Four Best Watches Of 2017

The TAG Heuer Carrera. Photo courtesy of TAG Heuer.

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2017 was a very tumultuous year, and it was a busy watch season as well! Lots of new pieces came hot off the presses and we here at Gracious Watch saw some memorable pieces. This year was the comeback year for classic, simple design cues and not a lot of manufacture are taking the risks with bold, futuristic designs. Is it because of how the consumer palate is changing for watches? Who knows.

We have some Top Picks, but here are the watches we thought deserves your full attention this year.


Patek Philippe Calatrava White Gold

The Patek Philippe Calatrava White Gold. Photo courtesy of Patek Philippe.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava White Gold. Photo courtesy of Patek Philippe.

We might as well reserve real estate on these best of lists for Patek Philippe. Everything the luxury brand touches turns to gold. Or in this case white gold. The Calatrava White Gold is an absolute stunner.

Understated class and elegance meet the design gods for a roll in the hay and what comes out is a timepiece that should be on your wish list. The 39 mm case comes with a black lacquered dial punctuated with gold marker hands, sapphire crystal and of course the selling point, white gold.

It adds a nice touch with an alligator strap. As far as movement goes, the Calatrava keeps pace with a 324 S C Caliber self winding mechanical movement.

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Patek Philippe Calatrava

Shinola Canfield Chronograph

We gush over American brand Shinola and its penchant for making America great again one time piece steadily ticking at a time. Any brand that gets the stamp of approval of outgoing president Barack Obama certainly deserves some closer inspection.

And Shinola for its part has more than exceeded the expectations of all the onlookers scrutinizing the brand of watches the POTUS wears on his wrist. 2016 was the year of the Canfield Chronograph.

A comfortably priced timepiece born and raised in Detroit Motor City with a very international sort of aesthetic. Retailing at only $1050 this 43 mm timepiece boasts an open dial replenished with awe-inspiring complications that are built for the life of the owner.

The chronograph’s Argonite movement is a joint sort of construction rendered in part by the Swiss and just as much as on American turf in Detroit.

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The Shinola Canfield Chronograph. Photo courtesy of Shinola.

Piaget Altiplano

Piaget AltiplanoPiaget joined the ranks of the ultra thin elite with its uber svelte Altiplano. The pink gold time piece is a hand-wound mechanical movement drenched in luscious pink gold.

It also comes with an alligator strap and pink gold pin buckle. The sapphire case-back opens up to reveal just how all the magic comes together.

Piaget is no stranger in the luxury department, having shared that prestigious real estate with contemporary Patek Philippe on many a best of list.

Here is no different. The fine folks at Piaget have crafted a simply elegant time piece that is neither bulky or too much bling for one man to take.

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The Piaget Altiplano. Photo courtesy of Piaget.

Tag Heuer Carrera 

TAG Heuer CarreraTag Heuer has held court on a plethora of best of lists.

This will be no different. Their shining star for 2016 is the Carrera.

You must have been holed up in a nuclear bunker for months on end if you are unaware of this time piece.

What can be said about a watch that retails for $3400 comes with a calfskin strap, clocks in at 39 mm, has an automatic movement with date correction, and a polished steel sapphire crystal case?

Nothing. We’ve covered all those bases for you. Thank us later.

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TAG Heuer Carrera. Photo courtesy of TAG Heuer.

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