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aBlogtoWatch Editors’ Picks: Top Watches From 2020 If Money Were No Object

Money no object, huh? An interesting thing about this segment to note is how far we saw the luxury watch industry drift from halo products in favor of ultra-high-end versions of series-produced watches. Halo watches were those highly limited, often unique, products that featured concept-grade materials and engineering solutions with the primary function of elevating the status of their creator brand. Cartier used to be a leader in incredibly amazing and, in truth, sometimes rather pointless exercises in fine watchmaking, but the mid-2000s to mid-2010s saw them coming thick and threefold.
Very expensively developed unique pieces that were fascinating to look at but nobody could buy have largely become a thing of the past as brands have re-focused their efforts to develop and manufacture more feasible marketable creations — which, mind you, still cost an arm and a leg. With that in mind, here’s the ABTW team’s selection of top watches from 2020 if money were no object. – DAVID BREDAN.
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aBlogtoWatch Editors’ Picks: Top Affordable Watches Under $1,000 From 2020

Naturally, the chaos of 2020 and the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on both the watch industry and its consumers. With the uncertainty of the virus and an economic downturn, many enthusiasts have changed their buying habits and acted more conservatively than usual this year. Couple that with the steady increase of new interest in the hobby, and the $1,000 and under segment of the watch market has taken on special importance in 2020. Competition in this entry-level space is fiercer than ever, with established juggernauts like Seiko, Citizen, and Hamilton squaring off against a continually improving field of microbrands and startups, leading to some truly spectacular watches in this price range. Whatever your watch budget, there’s something to enjoy in these more affordable offerings, and the aBlogtoWatch editorial team has taken this chance to highlight some of our favorite picks. – SEAN LORENTZEN
ARIEL ADAMS Some of the best offerings in the under-$1,000 price segme..

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aBlogtoWatch 2020 Editors Picks: Top All-New Watches Of 2020

Even before the destruction caused by the pandemic really settled in, 2020 was looking like a wobbly, transitional year for the watch industry. Baselworld was suffering from a seemingly endless drip-drip-drip of brands and groups dropping out, SIHH had rebranded as Watches & Wonders, and both moved their dates to within a week of each other in mid-April. There was so much shuffling, rescheduling, backing out, and ultimately, cancellations that things looked like a cluster before we really even learned how bad COVID-19 would be. Honestly, I lost track of it all, at a certain point. (Who else totally forgot that Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Chanel left Baselworld and were planning their own show with the FHH adjacent to Watches & Wonders?)
This recapping of the chaos is just to say that hopes for new watches released in 2020 were not particularly high. But as we all adapted and adjusted to a new reality, so did the watch brands and major groups. Watches & Wonders went digi..

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aBlogtoWatch 2020 Editors’ Picks: Top All-New Watches Of 2020

Even before the destruction caused by the pandemic really settled in, 2020 was looking like a wobbly, transitional year for the watch industry. Baselworld was suffering from a seemingly endless drip-drip-drip of brands and groups dropping out, SIHH had rebranded as Watches & Wonders, and both moved their dates to within a week of each other in mid-April. There was so much shuffling, rescheduling, backing out, and ultimately, cancellations that things looked like a cluster before we really even learned how bad COVID-19 would be. Honestly, I lost track of it all, at a certain point. (Who else totally forgot that Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Chanel left Baselworld and were planning their own show with the FHH adjacent to Watches & Wonders?)
This recapping of the chaos is just to say that hopes for new watches released in 2020 were not particularly high. But as we all adapted and adjusted to a new reality, so did the watch brands and major groups. Watches & Wonders went digi..

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Pre-Owned Picks — Discontinued Oris Watches

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Discontinued Oris Watches Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Discontinued Oris Watches A vintage selection from Oris for week 26 by Ben Hodges June 26, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — Discontinued Oris WatchesThis week, I am checking out some intriguing watches from Hölstein’s premier independent. Yes, I am talking about the plucky soloist Oris. In its heyday, Oris was outputting up to 1.2million watches and clocks per year. The onset of the low-cost and reliable quartz timepieces from Japan in the ‘70s and ‘80s, however, took a toll on the brand.
The choice was either to follow the herd and produce quartz with a Swiss twist or, like so many Swiss watch-makers, fold and fade into obscurity. For a time, Oris did produce a range of quartz pieces. But fortunately, a management buyout in 1982 changed the fate of Oris. The brand became Oris SA and swore never to make a quartz-operated wristwatch.
Oris Diver Sixty-Five released in 2015
While the output could n..

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Pre-Owned Picks — 3 Big Block Chronographs From Tudor

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Big Block Chronographs From Tudor Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Big Block Chronographs From Tudor Blockbuster Tudors for week 25 by Ben Hodges June 19, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 3 Big Block Chronographs From TudorThis week in Pre-owned Picks, I am looking at the forgotten Big Block chronograph from Tudor. The term “Big Block” was coined by collectors in reference to the case height. The reason for the thicker case? This was Tudor’s first line of automatic chronographs. Most interestingly, these came out twelve years before Rolex placed the modified Zenith El Primero movement in the 1988 Daytona.
Before the Oyster Date, the Chrono Time was launched in 1976. Tudor’s line-up consisted of twin-register chronographs with manually-wound movements. The advent of the automatic chronograph in 1969 sent shockwaves through many watch brands in the 1970s. Heuer, Seiko, Breitling, Buren, Hamilton, and of course Zenith had finally perfected the auto-chr..

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Pre-Owned Picks — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches With Funky Dials

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches With Funky Dials Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches With Funky Dials 4 Rolex OPs get funky for week 24 by Ben Hodges June 12, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches With Funky DialsThe Oyster Perpetual is the distillation of the three core criteria for every Rolex: The Oyster case for water resistance, the Perpetually winding rotor and the Chronometer rating for timekeeping. With a solid platform, Rolex can go wild with crazy dials for a more personal touch. For this week’s Pre-Owned Picks, I select some standout OP configurations from Chrono24.
A few weeks back, Rob and I went toe-to-toe over the best beater watch from Rolex and Grand Seiko. The term “beater”, otherwise known as the “go anywhere, do anything” watch, may seem a misnomer for a circa €4,000 luxury object, but in this wild and wacky watch world it isn’t so insane.
The sporty Oyster Perpetual is designed to..

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Pre-Owned Picks — 3 Contemporary Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultre

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Contemporary Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultre Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Contemporary Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultre Three masterful JLCs for week 23 by Ben Hodges June 05, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 3 Contemporary Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultreThis is now my fifth article in the Pre-owned Picks column, and I thoroughly enjoy scouring Chrono24 for inspiration. This week I am looking back in the not too distant past at three modern timepieces from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Readers may notice I often side-step the likes of the Rolex GMT Master II “Pepsi” or the Rolex Daytona Cerachrom. That is not to say these are not worth the time to seek out. Quite the opposite, these watches are in such demand that secondary market price is typically double the asking price brand new.
Rare beastsInstead, I select the rare and perhaps unloved darlings in the deep, dark corners of watch collecting. Watches such as the Breitling Emergency Orbiter 3, or IWC Aquatimer Coustea..

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Pre-Owned Picks — Forza Ferrari Watches

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Forza Ferrari Watches Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Forza Ferrari Watches Four Ferrari double-stamped watches for week 22 by Ben Hodges May 29, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — Forza Ferrari WatchesThis week, in Pre-owned Picks, I am highlighting four watches with Ferrari co-branding spanning more than four decades.
The news of Sebastian Vettel leaving the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team this season, whatever is left of it, had me thinking about what Ferrari means to F1. The team from Maranello is the most successful in terms of driver’s and constructor’s championships. But they transcend any other team when it comes to prestige. F1 without Ferrari is not F1 to me.
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Classic racing chronographsThe Formula One YouTube channel has been replaying classic races from previous seasons the past few months. The 2003 British Grand Prix was a particularly exciting race to re-watch. Rubens Barrichello was at one with his ..

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Pre-Owned Picks — 4 “Affordable” Tourbillons

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 4 “Affordable” Tourbillons Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 4 “Affordable” Tourbillons Tourbillons between €13,000 and €24,000 for Week 20 by Robert-Jan Broer May 15, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 4 “Affordable” TourbillonsSay “tourbillon” and I will reply with “Breguet”. But the truth is, that there are many other brands out there that mastered the tourbillon complication. This week, I have four pre-owned tourbillons for you, from known and lesser-known brands. What they have all in common, is that they are far below the price of a Breguet tourbillon.
The selection I have for you this week is a bit more expensive than our normal fare. But for a tourbillon, everything below €25,000 is almost for free. The cheapest pre-owned tourbillon in our list is the TAG Heuer Carrera 02-T and the most expensive one is from Ulysse Nardin.
All watches are pre-owned and picked from Chrono24. Every week we pick a few pre-owned watches from Chrono24, the largest marke..