This is not a ranking, these are pure and simple my ten favorite watches. Please come in and see my choice
Good evening from Vienna, I thought it would be time tonight to let you discover my personal choices. To be honest, I needed some time to get a little distance to the SIHH and to let settle down all the impressions from Geneva.
Now after this wonderful calm weekend I decided to show you my favorites.
You will not find any of those super expensive watches like the Grande Complication from A. Lange & Söhne or the Jaeger-LeCoultre “Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee” in my personal ranking here. Of course these watches are just amazing, they are masterpieces, not doubt and I would like to possess one.
Guy’s let´s try to stay realistic: No way! … At least for me …
So I focused my choice on watches we probably all could buy in case we wanted to do so.
I have been choosing ten watches from brands exposing at the SIHH in Geneva.
A. Lange & Söhne “Grosse Lange 1 Lumen”: I just like the “Grosse Lange1”! It’s an iconic watch and in my opinion there is only one original wristwatch with that typical big date indication and peripheral time indication. The new execution with the luminous date indication looks technical, gives the watch a special touch.
Audemars Piguet “Royal Oak Offshore Diver”: This is a superb sport watch with an AP automatic in-house movement. I already liked the version in steel. Now with the deep black ceramic case the new Offshore Diver looks just stunning.
Baume & Mercier “Clifton”: Good value for money! A well designed new collection that pleased almost everyone. I think Clifton will be a huge success for Baume & Mercier and finally help the brand to attract a lot of positive attention.
Cartier “Rotonde de Cartier quantième perpétuel chronographe”: Cartier again presented a firework of novelties at the SIHH. This is my favourite, a perfect mixture of elegance and technical appearance. The perpetual calendar with it´s chronograph base movement is done 100 % in-house
IWC “Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital”: A sophisticated perpetual calendar that is easy to read and that just looks good. Very technical, high-tech at its best! Together with the chronograph mechanism you get an amazing watch. In my opinion this is the IWC “Ingenieur” of the year 2013.
Jaeger-LeCoultre “Master Ultra Thin 41″: A masterpiece, a piece of art! This is a superb watch, ultrathin and very attractive. If you have the chance, please try it on your wrist… But be careful, you might not want to take it of again.
Montblanc “Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours”: The saga continues with this new version of the meanwhile famous Rieussec chronograph. Now even the hours are indicated with a disc. To distinguish day and night the colour changes from black to blue.
Panerai “Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio 47 mm”: For me the proof that regatta watches not necessarily need to be complicated to use. !?!?Rolex?!?! This watch emphasises the principle: KISS. (Keep it simple and stupid!) Guys, this is not a critic this is my personal lavish praise. !!Well done Panerai!!
Piaget “Altiplano Date”: Another stunning, ultrathin wristwatch from Piaget. The brand is the world’s leader in making ultrathin and elegant watches. All the watches have in-house movements. We should all show more respect; Piaget is no longer just a jewellery brand!
Roger Dubuis “Excalibur Chronograph”: I don´t really like the freaky watches of the Geneva manufacturer, but I like the quality of its movements and I do like that sporty-elegant chronograph.
This is me working at the still very quite booth of A. Lange & Söhne in the early morning on Thursday at the SIHH in Geneva. I was just finishing the story about the Audemars Piguet novelties and enjoying a cappuccino … A friend of mine took the picture…