TOP 10 men’s watches of 2021

Friends! Traditionally, we present the TOP-10 hours of the year. Selecting the best of the best, we focus on several criteria: historical background, characteristics, reaction to watches from our readers and connoisseurs of watchmaking around the world. As usual, we are waiting for your comments.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014

Photo: swisswatches-magazine.com

Photo: swisswatches-magazine.com

This model replaced the classic Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A with a blue dial, which at the beginning of this year sent on a well-deserved rest.

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Photo: www.thepeakmagazine.com.sg

Apart from the colour of the dial, nothing has changed in the iconic watch. The excitement around this model was such that already 3 months after the premiere at the virtual salon Watches & Wonders, the watch went under the hammer at a price almost 11 times higher than the official retail.

Patek Philippe Calatrava «Clous de Paris» 6119

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Photo: swisswatches-magazine.com

Patek Philippe doesn’t update the Calatrava collection that often. In 2022, the flagship line of the brand will celebrate its 90th anniversary, so there will definitely be new items. In the meantime, let’s see off the year 2021 and admire the perfect “costume” that the company presented this spring.

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Photo: swisswatches-magazine.com

Enlarged to 39 mm, the case of the model complements the laconic dial in the best traditions of the collection. The numerals on the dial were replaced by overhead watch marks made in support of the case in pink or white gold. The bezel is decorated with the classic guilloche motif “Paris Nails”. In the enlarged case is a new caliber 30-255 PS with manual winding. The diameter of the movement is 9 mm larger than that of the caliber that serves modern models of the collection. Due to this, it was possible to place two winding drums in the mechanism, which provide the new Calatrava with a 65-hour power reserve. Read more about the model in review.

A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

After a two-year break, A. Lange & Söhne has returned the Langematik Perpetual perpetual calendar to its lineup. The reason for this was found significant – the 20th anniversary of the release of the first model of the series.

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

The watch is available in white and rose gold cases. The size is the same as 2 years ago – 38.5 x 10 mm. Both versions received a blue dial, under which there is the same mechanism as 20 years ago. The peculiarity of the L922.1 caliber is that the second hand in the watch can be reset to the starting position for more accurate time adjustment.

Another important characteristic of the mechanism is the ability to configure all calendar readings with one button. However, those who like to mess with traditional settings can use recessed buttons around the perimeter of the case.

Patek Philippe Sky-Moon Tourbillon Ref. 6002R-001

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

There are watches that look like art canvases. The new version of the Patek Philippe Sky-Moon Tourbillon is just one of these watches. The rose gold case with brown enamel dial will replace the current version of the white gold case with a black enamel dial in the Patek Philippe catalogue. With a diameter of 44 mm, the case is quite thick – 17.35 mm. The large thickness is explained by the fact that the developers needed to place 12 complex functions in the mechanism at once. Complications do not overload the dial, since they are placed not only on the front, but also on the back of the watch.

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

In addition to the eternal calendar with an indicator of lunar phases, the clock has a function of stellar time, a map of the starry sky over the Northern Hemisphere and a minute tutor. Included with this luxury are elegant cufflinks. Read more about the model in review.

Panerai Luminor Perpetual Calendar Platinumtech PAM00715

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Photo: monochrome-watches.com

This is the first perpetual calendar in the history of Panerai, except for the two “eternals” that the company made for Ferrari in the 2000s.

Despite the addition of an eternal calendar, the watch has not lost the usual restrained style of Panerai. That’s because only the date and day of the week were placed on the dial. The rest of the functions (month, year, leap year cycle and power reserve indicator) were brought to the reverse side of the clock.

Photo: monochrome-watches.com

Photo: monochrome-watches.com

The body is made of a platinum alloy of the 950th sample, the composition of which Panerai does not disclose. Diving with a platinum watch on your hand is somehow not accepted, so you can not count on diving 300 meters here. Only offer 50. Read more about the model in review.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak «Jumbo» Extra-Thin Ref. 15202PL

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Photo: instagram jcbiver

Audemars Piguet discontinues the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Ref. 15202ST in a steel case, which has been produced since 2012 and produces a platinum version of the model.

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Photo: wristcheck.com

In addition to the noble material of the case, the watch pleased fans of Royal Oak with an emerald green dial. Such a combination has not yet been in the collection. Especially with a gradient and without the usual relief squares of the “Petite Tapisserie” pattern. Read more about watches in article.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar

Titanium case model

Titanium case model

This spring, Bvlgari unveiled the world’s thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar, adding the 7th record to its list of extremely thin watches. With a case thickness of 5.80 mm, the Movement in the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar is 2.75 mm. The case with a diameter of 40 mm is offered in two versions – in titanium and platinum versions.

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

To reduce the thickness of the clock, the mechanism was equipped with a micro-rotor, and the date indicator was presented in retrograde format.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

A completely unexpected novelty in 2021 was presented by IWC. Watchmakers from Schaffhausen decided to compete with Richard Mille in the creation of shockproof models. As a result, a watch with a patented shock absorption system was born.

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Photo: www.gmtpost.com

By design, the Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL model is very remotely reminiscent of the classic specimens from the Big Pilot’s Watch collection. From the usual design of the watch is removed by a console spring made of metal glass visible under the dial. In the event of an impact, it holds the mechanism, ensuring a smooth stop of the resulting movement. According to the assurances of the creators, the SPRIN-g PROTECT system can withstand a load of up to 30,000G. For comparison, in everyday life the conditional maximum for hours is 1000G.

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

Due to the special design of the crown, the mechanism moves independently of the body upon impact. To make it lighter, platinum was made of aluminum. The rest of the materials in the watch also work for ease. The case with a diameter of 44 mm is made of Ceratanium® alloy – in fact, titanium with the properties of ceramics. The case ring is made of titanium. The release of the model is limited to 10 copies per year. It would be strange to expect more – the watch is complicated, and IWC spent as much as 8 years developing its shockproof system. Read more about the model in review.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar – Planetaria

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

Everything Vacheron Constantin does with the Les Cabinotiers collection is admired for both the complexity and the beauty of the performance. This clock features a combination of a biaxial tourbillon and an eternal calendar.

Calendar indications are placed on the dial in such a way that when looking at the watch there is no feeling of overload. Transparent scales of calendar pointers also help to visually unload the dial. The development of the model mechanism, installed inside the 46-mm case, took 4 years. The clock is created in a single copy. Read more about the model in review.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadriptyque

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

The most grandiose watch project of this year and the most complex watch in the Reverso collection, which took 6 years to create. Jaeger-LeCoultre craftsmen have unleashed the full potential of the Reverso by placing the watch’s functions on 4 watch faces.

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

Of the usual complications in the clock there is a perpetual calendar, a soaring tourbillon and a minute repeater. Of the curiosities , an indicator of the dragon cycle, showing the days of solar and lunar eclipses, and an indicator of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, displaying the days that account for the rare phenomenon of supermoon in astronomy.

TOP 10 men's watches of 2021

The watch must be wound manually, and the power reserve is only 50 hours. In case the owner misses the time of winding, a special corrector was built into the gift case in which this model is supplied. The release of the watch is limited to a series of 10 copies.

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