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OUR ANNUAL LOOK AT THE YEAR'S BEST WATCHES AND MOST INTERESTING HOROLOGICAL INNOVATIONS. 

BY COURTNEY KENEFICK & STEPHEN PULVIRENT
 

(Photo: Courtesy Tudor)

(Photo: Courtesy Tudor)

We’re in a golden age of wristwatches. With smartwatches dominating headlines and luxury markets shifting across the globe, the people designing, making, and marketing timepieces have to adjust to shrinking attention spans, and try harder than ever to capture loyal watch collectors. It’s worth the effort, though, and the proof is in the product. Today’s offerings are better, and more thoughtful, than in years past.

For our second annual Watch Guide, we’ve sifted through the thousands of novelties released over the last year, from budget-friendly time-only watches to piece-unique grand complications. With each watch, we uncover more than just a new technology or a covetable dial—there’s also a story and a history behind each of these pieces.

Mechanics remain the sustenance of watchmaking, now with a concerted effort to be less intimidating and more attainable. It wasn’t long ago that high complications commanded high prices, but innovation has made worldtimers (page 13) and annual calendars (page 9) accessible to the fledgling collector, too. The days of throwing diamonds on a smaller men’s watch and calling it a ladies collection are fading into the rear-view mirror with genuinely interesting women’s watches (page 16) taking the spotlight.

In recent memory, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a great watch—or a better time to read about them.