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 — six timepieces that our watch-loving staff are obsessing over right at this very moment.
Farer Chronograph Sport
The watch that stuck with me most from last year’s WindUp show was also my favorite yet from British brand Farer. The Chronograph Sport feels kind of classic, but not corny, and I’d even say fresh. I’d go for the one called Moritz, with black dial, minty green highlights, and steel bezel. It’s also nicely sized at 41mm and not too chunky, thanks to a hand-wound movement. But the details make it. Example: those applied hour markers are solid-formed blocks of lume.–Zen Love, Staff Writer
Breitling 777 Chronograph
I wouldn’t be the first to say that Breitling’s designs are either hit or miss. This Breitling 777, however. is an absolute hit. The 38mm case was big for its time, but these days it’s considered relatively small — something I gravitate towards. I dig the two-register chronograph, which is more subtle than the Heur “Big Eye”, and the way the bronze tones pop off the black dial is brilliant. Like its reference number, scoring this would be like hitting the jackpot.–Tyler Chin, Editorial Associate, Editorial Operations
Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803
I was always more of a Rolex sport watch guy, but man, has that taken a turn over the past few years. It started with vintage Datejusts like 1601s and 1603s, but now the Day-Date really has me smitten. The fact that you’d never know that this 1803 is solid white gold without some insider knowledge is part of the appeal, as is the brilliant dial arrangement and perfectly sized 36mm case. I would take one of these in any of the 26 available languages. –Oren Hartov, Associate Editor
Panerai PAM00974 Submersible 42mm
Panerai continues to push the envelope with versatile and innovative designs: Look no further than the Submersible Goldtech — a seamless combo of utility and style. 42mm, gold accents, extremely durable — this one checks all the boxes. Sign me up –Alyx Effron, Senior Account Executive
Nomos Zürich World Time
There are tons of capable travel-focused timepieces across different price points, and world timers are invaluable tools for the true frequent flier or global professional. Sadly more often than not these complications wait in winders or in an office in Midtown. The Zurich seems like it would be worn by someone who will find a way — through work or otherwise — to travel to every city on the dial.–Tim Murray, Senior Account Executive
Seiko Presage SARX055
Are you craving an elegant Grand Seiko but can’t afford the heavy price tag? I know I am. Well, look no further than the Seiko Presage SARX055. Revealed at Baselworld in 2017, this premium Seiko Presage offers a lot for the money, with heavy influences from its older brother Grand Seiko. The case and bracelet are both made of titanium and the dial has the famous “Snowflake” texture, with polished indices applied on top. This watch is a perfect upgrade from the SARB models and provides just enough of the juice of high-tier Grand Seikos.–Hunter D. Kelley, Associate Designer
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