Reviewing watches isn’t everything we do, but it’s certainly the heart of it. And this year we’ve photographed, videoed and generally dissected some of the best. So, in the tradition of end-of-year wrap-ups we thought it an excellent idea to run through our top 10 watch reviews of 2017, according to the cold hard stats of our analytics engine. Today we’re going through numbers 10 to five, kicking off with Bulgari’s slender superstar …
Some watches have a serious honeymoon period, starting with that first blush of excitement at Basel and gradually softening as the year goes on. For Bulgari though the honeymoon isn’t over as the Octo Finissimo is as fresh today as it was on the first day we saw it.
9: HANDS-ON: Grand Seiko has just released their first professional diver, the Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m (refs. SBGH255, SBGH257) and we find it intimidating
Grand Seiko’s first professional dive watch is this mighty (and massive) monster, a 46.9mm chunk of titanium that still looks every inch a Seiko diver …
The Datejust is one of Rolex’s (and indeed the entire industry’s) most iconic and enduring designs, and it recently was released in an eminently modern 41mm case, and powered by the modern calibre 3235. This year saw the 41mm model released in steel, everyone’s favourite non-precious case material.
The Longines Heritage 1945 is just a delightful watch: classic proportions, timeless mid-century design and rich, warm tones to die for. Another surefire heritage hit from Longines.
One of the biggest, buzziest releases of 2017 was, of course, the Rolex Sky-Dweller in Rolesor. It looks good in photos, but it really shines IRL. If you can’t get your hands on one, video is your next best option, and we think our video review is one of the best.
Tomorrow we’ll show you our top five reviews … any guesses on what takes the #1 spot?