All new, and all under $3,000

The two noteworthy watch shows of the year– SIHH and Baselworld– are presently both immovably behind us, which implies that we know a large portion of the new watches that will be making their courses into boutique cases and onto wrists in 2018. We’ve informed you regarding the watches we’d wear regular, the watches that frequent our fantasies, and even the things that found us napping. We figured it would be advantageous however to hover back, with this smidgen of extra point of view, and to consider what watch we’re prescribe to somebody hoping to get his or her first fine timepiece. Fortunately, this year we’re ruined for decision.

Tudor Black Bay 32

 

It’s not often that I have the opportunity to suggest an actual ladies’ watch for one of these round-ups, but I am thrilled to say that things are different this year. With the rise in dedicated tool watches in smaller sizes, I can honestly say that the Tudor Black Bay 32 is a great starter watch for the slight of the wrist and can be yours for $2,750 on a bracelet and $2,425 on one of Tudor’s awesome fabric straps. This watch is exactly the same as the Black Bay 36 released two years ago(and last year’s BB41) but in a smaller 32mm case size. It offers versatility, an automatic movement, and a price point that doesn’t suffer from the pink tax. —Cara Barrett 

$2,425 (strap), $2,750 (bracelet); tudorwatch.com

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic

In the 12 years or so that I’ve been writing about watches, the Clifton Baumaticmight be the most exciting timepiece to come from Baume & Mercier. Among the Baumatic’s many desirable features are its lengthy power reserve (120 hours), its antimagnetic movement (to 1,500 gauss), its chronometer rating (to within -4/+6 seconds per day), and its extended service cycle, which Baume & Mercier says is greater than five years. All of these are attributes that watch collectors have been conditioned to expect from watches costing much more than the Clifton Baumatic, which sits at $2,990. The movement at the heart of the Clifton Baumatic is the caliber BM12-1975A, a movement whose base was developed by Richemont at the group level for use in a range of the group’s marques. —Jon Bues

$2,990 ; baume-et-mercier.com

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