In the market for new watches? Maybe it's your first, or you've already got a collection! Well, staying informed about the latest and greatest options is essential, right? The variety of choices out there is truly overwhelming.
As we delve into 2023, this year has brought plenty of excitement for watch enthusiasts with a steady stream of cool releases. Anniversaries play a significant role in the watch world this year, and we've seen a slew of reissued classics. You can find watches for every budget, priced at a few hundred dollars to extravagant creations adorned with diamonds and six-figure price tags. Moreover, enthusiastic collectors eagerly anticipate each new release.
In this list, we've rounded up our favourite picks to cater to different tastes and budgets. Yes, including watches designed to make a bold style statement and classic Swiss models featuring intricate mechanical movements.
The Best Of Men’s Luxury Watches In 2023
Rolex Yacht-Master Titanium
Rolex introduced several impressive new watches at this year's Watches and Wonders event, and our absolute favourite has to be the Yacht-Master 42mm in full titanium. Up until now, this watch was exclusively offered in white or yellow gold. But, the titanium build brings a practical, work-ready feel to the Yacht-Master, particularly for sailors.
Further, it's capable of staying waterproof up to 100 meters (330 feet). Even though Rolex is known for its incredibly comfortable bracelets, we'd recommend swapping it out for a NATO-style strap to ensure extra security during your next sailing race.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Minute Rattrapante
Not really an active member of the watch world? Or are you someone without a hefty bank account? If yes, luxury watch brands like Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet are relatively unknown to people like you. But if you’re still on the hunt for a high-quality sports watch that flies under the radar in the world of high-end horology, Parmigiani Fleurier's Tonda collection is where you should be looking.
Moreover, the latest addition to the Tonda lineup is the PF Minute Rattrapante. It takes the concept of last year's GMT Rattrapante and applies it to what Parmigiani calls the 'scuba function.' Imagine the rotating bezel on a diver's watch, used to keep track of the minutes of oxygen left in your tank. Parmigiani has taken this idea, removed the bezel, and replaced it with an 18k rose gold second minute hand to indicate your remaining dive time. Well, it's very clever and looks elegant!
To set the dive time, you use push buttons at eight o'clock (five-minute increments) and ten o'clock (one-minute increments). Then, the Rattrapante function on the crown resets the time, hiding the added hand beneath the main minute hand. Looking at the watch face, the PF Minute Rattrapante has a gray dial with:
- A grain d'orge hand-guilloché pattern
- Applied indexes, an applied logo
- A platinum bezel with a coined edge
Flip it over, and you'll find a transparent case back. It lets you take a look inside the 22k gold micro-rotor adorned with guilloché and Côtes de Genève finishing on the movement. Besides, it's a piece of art no matter which angle you admire it from.
Omega Speedmaster Super Racing
Omega kicked off 2023 with a fresh Speedmaster release.
- The eye-catching neon yellow accents.
- A stylish honeycomb dial.
- A distinctive yellow-and-black striped small-seconds hand
All these features give this watch a unique appeal. However, it’s the inner workings that truly matter. Since 2015, Omega has been backing all its mechanical watches with an impressive accuracy guarantee of 0 to +5 seconds per day. Additionally, this commitment has placed Omega among the watch industry's top players regarding precision. Surprisingly, only a select few watchmakers have been able to match such a promise.
But now, Omega has taken it a step further! Through meticulous adjustments to a component called the hairspring, they've introduced something called the Spirate System. Watches equipped with this innovation, like the Super Racing, can now boast an even more impressive accuracy guarantee, ranging between 0 and +2 seconds per day. Perhaps most notably, this achievement gives Omega the upper hand over its market rival, Rolex. It can only assure precision rates within the range of -2 to +2 seconds a day. Truly one of the best in men’s luxury watches!
Norqain Independence Skeleton 42mm Blue Steel
Norqain, a small independent watch brand, is marking its fifth anniversary by releasing a special collection of its Independence model. This particular version of the new watch features a skeletonized design. Also, it allows you to have a look at the inner workings of the Sellita automatic movement as it ticks away at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
It's built to withstand shocks and can be taken down to depths of 100 meters, thanks to its sturdy 42mm case. Moreover, the case gives you a combination of brushed, polished, and sandblasted finishes. For hours, minutes, and seconds, the watch's hands are painted with a blue lacquer for a pop of fun shade.
Audemars Piguet 37mm Royal Oak Selfwinding
Turquoise dials in men’s luxury watches have overtaken the watch world. Patek Philippe set things in motion when they collaborated with Tiffany & Co. on the Nautilus 5711 1A-018 in 2021, featuring an aquamarine dial. Additionally, it quickly gained popularity, finding its way onto the wrists of celebrities like Jay Z, Lebron James, Mark Wahlberg, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
This surge in demand also had a ripple effect on Rolex's turquoise-dial Oyster Perpetual, launched in 2020, driving its prices to new heights. Swatch joined the craze, opting for a peacock-blue dial for its Mission to Uranus watch in the previous year. Even Grand Seiko and Girard-Perregaux hopped on the turquoise bandwagon. And now, Audemars Piguet is following suit- revealing a fresh edition of its 37mm Royal Oak Selfwinding model. Further, it will feature an exquisite natural turquoise dial made of 18-carat yellow gold.
Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Boeing 747
Boeing has recently wrapped up the 747 era. It is a pivotal aircraft that played a significant role in the early days of commercial aviation.
If you've never had the chance to fly aboard the "Queen of the Skies," this news might not strike you as deeply. However, for aviation enthusiasts, bidding farewell to the 747 and its retirement is momentous. What better way to commemorate it than with the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Boeing 747?!
This iconic pilot watch special edition is limited to an apt 747 pieces. Further, it gives a creamy dial with black subdials and a distinctive red inner-slide rule scale. This is a signature feature of the Navitimer series! When you flip the watch over, you can catch a glimpse of the Breitling Caliber 01, showcasing its column wheel and vertical clutch.
Along the watch's sides, the brand has engraved the phrases "The Original Jumbo Jet" and "One of 747." It's a fitting tribute to bid farewell to a true aviation legend.
Zenith Pilot Automatic
There are plenty of pilot's watches out there, but when it comes to the technical designation, there's only one true 'Pilot' watch. Thanks to the forward-thinking approach of Zenith's founder, the company secured a trademark for the French term 'Pilote' in 1888. Followed by the English translation, 'Pilot,' in 1904 (just a year after the Wright brothers' successful flight in 1903).
Consequently, this watchmaker based in Le Locle is the sole brand authorized to feature the term 'Pilot' on its watch dials today. The collection that proudly carries this name is Zenith's longest-running line. Further, this year, it's undergone a complete transformation.
Our top pick from this revamped range (and if you're wondering why it commands the price tag that it does, it's because of the watch's integration of Zenith's in-house, high-frequency El Primero movement) is the 40mm three-hand Automatic model in black ceramic. We're particularly fond of the horizontal grooves on the dial. Moreover, it is designed to replicate the corrugated metal seen on the fuselage of vintage aircraft.
This particular line garnered widespread acclaim from the watch community. So, considering the triumphant return of Tissot's sporty '70s-inspired PRX in 2021, it's hardly shocking to see the collection expanding significantly. The extension includes a variety of dial colors, fresh rubber straps, and even an option with a luminescent dial.
However, our favorite Tissot PRX has to be the straightforward, no-frills, black-on-black version powered by a quartz movement.
TAG Heuer Monza Flyback Chronometer
Tag Heuer has always been closely associated with the world of racing, and their new Monza watch is no exception. It's like peering under the hood of the latest Red Bull F1 car with its dynamic carbon-fiber case that exudes speed. Additionally, the skeletonized dial offers a glimpse of the engine within – an in-house caliber Heuer 02 flyback chronograph.
Measuring 42mm in width, the case strikes a nice balance for legibility when using the chronograph function. Despite its thickness of around 16mm, the timepiece remains comfortable on the wrist. A big thanks to its lightweight carbon construction!
With a water resistance rating of 100 meters and an impressive 80-hour power reserve, this is built to withstand more than just a single race.
Cartier Tank Américaine Large
In 2023, Cartier added a touch more curvature to the Américaine, the largest member of the Tank collection. Further, this enhanced its allure on the wrist. Yet, the modifications to the case aren't the only changes. The latest version has done away with the date function, transforming it into a time-only piece. Additionally, Cartier also decided to remove the seconds hand, but the two remaining hands maintain their signature Cartier blue hue. Now, the dial boasts a vertical satin brushing finish.
Nestled inside the elegant 44.4 x 24.4mm case is the automatic Cartier caliber 1899 MC. Surprisingly, it offers a respectable 40-hour power reserve. While the watch is water-resistant up to 30 meters, it's worth noting that it comes with an alligator strap. You may want to switch to rubber or nylon if you plan on taking a dip. Also, one can get your hands on this timepiece starting in September 2023.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
The Daytona has undergone its most significant update since Rolex introduced ceramic tachymeter bezels to the collection in 2015. Although it must be admitted, spotting these updates at first or even second glance can be quite challenging. The most substantial modernization lies within, where Rolex has installed its flagship Calibre 4131. This movement means that all the new Daytonas now offer an impressive 72-hour power reserve.
What's more? The calibre features a skeletonized rotor adorned with meticulous hand finishing. Also, if you opt for the platinum model, you'll have the unique opportunity to observe the movement in action through an exhibition caseback. It is a first for Daytona!
On the exterior, die-hard Daytona enthusiasts might just be able to discern:
- A beefier crown guard
- Slightly larger lugs
- Somewhat smaller subdials
Although the keyword here is 'might.'
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Universelle RD#4
The RD#4 marks a significant milestone for Audemars Piguet, being their most intricate timepiece. The new Calibre 1000 is a masterpiece of watchmaking, boasting an astounding 23 complications. Moreover, these include:
- Split-seconds chronograph
- A flyback function
- A minute repeater
- Grande sonnerie
- A semi-Gregorian perpetual calendar
- An accurate astronomical moon phase
- A tourbillon
- Automatic winding
Yes, it represents an extraordinary level of craftsmanship, but what's even more remarkable is that Audemars Piguet managed to house all 1,155 components within a case measuring just 42mm in width and 15.5mm in thickness. Well, it's a true testament to their exceptional skill and precision.
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