The readers of the “Welt am Sonntag”, the magazine “Wristwatches” and a specialist jury have voted: These are the best watches of the year 2016 – they have all prevailed by far.
The minute repetition is regarded as the most difficult task in watchmaking.Whoever interprets them afresh therefore needs a great deal of specialized knowledge.Audemars Piguet can look back on the longest tradition in the construction of watches with lambs.This was incorporated into the “Royal Oak Concept Supersonic”: the anchoring of the sound springs on a separate membrane between the clockwork and the caseback makes the model considerably louder than the predecessor.
In the sound picture, the clockmakers oriented themselves to a 1941 lamppost, which they found in the in-house museum.Today’s model sounds about twice to three times as strong.In the future, all minute repetitions will have to be measured on the sound volume of “supersonic”.
Modern wristwatches with automatic winding have a very high degree of maturity today.Gauge precision, maneuverability and gait stability have reached a level that would hardly have been imaginable for the fathers of today’s watchmakers.
Nevertheless, the Breitling engineers decided to disassemble their manufactory caliber B01 in order to optimize it according to the latest findings and with the help of the latest technologies.The “Superocean Heritage Chronoworks” has shifted the borders, which already shows a detail like the reserve of at least 100 hours.Our readers chose it as the “sporty watch of the year”.
Nomos Glashütte is one of the younger manufactories on the world market.Housed in the former railway station of the small town of Saxony, the supplier has always developed since the first collection in 1992, today it is the largest German supplier of mechanical watches.
After 2016 a model from the launch collection of the new extra-flat automatic calibers was selected as the “watch of the year”, the readers have also voted this year with a large majority for a nomos with the new automatic manufactory caliber DUW 3001.The classic watch of the year 2017 is Nomos Glashütte “Tangente neomatik”.
Jaeger-LeCoultres “Reverso” celebrated its 85th anniversary last year – and “Atelier Reverso” now allows customers to design their own model.Personal perceptions can be implemented using numerous dials.
Every color – from pink to deep blue or gray nuances to red and brown tones – change the character of the watch.In the “Classic Duetto” model, precious stone hour markers add intensity to the dial.The bracelet can also be chosen individually – from different leather varieties or materials such as satin.
The “Senator Excellence” from Glashütte Original is mainly about a new manufactory watch movement.Since the introduction of the first three-hour watches, a model with a panorama date and a perpetual calendar with a moon phase display have now been added.While the exterior is very simple, the new work, caliber 36, took more than three years to develop.
The It comes with a reduced number of components – not least to reduce the wear.For the first time Glashütte Original uses a silicon spiral.Among other things, the material is extremely resistant to magnetism.The manufactory from the Saxonian small town has developed considerably.