These are the best of the best complicated wristwatches of the year 2016. Discover my very personal ranking and let me know what YOU think …
What you see underneath is a ranking of my five favorite complicated wristwatches of the year 2016. They were presented this year either at the SIHH in January in Geneva or later in Basel during Baselworld 2016.
It was pretty difficult to put these five complicated wristwatches together. I did not want to show the most complicated ones, but simply those who impressed me this year. Here they are … They all match my criteria to be listed as Top 5 today.
Since there were questions how to get more detailed information of the watches shown the days before, please let me motivate you once again to use the search function of this blog …
You will of course find all technical information, the prices and other interesting stories of the watches I present as Top 5. I have been featuring them already earlier this year. So please use the search-function and find out more …
1. A. Lange & Soehne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon
When I saw the Datograph in January at the SIHH I knew that there will be no other complicated watch coming to the markets rest of the year that I will like more. Everything is perfect, this ticking masterpiece simply is a dream and in addition pure understatement. There is absolutely NO need to show the tourbillon on such a watch! It is enough to know that there is one and to enjoy it. The Datograph is limited to only 100 pieces.
BRAVO! Well done A. Lange & Söhne
2. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon COSC Black Titanium
This watch is THE price-cutter of the year and THE proof that one can manufacture a chronograph & tourbillon for almost no money. Comparable watches normally sell for more than 100.000 Euro. TAG Heuer sells its Carrera for only 14.300 Euro. If you now think the Carrera is a low budget production in terms of quality and accuracy I have to disappoint you. What you get is brilliant technology in a perfect execution tested by COSC. Questions?
BRAVO! Well done TAG Heuer!
3. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater
This is THE proof that a minute repeater can be a thin and elegant wristwatch, stunning good looking and also sound great. By skillful opening the dial and to use the space in between the sapphire glas and the dial also as a resonating body Bulgari created an impressive sound for such a small case. NO, minute repeaters must NOT be bold and ugly watches!
BRAVO! Well done Bulgari!
4. Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono
I want to be honest and tell you that I in general do have a huge problem with the design of the L.U.C watches. It simply is not my taste! But NOT with the make and quality of these watches. I do in fact have utmost respect for the work of the watchmakers and their incredible L.U.C creations. This is also a fitting statement for this chronograph and perpetual calendar. The design is an exception of the rule. This is my favorite among the L.U.C watches.
BRAVO! Well done Chopard!
5. Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7 Anthracite
That´s big horological cinema for the wrist! A pretty cool and very modern ostentation of the tourbillon mechanism. And please have a look how the power reserve indication has been realized! Love it!
Bravo! Well done Harry Winston!