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These Are Our Bucket-List Watches of 2019

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This roundup is part of This Year in Gear, a look back at the year’s most notable releases. To stay on top of all the latest product news, subscribe to our daily Dispatch newsletter.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar

Price: $24,500
From: baume-et-mercier.com

If you want a really stellar perpetual calendar in a gold case, you usually have to plonk down a whole lot more than $25,000. So one could argue that the Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar is a value buy — an easy way for guys whose means might be more senatorial than princely to buy their first perpetual Calendar.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel

Price: $34,700
From: jaeger-LeCoultre.com

The Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel is a limited series of 100 pieces that feature hand-guilloché enamel dials in a beautiful, translucent deep blue. Producing an enamel dial is difficult enough, but this is next-level stuff.

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Breitling Navitimer Pan Am Edition

Price: $9,160
From: breitling.com

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Pan Am Edition is part of Breitling’s broader Navitemer 1 Airline Editions capsule collection, which is billed as an homage to an era when flying was still glamorous and permissive of smoking.

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A. Lange & Söhne 25th Anniversary Lange 1 Moonphase

Price: $52,140
From: alange-soehne.com

This year, Lange celebrated 25 years of the Lange 1 watch with limited-edition versions announced each month until October, and February saw the release of the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase to coincide with the opening of a new London boutique.

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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167a

With the perfect blend of prestige and practicality, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A is comfortable, legible and an all-around perfect daily watch that is worthy of being on anyone’s watch bucket list. StockX can help get the 5167A — or any other luxury watch for that matter — off your list and onto your wrist, with guaranteed authenticity and historical sales data. Learn More: Here

Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary

Price: $10,500
From: breitling.com

As Bentley celebrates its hundredth birthday this year, Breitling is helping to mark the occasion with the Breitling Premier B01 Bentley Centenary watches. While wooden watches aren’t necessarily new, it can be hard to integrate this material tastefully, and it’s not something seen very often in a luxury timepiece.

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Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 Anniversary

Price: ~$34,600
From: omega.com

The solid-gold Speedmaster Apollo 11 Anniversary Limited Edition uses a new gold alloy from Omega called “Moonshine gold” that contains more palladium than normal, features a paler hue, and is promised to retain its color longer over time.

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Panerai Submersible Bronzo PAM 968

Price: $16,500
From: panerai.com

Panerai Bronzo watches have always been very exclusive products, only sold to clients with a special relationship with the brand. The new Panerai Submersible Bronzo PAM 968, on the other hand, is available to anyone worldwide if they are fast enough and flush enough.

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Tudor Black Bay P01

Price: $3,950
From: tudor.com

Based on an old military prototype from the 60s that was never put into production, the new P01 features an unusual bezel-locking system integrated into the endlinks of its bracelet, asymmetrical crown placement around 4 o’clock and a steel 12-hour bezel.

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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5212A

Price: $29,500
From: patek.com

Patek is exceptionally good at presenting complicated calendar information in extremely elegant and intuitive ways, and they’ve done it again, this time in the form of a steel (gasp!) watch that displays the date, day of the week, and number of the current week.

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Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer UTC

Price: $6,350+
From: porsche-design.com

Combining a slick look done in Porsche Design’s distinctive style with functionality built for travelers, the brand has struck a winning combination with the Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer UTC, available in signature material, titanium, or in solid gold.

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Breitling Superocean Automatic

Price: $3,450+
From: breitling.com

Totaling 24 models across five available case sizes, Breitling’s new Superocean collection offers a dive watch in sizes and colors for just about every taste — provided you’re into the modern, bold part of the Breitling aesthetic.

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Rolex GMT Master II Meteorite Dial

Price: $38,400
From: rolex.com

Materials are what characterize this particular Rolex GMT Master II. In a white gold case, it combines the popular red-and-blue ceramic “Pepsi” bezel with a silvery gray meteorite dial for a recognizable but distinct look that sets it apart from its sporty siblings.

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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Khaki Green

Price: $35,00
From: patek.com

With the look of a mini wrist grenade in “khaki green” with a matching rubber strap and a 42mm diameter, the new Aquanaut reference 5168G-010 features a white gold case and $35,000 price tag. Despite the price, it’s a fun offering that lacks the formality that some of the brand’s exquisite haute horology can inevitably exhibit.

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Casio G-Shock Mr. G G2000G

Price: $7,400
From: gshock.com

The new G-Shock MRG G2000G-1A watch features traditional Japanese craftsmanship and the latest Casio technology, though arguably coolest of all the watch’s features are the bracelet’s center links, which are hand-finished in the yasuri-me technique borrowed from Japanese sword-making.

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Nissan GTR

Price: $24,300
From: grand-seiko.com

In celebration of 50 years of the Nissan GT-R, Grand Seiko is releasing a new Spring Drive-powered chronograph, dubbed the SBGC229. Housed in a combination 46.4mm titanium-and-ceramic case, it features a column wheel-controlled mechanical chronograph movement.

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A. Lange & Söhne 25th Anniversary Lange 1 Tourbillon

Price: $335,800
From: alange-soehne.com

The Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar “25th Anniversary” is the fourth of 10 models celebrating the Lange 1’s anniversary in 2019. Produced in white gold with blue steeled hands and limited to just 25 pieces, it features a rotating peripheral ring indicates the month and a retrograde day-of-the-week display.

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Citizen Calibre 0100 Quartz

Price: $7,400+
From: citizenwatch-global.com

Though the technology was announced in 2018, the wristwatch containing the super-accurate Citizen Caliber 0100 quartz movement debuted at Baselworld 2019. It’s accurate to within one second per year, powered by light with Citizen’s Eco Drive technology, and prices start at over $7,000.

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Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Black Ceramic

Price: $15,600+
From: bulgari.com

The Octo Finissimo has become Bulgari’s flagship watch collection, combining a shockingly thin but complex case with highly distinctive modern looks and excellent movements. For Baselworld 2019, the brand introduced new models in line with industry trends featuring all-black ceramic cases.

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Frederique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture

Price: $2,595+
From: frederiqueconstant.com

The new Classics Moonphase Manufacture watch from Frederiqe Constant features an in-house movement offering a symmetrical dual-sub-dial layout for the date and moon phase in a classically inspired package.

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Omega De Ville Tresor Master Co-Axial

Price: $6,500+
From: omegawatches.com

Omega’s current De Ville Tresor line of dress watches haven’t changed much visually from many of the watches featuring similar names made decades ago. This is exactly what many people like about them, but Omega has updated them in a number of other ways.

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Ressence Type 1ZZ

Price: ~$20,688
From: ressence.com

In collaboration with Chronopassion, a Parisian watch retailer, Ressence has released an all-black version of the Type 1, dubbed the Type 1ZZ. The Type 1ZZ is essentially a slightly altered version of the Type 1 Slim from 2019’s SIHH show, which uses a thinner case and lever-operated winding and setting mechanism.

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Heuer Monaco 1969-1979 Limited Edition

Price: $6,550
From: tagheur.com

The introduction of the Heuer Monaco was one of the several major events in watches that occurred in 1969. In time for this anniversary, a new iteration of the Monaco has been released — with a green dial and striking pops of color, the “1969–1979” limited edition celebrates the 1970s.

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David Rutten Streamline Meteorite

Price: $9,850
From: davidrutten.com

Almost everything about the first watch from indy watchmaker David Rutten is unusual. Called the Streamline, its tank-like case is made of meteorite and, in place of a traditional dial, it features an uncommon fully “digital” display with a mechanically interesting movement providing a jumping hour complication.

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Rolex Daytona Mad Paris

Price: $57,084
From: brownsfashion.com

It still says Rolex on the dial, but just about everything about this Rolex Daytona chronograph watch has been altered. The basic configuration is intact, but the case and bracelet are DLC-coated a matte black, and the Rolex Daytona bezel with its familiar tachymeter scale is replaced with contrastingly blingy black sapphires all around.

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Omega Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Price: $6,300+
From: omegawatches.com

Regular commemorative special-edition watches can be expected from Omega, as it’s the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. The brand has already released Tokyo 2020 Olympics special edition Speedmaster watches, and it’s now following up with Aqua Terra and Planet Ocean models, both featuring ceramic dials.

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TAG Heuer Bamford Black Badger Calibre 5

Price: $6,740
From: bamfordwatchdepartment.com

The new Bamford X Black Badger “Fordite” TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 watches use a “material” that is an accidental bi-product of painting cars, and results in strikingly colorful and organic-looking patterns.

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IWC Bucherer Portugieser

Price: ~$8,137
From: bucherer.com

IWC has teamed up with famed Swiss retailer Bucherer for a limited edition take on the Protugieser. An entry in Bucherer’s Blue Editions line, the new LE features an outer railroad track, minute track, numerals and textile strap done up in blue.

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Omega Seamaster Ultra Terra Ultra-Thin

Price: $48,600
From: omegawatches.com

The new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra Light exists in the niche realm of high-end, experimental horology developed for athletic performance. Housed in a titanium case, even the weight of the movement was taken into consideration, and it all adds up to a mere 55 grams when on its velcro strap (only slightly more on rubber).

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H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Perpetual

Price: $39,000
From: h-moser.com

The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar MD from H. Moser & Cie once again offers complex inner workings that display a good deal of information, but in a remarkably clean and balanced way. Of course, one also can’t overlook the attractive sunburst finish of the dial with its fumé, or smoked, treatment.

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Breitling Aviator Eithad Airways Limited Edition

Price: $4,995
From: breitling.com

The latest Navitimer 8 is a collaboration with the United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways, which joins a line of watches from different collections in partnership with various airlines. Notably, this dial features Arabic numerals — that is, Eastern Arabic numerals, as used in Arabic-speaking countries — as well as other text.

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Casio G-Shock Full Metal Titanium GMW B5000TB

Price: ~$1,388
From: casio-intl.com

The terms G-Shock and stealth wealth don’t often occur in close proximity to one another, but what else do you call a $1,000+ G-Shock made to closely resemble the inexpensive, indestructible plastic icon. The new GMW-B5000TB is fully cased and braceleted in titanium with premium features like sapphire crystal and Tough Solar.

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MIH Gaia Watch

Price: ~$2,900
From: montremih.com

This is a watch with a story to tell, and it’s not your typical product made by a watch company. Rather, it’s the fruit of a project organized by a Swiss horology museum making use of the specialties of craftsmen in the local La Chaux-de-Fonds industry.

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Grand Seiko Heritage Autumn SBGH269

Price: $6,400
From: grand-seiko.com

The new SBGH269 uses earthy red tones mixed with gold elements on the dial to express the brand’s vision of fall. Through the sapphire display case back, the titanium rotor is anodized green to reference the contrast of the leaves that haven’t turned yet.

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Longines Heritage Classic

Price: $2,150
From: longines.com

Following on the heels of several recent nouveau-vintage designs, Longines has released the Heritage Classic, a modern sector dial watch celebrating those of the 1930s. The watch features a dial divided into sectors with a silver opaline inner disk and sub-seconds counter.

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A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus

Price: $28,800
From: alange-soehne.com

As A. Lange & Söhne’s first steel sport watch, the Odysseus is a departure for the brand in many ways. There have been steel watches by Lange before, but only in extremely limited quantities and, naturally (or, perhaps, unnaturally), their novelty for collectors made them roughly as expensive as the standard gold fare.

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Audemars Piguet Royak Oak Black Ceramic

Price: ~$131,434
From: audemarspiguet.com

With a black case and openworked dial revealing an in-house movement, this perpetual calendar-equipped Royal Oak is a stunner. The in-house cal. 5135 features 374 components, 38 jewels, 40 hours of power reserve, and perpetual calendar with week indication, day, date, moonphase, month, leap year, hours and minute functions.

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H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Moon Phase Concept Watch

Price: $35,000+
From: h-moser.com

Typically, moon phase displays utilize a small window toward the bottom of the dial, which is often necessitated by the presence of perpetual calendar functions such as day, date and month windows. Here, however, the moon phase takes center stage, blending into the aventurine and appearing as an organic part of the dial.

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Laurent Ferrier Bridge One

Price: ~$33,532
From: laurenferrier.com

The Bridge One timepiece marks the start of a new line from Laurent Ferrier that draws inspiration from a famous bridge in Geneva, the Passerelle de I’lle — and they’re not for the entry-level collector or casual enthusiast.

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