As the year 2016 comes to an end, we can only hope for more exceptional timepieces that will take our breath away next year. To wrap up the year, we have put together 12 exceptional timepieces we've reviewed here at WCL, for you to wish owning every one of them as you welcome 2017. All these watches are priced above $40K USD and under $100K USD pack a lot of watch for the money. All the way from 'haute horlogerie' independent brands to the 'Holy Trinity of Watchmaking' and everything in between, these 12 timepieces are amazing whichever way you look at them.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Unique Travel Time ref. 6062520
Asserts its personality by embracing a rare decorative technique. Traveling with such a creation on the wrist epitomizes an authentic art of living. Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen to endow this new creation with a finely chiseled dial. This subtly textured watch face represents the distinctive, individualized and ‘touch of madness’ characterizing the Duomètre Unique Travel Time. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $42,700 USD. For more info on Jaeger-LeCoultre click here.
A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds ref. 252.025
This new fascinating timepiece reinterprets the concept of the scientific observation watch in a new way, by pairing the quest for utmost precision with outstanding legibility. The balance is steadily driven by its one-second constant-force escapement and an integrated jumping mechanism makes it possible to display the time in strict one-second intervals. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price €78,000 Euros. For more info on A. Lange & Söhne click here.
Breguet Classique Chronométrie ref. 7727BR/12/9WU
This particular watch was awarded the Grand Prix 'Aiguille d'Or' at the GPHG in 2014. Additionally, this is one of the few Breguets featuring the new 10Hz high frequency escapement composed of a magnetic balance with double balance spring, lever and escape wheel in silicon. A perfect example of Breguet's DNA in a timepiece that offers the basic time function with a 1/10th of a second subdial, power reserve indicator and six different hand guilloché motifs on its Dial. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $40,000 USD 18K rose gold and $40,500 for 18K white gold. For more info on Breguet click here.
Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton ref. 1UTAR.S10A.C320A
The thinnest skeleton tourbillon in the market, fitted with an elegant 42 mm 5N red gold case with a mere thickness of 8.34 mm including its cambered sapphire crystal, the new Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton is available in a limited edition of 50 pieces and is simply one of the nicest watches we reviewed this year. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $76,750 USD. For more info on Arnold & Son click here.
Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Fire
Fitted with an 18K rose gold case measuring 43.4 mm in diameter, the Armin Strom Mirrored Resonance Fire is truly the only Resonance watch in the market. Equipped with two oscillating bodies in close proximity that influence each other and eventually synchronize, the Mirrored Force Resonance Fire is a sophisticated and very demanding horological technique that has rarely been attempted, let alone mastered. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price CHF 67,000 —Approximately $69,000 USD. For more info on Armin Strom click here.
MB&F Horological Machine N°8 HM8 Can-Am
Designed by Eric Giroud and conceptualized by Max Büsser, takes its inspiration from the cues of those three iconic MB&F Horological Machines and infuses them with high-octane Can-Am car racing inspired design to give birth to a flawlessly executed timepiece like no other. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $82,000 USD. For more info on MB&F click here.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantième Perpétuel —Perpetual Calendar— ref. 26574
Joining all other Royal Oak Perpetual Calendars previously released since 1983 but with a larger case at 41 mm and a new automatic calibre this is the perfect perpetual calendar for every day wear, especially in its stainless steel version. Available in silvered or blue dial. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $95,700 USD 18K rose gold and $60,900 USD in stainless steel. For more info on Audemars Piguet click here.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref. 5990/1A
This Nautilus brings the best in design and functionality from the legendary manufacture from Geneva. The latest complication within the Nautilus line is the perfect travel companion thanks to its sophisticated Travel Time function that indicates the time in two different time zones at a single glance. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $57,300 USD. For more info on Patek Philippe click here.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar
Fitted with an 18K white gold case measuring 41.5 mm in diameter and with the new calibre 1120QP, this new perpetual calendar is simply out of this world when it comes to its looks. Displays all calendar functions on a stunning sunburst grey dial with blue and white accents. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $91,400 USD. For more info on Vacheron Constantin click here.
Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose Sundust Dial ref. 326935
The Rolex Sky-Dweller brings Rolex's view of horology to a higher level and joins the ranks of other Rolex vintage legendary watches like the Rolex ref. 6062 Triple Calendar with Moonphase, the Rolex ref. 6236 Triple Calendar Chronograph Dato-Compax a.k.a. "Killy", the Rolex ref. 4768 Triple calendar or the Rolex "Padellone" Triple Calendar with Moon Phase ref. 8171. Launched in 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller is not only a very well designed watch from a looks standpoint but also a very useful complication that combines an annual calendar with a second time zone display. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $48,850 USD. For more info on Rolex click here.
Richard Mille RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat
Creating a thin automatic watch has its own set of particular difficulties, but one of the dual challenges is to combine this type of movement design with the creation of a sense of visual depth within the movement. This Richard Mille is the entry level watch for the brand but a timepiece that is definitely worth the money. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $85,000 USD. For more info on Richard Mille click here.
L.U.C Perpetual Chronograph by Chopard
An authentic watch collector’s dream, this watch combines a manual wound chronograph and a finely crafted perpetual calendar within an unprecedented L.U.C in-house movement. Typically, when watch collectors use the words Perpetual and Chronograph in just one watch, the first brands that come to mind are Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Söhne. Presented as a celebratory piece in a limited edition of 20 pieces in "Fairmined" 18K white gold and 20 pieces in "fairmined" 18K rose gold, this new Perpetual Chrono celebrates the 20th anniversary of this manufacture with all whistles and bells. Full hands-on review here.
Sticker Price $95,630 USD for either 18K white gold or 18K rose gold. For more info on Chopard click here.