When Swiss Rolex initially debuted the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller watch collection at Baselworld 2012, the watch world acted predictably. That reaction was the hesitation that comes from nothing new as presented to a community of ultra-conservatives. Yes, watch collectors tend to be ultra conservative, which is one of the reasons why Rolex as a brand continues to do so well. Buying a Rolex isn’t just buying a tool to tell the time.
After spending a few weeks with the Mido Commander Big Date Watch, it’s really hard for me to think of a versatile mechanical dress watch that provides better value for less than $1,000. Being under the Swatch Group allows Mido to keep production costs in a place unachievable almost anywhere else and quality control standards consistent. Hugely popular in parts of South America, China, and especially Mexico, Mido really should be on the list of brands for anyone looking for that elusive three-figure to low four-figure entry level luxury watch.
For 2018 Casio totally redesigned the popular G-Shock Rangeman with the GPRB1000 collection we introduced on aBlogtoWatch. The newest iteration of Casio’s popular “multi-sensor” G-Shock takes the concept of the product in a bold new direction with a product that is one of the most satisfying “marriages” I’ve experienced between a traditional G-Shock and a smartwatch. To put the Rangeman GPRB1000 in the same category as an Apple Watch or Android Wear smartwatch would be a mistake.
Some of my favorite new Swiss Vacheron Constantin watches for 2018 are these two Traditionnelle Tourbillons (in 18k pink gold or platinum) as references 6000T/000R-B346 and 6000T/000P-B347. The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon was also on our list of the top 10 watches of SIHH 2018. If there is anything that historic Swiss Vacheron Constantin does well (in addition to their art watches), it is producing very fine tourbillons.
Swiss Jaeger-LeCoultre is expanding its Polaris collection, presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva last January, with the Polaris Geographic WT, a new model limited to 250 pieces exclusively available at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques.
Differently from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Geographic WT Watch models presented at SIHH, the new Polaris Geographic WT does not feature a chronograph function making it possible to reduce the diameter of the case from 44 mm to 42 mm.