Our Best Luxury Watches Of 2017
2017 has been an eventful year in the world of watches and beyond.
We've been busy at Beaverbrooks HQ, with highlights including 'creating' a royal proposal (and then the royal engagement actually happening!) and our chairman Mark Adlestone winning the Outstanding Contribution to the Jewellery Industry Award at the prestigious UK Jewellery Awards.
In the watch world, there were lots of new releases to get excited about. We take a look back at some of our favourites from the likes of TAG Heuer, Tudor, Breitling and more.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, from £1,200
One of TAG Heuer’s biggest launches in 2017, the follow up to the TAG Heuer Connected 1 boasted complete customisability with its modular design.
It was also slightly more streamlined than TAG Heuer’s first smart watch offering, with a 45mm case size instead of a 46mm, and it was of course packed with more features and technology updates.
For example, the Modular 45 is water resistant to 50m (making it splash proof and usable in shallow waters) and is powered by Android Wear 2.0 with features such as Android Pay, built-in GPS and built-in microphone.
We love it because of its phenomenal technology, Swiss Made craftsmanship and complete customisability.
Read our review of the Modular 45 here.
Omega AquaTerra 150m, £4,080
The beautiful AquaTerra 150m collection from Omega won our hearts with its stunning new look. Now with a symmetrical case to achieve a perfect sense of balance, the dial of this watch is one of the most defining features.
Running horizontally instead of vertically as they have done on previous Aqua Terra’s, these lines recall the decks of luxury yachts. The updates continue to the interior of the watch too, with each piece powered by the Omega’s new Master Chronometer movements.
Breitling Superocean Heritage II, £3,710
Marking the 60th anniversary of the 1957 original Superocean model, the Breitling Superocean Heritage II was definitely one of our favourite launches from Breitling this year.
One of the original dive watches from the fifties era, the Superocean proved that Breitling are as at home in the sea as they are in the air.
We love how this modern day version preserves many of the original intricate details, such as the unusual shape of the hands, whilst boasting new technological feats like the Breitling B20 chronograph movement – C.O.S.C. certified, of course.
Read more about the watch here.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark, £2,970
In the year Tudor announced both David Beckham and Lady Gaga as brand ambassadors (can we just take a moment, please?!), the brand also had a busy Baselworld with four new Heritage Black Bay models.
Before we discuss our favourite of those four, let’s appreciate Lady Gaga in her Tudor #BornToDare campaign… quite fitting as Gaga’s choice is the Black Bay.
Specifically, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark really caught our eye this year. Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay collection is one of the brand’s most iconic, with its unique and recognisable aesthetic.
The Black Bay Dark, striking and attention-demanding, retains the famous vintage details such as the ‘snowflake’ hands from 1969 and the red triangle on the bezel from 1958.
Its all-black look is what sets it apart from the rest of the family, and we're big fans.
Raymond Weil David Bowie, £1,395
We’ve talked about this Raymond Weil watch a lot this year - for good reason – so it’s no surprise it makes this list.
A beautiful tribute to one of the most iconic, influential and inspirational artists of all time, this Raymond Weil David Bowie watch stylishly nods to Bowie throughout.
We love the red lightning bolt and Andy Warhol’s famous pop art logo on the dial, whilst the real celebration of Bowie is on the caseback; the renowned photograph of the musician, taken in 1974 by Terry O’Neil.
Read more about this watch here.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01 43mm, £4,250
Okay, so we know this is our second TAG Heuer of the list, but for good reason. We loved the Heuer 01 44mm, so when the Heuer 01 was released with a 43mm case – we were sold.
Not only is it a Swiss Made chronograph with an in-house movement, it’s a Swiss Made chronograph with an in-house movement from possibly the most famous TAG Heuer collection – the Carrera.
A collection filled with racing heritage and high powered prowess, TAG Heuer have made this Carrera Heuer 01 stand out from the rest of the Carreras with its striking skeleton dial and a 43mm case.
Marginally smaller than the 44mm version, which you can read about here, this impressive watch is the hi-tech and contemporary choice for TAG Heuer and Carrera fans. It makes our list because of how it manages to stay true to the iconic Carrera line whilst being bold, brilliant and daring.
Bremont ALT1-P2, £3,895
This Bremont ALT1-P2 watch commemorates the 10th anniversary of Bremont’s first ever watches, including the ALT1-P chronograph which became loved by aviation professionals.
Designed with aviators in mind, the ‘P’ stands for pilot and this classically understated timepiece provides the very best in accuracy and clarity. Updates include this new cream version, the removal of the crown at 8 o’clock and an enlarged sapphire crystal caseback for a bigger view of the Bremont BE-53AE movement.
We love its smart, vintage aesthetic, and it’s a wonderful luxury watch from British brand Bremont.
Oris Chronoris Date, £1,570
A modern version of Oris’ first Chronoris, introduced in 1970, the Chronoris Date echoes the original version with its retro design and racing-inspired style.
The 1970 version was Oris’ first chronograph for the Swiss brand, and the 2017 offering features an inner rotating bezel timer – a pretty nifty feature that is turned by the crown at 4 o’clock.
The retro aesthetic, enhanced by the flashes of orange on the dial, makes this updated Chronoris a very cool timepiece from Oris.
So, there you have it; a list of some of our favourite watches this year. Here's to 2018, and the excellent watches the year is set to bring... Watch out for new releases and special editions from TAG Heuer, Omega and more.