As a Managing Editor, I love to challenge the redaction team at MONOCHROME. So half a month prior, I gathered the vast majority of our editors and benefactors and accompanied THE central issue, one that appears to be straightforward from the outset, however indeed, isn’t. One short inquiry: “choose your number one watch of 2019”, with no other principle than that. No thought of cost, of accessibility, of maker or of complication, simply the watch that they couldn’t imagine anything better than to possess. What’s more, the appropriate responses are quite intriguing. So here are the MONOCHROME’s team Top Watches of 2019.
Gandor Bronkhorst, supporter – Patek Philippe Chronograph 5172G
Sure, it’s a protected decision. Yet, the Chronograph 5172G is a protected decision since it wins in what it was made for: the leader watch of likely the most lofty watchmaker on the planet. What’s considerably more great: it replaces a symbol (the 5170), and is really, as far as I might be concerned, better than its archetype. I love the marginally more present day plan, the staggering subtleties and obviously that inconceivable in-house hand-wound type CH 29-535. The size is awesome, as is the general appearance. On the off chance that I had this watch, I’m apprehensive very few other watches would get any more airplay. Would I get it, regardless of the cost? Unquestionably! On the off chance that lone the cost wouldn’t make any difference…
Rebecca Doulton, Editor – MB&F Legacy Machine Flying T
Here, finally, is a ladies’ watch that requests sincerely and mentally. Conspicuously a MB&F creation, with its whimsical organizing and UFO-style domed repository, I can’t think about another ladies’ watch that offers a more liberal 3D perspective on a flying tourbillon. Set against an inky dark foundation, the section development of the tourbillon comes to up from the dial and plays out its one-minute gyrations under your very eyes. And what might be said about the surprising situation of the hours and minutes counter inclining toward the escapement? The dashes of precious stones looking into it and topping the tourbillon are ladylike without being influenced. MB&F’s Legacy Machine Flying T is an important exercise for watchmakers out there on the most proficient method to make an intriguing ladies’ watch without falling into prosaisms. Much appreciated, Max and congratulations!
Frank Geelen, author – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
To my companions, it’s no mysterious that I’m a major devotee of “sports elegant” watches and the Royal Oak is, as far as I might be concerned, the zenith of this classification of watches. At the point when Audemars Piguet introduced the RD#2 project at SIHH 2018, it was a serious stun – a positive stun I should say. How in the world had they had the option to decrease the thickness of the all around super-thin, über-sports-watch, the Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’, and add an unending schedule? Looks, style, wearing comfort and legacy, and now likewise a solid portion of details, it basically doesn’t improve and therefore, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is my number one watch of 2019. Look at our top to bottom video with Giulio Papi, Nicolas Raggi and Michael Friendman about this specialized wonder for more details.
Frank Geelen, originator – Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Black Ceramic
I’m utilizing my “I’m the manager power” to add a subsequent option for the MONOCHROME team top picks of the year; and I could do some more, as I might suspect it’s been an energizing year as far as watches. Basically think about the thermo-compensating balance created by Karsten Fräßdorf in the Spirograph Sport . Commonly something that 90% of watch fans couldn’t care less for, and that’s all fine, however it is something that I find amazingly energizing. Notwithstanding, the watch that I need to make reference to in this “Best of 2019” is the most recent emphasis of the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo, the dark fired adaptation. As said previously, I’m a major enthusiast of ‘sports elegant’ watches and the Octo Finissimo is a particularly radiant newcomer in this classification, as I sang recognition to when comparing the titanium adaptation to my old Royal Oak ref. 5402ST . The Octo Finissimo is as of now a definitive MONOCHROME watch and with this freshest version, Bvlgari has come up with the best release up until now. I love this Full-Black Ceramic Octo Finissimo .
Brice Goulard, Managing Editor – Breguet Type 20 Revival “Only Watch”
I know, this is a remarkable piece, I realize it has just been sold and I know (unfortunately) that I’m not the proprietor. Yet, in the event that you know me, you’ll realize that I’m a gigantic enthusiast of pilot’s chronographs as a rule and of the Breguet Type XX – which I own . So when the brand went up to the Only Watch good cause sell off this year with a balanced re-version of the original Type 20 (a military piece so Type 20, not Type XX), with a patinated dial and a truly pertinent hand-wound flyback development, I was quickly infatuated. Thus, without a doubt, this watch is, as far as I might be concerned, the most amazing aspect 2019… Now I simply need to trust that the brand will choose to dispatch it as a restricted release and to call my broker to apologize… Because I have to claim it.
Xavier Markl, Technical Editor and Business – Vacheron Constantin Perpetual Calendar Twin Beat
The Vacheron Constantin Twin Beat was one of the principal new watches I have seen in 2019… and it checks all the crates. As a matter of first importance, it includes a shrewd and easy to understand advancement. Ceaseless schedules monitor the date as long as they continue to run. The Twin Beat highlights two modes – dynamic when worn and backup when put away. A pusher permits changing from dynamic mode – with a controller ticking at 5hz and 40 hours of force hold – to the “storage” backup more – with a subsequent controller ticking at 1.2hz, giving an amazing force save of 65 days! Other than that captivating turn of events, what a delightful watch! It looks more current and more specialized than most of the brand’s watches, however it is still very Vacheron. As you would expect, the watch is consummately made and wrapped up. What’s more, at 42mm it isn’t too huge notwithstanding the complex movement.
Tom Mulraney, giver – MING 17.06 Copper
I’m sure numerous individuals will scrutinize my decision however by far quite possibly the most intriguing deliveries for me this year has been the MING 17.06 Copper . Less for the actual watch, despite the fact that there is positively a great deal to like, yet more in light of what it addresses. At the point when I originally got drenched into the universe of mechanical watches longer than 10 years prior, Ming Thein was one of the primary members of this growing yet energetic online community I had the delight of meeting. Having had the chance to visit with him honestly on a few events since the dispatch of the eponymous MING Watch brand, I have been dazzled by his energy, vision and devotion. Love them or scorn them, you can’t contend with the tender loving care, the eagerness to attempt new things and the drive to make an incentive for watch darlings across the value range. This was perceived recently at the GPHG, with the MING 17.06 Copper being granted the Horological Revelation Prize. A noteworthy accomplishment for a Malaysian-based brand that is scarcely two years of age. Of course, the 2019 creation of every one of the three forms of the MING 17.06 has just sold out.
Robin Nooij, Contributor – Hautlence HL Sphere 01
Even however numerous excellent, great watches have been presented for this present year, my decision goes to the Hautlence HL Sphere 01 . Why? I’m absolutely sure the watch put the greatest grin all over this year. I love eccentric, unordinary time shows from brands this way. I love out-of-the-container watchmaking and, I concede, to some degree pointlessly complex developments to accomplish something other than what’s expected from a few midway mounted hands. The inventiveness and craftsmanship expected to come up with such a system on a particularly limited scale consistently dazzle me. Albeit colossally out of my value range, I couldn’t want anything more than to claim a particularly provocative piece one day. The huge TV-screen molded case, the circular presentation of the hours, the hopping of the complication on the entire hour, the sapphire bulb on the front, the noticeable retrograde moment mechanism… there hasn’t actually been something this year that approaches or outperforms this for me.
Erik Slaven, donor – H. Moser & Cie. Idea Minute Repeater Tourbillon
It’s been an astounding year for watch discharges, however a specific one truly stood out to me in a packed field of greats. The H. Moser & Cie. Try Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon takes two of my #1 complications, the flying tourbillon and moment repeater, and puts them up front on an obvious dark dial. The brand’s “Concept” esthetic accentuates moderation and this piece is a victory of basic refinement. Silver and dark play together with no logo or print of any sort, simply an immediate introduction of haute horology. I’m typically not a fanatic of occupied dials and it’s uncommon for a particularly specialized piece to show such a lot of visual limitation. It’s wonderful, mysterious and particularly H. Moser. Unquestionably my top pick of the year.
Santiago Tejedor, giver – A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon Salmon
It’s Christmas so it is an ideal opportunity to dream! I couldn’t say whether this is the best watch of the year, however it is positively the best watch I could fantasy about having as a present in my stocking. It has everything: the best (and delightful!) chronograph development prepared with an unpretentious winder (it doesn’t attack the dial) and an unending schedule. Ideal decipherability for a particularly complex measure of data introduced on a stunning salmon dial. I realize Lange doesn’t care for it to be classified “salmon”, yet anyway you need to call it, it is simply excellent and the pink gold makes it less grave. Likewise, the size (41.5mm x 14.6mm tallness) isn’t off the outlines, and the round white gold case makes it look more modest than it really is. So indeed, for me this Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon “Salmon” is the best watch of 2019.