Automatic watches are known for their reliability and long-lasting wear. These type of movements are a significant step up from the manual winded models of the past. Though their popularity saw a significant decline in the 1970s, automatic watches have always held a special place in the hearts of watch enthusiast. In recent years self-winding models have been making a come-back. Classic, precise and perfect for everyday wear, automatic movements are a must-have in any collection. Below we have compiled a list of our top 5 automatic watches of 2021.
The Michel Herbelin Newport Regate Carbone is a stunning limited edition model with a highly durable case and appealing functional design. The watch’s large 46.5 mm case is made of forged carbon. The material is also what gives the bezel, case and dial their distinctive markings. Luminescent hands and indices add to the watch’s more rugged appearance. Red detailing on the subdials aids in readability and offers a nice contrast to the otherwise grey and blue colour palette. The strap of the watch is made of high-performance FKM elastomer, guaranteeing comfort and durability. Functions on the watch include a date and day display, a chronograph and a countdown regatta. The timepiece is water-resistant up to 30 bars or 300 meters. A sapphire crystal encases and protects the dial.
This timepiece by Ball Watch Company is the quintessential dress watch with its clean sleek lines and simple design. The stainless steel case measures 40 mm in diameter. The bracelet on the watch is also made of stainless steel. Polished elements on the bracelet and the polished bezel elevate the design and make the watch feel both timeless and contemporary. The simple white dial is complemented by a set of luminescent hands and indices. As a counterweight on the second’s hand is featured Ball Watch Company’s intricate double R logo. The watch is water-resistant up to 10 bars. A date aperture has been placed at the 3 o’clock position. Its automatic movement has a power reserve of up to 38 hours.
If you’re a fan of racing watches, this Raymond Weil timepiece will become the gem of your collection. Its stainless steel case measures 43 mm in diameter. Securing the watch is a black perforated leather strap. The black bezel on the watch features a tachymeter scale. Increasing the overall durability of the watch is a sapphire crystal. The dial of the timepiece is black. Interest is added through the bright yellow elements featured on the dial and on the bezel. Luminescent indices and hand complement the case. Features on the watch include a date aperture at 4 o’clock and a chronograph. The crown of the watch and the push-pieces all have a polished finish tying in the sporty, yet elegant design.
If you’re after style rather than function, this Baume and Mercier watch is the one for you. Its overall silhouette is classic, though it features unique elements, such as an aperture in the dial showcasing the movement, which prevents the design from being unimaginative. The 40 mm case is made of stainless steel. The exhibition case back and the dial are both covered by a sapphire crystal. The white dial is decorated by a guilloché line pattern in the center. Blue leaf-shaped hands contrast the dial and add a pop of colour to the design. A brown leather strap guarantees comfort and highlights the classic tones within the design. The movement of the watch has a power reserve of up to 38 hours.
This Rado True Square model is anything but ordinary. It has an appealing futuristic design that stays true to the Rado philosophy. The watch has a single monoblock case, made of the brand’s signature high-tech ceramic in black. The bracelet is also made of the same material. High-tech ceramic is perfect for people with sensitive skin as the material does not contain metal and is hypoallergenic. The case is only 8.1 mm thick. The dial is accented by rose gold hour markers and baton hands. Both the indices and hands are luminescent. Probably the most appealing feature of the watch is its sapphire crystal-covered skeleton dial, which reveals the automatic movement underneath. The movement has an impressive power reserve of up to 80 hours.
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