WATCH OF THE YEAR 2018
For the 9th time, CH24.PL selects and rewards the most interesting watch premieres of the past year. 60 nominated timepieces represent the entire spectrum of the watch industry, in all its styles, price levels and complications.
A year ago, we decided to expand our annual “Watch of the Year” by a larger number of nominated timepieces. This allowed not only to distinguish a greater number of worthy remarks, but also to give you – our readers – greater room for maneuver in the vote for the “Public Choice”. The winner was a vintage inspired Tissot chronograph, and the vote had a record response. This year you can once again select your favorite piece from among those nominated in 6 competition categories: Classic Watch, Sports Watch, Complicated Watch, Ladies Watch, Innovation in Watchmaking and Watch Priced up to 10.000PLN.
The selection of this year’s nominees, as always, perfectly reflects the current status of contemporary watchmaking, slowly but clearly emerging from the crisis and rebuilding its image. Classic watches of the 2018 represent what is best in the classic – simplicity, elegant form and great quality mechanics. The watches with complications are equally impressive mechanically but slightly more complex – a category that can be easily called the very heart of watchmaking.
Sport watches have been through a lot past years, but are luckily returning to their best form – perfect, utility everyday watches. Even more has changed and continues to change in ladies watches. Women appreciate and look for quality combined with form and execution, more and more often in a purely mechanical execution.
Without innovation there would be no development (no future) of watchmaking. Innovation pushes the traditional craft of making watches forward, whether in the material, technological or purely watch-making dimension. Finally – watches up to PLN 10.000 – for many reasons the most important segment of the market, constantly offering more and more for relatively smaller amounts of money.
As usual, you can select your winner – the “Public Prize” – form among all the 60 nominated timepieces. Vote is possible on a special, dedicated WATCH OF THE YEAR 2018 website, by selecting ONE of all nominated pieces.
This year’s WOTY international jury is represented by: Tomasz Kiełtyka (CH24.PL owner), Łukasz Doskocz (CH24.PL Edtor in Chief), Tomasz Jakubas (CH24.PL editor), Jakub-Filip Szymaniak (JFSzymaniak.com), Eugeniusz Szwed (Polish Watch and Clocks Club president), Magdalena Piekarska (CH24.PL editor), Elizabeth Doerr (Quill&Pad), Kristian Haagen (8past10.com), Frank Geelen (Monochrome-watches.com), Miguel Seabra (Espiraldotempo.com) and Jan Lidmansky (Top Class).
And here is our list of 60 watches nominated in 2018 WATCH OF THE YEAR.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”
Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain Platinum White Dial
Cartier Santos Bi-colour Medium Size
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 V.F.A. SBGH265
IWC Tribute to Pallweber 150 Anniversary IW505002
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface L.E. Casa Fagliano
Lang & Heyne Anton
Omega Seamaster 1948 small second
Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Complete Calendar
Voutilainen Manfredi 30th Anniversary Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak „Jumbo” Extra Thin
Breguet Marine 5517
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Ref.: 9038670
Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Bronze
Omega Seamaster Diver Steel 300 Blue/Gold
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A-001
Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough
Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Steel
TAG Heuer Bamford Monaco, Ref.: CAW2190.FC6437
Tudor Black Bay GMT
A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split
Andersen & Chaykin Automaton Joker
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral
Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Fairmind White Gold
Girard-Perregaux Bridges Minute Repeater Triaxial Tourbillon
H.Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Minute Repeater Tourbillon
Laurent Ferrier Galet Minute Repeater School Piece
Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar
A. Lange & Söhne Kleine Lange 1
Audemars Piguet Milenary Frosted Gold
Cartier Révélation D’une Panthère
Chanel Boy-Friend Squelette
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night&Day Small Ref.3468480
Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower
Omega De Ville Tresor Quartz
Rolex New Date Just 31 ref 278 289 RBR
Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Lady
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Planétarium
Innovation in Watchmaking
Andreas Strehler Trans-axial Remontoir Tourbillon
Armin Strom Pure Resonance
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic
Dominique Renaud DR01 Innovative Concept
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept
Richard Mille RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough
Ressence Type 2 E-Crown
Zenith Defy Lab
Watch Priced up to 10.000PLN
Baume & Mericer Clifton Baumatic 5-Days Chronometer
Casio G-Shock “Full Metal” Steel
Certina DS PH200M
Junghans Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau, Ref.: 027.4729.00
Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar
Ming 17.01 Blue Dial
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Steel Blue Dial
Seiko Presage Blue Enamel Automatic
Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic Diver
Victorinox I.N.O.X. Mechanical
The 2018 Grand Prix and the Special Jury Prize will be announced during the special awards-ceremony gala on October in Warsaw.
Our official 2018 media partner is Men’s Health.
More about the WATCH OF THE YEAR 2018 to be found on the official site zegarekroku.pl/eng.