The end of the year is naturally a reflective period, so let’s start this roundup by taking a look at the watches that spent the most time on our wrists. Following that, we offer our takes on the best new watches of 2021. And to close things off, we take a closer look at new watches from Citizen, Casio, and Breitling.
From around the Web, we have a treat for Lange fans because we have a guide on the legendary Datograph and then an in-depth look at a couple of Lange’s very rare, exquisite Handwerkskunst watches. Finally, we have the story of a mysterious pocket watch that is said to have been commissioned by John Piermont Morgan — yes, the fella behind the large bank. The watch went missing in the 1970s, but one man has set out to look for it. Did he succeed? You’ll have to read to find out.
1. THE WATCHES TEAM ABLOGTOWATCH WORE MOST IN 2021
In keeping with aBlogtoWatch tradition, no year-end roundup would be complete without taking a look at the watches we wore most in 2021. The thing in watch collecting is this: Tastes change like the seasons. You may like dive watches this year and maybe dress watches the next. This may have something to do with your lifestyle or personal tastes. It doesn’t matter, and it’s all part of the fun of collecting. As you can see from this article, our team’s tastes are varied. You’ll find high-end dress pieces, sturdy tool watches, vintage watches, and maybe even a smartwatch.
2. ABLOGTOWATCH EDITORS’ PICKS: TOP WATCH RELEASES OF 2021
Despite another rough year, 2021 had no shortage of outstanding watches, and we couldn’t let the year end without sharing some of our favorites. There are dive watches and dress watches, GMTs and chronographs, clean time-only pieces, and a complicated perpetual calendar — all from a range of brands large and small. Hit the link below to see our picks for the top new releases of 2021.
3. HANDS-ON: CASIO OCEANUS MANTA BLUETOOTH DRESS WATCHES
Along with Grand Seiko, Casio’s high-end Oceanus watches used to be the best-kept secrets of Japanese watchmaking. Fortunately for fans, Casio is now starting to make them available in more markets, including the U.S. For the uninitiated, the Oceanus collection arguably houses Casio’s most high-end watches. They are all made in Japan and are focused on functionality as well as wearability. It’s not a stretch to think of them as G-Shocks but in the body of something that’s more formal and elegant. Many of them feature polished cases that rival Grand Seikos and interesting details that celebrate Japanese culture. If you are new to Oceanus, hit the link below to see what you’ve been missing out on.
4. HANDS-ON: CITIZEN PROMASTER NAVIHAWK WATCHES
Citizen is probably the first name that comes to mind when you are thinking of a highly functional electronic pilot’s watch. And recently, the brand released a new series of Promaster Navihawk watches. In true Promaster pilot-watch fashion, these new Navihawk watches are big and bold, complicated to look at, and a pack of a ton of functions. It’s water-resistant to 200 meters like a dive watch, and there’s the usual world-time and chronograph functions. On top of that, this watch is also solar-powered and can receive atomic time signals to show time perfectly. From a tool watch perspective, it’s hard to think of another watch that does a better job than the new Promaster Navihawk.
5. HANDS-ON: BREITLING TOP TIME CLASSIC CARS WATCH COLLECTION
Many people who are into watches are also into cars. It’s hard to say why, but it’s likely because the two are both highly mechanical devices. This relationship has not gone unnoticed by watchmakers and car manufacturers, and there’s no shortage of automotive-inspired watches. In fact, some brands — like Autodromo — were built entirely upon the idea. Joining the fray is Breitling with its new collection of Top time Classic Car watches. Apart from the vintage-inspired aesthetics, these watches also pay homage to icons of American motoring: the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang, and the Shelby Cobra. If you like classic American muscle cars and watches, you know what to do.