The Best Watches Of The Year

From outer space to the ocean depths, these new watches have got it covered

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Nothing beats the feeling of wearing a great watch, and with Christmas just around the corner, maybe it's time to update yours.

Here's a little inspiration from the luxury end of the market - feel free to print it off and casually leave it in the eyeline of your significant other.


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1 | Zenith
El Primero Stratos Flyback
£6,000
45.5mm steel case, blue sunray dial, rubber strap.

A variant of this watch broke the sound barrier on the edge of space in 2012, worn on the wrist of extreme skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner.

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2 | IWC
Portuguese Chronograph Classic
£9,950
42mm stainless steel case, silver-plated dial, black alligator leather strap.

Contemporary reinterpretation of a pioneering model first developed in the Thirties but only manufactured in very limited numbers.

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3 | Hublot
Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Skeleton
£12,600
45mm titanium case, sapphire dial, black rubber and alligator leather strap.

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The strap combines black alligator leather on top stitched to black rubber on the underside and attached to a polished, satin-finished, PVD-coated steel buckle.

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4 | Rolex
Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
£5,700
40mm steel case, black dial, steel bracelet.

The original 1955 model was developed for international pilots. This version features a rotating, 24-hour graduated bezel and a separate 24-hour hand to display three different time zones.

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5 | Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak Offshore Diver
£15,720
42mm black ceramic case, black dial, with black rubber and titanium strap.

Despite its elegant design, the watch can survive being 300m under water and comes with a dive-time measurement and date push button.

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6| Hermès
Arceau Chronograph Bridon Classic
£4,350
43mm steel case, silver dial, brown calfskin leather strap.

This model features the same rounded case, stirrup-shaped asymmetrical lugs and sloping Arabic numerals as the original line designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978.

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7 | Bremont
ALT1-B2 (GMT) Chronograph
£4,295
43mm coated stainless steel case, black dial, black calfskin leather strap.

Based on a watch engineered for the elite aircrews of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, a strategic craft better known as the Stealth Bomber.

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8 | Omega
Seamaster Aqua Terra Annual Calendar
£7,290
43mm red gold and stainless steel case, Teak Concept dial, black leather strap.

The certified chronometer can be seen through the transparent caseback, while the face design is modelled on the wooden decks of luxury sailboats.

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9 | Chopard
LUC 1937 Limited Edition
£6,410
42mm stainless steel case, grey dial, black alligator leather strap.

This model is named after the brand’s creator, Louis-Ulysse Chopard, who established his watchmaking workshop in Switzerland in 1860.

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10 | Louis Vuitton
Tambour Twin Chrono
£50,000
18-carat white gold case, 18-carat white gold and blue enamel dial, black alligator leather strap.

Specifically constructed to time a head-to-head yacht race, the watch face includes three chronograph registers — two to time the boats while a third measures the difference between the two.

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Photographs by Jason Pietra. Taken from Esquire's Big Black Book: the style manual for successful men, on newsstands now.

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