Watches, though similar in function to one another, can each have their own unique twist on their traditional craftsmanship. A watch, especially one designed by the likes of Rolex or Patek Phillippe, is so much more than a handy way to tell time. It’s a testament to the innovation of mankind over hundreds and thousands of years of technology, and it can come to represent an extension of yourself, your personality, and your hobbies and interests.
The top watches of 2018 had remarkable features built into them. These are including, but not limited to:
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic displayed the exposed inner clockwork of the watch in a sleek and modern way, seamlessly combining the old and classic mechanics with a smooth and contemporary design.
The Patek Phillippe 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph featured an eye-catching and unusual salmon-colored face and displayed the time by the hour and second, as well as the exact day, month, and date. Not to mention a subtle but outstanding addition: an accurate portrait of the phases of the moon.
Then, for the less complication-inclined, there was the Nomos Zurich 806, which featured an effervescent white face with silver detailing and a strong leather strap. For the top watches of 2018, there was no limit to the wow-factor or functionality of these products.
And then there were specialties, like the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time watch that can tell you the time of the place you’re currently in simultaneously with the time back home, as well as a fun added AM/PM indicator for the compulsively jet-lagged.
Finally, Rolex rolled out a dual-colored follow-up of their GMT-Master II. The former GMT-Master II had a color combination of black and blue, earning it the affectionate nickname “Batman,” and was originally available in 18-carat white gold. The newest version builds on the color base, switching the combination to a metallic red and blue, and being offered in stainless steel.
Each company puts time and dedication into designing their watches to be unique to the wearer and distinct from the range of other watches out there. The most popular features of watches nowadays include a separate, smaller window within the watch face to more accurately time seconds, and a mini calendar, which can display a combination of the date, day, and month. Then there are the intricate details that are popular amongst luxurious watch brands. These can include the material the strap is made of, such as a solid metal like gold or stainless steel versus leather, the material of the crystal guarding the watch face (synthetic sapphire is best for durability), and an automatic or quartz-based movement, in which case quartz ticks from second to second and automatic smoothly rounds about the minutes. Other considerations include the color of the watch face and dial, the jewels incorporated into the mechanics of the watch, and, of course, the brand name associated with the watch. These important features can help elevate a watch from a convenient tool to a highly-regarded and much needed accessory.