As watch lovers, we spend our afternoons pitching, researching and writing stories, poring over the new timepieces coming in and out of our office, and hunting for deals on used and vintage pieces online. When a new watch comes across our radar, one that particularly resonates with our tastes, we can’t help but obsess over it. We talk about them, debate their relevance, orate on their greatness and rail on their faults. So, here’s a taste of that: six timepieces are watch-loving staff can’t seem to shake, right this second.
Wakmann 7733 Yachting Chronograph
“Collectors will spend several thousands of dollars on vintage chronographs from Breitling or Heuer when similar watches using the same movements and near-identical components — notably from brands like LeJour, Zodiac, Hamilton and Wakmann — sell for far less. That isn’t to say these watches go unloved, but the fact that they go for thousands less than their better-known counterparts reveals that many collectors place too much value on brand names.
In that respect, this Wakmann represents an obsession over a larger subsect of vintage obscura but I’m discussing it here specifically because, well, look at it. That stunning blue dial radiates like the Pacific Ocean on a clear day, and that red regatta timer in the three o’clock sub-dial is an amazing accent, even if just the idea of timing a yacht race sounds excruciatingly mind-numbing. The $1,800 price tag is by no means chump change but, given its design, a Valjoux chronograph movement and its pristine condition, it’s hard to consider this anything other than an astounding value. — Andrew Connor
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 38mm (PAM00755)
It’s hard to say whether or not a lot of people are asking for a small Panerai. The iconic 44mm Panerai Luminor is a lovable cudgel, one that Panerai has embraced and owned since their civilian debut back in the ’90s. A 38mm watch from the brand then begs the question: Is a small Panerai better suited as a women’s wristwatch, or is it for a buyer seeking a more considered presence on his wrist?
Let’s discuss. The Luminor Due 38mm is basic, and that’s perfect. Real-world Panerais on real-world people tend to be better the more subtractive their design. This one is powered by an in-house three-day automatic movement and a more delicate water resistance of 30 meters. But the big story of this little watch is its ability to unexpectedly entice a would-be wearer looking for a legitimately discreet Panerai. At least that’s the sense I walked away with when I wore one at this this year’s SIHH. When I say “wore” I mean in the loosest sense — the straps on the Luminor 38mm would not reach all the way around my wrist, further validating my theory that I will never be admitted into the clan of small timepiece wearers. Who cares, though — I can always buy a new strap. — Eric Yang
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ in Stainless Steel
“Lange’s 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ has a quirky complication that calls back to two watches: the Omega Chronostop and a jumping-seconds pocket watch made by Lange’s previous incarnation in the 1800s. It also has two seconds hands. The larger is a deadbeat seconds that can be stopped by the pusher at two o’clock. Release the pusher and the two will sync back up again. It’s pointless, fanciful and charming, all at the same time.
Out of the 263 that Lange’s making, exactly one is made of stainless steel. To be clear, Lange doesn’t really do stainless — they’ll never say, but most guesses have the total number of steel watches they’ve ever made at around 25. So it’s a watch with a nearly-useless complication made of a pedestrian metal, and yet it’ll likely crest $500,000 when it goes to auction in mid-May. That’s about ten times what the gold version will retail for and it’ll all go to the Children Action Foundation.” — Henry Phillips
Seiko SKX Diver
“I’ve been eyeing this iconic beauty for some time now. It’s one of the most popular Seiko designs ever made, due to its excellent build quality, its automatic movement and its low price, making it quite the value. I’ve been going back and forth on wanting the “Pepsi” bezel SKX009, the black bezel SKX007 or the smaller 38mm SKX013. I know an SKX variant will find it’s way to my wrist soon, it’s just a matter of deciding on which one it’ll be.” — Hunter Kelley
N.Hoolywood x G-Shock DW-5600NH-7JR
“The fourth collaboration between N.Hoolywood and G-Shock, this beige DW-5600 is a throwback to a ‘90s model loved for its simplicity. The watch features a full calendar and world time, and electroluminescent backlight, a stopwatch and timer. Water resistant up to 200 meters, it’ll easily handle whatever your daily routine has in store with a healthy dose of nostalgia.” — John Zientek
“The debut from Parisian retailer Merci, better known for fashion and homewares than mechanical movements, was one of my favorite releases of 2017. Like any good field watch, it’s stupidly simple — two dial options (black or white), Helvetica numerals, no date display. But in a world as self-referential as watches, the LMM-01 feels refreshingly detached. Also, it’s entirely attainable: A mechanical version with an ETA 2801-2 costs about $500, while quartz version goes for just half that.” — Jack Seemer