The twelfth version of Poland’s Watch of the Yr by CH24.PL included all timepieces launched in 2021 competing throughout six classes. The watches in rivalry had been nominated by the worldwide jury comprising journalists from six international locations (together with yours actually). Manufacturers didn’t must enter their watches; the shortlists had been made by the jury.
Sadly, there was no in-person version of this charming occasion in 2020 or 2021 because of the present COVID-19 disaster, so let’s have a good time these successful watches proper now!
WOTY 2021 Grand Prix and Innovation in Watchmaking: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadryptique
The Grand Prix rewards the “greatest watch of the previous 12 months,” which is chosen from the six common class winners. So after successful its personal class – Innovation in Watchmaking – the jury determined that the brand new masterpiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre additionally deserved the Grand Prix.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadriptyque is a becoming watch to have a good time the 90th anniversary of the Reverso, and it comfortably romped dwelling with a “greatest watch” designation from Watches and Wonders 2021 in line with the Quill & Pad workforce. Had it been entered into the 2021 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, we’re sure it might have walked away with the highest prize there as nicely.
With its 12 patents, 11 problems (together with a couple of brand-new ones like synodic, draconic, and anomalistic lunar cycles), 4 show faces, flying tourbillon, and seamless minute repeater chimes, it’s not possible for anybody with even a passing curiosity in mechanical watchmaking to not be impressed with this masterpiece.
And to high all that off, it’s fully wearable: it’s one factor to make an ultra-complicated watch, however to make such a sophisticated watch in such a compact bundle is a complication by itself. At only a hair over 15 mm excessive, the Reverso Calibre 185 is extremely skinny for such an extremely complication.
This intelligent watch actually deserved to take dwelling two prizes on the 2021 version of the WOTY.
For rather more on this watch, please see Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadriptyque: 11 Problems (Plus Flying Tourbillon) Are Spectacular, However The Reality That It’s So Wearable Is The Actual Magic.
Fast Information Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185
Case: 51.2 x 31 x 15.15 mm, white gold, 30-meter water resistance
Motion: manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 185 with one-minute flying tourbillon, 50-hour energy reserve, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Face 1: hours, minutes, seconds (on flying tourbillon), instantaneous perpetual calendar with day, date, month, bissextile year, day/night time indication
Face 2: leaping digital hours, minutes, minute repeater (with system avoiding lifeless time)
Face 3: Northern Hemisphere moon section, draconic lunar cycle, anomalistic lunar cycle (apogee and perigee), month, yr
Face 4: Southern Hemisphere moon section
Limitation: 10 items
Value: €1,350,000 (approx. $1,600,000)
WOTY 2021 Sophisticated Watch: A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold Homage to F.A. Lange
In honor of Glashütte’s 175th anniversary in late 2020, celebrated primarily on paper and on-line as the primary wave of the pandemic had simply ebbed, A. Lange & Söhne launched a 50-piece restricted version of its unbelievable Tourbograph Perpetual in Honeygold in honor of firm founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange.
The peerless mechanics of this watch wrapped up in a 684-component motion are the spotlight right here, however the three-dimensional black-rhodium-plated 18-karat Honeygold dial is nothing to sneeze at both, notably contemplating it was conceived and made contained in the manufacture throughout provide shortages attributable to the primary wave of COVID-19. The fingers, calendar shows, and rhodium-plated lunar disk are additionally made from the model’s proprietary Honeygold.
For rather more on the 175th anniversary of Glashütte watchmaking, please see 4 Sensational Highlights From Glashütte’s Milestone a hundred and seventy fifth Anniversary In 2020 That includes A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Unique, Nomos Glashütte, And Moritz Grossmann.
Fast Information A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold Homage to F.A. Lange
Case: 43 x 16.6 mm, Honeygold
Motion: manually winding Caliber L133.1 with fusée-and-chain transmission and one-minute tourbillon, plates and bridges in untreated German silver, assembled twice, hand-engraved chronograph bridge, 684 elements (chain counted as one part), 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency, 36-hour energy reserve, in-house stability spring
Capabilities: hours, minutes; split-second chronograph, perpetual calendar with day, date, month, bissextile year, and moon section
Limitation: 50 items
WOTY 2021 Traditional Watch: Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 6119G
Efficiently updating a basic is in regards to the hardest factor any model can do, however Patek Philippe hit a homerun with its refreshed Calatrava Reference 6119G. From my perspective, among the finest components of this watch stays one of the crucial important to make sure its USP: the standard clous de Paris guilloche ornament on the gold bezel.
The opposite stroke of brilliance is the bolder dial design of this basic costume watch compared to the Calatravas that went earlier than it, together with greater fingers and hour markers, in addition to a subdial for seconds at 6 o’clock with a sector-style structure that retains it from trying dated.
Patek Philippe additionally launched a brand new ultra-thin manually wound motion compliant with the Patek Philippe Seal to energy it that leaves little or no to be desired, working at a 4 Hz frequency and that includes a Gyromax stability fitted with a Spiromax stability spring and hacking seconds.
However a very powerful achievement of Reference 6119 is that every factor is balanced, each in and of itself and in reference to the opposite components of this lovely timepiece.
For rather more on this watch, please see Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 6119: Dressed For Success.
Fast Information Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 6119
Case: 39 x 8.43 mm, white (6119G-001) or pink gold (6119R-001), 30 m water resistance
Motion: manually wound Caliber 30-255 PS with 65-hour energy reserve, 2.55 in top, 28,800 vph/4 Hz frequency, Gyromax stability with Spiromax stability spring, Patek Philippe Seal
Capabilities: hours, minutes, (hacking) seconds
WOTY 2021 Sports activities Watch: Zenith Chronomaster Sport
The Chronomaster Sport is a brand new tackle among the hottest options of the Zenith El Primero variations over time and an evolution of the caliber inside. Whereas the aesthetic is technically new, Zenith’s designers have adopted the visible codes acquainted to the model’s watches, permitting the observer to slip proper into loving it.
The brand new Chronomaster Sport continues to be a Chronomaster by way of and thru, although, with triple overlapping subdials (a greater than 50-year-old characteristic) that show the chronograph’s seconds, minutes, and small seconds.
The unique A386 El Primero types the inspiration for the aesthetic, because it does most El Primero fashions, however different editions additionally play a task within the new Chronomaster Sport. The A277 (a mannequin from earlier than the El Primero) was the premise for the black bezel and dot markers, whereas the Rainbow El Primero impressed the polished and engraved bezel. The late Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties De Luca fashions offered the historic reference for the tri-link bracelet with polished and brushed segments, a extensively appreciated model for an built-in bracelet.
However the updates to the motion are what actually assist promote the brand new Chronomaster Sport. Utilizing Caliber 3600, a comparatively new motion seen for the primary time in an everyday assortment watch, the El Primero shifts from the sooner Caliber 400 into the excessive gear of the trendy period.
For extra on this watch, please see Zenith Chronomaster Sport: A Chronograph That Reinvigorates The Senses.
Fast Information Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Case: 41 x 13.6 mm, stainless-steel
Motion: automated Caliber 3600, 60-hour energy reserve, 36,000 vph/5 Hz frequency, column wheel management of chronograph, lateral clutch, formally licensed C.O.S.C. chronometer
Capabilities: hours, minutes, (hacking) seconds; date, chronograph with 1/10th of a second show
Strap: built-in metal bracelet or rubber strap with Cordura material texture
Value: $9,500 (rubber strap); $10,000 (built-in metal bracelet)
WOTY 2021 Girls Watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 36.5 mm
Vacheron Constantin makes a speciality of taking components of its gone and revamping them for beautiful use within the current. This conventional maker has been producing timepieces uninterruptedly since 1755 and it usually attracts on that heritage for the fashions within the Historiques assortment. And in 2021 it made whole sense to reintroduce the “American” because it celebrated one century of existence.
“From the start I’ve been an enormous fan of the 1921 watch, it’s what I really like within the Historiques assortment,” mentioned Vacheron Constantin’s design path Christian Selmoni. “In fact, we’re a basic model, however we prefer to revisit this twist that we’ve got from the previous.”
The visually arresting 1921 American is probably Vacheron Constantin’s most recognizable watch. Amongst connoisseurs, it actually stays one of the crucial widespread – in any measurement.
For extra please go to www.vacheron-constantin.com/en/watches/historiques/historiques-american-1921.
Fast Information Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 36.5 mm
Case: 36.5 x 7.25 mm, white gold
Motion: manually wound Vacheron Constantin Caliber 4400 AS; 65-hour energy reserve, Geneva Seal, 28,800 vph/4 Hz frequency
Capabilities: hours, minutes, seconds
Comment: comes with two straps (burgundy and darkish brown)
WOTY 2021 watch priced under €2,500: Longines Heritage Traditional
This class is just like the Petite Aiguille of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the place the concept is to honor an reasonably priced watch, one which creates curiosity among the many basic public.
That Longines occupies a stellar place amongst high reasonably priced luxurious manufacturers is indeniable, however surprisingly the model has achieved its standing with each new and re-edited fashions impressed by its huge archives, very efficiently reinterpreting types primarily based by itself historic references.
This Heritage Traditional mannequin is a good instance of revamped Nineteen Thirties model as evidenced by a well-thought-out sector dial mixed with a chrome steel “beads of rice” bracelet, making for a really engaging and reasonably priced watch whose visuals are completely positioned someplace between each day informal and an evening out.
For extra data, please go to www.longines.com/en-us/watches/basic/watchmaking-tradition/heritage-classic
Fast Information Longines Heritage Traditional
Case: 38.5 x 11 mm, stainless-steel
Motion: automated Caliber L893 (base ETA A31.L91), energy reserve 72 hours, 3.5 Hz/25,200 vph frequency
Capabilities: hours, minutes, seconds
Comment: five-year guarantee
WOTY 2021 Public Prize: Tissot PRX Powermatic 80
The general public voted amongst our shortlist, and the extremely reasonably priced, rugged, and dependable Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 is what got here out on high.
Maybe it was the beautiful cool social media marketing campaign involving Blondie’s Nineteen Eighties megahit “Name Me” that influenced voters? I do know I believed that was fairly darn particular.
For extra data, please go to www.tissotwatches.com.
Fast Information Tissot PRX Powermatic 80
Case: 40 x 11.3 mm, stainless-steel
Motion: automated Caliber ETA Powermatic 80.611 (primarily based on ETA C07.111) with an influence reserve of 80 hours, Nivachron stability spring; 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency
Capabilities: hours, minutes, seconds; date
WOTY 2021 Particular Jury Prize: Jack Heuer
Jack Heuer turned 89 on November 19, 2021, however that’s not why he was honored right here. The WOTY jury has primarily honored him with the Particular Jury Prize for his accomplishments within the enviornment of motorsports advertising.
This fourth-generation chief of Heuer/TAG Heuer has been an integral a part of the corporate since he was in diapers, in his time strongly influencing its historical past with mentioned advertising and the push for an automated chronograph. Born in 1932, he joined the corporate in 1958 and led it from the age of 29 till he was 50. He later grew to become an honorary chairman and guide after the TAG takeover.
He succeeded in remodeling the model from a small, comparatively unknown stopwatch producer into an enormous identify in sports activities timekeeping, making it well-known amongst sports-oriented customers with breakthrough actions that included cooperating with Ferrari and silver display screen placement starting with a Monaco on the wrist of Steve McQueen in 1971’s Le Mans.
For the unique CH24.PL put up in English saying the winners see en.ch24.pl/2021-ch24-watch-of-the-year-Twelfth-edition-winners.