It’s that time of year again, everything is new in the New Year. People start looking for the newest versions of products they love and one thing some people love to see, are the newest watches that will be popular in the New Year. Well, there are going to be some hot new watches this year in 2017. Watch companies have released their latest versions of their calendar watches and for watch enthusiasts, reviewers, or for those who just love watches and like to see what’s out there that everyone will be making over, there are several calendar watches that are going to be praised and probably talked about for a long time to come.
Some of these calendar watch brands you may be familiar with while others, you may not have heard of or at least they aren’t in the mainstream of watch-talk. But after releasing their latest, 2017 calendar watch, you may be hearing more about them in the future. Let’s take a look at 5 calendar watches that you’ll want to keep an eye out for this year.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Audemars Piguet is not necessarily a name someone new to the world of watches would recognize, but a true watch enthusiast may know the name. This year, Audemars Piguet has released the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch this year; their new sports model that boasts of a matte black brushed finished ceramic case with a ceramic bracelet strap in coordination with it. Audemars Piguet used a self-winding movement with a 40-hour power reserve, which is a manufacture classic Calibre 2120 and this can be seen through the sapphire-crystal caseback.
The watch is a traditional “Grand Tapisserie” patterned dial, with three subdials thoughtfully set at the 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock settings. The subdials display the month, date and day respectively. This is expected to be one of the biggest selling watches of 2017, according to watch enthusiasts and if you’re interested in purchasing one, you can expect to pay around $85,000 USD.
Rolex Day-Date 40mm
Rolex has been a timeless name in watches since its company began. Rolex has created magnificent and iconic pieces that will live-on for decades. Some of the most popular watches have been revised through the years and re-introduced with new little tweaks and updates. One of the Rolex’s popular calendar watches is the Rolex Day-Date 40mm. The new Day-Date caliber will be released soon but there will be several color options for Rolex watch lovers to choose from, including white with black dial, pink and diamond index, or gold or silver dial. They are even bringing back the two-toned look with the brown dial with a leather strap – very classy and chic. The Rolex Day-Date 40mm is truly one of the most iconic calendar watches of all time and one to look for as being a top seller, this year.
IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
IWC Schaffhausen is unveiling a redesigned Da Vinci collection that mimic timepieces from the 1960’s tonneau case. Before this update, the last update was in 2007. The brand has given some insight to this latest re-do and says that it will be comprised of 36mm models that will be tailored to women and there will be a handful of men’s models that will be designed with haute horlogerie complications.
The first of this series to be released will combine a chronograph’s hour and minute counter with a moon phase confined to a single subdial display. The watchmakers faced a challenge with the watch, trying to combine the chronograph counters with the moon phase. With the moon phase at 12 o’clock, this meant that any hands that would be added there would have to move right through the moon disk, but the problem was resolved. This watch is going to be an all-new IWC Caliber 89630 and it incorporates a silver-plate moon disk with a rounded, dark-blue area that represents the Earth’s shadow. It rotates to show the waxing and waning of the moon, a very unique feature for any watch. This is truly an iconic watch and one that is expected to regain its popularity in a new, redesigned way.
Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim Complete Calendar Watch
The Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim Complete Calendar watch is one to look for this year. It is a highly functional, triple calendar timepiece that exhibits really beautiful vintage details to retain the watch’s history. One key feature about this watch is the fact that it is ultra-slim yet its accuracy remains impeccable. This has always been one of the biggest challenges of a watchmaker, to reduce the bulk while maintaining accuracy, and Blancpain has definitely succeeded.
This handsome watch has all the functionality of modern-day technology and movement, while retaining a very traditional style of a calendar watch. This Blancpain has an eye-catching dial and was designed with quick correctors that are conspicuously hidden in the lugs on top of the old-fashioned display. At 2.91mm thick, it is the world’s slimmest, hand-wound calendar watch.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar Watch
If you’re looking for a watch that is, as the saying goes today, “Totally sick,” this watch is the one. This watch has the look any guy would love to flaunt with its stainless-steel casing and inky-black face, finished off with its cool black leather band. It is a true perpetual calendar that is ultra-thin highly functional with its displays.
The face is set up with three counters that display the perpetual calendar; all are identical in dimensions. The calendar functions are set up as: The day of week at 9 o’clock, the calendar at 3 o’clock, and the month at 6 o’clock. A moon phase indicator continuously moves throughout the hours, always showing its forever-changing lunar profile. This unique watch is one that is expected to get a lot of attention this year as one of the most popular calendar watches and is a great value at $20,400.
There are a lot of amazing watches out there to choose from, but these five listed are going to be at the top of the list for calendar watches this year. Watchmakers are always pushing their skills and technology to design and create some of the most unique and functional watches for their customers. Calendar watches have been some of the most popular watches for most every brand, due to the fact that people will always want associate date with time, and they want it all in one package.