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These Are the Watches We’re Obsessing Over in October 2020

We’re flipping our lids over a Chopard dress watch, a steel Nomos, and more.

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As watch lovers, we spend our afternoons poring over watches both new and vintage. When a new timepiece comes across our radar, one that particularly resonates with our tastes, we can’t help but obsess over it. So, here’s a taste of that process — five timepieces that our watch-loving staff are obsessing over right at this very moment.

Daem Watches Roebling

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The blue and white strap on this Daem Roebling screams summer to me, so consider me obsessed. Perhaps it's because I'm mourning the loss of summer, refusing to wear a sweater or jacket when I go outside and then freezing en route to grab my morning coffee. Regardless, the clean watch face and blue hands are two of my favorite colors and, therefore, would logically go with everything I wear — which does not include sweaters (see above). -Meg Lappe, Creative Project Manager

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Chopard LUC XP

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With its somewhat overlooked LUC series, Chopard offers quiet value with a level of horology well above its prices. The XP is a simple, two-hand dress watch with a manually wound movement and a thin case — it might not be flashy or attention-grabbing in product pictures but you'll want to see it in person to inspect its high-end finishing and refinement. You'll want to turn it over and look at its movement under a loupe. Even at over $8k for a steel dress watch, this is a bargain. -Zen Love, Staff Writer

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Paulin Neo

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While I typically gravitate toward vintage watches, the new Neo from Paulin truly captivated me this week. That gorgeous aluminum, pad-printed dial; the perfect 38mm size; the automatic movement; the unique typeface; the fact that it's Scottish (Scottish people are the best kind of people). And the price — at roughly $513 for something completely unique, it's a true bargain IMHO. -Oren Hartov, Associate Editor

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Nomos Lambda Steel

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"I’ve always been a fan of the clean, unfussy aesthetic of Nomos watches. Everything from the typeface to the dial layouts is simple — in the best possible way. The new Lambda Steel takes the Lambda (previous only attainable at a $17,000+ price tag), and makes it more approachable in a limited-edition run of steel-cased references. It’s available in white, black and blue dial versions that will set you back just $7,500. Still not cheap, but more affordable than its brethren. Plus, it’s hand-wound and comes with an 84-hour power reserve." -AJ Powell, Senior Content Manager, Gear Patrol Studios

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Beams x Seiko Prospex

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"Gear Patrol staffers have a deep-rooted love for Seiko. The Japanese watch brand continually pumps out well-made and affordable timepieces backed by over a century of craftsmanship. Its latest watch, a collaboration with Japanese clothing and lifestyle brand Beams, is a recreation of the 1965 dive watch worn by actor Kiyoshi Atsumi in the movie Otoko wa Tsuraiyo. I don't know anything about the movie, but the watch is a beautiful piece of technical art. The mechanical diver features Ever-Brilliant steel that accentuates the black dial, and the 40mm case is the perfect size for every wrist. The most playful addition to the watch is on the back — the iconic dolphin is adorned in a hat and carries a suitcase, a nod to to Atsumi's character from the film." -Tyler Chin, Associate Staff Writer

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