Our Favourite Watches of 2018
As we begin this New Year we feel that the time is right to look back over the past 12 months and reflect on our choice for favourite watches of 2018. However at Page and Cooper, we also think that 2018 represented a seismic shift in the way that the industry itself operates.
With the healthy growth of a knowledgeable and discerning audience of watch fans, we are thrilled that not only are numbers increasing but our audience is growing younger. Another plus is that manufacturers themselves are paying more attention to the desires of fans and, in many cases, offering incredible value.
What is value? Now this is very contentious issue. Over the next several weeks, we will address this statement in spectacular fashion with a series of blogs on the subject. We trust you will find them interesting but just for now, let’s look at our favourite watches of the past year, stressing that this is a personal choice. We really love ALL the watches we sell. Each brand being personally accepted by myself and the P&C team.
Lets start with DIVERS
Sometimes it is difficult to explain to prospective customers just how a watch will feel on the wrist and how they will personally react to it. One watch that seems to put people under its spell is the Triton. Triton will make only 200 watches in a year and that makes them highly desirable. They are looking for watches of quality and craftsmanship that stand out from the crowd. With Triton, the attention to detail is exquisite and the watches are built piece by piece by some of the best Swiss craftsmen and women.
We also enthusiastically recommend NTH watches. Absolute cult favourites and fine examples of the work of a new breed of watchmakers who have grown up with the new wave of enthusiasts. Again made in very limited runs, NTH Subs are in demand and sell quickly. In fact, used models often attract a premium. Why? Scarcity. The aesthetics are bang up to date and with a 40mm case size, we believe this to be one of the, if not the slimmest, 300m diver currently available. The attention to detail is fantastic and the build quality superb.
We were mightily impressed when watchmaker Le Jour came up with their impressive Mk I Chronograph. A wonderful re-interpretation of the classic Heuer Pasadena Chronograph of the 1970’s. At its heart, the Mk I Chronograph boasts the impressive Swiss Valjoux ETA 7750 movement. The unique cushion case is wonderfully realised with a combination of brushed and polished surfaces, the dial is multi layered with bevelled sub dial edges and this fine watch also includes a custom made tapered bracelet with fully integrated end links. The complete Le Jour package is presented beautifully in a timbered Le Jour box.
Melbourne watches released the Avalon Mk.2 at the end of 2018, a re-imaging of their own classic 2014 model. The Avalon Mk.2 features a Swiss made automatic movement in a sleek 42mm bead-blasted case and also an intricately patterned dial. This watch is available in blasted stainless steel or PVD black.
Not quite a pilots watch but a fascinating part of aviation history none the less, the Tockr D-Day is fascinating. We have seen watches before, made from pieces of vintage aircraft but we can’t recall any, where the entire dial is made from the original aircraft and displays its history every time you look at the watch. A different type of pilot’s watch that commemorates a historically significant and important piece of aviation and Military history. The Tockr D-Day dials are constructed from original aluminium panels from the plane that led the US airborne assault on D-Day, 'That’s all Brother'. A donation will be made from each and every watch sold to fund the return of this very special C-47 to Normandy this year for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
DuFa watches joined us late in 2018 and we have been fascinated by how this classic German watch brand can offer so much for such an affordable price. A particular favourite of ours is the Regulator. This watch has an interesting modification to its Japanese movement with a 24 hour sub dial, large minute hand and running seconds sub dial. All unique but it’s only on close inspection that you see the level of detail inspired by Germany’s Bauhaus movement. The Regulator looks deceptively simple but has complex dial finishes and subtle case shapes that only become apparent on very close inspection. It’s grand to be able to offer for purchase a dress watch with such an interesting complication at such an accessible price.
Special mention must be made of the Zodiac Olympos. Zodiac have offered some very considered designs during 2018 and one of the most intriguing has been the unique and individual Olympos. Based on the original 1960’s Olympos, with its unique ‘manta ray’ case shape and classic 37.5mm case size. Amazing attention to detail has been paid to this wonderful re-issue and of course it is incredible value.
So there you have it. At Page and Cooper we only sell watches, beautiful, interesting watches. Watches you won’t find on every high street. Watches made in short runs by craftsmen who love their trade. We welcome enquiries by all the usual means but, if you can, why not come and see us.We are a friendly but knowledgeable bunch.