection in the New Year. We hope you enjoyed learning about some of these distinctive timepieces that could help you to diversify your collection. If you still haven’t found something that’s caught your eye, check out our article showcasing a collection of brand new watches for 2018 that were recently unveiled at the SIHH exhibition in Geneva.