Best Watches Of The Year
“AIGUILLE D’OR” GRAND PRIX AWARD: AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING…
“AIGUILLE D’OR” GRAND PRIX AWARD: AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING PERPETUAL CALENDAR ULTRA-THIN
The titanium watch, with a platinum bezel, is the world’s thinnest automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch. It is just 6.3 mm in height with a movement that is only 2.89 mm thin. To achieve the thinness, the perpetual calendar functions that are normally arranged on three levels have been innovatively merged into one single layer.
BEST MEN’S WATCH: VOUTILAINEN 28TI
This striking 39-mm titanium watch with a prominently visible extra-large balance wheel on a skeleton dial comes from the House of Voutilainen, a boutique luxury watch company set up in 2002 by Finnish master Kari Voutilainen. He also won the Artistic Crafts prize for Voutilainen Starry Night Vine for its colourful Japanese lacquer and cloisonné enamel dial.
ICONIC WATCH PRIZE: AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK ‘JUMBO’ EXTRA-THIN
This new take on the famous 39mm Royal Oak of 1972 draws elements from two much-loved past pieces. The pink gold toned ‘Petite Tapisserie’ from the 1992 Royal Oak’s 20th-anniversary edition and the 18K white gold case from 1992 is matched with an 18K white gold case and bracelet decorated by hand, with a refined alternation of polished and satin-brushed surfaces. White gold was only used once in the 1980s for a Royal Oak model with a blue dial and diamond-set hour-markers.
BEST LADIES’ WATCH: CHANEL’S J12 CALIBER 12.1
This new version of the iconic watch from 20 years ago comes in a 38 mm one-piece ceramic case with a refined bezel, smaller crown, redesigned hands and typeface, and a new 12.1 caliber automatic movement
BEST MEN’S COMPLICATION WATCH: CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET MINUTE REPEATER SUPERSONNERIE
This minute repeater in a 41-mm white gold case stands out for the exceptional acoustics of its chimes. Instead of the usual main plate, the redesigned gongs are attached to a new device acting as a soundboard for improved sound transmission, while the new generation striking regulator eliminates unwanted noise thanks to its more flexible anchor system.
BEST CALENDAR AND ASTRONOMY WATCH: HERMÈS ARCEAU L’HEURE DE LA LUNE
This 43-mm grey gold watch simultaneously displays moon phases in both northern and southern hemispheres, with the help of two mobile counters that float over the meteorite or aventurine dial made to look like the cosmos with mother-of-pearl moons. The counters display time and date while maintaining horizontal orientation and revealing the moon discs.
BEST CHRONOGRAPH WATCH PRIZE: BVLGARI OCTO FINISSIMO CHRONOGRAPH GMT AUTOMATIC
This watch sets the world record for being the thinnest mechanical chronograph in history. The extraordinary thing is that it is an automatic with a GMT function and is still only 3.3 mm thin.
INNOVATION PRIZE: VACHERON CONSTANTIN TRADITIONNELLE TWIN BEAT PERPETUAL CALENDAR
This watch in a 42-mm platinum case has the unique ability at lossless timekeeping transition. It switches between high-frequency Active mode (5Hz) and low-frequency Standby mode (1.2Hz), which allows for a standby mode that extends the watch’s power reserve to as much as 65 days.
BEST DIVER’S WATCH: SEIKO PROSPEX LX LINE DIVER’S
The new version of the 1968 Seiko Professional Diver’s design comes in a 44.8 mm titanium case. It uses Seiko’s advanced 5R Spring Drive caliber, which offers one-second-a-day precision alongside high levels of shock and temperature resistance