We are heading into the final month of the year. The last month was pretty exciting because we now have a new titleholder for the most expensive watch in the world. Not surprisingly, it is a Patek, and in this round-up, we have a list of 10 of the most expensive and rarest Patek Philippe watches in the world. And if you are thinking of treating yourself to a new stainless steel sports watch this holiday, we also have a list of our favorite steel sports watches that aren’t Rolex, Nautilus, or Royal Oak.
From around the web, we have a list of 10 of most the influential watch designs of the past quarter of a century. The list includes modern classics like the Royal Oak Offshore and Lange One and also interesting independents like Vianney Halter’s Antiqua and François-Paul Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance. And finally, we have a heartwarming look at the Paneristi community and how it changed the life of one man.
1. ABLOGTOWATCH EDITORS PICK THE BEST STEEL SPORTS WATCHES WITHOUT A WAITING LIST IN 2019
Steel sports watches are all the rage. Don’t believe me? Just walk into any Rolex boutique and ask for a Submariner or GMT-Master. Or just go online and look up prices of the Nautilus and Royal Oak. Clearly, it would seem that the demand for these watches is at an all-time high. But what if you want a steel sports watch but don’t want to play the waiting time or pay ridiculous prices? The good thing is that we have some recommendations for you. In this list, you’ll find some obvious alternatives like Chopard’s new Alpine Eagle and some not-so-obvious ones like the Sinn 206 Arktis II Chronograph. No matter what, there’s something in here for everybody.
2. HANDS-ON DEBUT: GIORGIO GALLI S1 AUTOMATIC WATCH BY TIMEX
Timex is on a roll. Its latest watch, the Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic, follows recent hits like the Q Time and the Marlin. It’s also notable because it bears the name of Timex’s design director, Italian-born Giorgio Galli. What’s also noteworthy is that our very own Ariel Adams had a small role to play in the design of the watch. Find out more by hitting the link below.
3. WATCH CONSUMER BEHAVIORAL SHIFT FROM CELEBRATORY TO STATUS-SEEKING PURCHASE HABITS
There is a sense that watch-purchasing decisions and habits are changing. Watches used to be purchased for celebratory reasons. However, there is some evidence to suggest that that is changing — now, a good number of watch buyers are acquiring watches as a means of showing status. This, I think, is especially true in Chinese culture. The article touches on the Chinese concept of “face.” And an expensive watch is a sign to others that you have made it. It’s a form of peacocking, of telling the world a bit of who you are without being too obvious about it.
4. CASIO G-SHOCK MUDMASTER GG-B100 WATCH REVIEW: FULL OF STYLE, VALUE, FEATURES
The G-Shock Mudmaster GG-B100 is the latest addition to the ultra-rugged G-Shock Mudmaster lineup. It’s also one of the most stylish and feature-packed. For a start, it has a large rugged-looking case that is pleasingly symmetrical. It also features extensive use of carbon fiber, and it has an air-tight mud-resistant case. The watch has four sensors — a thermometer, a barometer, a digital compass, and a step-counter. Finally, it has Bluetooth connectivity and it can sync with your phone’s GPS to get the exact time anywhere in the world. It’s just about the perfect G-Shock, except that it lacks one thing. Find out what that is in the full review below.
5. THE RAREST AND MOST EXPENSIVE PATEK PHILIPPE WATCHES
We have a new record-holder! At the Only Watch 2019 auction, the stainless steel Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A became the most expensive watch in the world. After some intensive and fierce bidding, the watch hammered for a scarcely believable $31.194 million. It comfortably beat the last record holder — also a Patek, the Henry Graves Supercomplication — by over $7 million. Clearly, when it comes to auctions, the allure and mystique of Patek Philippe are undeniable. Find out about some other record-breaking Patek Philippe watches in this article.