Best Watches of 2013 – Part 2
Continuing our series of the best watches for 2013, we examine some of our favorite pieces to debut this year. Do you have a favorite not on the list? Leave us some feedback and we might just feature it!
Breguet Classique La Musicale 7800BR
Breguet seems to always introduce groundbreaking pieces in classical Breguet fashion. This year, the piece that seemed to really stand out was yet another La Musicale piece — the 7800BR — which plays Bach’s Badinerie sublimely. The sound is breathtaking and the dial work, which has this infinity symbol effect, is very cool. The watch is, however, quite an un-Breguet like 48mm but the space is needed to house the musical movement.
Oh yes, another can’t miss limited edition piece by the British powerhouse Bremont! Following up on their successful run of limited editions such as the Norton chronograph, the P-51, and the HMS Victory, among others, is the WWII inspired Codebreaker which gets its historical artifacts from Bletchley Park. We are an authorized dealer for Bremont; any Bremont inquiries can be addressed by calling us at 216-382-7011
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery Tourbillon
Cartier had a tremendous 2013 as their Fine Watchmaking Collection was boosted by several really interesting pieces. The piece that stole the show, in my opinion, was the Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery Tourbillon. The “free floating” tourbillon was developed with a ton of new technique advancements that company used across several models. No matter how you look at this piece, it’s pretty cool!
The write-up on this mysterious piece can be found here
Christophe Claret Kantharos
Nothing ordinary comes from the Christophe Claret Manufacturer factory. This year, Christophe Claret reworked the traditional chronograph in a way only he can: he made it chime. This unique take on the traditional chronograph is anything but ordinary. Beyond just the fascinating chiming mechanism, a proprietary force constant differential was also integrated to create a completely unique timekeeping experience. Picciones’ is an authorized dealer for Christophe Claret.
de Bethune DB28 Skybridge
Some watch companies take the rule book and set fire to it. That’s pretty much what de Bethune is all about: setting rule books ablaze. I love the new DB28 Skybridge with it’s sensational dial and crazy looking hands and case design. Sophistication and watchmaking futurism oozes from this piece. All de Bethune ever seems to do is make crazy-awesome watches and win awards. That blue dial…mmmm.
F.P. Journe – 30 Year Anniversary Tourbillon
F.P. Journe is celebrating his 30th anniversary this year and recently introduced a highly limited piece to commemorate the first pocket watch he ever made. After 30 years, F.P. Journe has amassed an incredible list of achievements and accomplishments that make him, arguably, the greatest living watchmaker. One could also make the case for any “debut” watch from F.P. Journe to be on the “best of” list, but this piece holds a special place for a special anniversary.