Our 2018 purchasing guides have to come to an end. After the top 10 watches underneath EUR 2,000 , followed by 10 watches between EUR 2,000 and 5,000 , our 10 prefered watches between EUR 5,000 to EUR 10,000, and finally out top picks between EUR 10,000 and EUR 25,000 , it is presently an ideal opportunity to take a gander at the most awesome aspect the best, when cash doesn’t matter anymore: the best watches of 2018 in the very good quality category, all estimated above EUR 25,000. Complications, Haute-Horlogerie developments, hand-made decorations… what dreams are made of!
Note: as always, these “purchasing guides” are our personal choices and we’re certain you’ll have your own favorites. Don’t hesitate to list your top watches of 2018 in this “Above 25k Euros” category in the comment segment at the finish of this article!
A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split – EUR 139,000
When it comes to chronographs, A. Lange & Söhne already had a handful of masterpieces, including the Datograph and the Double Split. For 2018, the brand chose to give these two another king, with the Triple Split – basically, the super Double-Split, itself the uber-Datograph. Technically, the rattrapante work has been executed on the seconds as well as one the minutes (like the Double Split) yet additionally on the hours. What is most great is the decoration and the complexity of the development – which is admittedly perhaps the most staggering chronograph developments we’ve at any point seen. The plan, then again, remains rather circumspect with a combination of a white gold case and gray dial. To put it plainly, the uber-uber-chrono – and a cost of EUR 139,000.
Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain – CHF 60,000
We already realized that Rexhep Rexhepi, originator of Akrivia, was capable of creating amazing and complex watches, with brilliantly decorated developments. However, genuine acknowledgment just came for the current year when his Chronomètre Contemporain won the desired men’s watch prize at the GPHG 2018. And which is all well and good! With this new piece, Rexhep zeroed in on greater effortlessness, more elegance and more subtlety… yet just for the habillage – note the great hands and enamel dial. The development, completely done in-house is done to an extraordinary level. This new Chronomètre Contemporain is the watch of that reflects Rexhep’s maturity and a feast for Haute Horlogerie experts. A decent way to spend CHF 60,000.
Bovet Recital 22 “Grand Recital” – CHF 435,000
Meet the best watch of 2018 according to the jury of the GPHG. The Bovet Recital 22 “Grand Recital” certainly is an amazing watch and shows all the talent of this manufacture. This watch has everything: the originality of the plan, the complications, the hand-completing, the admiration of a secular brand and an undeniable charm. The Grand Recital combines hours indicated by a rotating Earth with day/night indication, retrograde minutes, a one-minute tourbillon, a retrograde perpetual calendar on the back and an exactness moon phase (goodness and a force save indicator as well, with “just” 9 days of force). Certainly not the most cautious piece but rather consider it as a demonstration of savoir-faire and a flagship for the brand – which, as you can imagine, doesn’t come cheap retailing for CHF 435,000.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic – EUR 125,000
Having the most slender tourbillon, the most slender moment repeater and one of the most slender automatic watches in the assortment wasn’t enough for Bvlgari. So for Baselworld 2018, the team chose to hit hard with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic – which is basically the most slender automatic watch and most slender tourbillon ever. Its development is paper slim at 1.95mm in stature and its case is… almost non-existent at 3.95mm. To make this watch conceivable, Bvlagri took the super-slender hand-wound tourbillon development and added a peripheral rotor around it – so both the automatic and hand-wound are the same stature. The case has also been improved to be as thin as conceivable. And no, this isn’t an idea in particular yet can even be purchased for EUR 125,000 – a ton of cash yet almost “reasonable” considering the technical achievement.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral – EUR 59,700
Carl F. Bucherer was already known for its utilization of the peripheral rotor twisting framework on its in-house development – something the brand was the first to actualize on a full industrial scale (this 1950s innovation never really made it in excess of a couple hundred pieces previously). For its 130th anniversary, the brand drives the idea further by actualizing the peripheral complication on the tourbillon – something exceptional. A tourbillon normally is held in place by two extensions (classic architecture) or one scaffold (flying architecture). At Carl F. Bucherer, there are essentially no scaffolds to hold the rotating cage. The tourbillon, raised on top of the dial, appears like it’s floating. It is, in fact, upheld peripherally by three ceramic ball bearings, which guarantee a stable association, exact guidance, and smooth running – and a staggering visual impact. The remainder of the Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral is classic, elegant and pleasantly executed. A noteworthy technical achievement available for EUR 59,700.
De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius – CHF 60,000
De Bethune has had its good and bad times as of late yet the brand appears to be back on track with the presentation of several new models – which combine all the attributes that made the brand so desirable and interesting. As an example is this just stunning DB25 Starry Varius , a watch that is De Bethune in the most ideal way. Sublimely executed, combining classic components with striking details and with a development that is done to an astonishing level. And then there is this dial, this flamed blued, hand-cleaned titanium dial with a customizable starry sky… The outcome is elegant, antique and current at the same time, poetical and a feast for Haute Horlogerie lovers. CHF 60,000.
Grönefeld 1941 Principia – EUR 29,950
What is a 3-hand, automatic watch doing in this guide? Please bear with us, as this Grönefeld 1941 Principia isn’t any sort of time-just watch. Bringing back the plan of the Remontoire watch, the Horological Brothers have created a misleadingly elegant and restrained piece (especially in this enameled version)… But wait until you turn the watch over and see what may be the most shocking time-just, automatic development of the year. For their “simpler” watch, the Bros remain consistent with their wonderful decoration and to their remarkable way of building a development. Tactful and restrained outside, expansive within. And that makes the Principia – an Observatoire-style piece – a genuine watch for experts, which is evaluated at EUR 29,950.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece – CHF 55,000
This year, at the SIHH 2018, Laurent Ferrier presented his own vision of a calendar watch . Housed in the elegant and beautifully proportioned School Piece case, LF created a watch in his usual 1930s/1940s style, with area dial and signature Assegai-shaped hands. In addition to that was another alloy for the case, named pale yellow gold – a sand-hued material that impeccably befits the vintage accents of this watch. Mechanically-speaking, the watch doesn’t disappoint either, with an easy to understand mechanism for the annual calendar and another proprietary development, again sublimely decorated. Certainly quite possibly the most elegant bits of 2018, evaluated at CHF 55,000 in gold (CHF 50,000 in steel).
Patek Philippe Worltime Minute Repeater 5531R – CHF 495,000
With the 5531R, Patek Philippe brings the most amazing aspect its best. It combines in a solitary watch two signature complications of the brand. First is the WorldTimer, which Patek was one of the principal manufactures to execute. Then is the moment repeater, and we realize that Patek masters the tolling complications. Add to that a cloisonné enamel dial (a landscape created from flimsy gold wires and then miniature painted with enamel powders) and a brilliantly shaped case. Obviously, as you can expect, this doesn’t come cheap – CHF 495,000 yet what a great way to spend half 1,000,000 Swiss Francs. Spoiler: we’ll have a full review of this watch in the coming days.
Urwerk UR-111C – EUR 155,000
Last however not least, URWERK, the hyper-creative autonomous watchmaker, presented another watch this year. While consistent with the underlying foundations of the brand, the UR-111C also marks a departure from the signature wandering hours complications with the satellites. The time is displayed by rollers and a retrograde linear display for the minutes. And there’s the optical fiber “screen” that projects the seconds indication from the lower part of the development to the highest point of the watch – far from necessary however appallingly cool. The plan is still exceptionally noteworthy and technical however is shockingly wearable. Creativity and intensity to the max. CHF 155,000.