As 2019 is fast approaching I thought it'd be fun to reflect on the year past. In this post I'll go over some of my favorite watches and pictures of 2018 - and I'll try to stick to one per month [edit, okay, maybe two]. Let's go!
As customary, 2018 started with a bang. Right after the dust of the holidays settled we visited SIHH, the LVMH boat and Franck Muller in Geneve, where we shot an aweful lot of pictures of shiny new watches. My fav pic for this month however is the polar opposite. In earlier that month I took another go at shooting our Jaeger / Universal Geneve - a delightful vintage chronograph that has since found its way to a new owner. So charming!
I also took a few detailed images of the Railmaster for our blog. I especially like this one - an unusual angle that shows off the curves of the case and the brushed bracelet.
In February we took delivery of an Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 17, which has one of the most complex and ornate dials ever found on a Speedy Pro. Amazing. Alon also got a glimpse of Breitling's future at the Zurich Road Show.
The Carrera Tourbillon is an amazing watch. This shot is something different compared to what we usually do, which is why it made the list.
March was a busy month as I visited NOMOS with Jenna, and went to BaselWorld just a few days after. NOMOS also lend me one of their Club Neomatik's with the siren red dial. I loved it!
A view of Dresden during our trip to Berlin & Glashuette. Not a watch to be seen!
My pick for April is this shot of the Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph in bronze. I always find these Divers Sixty-Five to be a pain to photograph properly with their domed crystals, but this one came out reasonably well.
Tourbillon. Grand Feu enamel. Ulysse Nardin did a great job with this Marine.
In May we welcomed Zenith to our collection - yeah! This blue Chronomaster El Primero is one of my favorites from their collection and I think it looks just stellar paired with the denim shirt.
... because this list needs a bit of gold! The Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Chronograph,
In June I finally got to go hands-on with the much-discussed Navitimer 8, a pleasure Alon already had at the Roadshow. Cool!
The TAG Heuer Link Chrono as presented at BaselWorld 2017. Very distinctive!
In July we received the first prototypes of our Compassionate Luxury Ash & Cork strap - though the final product wouldn't come in until November!
In July we also shot this picture of the Omega DeVille Hour Vision, a bit of a forgotten watch that deserves some love. Just look at that case!
In August we were able to deliver our first Omega Speedmaster Professional Ultraman to a happy client. Luckily we were allowed to shoot a whole bunch of pics before, documenting every single detail.
The Breitling SuperOcean Heritage (now with Tudor-sourced movement) looks surprisingly good on one of our rubber NATO's, wouldn't you agree?
In September we welcomed TUDOR to our collection. Their Black Bay GMT and 58 were sans doubt among the hottest watches of 2018. Pictured is of course the former.
Also hot, though on a somewhat smaller scale, was the Tangente a Century of Bauhaus. This one went to our friend M of @NomiesForLife and it's pictured next to our Orion de Stijl.
In October we launched the Club Campus Amsterdam, our second limited edition with NOMOS. I've been wearing mine almost non-stop ever since!
Not our average watch: a (very) vintage IWC with a cushion-shaped case and enamel dial.
The production pieces of our Ash & Cork strap finally came in in November, while we'd been working on this project since BaselWorld 2017. It's pictured here on the beautiful hand-wound Portugieser Split Seconds from Alon's private collection.
The Breitling SuperOcean Outerknown has a strap made of recycled materials which I think is a very good initiative. And it looks smashing!
We still have a little over a week of December left, but I think I can say this shot of the stellar Bvlgari Octo Finissimo will be my favorite of this month. Any Octo Finissimo is amazing, but this one is truly out-of-this-world.
Runner Up: TAG Heuer Formula 1 Max Verstappen
The number of emails and calls we received on this one simply blew our mind!
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Best wishes for 2019!