As we head into holiday season, marking the end of another calendar, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the new, best men’s watches for a new year.
As we welcome a beginning, our favourite watch companies are releasing new products much anticipated in the coming year. Though experiencing the passage of time is quotidian, its extraordinariness comes from its finite nature. Check out the Michael Kors Camille watch as an example of true craftsmanship and luxury. There’s so much choice out there now, for those looking to make a statement. There’s no better representation of this juxtaposition than in the craftsmanship of luxury watches made to document every day.
NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Blue
What’s striking when you open the box is the pure richness of the blue on the 42 mm galvanized dial. That’s what I loved about it the most. I wore it for a week, in and around a trip to Vancouver, and a drive in the new Cadillac Escalade, up to a Winter Wonderland in Whistler, B.C. There was the contrast of that blue, against the whiteness of the snowy background. It’s how it made me feel.
There’s an in-house built precision movement, and the timepiece balanced strength and proportion on my wrist. The stainless steel bracelet is new. The folding safety clasp was snug. The movement with the Club Sport Blue is the patented DUW 6101 date caliber from the NOMOS Glashütte neomatik series. It has a rapidly adjustable bi-directional date and bi-directional winding rotor. The timepiece is water resistant up to 1,000 feet, if that’s your cup of team. Me, I just enjoyed looking at it, perched my wrist, bracelet and watch truly as one, as I gripped the wheel of that Cadillac beast, winding up B.C.’s Sea to Sky Highway. You can purchase Nomos Glashütte product here. Price is $5,290 CAD. – Mark Keast
H. Moser & Cie Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” Timepiece
The limited-edition Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” timepiece features a unique bronze case meant to patina overtime. Each piece becomes entirely your own as you journey throughout the coming years. Its stark black fumé dial is striking against the warmth of bronze. The Cyrillic inscription celebrates some of Heinrich Moser initial creations in 1828 as one of the most prominent watchmakers of the Czars.
The in-house HMC 200 movement of the Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” model features the notable Moser double stripes and has a power reserve of up to three days. Limited edition of 50 pieces, this watch retails for $19,700 USD at H. Moser & Cie and Seddiqi.
Best men’s watches: Ulysse Nardin Torpilleur Tourbillon 42mm
The Marine Torpilleur collection iconizes the deck clocks and on-board ships’ chronometers Ulysse Nardin was known for producing through the 20th century. In 1905, Ulysse Nardin made precise marine chronometers for navigating the high seas. And in 1905, he won a U.S. Navy contract to produce such chronometers for the American torpedo boat fleet.
Their new launch is an ode to such craftsmanship and legacy. Its classical exterior juxtaposes with its modern interior, with a high-tech movement of their Freak line. The manufacture UN-118 movement uses a silicon escapement to offer a 65 hours battery reserve. Available at Ulysse Nardin retailers.
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IWC Big Pilot 43 Spitfire
IWC’s 43mm Big Pilot looks back to the past with their two new Spitfire editions. Designed with a vintage flair, these watch cases and dials are inspired by traditional pilot’s watches. Inspired by historical observation (B-Uhren) watches, the dark grey titanium edition features a matte sandblasted surface treatment and black dial.
The green edition is retro with its warm bronze and military attitude. The dial is made from an alloy 50% harder than standard bronze which patinas over time. The white numbers and hands starkly juxtapose the burnish of the bronze as a true ode to the pilot watches of yesteryear. Available at LORO Jewellery at $12,000 CAD for the bronze edition and $11,500 CAD for the titanium edition.
Best men’s watches: Breitling Super AVI Collection
With five new watches as part of the Super AVI rotation, Breitling also travels through the archives when designing their new chronographs. The brand took inspiration from the four legendary planes of the 40s and watch from an earlier collection. With stainless steel and 18k red gold options, each watch is crafted with the rugged DNA of old-school aviation.
Breitling wanted to celebrate the thought-out durability of mid-century craftsmanship and took inspiration wherever they found it. From an aircraft that was developed in 120 days to an aircraft build almost completely by wood, Breitling also went outside the box when remastering tradition. Starting from $11,600 CAD for stainless steel to $27,250 CAD for red gold at LORO Jewellery.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Caliber 403
Introduced in 1938, Oris’ Big Crown Pointer Date has been in constant production to become an icon. The original design featured two distinctions: an oversized crown and a central hand pointing to the date scale around the edge of the dial. Now apart of its signature design, the Big Crown has been updated for the first time. Now with their in-house automatic movement, Oris Calibre 403, it features elevated levels of anti-magnetism, a 5-day power reserve, and a 10-year warranty.
For the purist, updating a classic can be a reluctant choice. This is why Oris protects the codes that define the Big Crown Pointer like its oversized crown and case shape. Yet, they are sure to express them in a modern context for an elevated coolness that develops through such evolutions. Available at LORO Jewellery for $4,100 CAD.