Luxury watch buyers, watch collectors, and watch enthusiasts join Tim Mosso to end the year in fun fashion and good times. Watches Tonight is YouTube’s premier luxury watch live webshow, and we’re ending the year the way it started; with all manner of high horology and luxury timepieces for collectors of all persuasions. From Omega to G-Shock, our show is chock abloc with watches.
Tim recounts the top 12 luxury watches of 2018. From SIHH to Baselworld and all of the smaller launch events that dot the watch collector’s calendar, Tim has chosen his twelve favorites. Patek Philippe, Grand Seiko, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, and Omega watches – among others – will feature, but the fun lies in the reasoning behind each choice.
For example, the 2018 Zenith Defy Classic is Tim’s selection for the best all-arounder for dress use, sports watch action, and sheer value. Cartier’s 2018 Santos is an engineering marvel that proves you can buy an iconic watch from a legendary brand, expect value, pay a reasonable price, and walk away dazzled by how feature-dense is your new luxury lifestyle partner.
Omega’s 2018 Seamaster Diver 300M is a 25th anniversary reboot of the Omega Seamaster “James Bond” watch collection made famous by Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007. The 2018 Omega Seamaster has been enlarged from 41 to 41mm, is equipped with a new dive clasp, features a new array of ceramic dials with “Omega waves” engraved by laser, and sports a new Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8800 automatic. Even the customary helium escape valve received a new profile and the ability to open while submerged on a dive.
Patek Philippe’s Nautilus 5711 makes the list not because it’s new, but because its elevation to investment grade commodity IS a new development. Tim explores the shocking spike in value and watch buyer (or even speculator) hype surrounding this Patek Philippe steel sports watch. Can a $29,800 Patek Philippe 5711/1A continue to command 70% over list price indefinitely? Tim explains the Patek Nautilus bubble that has made the new-for-2006 Nautilus 5711 the hottest watch of 2018.
Grand Seiko receives special attention for its sedulous dedication to building superior products that are rife with brand character. While Rolex doesn’t intend for an owner to think of Geneva while wearing a Submarinber, and Breitling doesn’t try to evoke Grenchen every time you strap on your Navitimer, Grand Seiko truly wants you to feel a part or its Shinshu Watch Studio each time you wear your Grand Seiko Spring Drive Automatic SBGA387 US Edition. Its Kira Zuri dial, Zaratsu polished “44GS” steel case, and 9R65 Spring Drive evoke nothing so much as Japan’s premier watch manufacture and its workspaces in Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture.
Finally, we add métiers d’art with Vacheron Constantin and the 2018 Les Aerostiers limited edition of enamel dials with micro-engraved gold sculptures of early hot air balloons and aviators.
Honorable mention is earned by the Charles Frodsham Double Impulse Chronometer, Rolex GMT Master II 126710, the Reservoir Longbridge British Racing Green, the Ressence Type 2 E-Crown, The G-Shock 35th anniversary GMW-B5000, and the value packed Baume & Mercier Baumatic Clifton COSC.
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