Emmanuel Bouchet is one of the youngest independent watch brands around. Founded in 2015, its first watch was the Complication One, which displayed time in a rather unusual fashion using sapphire discs that formed subdials. Now, two years later, the brand has announced its second watch, and it is plainly named the EB02. Compared to the Complication One, the EB02 is a simpler watch and about half the price. It displays the time only, but don’t let that fool you - the Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 is no less exquisite.
The watch industry is facing tough times, and offering more affordable pieces that present a real value proposition for buyers is an obvious way to reach a larger market. For mainstream luxury brands like Breitling, this means more bang-for-buck pieces like the new Colt Skyracer that we have here. In covering the release of the Breitling Colt Skyracer Watches here, we said that it has an “extremely reasonable price" at around $2,000.
New for 2017 come the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon and Double Tourbillon watches, joining the line inspired by the eponymous designer's own 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. Yes, a double tourbillon joins the Ralph Lauren stable. Possibly useless, the tourbillon is a sign of watchmaking ability for a brand - and a double tourbillon, doubly so.
One of the most interesting new high-end men's watches of 2016 is getting a new member of its collection family in a platinum case with an attractive grand feu enamel dial for 2017. The Monsieur de Chanel ("Chanel Monsieur" as I prefer to call it) is easily among the most ambitious and appealing haute horology watches produced just for men from Paris-based Chanel. They like to remind watch collectors that the concept, case, and movement were "dreamed from the ground up" and produced specifically for this particular watch collection.
Back in 1972, Swiss Audemars Piguet did the unthinkable: they sold a steel watch with an out-there design for ten times the price of the Rolex Submariner. The gambit paid off, and that Swiss Designer Watches Online evolved into the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Watch, one of the most sought-after timepieces of the financial elite. A popular variant is the Rubber Clad, distinguishable by its rubber bezel.