When you new watches are released, it always sparks heated debate between enthusiasts about which one is better or which brand has the best line-up. Internally we have been talking and having the same discussions as everyone else.
To settle the score we decided Mr.Ping and myself to put head to head our selection from Watches& Wonder 2020. To make it fair, we put some objective and a bit of subjective criteria. Here is how the discussion went.
Mr.Ping: If you know me, you know that the Zeitwerk is love at first sight . I would say it is one of my favorite watches complications and in terms of design it is second to none.
Mehdi: I personally like the Odysseus in white gold with the rubber strap. The out-size date and large day-of-week are visually very appealing for me. The white gold case is a nice touch but I agree that it will raise the price-tag and that people might be more willing to spend on complications than material when it comes to A. Lange & Söhne.
Skeleton Overseas VC
Mr.Ping: This watch is simply gorgeous, a skeletonized ultra-thin perpetual calendar, couldn’t be sexier, don’t you agree? The way the brand is taking the Overseas with its price positioning and keeping the haute horlogerie standards, it just makes it very hard for any brand in the classic-sport watches to compete. This watch got sex appeal.
Mehdi: For me the winner is the Fiftysix this year. It has a great value for money, the design has been improved with the new sepia tones which gives it a vintage flair a lot of people will be interested in. It is a great watch that can be worn as a dress watch or casually with jeans and a t-shirt. The versatility and the style of this watch are selling points that I can’t overlook. It is a great entry point into the world of Vacheron Constantin.
Mr.Ping: Seeing Panerai celebrating 70 years of Luminor with new materials and new innovations, is what make today’s watches more interesting. After the successful release of the Bronzo, followed by the Carbotech, today we see the Laboratorio Di idee coming out with many interesting materials. The dual material case (Carbo-FibraTech) and the deep shaded blue dial, complimented with the Sportech dark blue bracelet make this watch simple but unique at the same time.
Mehdi: My pick is the Luminor Marina DMLS. I like the stealthy look, the new strap and the new case material. As a collector it is also a piece celebrating the 70 years of the Luminor so it can also be considered as a memento. It is a limited edition with 70 years Warranty. What else do you need?
Mr.Ping: Vintage, yet sporty. The first 1858 was launched in Mexico City during the SIAR and really fitted my personal taste. The way the line has evolved since then with a main black collection, to a green one, and today with a blue is proves a certain degree of planning when it comes to product development. t=The way the glass and bezel has been worked on and the Minerva inspired dial are the highlights for me. Looking at the price of such a timepiece for what it is, makes it a winner.
Mehdi: The 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100 is the one to go with this year at Montblanc. If you like Minerva and if you like watchmaking I don’t see why I should argue further. A 44 mm full satin-finished, grade 5 titanium case along with a dial crafted from solid gold and adorned blue grand feu enamel; this is Montblanc at its best.
Mr.Ping: This watch offers a chronograph along with an annual calendar. The design is flawless and technically speaking it is second to none. On top of it you get a full manufacture timepiece which is something not as common as you would think.
Mehdi: Master Control Calendar is the reference I think embodies the spirit of Jaeger-LeCoultre the most. It is fairly priced; you actually get a lot for what you pay. Timeless design, excellent watchmaking and a watch you can wear in every occasion. If I was to buy one watch only, this is the one I would go with.
Mr.Ping: All black is a classic trend no doubt, ever since we saw it coming a decade ago it kept on growing. This is a sporty timepiece, it stands out without being tacky. The all black style shows boldness and character and gives the watch a new dimension. It is a real tour de force.
Mehdi: I would say Excalibur Twofold just because it is pushing the boundaries. The design is groundbreaking, I like the fact that the watch looks totally different at night and honestly having part of the strap glow in the dark is pretty cool. It bears the Poinçon de Genève which is amazing and the watch is a limited edition of eight pieces which is its only down side.
We might not have solved the issue or answered any questions but we regularly have nice discussions about watches and we wanted to share this one with you.
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