Here are some of the best watches of 2020, according to experts


Each year, the watchmaking industry is celebrated with great fanfare at an award ceremony called the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (or GPHG). It’s more or less akin to the Oscars of watchmaking. For 2020, there are 84 nominees in 14 categories, many of which are somewhat esoteric. So, let’s dig deeper and find out about some of the funniest categories: specifically, dive watches, chronographs, and the best men’s watches.

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Nominees for the diving watch

Breitling Superocean Automatic 48 Boutique Edition

GPHG

In titanium coated with black DLC, this boutique version of the Breitling diver’s watch features a dark green dial and a matching strap.

Diameter: 48mm
Price: ~ $ 5,895

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Doxa SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Miscellaneous

black carbon watch with yellow reflections

GPHG

Doxa’s famous SUB 300 takes on a very unique character with a light, strong and striking-looking carbon case.

Diameter: 42.5 mm
Price: ~ $ 5,275

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Grand Seiko 9RA5 Spring Drive Diver’s 600m

steel diver's watch with black dial

GPHG

Featuring Seiko’s innovative Spring Drive technology, this luxury dive is waterproof to 600m.

Diameter: 46.9 mm
Price: ~ $ 13,650

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Ming 01/18 H41

designer diving watch with steel strap

GPHG

The independent design-driven brand Ming this year released its first diver’s watch with unique features.

Diameter: 40mm
Price: $ 3,250

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Hydrosphere Bronze tank Maldives edition

bronze diving watch on black strap

GPHG

Produced in collaboration with the Revolution watch magazine, this Reservoir watch in bronze features the brand’s iconic retrograde display and jumping hour indicators.

Diameter: 45mm
Price: ~ $ 4,790

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Ulysse Nardin Diver X Cap Horn

black diving watch

GPHG

Designed for the Vendée Globe sailing race, Ulysse Nardin’s diving watch is light and resistant in titanium and carbon.

Diameter: 44mm
Price: ~ $ 10,900

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Nominated for chronograph watches

Chronometry Workshop # 8 Rattrapante Chronograph

black chronograph watch

GPHG

Housed in an 18-carat “white gold” case, this split-seconds chronograph is based on a vintage Venus movement recreated and decorated by hand.

Diameter: 39.8 mm
Price: ~ $ 121,630

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Breitling Top Time Limited Edition

chronograph watch with retro dial

GPHG

Brietling created this retro-style limited edition as a tribute to its Top Time watch, initially produced in the 1960s.

Diameter: 41mm
Price: ~ $ 5,450

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H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Automatic Chronograph

single dial steel chronograph watch

GPHG

When H. Moser & Cie. presented its new Streamliner collection this year, it took the form of an unexpectedly sporty offer.

Diameter: 42.3 mm
Price: $ 39,900

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Kurono Chronograph 1

art deco chronograph watch on black leather strap

GPHG

Besides Seiko, Japanese watchmaker Hajime Asaoka’s affordable brand Kurono is one of the few non-European brands at the GPHG.

Diameter: 38mm
Price: ~ $ 4,050

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Louis Moinet Memoris Superlight

blue and orange chronograph with visible mechanics

GPHG

Louis Moinet traces its history to the invention of the chronograph, and the brand’s technical and colorful entry is one of the most visually striking at the show.

Diameter: 46mm
Price: ~ $ 28,600

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Parmigiani Tondagraph GT

steel watch with black dial

GPHG

One of the sportiest watches from the independent Swiss brand, the Tondagraph by Parmigiani is produced entirely in-house.

Diameter: 42mm
Price: $ 19,500

Nominees for men’s watches

Bulgari Octo Finissimo S

bulgari watch with blue dial

GPHG

The complicated but incredibly thin (6.4 mm) case of the Octo Finissimo is complemented by a steel bracelet and a blue dial.

Diameter: 40mm
Price: ~ $ 12,650

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De Bethune DB28XP Starry Sky

blue watch with tourbillon on white background

GPHG

De Bethune’s artistic and distinctively sci-fi-inspired angle is expressed here with a characteristic blue hue, skeletonized lugs and a tourbillon at 6 o’clock on the dial.

Diameter: 43mm
Price: ~ $ 85,300

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Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin Green

green watch on white background

GPHG

The vision of independent watchmaker Laurent Ferrier on classic watchmaking is subtle and sober, with a green dial but great refinement and high quality watchmaking all around.

Diameter: 40mm
Price: ~ $ 33,800

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Petermann Bédat Dead Beat Second

gold watch on brown strap

GPHG

Although classic in design and proportions, Petermann Bédat’s Dead Beat Second represents a difficult horological feat – it’s a mechanical watch with a seconds hand that beats every second rather than sweeping away.

Diameter: 39mm
Price: ~ $ 70,850

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Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Skeleton Manufacture Only Carbonium

skeleton carbon watch on blue dial

GPHG

Romain Gauthier’s bold, skeleton-styled micro-rotor watch has a carbon composite case and striking blue highlights.

Diameter: 42m
Price: ~ $ 182,700

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Voutilainen 28SC

blue watch on black strap

GPHG


Famous watchmaker Kari Voutilainen presents a classic look in understated sizes with watchmaking details to die for.

Diameter: 38.5mm
Price: ~ $ 81,475

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