This Year in Gear
The Watches We Added To Our Bucket-List in 2018
Some great things happened in Watch World in 2018 — brands finally began shrinking some of the oversized wrist behemoths of the past 20 years down to more wearable sizes, we saw some incredible advances in smart technology, and the auction scene surrounding vintage watches continued to turn out some fascinating pieces. All this is to say that there were a lot of potential bucket list watches that came out this year, some of which are accessible, and some of which are clearly the stuff of dreams (for most of us, anyway).
Ressence's new concept uses electronic augmentation of a traditional mechanical movement to keep accurate time.
It features COSC-rated accuracy, supreme magnetic resistance and a massive power reserve.
Pushing the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking. For what?
Featuring a selection of gold cases, an enamel dial and one hell of a movement.
Think of them as the vintage Ferraris of the watch world.
This comfortable and distinct timepiece could be a great everyday watch.
Now you can have an automatic movement and fitness tracking on one watch.
Bremont worked with explorer Ben Saunders to create a watch tough enough to withstand the unforgiving environment of Antarctica.
An upgrade on an iconic for a good cause. What's not to like?
The beautifully-designed Slim d'Hermès now comes with a GMT movement, as well as a case made from super-rare palladium.
It's also surprisingly well-priced.
The brand is celebrating its partnership with the Mille Miglia road race in the best way possible.
You can get this heavy-hitting, (very) limited divers watch for under $2,000.
Another under-the-radar hit from Ball.
The dressy rectangle looks like an ode to vintage dress watches from the early 20th century.
One of our favorite watches gets one of our favorite colorways.
It's reminiscent of classic chronograph the brand made during the 1990s.
Apparently, it's made for "men of action." Whatever that means.
It's one of three such watches to exist.
And it's very well-priced.
A limited edition watch with a handsome panda-colored dial.
It's based on the Heuer Autavia "Orange Boy." Fewer than 30 originals are known to exist.
The 1964 Submariner was owned and worn by the Hollywood legend, then gifted to his longtime friend and stunt double.
A deep gradient red dial isn't the only reason to love this limited edition.
Leica has just announced two new mechanically-driven timepieces.
A big case, blue dial and rubber strap create the ultimate warm-weather trifecta.
It'll be super limited, though, with just 70 pieces coming to the US.
As in, it was actually made 105 years ago.
Yema's new limited edition is a (mostly) faithful recreation of the 1960s original.
It's based on a rare reference from 1968.
Featuring a pared-down dial, a titanium case and a super-long power reserve.
It comes with an in-house movement, a classic design and a relatively low asking price.
A handsome, well-finished watch that's still water-resistant to 300 meters.
This new watch from Zodiac brings a classic 1960s diver firmly into the 21st century.
DOXA's fast-selling Aqua-Lung reissue is making a return with an understated dial color. Get in on the pre-order and you can save $400.
It's apparently never too early to launch a limited edition watch.
Featuring a dial and strap inspired by the texture of denim.
This beautiful, complicated watch measures the length of day and nighttime for a selected location (plus much more).
Featuring hand-finishing and a super reliable movement.