Best Watches of 2013 – Part 3
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!
Girard Perregaux Constant Escapement
It’s good to see Girard Perregaux making a huge impact on the world stage once again. The Constant Escapement is this years Grand Prix d’Horologie de Geneve Aiguille d’Or Winner and for good reason. This is THE award you want to win if you’re a watch brand. It’s very much like the Oscars of the watch world. The Girard Perregaux Constant Escapement is a technical breakthrough that provides true constant force to the escapement via the barrel spring. In theory, the energy that is “saved” provides invariant balance amplitude and power reserve.
Glashütte Senator Chronometer Regulator
The Glashütte Senator Chronometer Regulator simply oozes style and substance as it adds yet another spectacularly understated model to the famous “Senator Collection”. The Senator Chronometer Regulator pays homage to special regulator clocks Glashütte created in the 19th century. We love the simple and elegant design of the 42 mm case and the white, silvery dial.
Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1
Greubel Forsey in my mind creates the finest timepiece in the world today. Sure, that bold and prestigious proclamation might be debatable, but it’s certainly hard to argue that any company makes a finer watch than Greubel Forsey. This year they had several new pieces to add to their collection, but none more spectacular than the collaborative Art Piece 1! Greubel Forsey approached world-renowned micro-sculptor Willard Wigan to create a one of a kind piece of art to put inside the watch. Yes, inside the watch.
Detailed article on the Art Piece 1 found at Hodinkee.com.
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograh Aero Black Ceramic
Depending on your specific tastes, Hublot had a LOT to offer in 2013. The big news from Hublot in 2013 was their partnership with Ferrari. From this partnership came the LaFerrari monster masterpiece, as well as some other goodies. But for me, this year brought Hublot fans a much more reasonable timepiece that enhances a much overlooked portion of their collection: the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero in black ceramic. This piece is gorgeous. While it’s one of the few non Big Bang pieces we saw this year, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero is best looking.
Kari Voutilainen 28 Sarasamon
Kari Voutilainen is quickly becoming one of the world’s hottest independent watchmakers, and rightfully so. The AHCI member had a seriously impressive 2013 with a couple of pieces on our “Best of 2013” list. The 28 Sarasamon is a unique, one of a kind piece that features a dial which makes grown men fall to their knees. Honestly, have you EVER seen a dial that amazing in your life? Voutilainen’s 28 Sarasamon caught the watch world abuzz with this sensational piece that features his in-house, sublimely manufactured movement.
Kari Voutilainen V-8R
Mr. Voutilainen – as I said previously – had a seriously good 2013. He made maybe the prettiest dial I’ve ever seen in the piece above, then he worked with Max Busser to make the Legacy Machine 2 that was launched this year (a little foreshadowing here…) and most recently he won Grand Prix d’Horologie de Geneve “Men’s Watch 2013” for this piece: the V-8R. Voutilainen’s V-8R is simply stunning. At a very modest 39mm, this completely in-house manufactured timepiece, which features a proprietary two balance wheel system, is limited to just 25 examples and exhibits the finest techniques and approaches in watchmaking. I suspect there are going to be 25 extremely happy collectors with a V-8R strapped to their wrists.
Konstantin Chaykin Cinema
One of my favorite “What is that?” moments from 2013 came by way of Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin and his brilliant Cinema piece. A fellow AHCI member with Mr. Voutilainen, Mr. Chaykin’s workshop is not in Switzerland but rather his native Russia. This year he introduced this incredible animated timepiece that takes one back to early 20th century filmmaking. A completely in-house caliber powers this theatrical timepiece; a movement that features two barrels (one appears to power the animation portion and one for the time, of course). The Konstantin Chaykin Cinema is a truly a show on the wrist!