Best Watches of 2013 – Part 1
Today we take a look at some of the very best watches the industry introduced this year. This list covers brands that we don’t carry as a retailer, but respect and admire as watch enthusiasts! If you think there’s a piece that should be on this list, leave us a comment and let us know!
A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Lumen
A. Lange & Sohne is arguably the world’s finest watch company. There’s no doubt that Glashutte company produces some incredible pieces, but in 2013 they have THREE watches that are on our “Best of List” this year. The Grand Lange 1 Lumen is an exciting twist to the iconic classic. This year, in limited fashion, A. Lange & Sohne produced a semi-transparent dial to reveal the wonderful grand date mechanism that normally hides beneath a solid silver dial. This piece is limited to 200 models in platinum.
A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar
It can be argued that no company had a better 2013 than A. Lange & Sohne. The 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar is an instant classic. Perpetual calendars are difficult to make look “handsome” as indicators and windows that display all of the calendars functions can sometimes make the dial look unorganized and very busy. This piece manages to arrange all the indicators (along with the chronograph complication) beautifully. In fact, I think this is perhaps the best looking “dress watch” dial (if I may so categorize it) ever made. This is on the “grail list”!
For more information and a hands-on review, check out aBlogtoWatch’s post here.
A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication
A. Lange & Sohne wasn’t done with the Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar and Grand Lange 1 Lumen. Like I said, it’s easy to argue that Lange had the best 2013 of any brand in terms of new product debuts. Ref. 912.032 broke the A. Lange & Sohne mold this year, as it’s the companies first true grand complication wristwatch, ushering in a new era for the iconic brand. The Grand Complication’s movement is comprised of 826 parts and features a grand and petite sonnerie (minute repeater), perpetual calendar, rattrapante chronograph and moon phase indicator. By any definition, this is an extraordinary timepiece. There will only be six pieces ever made. The price: $2,500,000
Antoine Martin Slow Runner
The micro-independent Antoine Martin garnered some much deserved attention with this incredible “new” concept: the super slow 7,200 v/p/h (1 hertz) balance that measures a staggering 24 mm in diameter. Those who view the piece will notice that the second hand moves just twice a second. The power reserve is exceptional as well at 92 hours. The Slow Runner is a very interesting watch and I suspect we will see some rather unusual pieces coming from the Antoine Martin factory in the future!
Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon
If you’re going to do a moon phase, take note, this is how you do one! There was quite a bit to like by Arnold & Son for 2013 as several pieces could have made the cut, but the HM Perpetual Moon is the watch that stands out to us. Alternatively, I could have easily put the Time Pyramid on the list, but there is something about this gorgeous dial that just oozes class and sophistication. The insane indicator window with the guilloche work and the colors make this piece!
Audemars Piguet “LeBron James” Limited Edition
Yep. I said it.
And yes, we are in Cleveland. There are two certainties I’d like to quickly address. The first certainty: LeBron the best in the world at what he does. The second certainty: this watch is sick. It’s my favorite AP this year. The color combination just works. I think Audemars nailed it with this one.