The tip of the 12 months is close to and we’ll quickly be turning the web page on 2021, a 12 months of transition and (once more) surprising issues taking place. Certain, it was higher than 2020 and its fixed ups and downs, and positive it has been an excellent 12 months for MONOCHROME, with the launch of two Montres de Souscription (with Habring² and Czapek), the addition of recent members to the crew, and doubtless essentially the most articles printed in a single 12 months… Certainly, we printed over 1,100 articles this 12 months (not counting the remaining days of 2021…) and it’s time for us to take a look at what had been your 10 favourite articles of 2021.
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10 – Audemars Piguet x Marvel Royal Oak Idea Black Panther
It’s probably not a shock to see this watch making it to the highest 10… It actually was one of the crucial mentioned watches of the 12 months. And rightfully so, since the results of the collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Marvel, a watch devoted to character Black Panther, is a daring one and one which didn’t create unanimous emotions (to say the least).
9 – Seiko Prospex Diver’s King Samurai
Seiko all the time will get a spot up there in our most-read opinions of the 12 months. The Japanese manufacture, due to its mixture of emblematic designs and, for some collections, comparatively accessible costs, nonetheless has the favors of many watch fans. Working example, a watch that was launched in late 2020 and that we reviewed earlier this 12 months, the evolution of the long-lasting Samurai watch, the brand new King variations.
8 – URWERK UR-112 Aggregat
If we now have to be sincere, this one got here as a shock. Not as a result of the watch doesn’t deserve this place (it actually is a captivating watch) however as a result of we’re speaking a couple of very daring watch produced by an impartial watchmaker, not about an icon made by a mainstream model. However, sure, you really liked studying all the main points about Urwerk’s newest creation, the UFO-like UR-112 Aggregat, and its show composed of leaping digital hours, operating minutes, and secret seconds.
7 – Seiko Alpinist 1959 Trendy Re-Interpretation
Unsurprisingly, our checklist of the most-read opinions of the 12 months includes not one, however two Seikos. Alongside the king Samurai, a lot of you could have been studying with curiosity the main points regarding the recreation of Seiko’s first sports activities watch (for as soon as, not a diver’s watch), the Alpinist and its clear design, good execution, and compact proportions – all of that coming at a good value. And sure, this one appears pretty extra profitable than the devoted however far dearer re-creation, the SJE085.
6 – Omega Seamaster 300 Assortment
This 12 months, Omega offered a number of very spectacular fashions – extra to come back later on this article – comparable to the Chronoscope. One which actually made an impression on you is the in-depth revamp of the vintage-inspired Seamaster 300 assortment, refreshed for 2021 with a cleaner design, up to date motion, extra conventional supplies, and the addition of a really interesting bronze-gold alloy.
5 – Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Zenith had a fairly spectacular 12 months in 2021 and is really thought-about as one of many high manufacturers this 12 months. And the model had a flying begin, with the presentation in January of the Chronomaster Sport, a watch that many thought-about top-of-the-line alternate options to the Daytona – and that actually is a praise. A pointy new look outdoors, a big enhance inside, it packs every thing you want in a sports activities chronograph, and extra!
4 – Rolex Explorer II 226570
Even with a watch that isn’t thought-about an actual novelty, however extra simply an replace of an present mannequin, Rolex will nonetheless be Rolex and can all the time create the thrill… And naturally, over our most-read opinions of the 12 months, there needed to be the brand new (kind of) Rolex Explorer II 226570. As mentioned, it’s probably not a brand new watch however a mannequin that brings upgrades and enhancements throughout. Very conservative certainly. However that’s additionally what makes Rolex profitable.
3 – Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Skilled Grasp Chronometer
Launched within the first week of 2021, the brand new tackle the traditional Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Skilled needed to be on this checklist of the most-read opinions of the 12 months… In fact! Merely, we’re speaking about a very powerful launch of the model for 2021, and one which made an affect. Sure, the look stays pretty near the unique mannequin however every thing, to the smallest half, has truly been up to date/upgraded/improved, making the brand new Moonwatch Skilled Grasp Chronometer a watch to contemplate greater than ever.
2 – Rolex Explorer 36mm
If the up to date Explorer II was very conservative, Rolex’s tackle the traditional Explorer was actually far bolder. Certain, the design could be very acquainted however the Crown determined, surprisingly, to return to the unique case diameter of the classic fashions, and so as to add a two-tone version to its Explorer 1 assortment. And that is one thing that clearly picked up your consideration, being the second most-read article of the 12 months.
1 – Tissot PRX Powermatic 80
And no… It’s not a Rolex on high of the rostrum (for as soon as…) The title goes to Tissot and its very profitable tackle the sports activities watch with built-in bracelet, the PRX Powermatic 80. The class being hotter than ever, however crammed with unattainable fashions, it is smart to see this accessible providing making it to the primary place.