2016 in Review: The Top 20 Most Popular Articles from the past year
There are only five days left of the year so let's see what the readers of Timepiece Chronicle liked the most during 2016.
20: Folder Paper: The Seiko x Giugiaro Watches
I would wager that a lot of the Timepiece Chronicle readership has a 'love it or hate it' relationship with these Giugiaro Seiko designs. I love them, not only for their inclusion in the 1986 Sci-Fi classic Aliens, but because they are a true continuation of Giugiaro's iconic car design into wrist watches. They are the 1980s just as much as they are the 2180s.
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19. Mechanical Watchmaking Is Obsolete
Don't worry, it's a good thing that mechanical watchmaking is obsolete and this article tries to convince you of that. With the continued drop in sales figures for luxury watches at the end of 2016, this article is more timely than ever. Plus it has one of my favorite lines I've ever written.
18: In-House Movements Are Not The Be All And End All
Continuing on the theme of potentially inflammatory topics, this article is all about why in-house movements, whilst an excellent goal to strive for, sometimes create a tunnel vision when looking at other brands. Some of the greatest watches in the world were not in-house movements and we shouldn't forget that.
17. Lost to Time: Gallet Part One
Whilst I personally have more love for watches from Wittnauer, there is something about the Gallet story that fascinates me and it looks like a lot of people feel the same way. This article is the first part of Gallet's story, from their inception to their 1950s glory days as suppliers of excellent chronographs.
16. Inside & Out: Nomos Metro Datum Stadtschwarz
The Nomos Metro 38 Datum is one of the best value for money watches I wore all year. The minimalist design might not be for everyone, but those who love that style will love the 38 Datum. Bonus points were offered for one of the best designed date windows ever.
15. Her-ology: Talking Clockmaking with Tabea Rude
Tabea Rude is an German-born clock restorer and repairer based in London, England. As the second interviewee for Her-ology, a series highlighting women working in the watch industry, she gave unique insight to working in a traditionally male dominated profession.
14. Inside & Out: C60 Trident Chronograph from Christopher Ward
The C60 Trident chronograph is one hell of a watch. The ETA movement might be slightly uninspiring but the quality of the case, bracelet and dial are leagues above what the price indicates. Plus, that running seconds register at 9 o'clock is absolutely mesmerizing.
13. The Vulcain Cricket: Made for Men, Worn by Presidents
The Vulcain Cricket is one of the best value vintage watches that you can get at the moment and the rich Presidential history only adds to that value. Vulcain were the first to perfect the alarm complication in an alarm watch and the Cricket is their defining watch.
12. NSFW: Erotic Watches Perfect For Valentines Day
Well this was slightly unexpected as these watches certainly have a...err...niche appeal. All joking aside, the artistry and craftsmanship that go into making erotic watches should be admired (and the shamelessness required to buy and wear one).
11. A Glimpse Back into 1973
A lot has changed in watchmaking since 1973. A Zenith El Primero now costs a tad more than £107.50 and Omega no longer use solid gold bars in their print advertisements (Though they totally should) but these adverts are still as groovy as ever.
10. Reference Guide: Universal Geneve TriCompax, 1944 to 1949
I love the Universal Geneve Tri-Compax and writing this reference guide made me want one even more. What's wonderful (and incredibly daunting) is that there are still dozens of references that I haven't covered and that doesn't even include watches after 1949!
9. Inside & Out: The Stowa Seatime Prodiver
The Stowa is another great example of how you don't need an in-house movement to make a cracking watch. The bright orange dial, rubber strap and funky 70s style case are never going to look quite right worn with a shirt & tie, but with a T-Shirt and shorts? It's a match made in heaven. Probably the best chill by the pool watch of this year.
8. True Eternity On Your Wrist: Meteorite Dials
What's cooler than a mechanical watch? A mechanical watch with a piece of million year old meteorite as the dial. Visually dynamic, forever eternal, these dials are truly stunning.
7. What Hodinkee Needs To Do When Selling Watches
I love Hodinkee. Maybe not as much as I once did but to me they still represent the gold standard in knowledge and presentation. This is why I'm always so disappointed when they go and make a mess of something. This year saw several instances of the Hodinkee Shop not being as diligent as they should have been.
6. Nomos: The Little Brand That Could
Nomos is a small German brand that has managed to buck the trend of 2016 because they offer in-house movements at near chronometer specs for a reasonable price. No fuss, no brand ambassadors. Just quality craftsmanship.
5. Clash of the Titans: Omega vs. Rolex
There are arguments that seem to have been going on forever and it Rolex vs. Omega is perhaps the greatest out of all when it comes to watches. In this article I don't say who I think is better, rather I ask why it's these two brands that constantly get brought up as rivals.
4. Inside & Out: Vintage Tudor Prince Oysterdate from Theo & Harris
This Tudor Prince Oysterdate ( A combination of words that I have never gotten in the right order on the first try) from Theo & Harris was the most read review of 2016. This watch was undeniably brilliant and I loved my time with it during the Summer.
3. Glory Under the Seas: The Doxa Sub 300T
I love the Doxa Sub 300T. It's a watch that didn't care what it looked like above water just as long as it did what was required under it. Its pure function over form. I'd like to thank Jason Heaton and James Stacey for giving this piece a little shout out on the Grey Nato Podcast back in the Summer. It was a real surprise when I was listening!
2. The Lackluster Watch Collection of Donald Trump
Unsurprisingly there was a lot of new visitors reading this article on the morning of the 9th November. President-elect Trump's watch collection is surprisingly lacklustre compared to other United States Presidents. There are only a handful of watches that I could confirm he's worn so maybe there is a secret watch vault somewhere in Trump Tower that is being moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Only time will tell.
1. The Real Impact of the Quartz Crisis
Out of all the articles I wrote this year, I'm honestly surprised that it was this one that made it to the top. Not a review, not a in-depth look at a vintage watch but 1000 words or so of pure opinion written. I'm incredibly grateful that there are a surprising number of people out there who value what I write. Bring on 2017.