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Our Best New Watches of 2021

A thorough review about the best of the best in horological excellence that we have published through 2021

This year that we are leaving behind has seen us emerge from the mists of the lockdowns to live the life we used to once again. And with the multiplication of social occasions, the desire to accompany our look with a nice new high-end watch has returned.

Fortunately, the Maisons, from the most famous to those most niche, have not been idle, and during this period have delighted us with the launch of new models that we have presented on our pages. Here, then, you will find a gallery of the most beautiful men's luxury watches that have come our way and that we have the pleasure of re-proposing to you – perhaps to suggest an exceptional Christmas gift

 

Our Favourite New Rolex Watch Releases of 2021

The House of the Crown, despite the period, has by no means stood idly by and has released a considerable amount of novelties that have intrigued and delighted us. More generally, there is an air of renewal, which makes the style less austere and more engaging, to paint in a dark green color the dreams of many watch enthusiasts who had kept away from the Maison until now.

Rolex Lady Datejust 28 mm

Rolex Lady Datejust 28 mm

How do you put 1089 diamonds set one by one on a watch that is only 28 mm in diameter? Rolex shows you how on this Lady Datejust in this extremely “glam” version. The yellow gold case and bracelet studded with diamonds offer a truly unforgettable and sparkling experience, to feel like a Queen for a night – whenever you feel like to.

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Rolex Perpetual Explorer Two 

Rolex Perpetual Explorer Two 

This new version of the sports watch from the world's most famous watch house is enriched with a new movement that offers an exceptional power reserve – an impressive 70 hours – and proposes a series of minor aesthetic refinements that make the 2021 version of the timepiece even more elegant and well-proportioned.

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Meteorite

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Meteorite

The Rolex Daytona is one of the world's most famous chronographs, an authentic “Grail Watch” among the men's luxury watches for all enthusiasts. Still, this version proudly displaying a meteorite dial has outdone itself, with a stunning aesthetic effect that complements with extreme refinement the precious cases in different varieties of gold – white, rose and yellow.

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Our Favourite New OMEGA Watches 2021

The historic Swiss watchmaker dazzles us with a series of new additions to the Seamaster series with a distinct vintage flavor, emphasizing traditional models and series stemming from its “institutional” activities such as special editions for the Tokyo Olympics and the launch of the new 007 film, No Time to Die.

OMEGA Seamaster 300 007 Edition 2021

OMEGA Seamaster 300 007 Edition 2021

The timepiece worn by the world's most famous secret agent has been retouched in this particular version that accentuates its unique and martial character. The actor Daniel Craig himself has intervened in the design of this watch to help imbue it with its unique and unquestionable charm and render it as close as possible to his conception of Bond.

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OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020

OMEGA confirms its commitment as the official timekeeping partner of the Olympics and presents this magnificent version of its Aqua Terra, with a yellow gold case and an innovative dial dressed in two-tone blue (or azure?) graphics to celebrate these troubled, but ultimately satisfying Games that have brought so much satisfaction to some national teams.

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OMEGA Seamaster 300

OMEGA Seamaster 300

At first glance, this timepiece looks like a beautiful vintage diver watch from OMEGA. But a more thorough examination reveals that instead, underneath the exquisite 1950s aesthetics you will find a very modern timepiece with a Coaxial caliber and numerous subtle high-tech details embellishing the case and dial.

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Our Best New Hublot Watches 2021

The house of the Art of Fusion, one of the most original on the Swiss watchmaking scene, continues to provoke and amaze its fans with its proposals, which we could define as sparkling with creativity and imagination: a world of exploration in men's luxury watches, where the only imperative is to have no limits.

Hublot Big Bang Unique Berluti Aluminum

Hublot Big Bang Unique Berluti Aluminum

Very sexy and sophisticated underneath its apparent chromatic simplicity, this timepiece once again combines the sensibilities of the two Maisons in an object of great refinement and elegance. This monochromatic timepiece is intended for a sophisticated, demanding, and unconventional public, blendingleather that looks like metal and metal that looks organic in a unique and fascinating mix.

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Hublot Big Bang Integral Ceramic

Hublot Big Bang Integral Ceramic

Hublot's exploration has always ranged between shapes, colors, and materials. In this case, it has focused on a new interpretation of this material – ceramic – so special and fascinating, light and scratch-resistant, which is revealed in this edition with a unique velvety texture and a neutral but surprising color to adorn your wrist.

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Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black

Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black

The collaboration between Hublot and the eclectic Japanese graphic artist could only generate something unique: and this timepiece combines the playfulness of the smiling flower, the Japanese master's signature, with a vaguely cyberpunk inspiration, underscored by the florilegium of black diamonds – almost 500 – set on the dial.

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Our Favourite 2021 Tag Heuer Watches for Men

The brand that practically invented the sports chronograph in 1962 has proposed us some new versions of several of its workhorses, always played in the spirit that has made this Maison a reference point for world watchmaking: a dynamism that accompanies those who choose its watches and does not stop in front of anything, for any reason.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer 2021

TAG Heuer Aquaracer 2021

TAG Heuer's legendary diver's watch is renewed in several unique versions that tell the story of the depths of the sea from different perspectives: through the glow of a luminescent dial, or after immense revolutions, with a stylistic quest that goes back to the starting point, returning to its origins with a unique limited edition to pay homage to the first Aquaracer Ref 844 of 1978.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Edition

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Edition

The Carrera is one of TAG Heuer's classic models. This edition, created in collaboration with the German automaker, fully displays its characteristics as a thoroughly sporty timepiece. Born for life at high speed and intensity, the Porsche Edition tells a symphony of steel and black ceramic – a fascinating watch with a great personality.

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Other Magnificent Luxury Watches of 2021

This list could not fail to include a list of pieces produced by other Maisons that have come to our attention for their technical and aesthetic qualities. They, too, confirm the search for bolder and more fantastic style suggestions in men's luxury watches, which lie somewhere between glamour and the search for a new path to luxury that passes between personal cocooning and the suggestions of a greener world.

Glashütte Original Seventies

Glashütte Original Seventies

The Seventies of the Saxonian Maison carries in its name all the charm of the 1970s shaped chronographs, re-proposed in a deep blue dial, with its bicompax counters underscored by the large date at six o'clock. A magnificent timepiece that captivates with its presence and personality, and that seems far more authoritative than its 42 mm diameter would suggest.

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Tudor Pelagos FXD

Tudor Pelagos FXD

A special version of this timepiece, created by Tudor for the French Navy, this Pelagos offers many small details that reveal its exquisitely military nature. The case is crafted from a single block of titanium, with fixed lugs to prevent the possibility of the watch coming undone in action and risking getting lost, and the bezel bears an upside-down hour scale. Its manufacture movement comes with a COSC chronometer certification.

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Cartier Tank Must

Cartier Tank Must

The Maison Cartier renews its offer with several Tank models, including an innovative reference based on a solar-powered quartz mechanism. A vibrant and colorful range that belongs to the Must de Cartier line, a true style icon that had done so much to establish the house's notoriety even among the younger crowds.

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon

The Overseas range is supposed to be the sporty line of timepieces from the “Old King” of watchmaking – but indeed, this model that sits at the top of the Maison's offering represents its crowning glory towards luxury thanks to immense technical and aesthetic content. The beauty of the tourbillon and its mesmerizing movement know how to intrigue and fascinate, especially in this yellow gold version with a dark blue dial.

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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41

IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41

The bond between IWC and the world of aviation is inextricably linked, and this exquisite timepiece confirms it. This new chronograph features an IWC-manufactured mechanical movement in a smaller case with a diameter of just 41 mm, to meet the demands of all those who have always dreamed of such a model but have never been able to wear it because of its size.

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Bulgari Serpenti Spiga

Bulgari Serpenti Spiga

We could not but close with a touch of true luxury, which proposes to us the charm of the great biblical tempter, the snake, transformed by the Roman Maison of high jewelry in the inspiration for its precious jewelry and watches. This magnificent Serpenti Spiga encloses and expresses the suggestion of this mythical world, told through a jewel-watch of extraordinary class and incomparable femininity.

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Our Favourite Design Watches of Rado in 2021

The house of Lengnau does not stop in its experimentation and continues to cooperate with the most important names in product design and fashion, who interpret the classics of the Maison and play with them to create new and engaging experiences, which become not only objects to mark time but expressions of style for their wearers.

Rado True Square Over the Abyss and True Heart 

Rado True Square Over the Abyss and True Heart

These two different timepieces belong to the True Square range and are rich in the creative force that originates from two countries of the great and unknown East. In the first, you find dreamlike pastel-colored creatures from the depths of India; in the second, an essential, almost Bauhaus-style dial evoking a traditional stylized scale from China.

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Rado True Square Formafantasma

Rado True Square Formafantasma

The famous Dutch-Italian design duo interprets the shape of the True Square by Rado with its signature gentle aesthetic refinement, drawing heavily from the past of “half-hunter” pocket watches and playing with the ebony-like ceramic material of the case to create a modern object, but displaying an antique and unusual character like this timepiece.

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