Here are the Best Watches of 2018 as picked by the editors and writers of Watchuseek.
We each picked two watches, one watch under the $2,000 USD price point and the other with no restrictions on price. A little bit of something for everyone, from a digital watch from Japan all the way up to a mechanical tour de force from Germany.
“I selected the MeisterSinger Metris as one of my favorites from Basel 2018. The retro ’70s case, easy-to-read clear dial (especially blue) with nice contrasted hands and numbers, wears well on wrist, and fresh aesthetics which make the watch unique even with the cyclops date. I liked it so much, I own —Bhanu Chopra
“In 2018 I was not impressed by many high-end new watches. Sure, there were variants like all gold Octo Finissimo. So, my choice is Dornbluth 99.10 Weltzeit Klassik. It is a classic Dornie but with a GMT twist. After visiting the atelier this year, it truly gave me a perspective of hand finish and the laborious way to use traditional machines to make various watch parts. A decentralized 24-hour display (display of the home time) at “6 o’clock” and a 12-hour display from the middle (display of the respective country time), which can be switched by using a separate rectangular push-button at “2 o’clock”, so that when looking at the time the home time and the current local time can be read. The overall finish is excellent and it understated and practical for travelling. To summarize this Dornie – It is all business up front, party in the back.” —Bhanu Chopra
“In October, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Concorde, Bremont launched the Bremont Supersonic. The Bremont Supersonic contains the manufacturer’s first ever manual wind movement with an 8-day power reserve and a power reserve indicator at the 12 o’clock position on the dial. Aluminum taken from the plane has been machined into a decorated ring within the case back design, underneath the crystal. Fittingly, the watch has been designed with a 70’s look and feel with a sunburst white dial representing Concorde’s specially developed highly reflective paint. The blue hands of the Supersonic echo British Airways blue on Concorde’s famous livery and a motif of the plane’s silhouette can be seen on the second-hand sub dial. Priced at US$12,495 in stainless steel, I would walk a mile over broken glass to get my hands on one of these very cool babies.” —Michael Weare
In October G-SHOCK launched the Limited Edition Gorillaz DW-5600BB with a matt-black finish. This particular model is named after band member Russel Hobbs. In reality Russel Hobbsis a brand of British made electrical goods. The DW-5600BB includes an LED display flasher, Multi-function alarm and 200M Water Resistance. Gorillaz were founded by Damon Albarn in 1999 with illustrations by Jamie Hewlett. Together they have created videos and several albums with various contributing musicians, and yet the band only exists as cartoons. A lovely idea, and clever of G-SHOCK to collaborate with them. —Michael Weare
“I have a 6.5″ wrist, so when Laco announced the Speyer Type B with its 39mm matte steel case, thermally blued hands with aged Superluminova C3, and automatic movement I had to jump on it. At $1,150 it was a no-brainer for this Flieger fan.” —Brad B.
“My pick for 2018 was based purely on emotion. The seeds of the Corum Heritage “Hobo Coin” were planted at BaselWorld 2015 during a meeting with the WatchUSeek team. Bhanu may remember when the conversation turned to Corum’s split gold coin watches of the 1960’s I fished a hand carved Buffalo Nickel out of my wallet, tossed it on the table and asked if they were familiar with “Hobo Nickels”. Corum’s representatives were intrigued and after the show their Marketing Director reached out to me for an engraver recommendation. Fast forward to BaselWorld 2018 where Aleksey Saburov (whom I recommended to Corum three years earlier) was carving a one dollar silver coin right there in Corum’s lounge for their new “Hobo Coin” line. One of the pieces went on to represent Corum at this years Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve.” —Brad B.
“The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition gives the look and feel of a vintage watch with a modern 40mm size and none of the vintage repair headaches. The stunning green dial mixed in with the warm feel of the bronze case are a perfect match.” —Scott D.
“At Baselworld 2018 the one watch that really caught me by surprise was the Benu 37 from Moritz Grossmann. The stylized numerals give the watch a look and feel from another era, while still being a thoroughly modern watch. Every aspect of the watch has been perfectly designed and executed, from the brown violet hands on to the manufacture calibre 102.1.” —Scott D.
“As far as I am concerned the Formex Essence was the one and only “enfant terrible“ when it comes to new watches of 2018. It’s not only the price-to-value ratio which makes the Formex unique. With its case supension, carbon fibre folding clasp with easy to operate micro adjustment, quick out strap gadget, gorgeous vertically brushed dials, COSC certified SW 200-1, the watch offers a package of technical and design features other manufacturers can‘t deliver at a competitive price.” —Mike S.
“The world’s first triple rattrapante chronograph is a horological feast for the eyes. The possibility to measure split times for seconds, minutes and hours will be reserved to a fairly small audience of afficionados thanks to its complexity and cost, but in watchmaking it’s a milestone.” —Mike S.