Are you looking to buy a new watch this year? Here are some of the best watches to buy in 2018.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
It's 40 years since the first golden Oaks were produced by Audemars Piguet, and to mark this significant milestone, this luxury brand has released two new 39mm models with either blue or champagne dials. Despite its hefty price tag of £42,500, this is one of the best watches to invest in 2018.
Bulgari Diagono Pro
Top-end watch brand Bulgari has been leading the way in recent years in watch innovation, where it released the world's thinnest tourbillon in 2016. If you're looking for a classy steel sports watch from the Bulgari brand, one of the best watches to buy in 2018 could well be the Diagono Pro model. This sleek and robust beauty boasts impressive credentials including a self-winding movement, a 41mm case and water resistance up to 300m. It could be yours for around £5,050.
Omega Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer
If you've got a little over five grand to splash out on a new watch this year, horological trendsetters are raving about the Railmaster from Omega. Although this anti-magnetic watch is based on a classic, iconic design, it has received a modern update to make it one of the latest must-have timepieces. With magnetic resistance of up to 15,000 gauss and water resistance up to 60m, the Railmaster comes with a self-winding movement and a power reserve of 55 hours.
Hublot Big Bang 44mm
If you're looking for one of the best watches to buy in 2018 that is big on style and will attract attention to your wrist, you won't go wrong with this little gem. The Hublot Big Bang 44mm uses the quality HUB4100 self-winding chronograph movement and comes with an impressive 257 components. It also boasts polished rhodium plated hands, water resistance up to 1,000m and a polished satin finish. Expect to pay over £7,000 for one of these models.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
If you've decided 2018 is the year to start a watch collection, this brand of watch is a good one to begin with. It's got the tradition and heritage you'll demand from a luxury watch, as well as the quality credentials, but at around £2,500, it's not as expensive as some other top-end watches. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay has a range of variations, so you should be able to find one to suit your preferences. It boasts its own in-house movement, appealing snowflake angular hands, water resistancy to 200m, and a 70-hour power reserve.
Larsson & Jennings CM Anthracite
If you're not in the market for buying a really expensive watch this year, but you still want a new watch that offers impeccable reliability and looks the part on your wrist, the Swiss Larsson & Jennings CM Anthracite is one to feast your eyes on. At less than £250, this watch is great value for money without looking cheap. Classy in style, the watch exudes a very minimalist feel, so is perfect if you're looking for something simple and understated. It features a matte black bezel with a white dial and crystal sapphire face. It's also scratch resistant and water resistant to 5ATM.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 6000G
Patek Philippe is one of the longest established Swiss watch brands, and comes steeped in tradition and high precision craftsmanship. Certainly, if you're looking for one of the best watches to invest in 2018, you'll never fail with this much-revered brand. The Calatrava model is a great one to buy this year, as it exudes a contemporary, innovative feel, yet is also inspired by tradition, with the first model created in 1932. What makes this watch so original is that the date is displayed on the outermost rim of the dial, and it also has a sub-seconds dial displayed at the 4 o'clock position. The white gold option with blue strap and face and silvery grey dial makes a great choice for the summer. Plus, with a 37mm case, this size should fit happily on any wrist. Expect to pay around £13,000 for this classic watch.
Tissot T Touch Expert Solar
If you want to dip your toe into the world of smart watches this year without delving in too deeply, the Tissot T Touch Expert Solar watch makes a good compromise. The glass of this watch basically serves as a touchscreen, and depending on where you touch, you can get access to countdown timers, alarms, altitude, a digital compass, a perpetual calendar and a chronograph. With the Expert Solar model, the functions are even powered by the sun. The watch also boasts 100m water resistancy. Stylish yet incredibly practical, this watch is competitively priced at just under £800.
As a woman looking for one of the best watches to invest in 2018, you won't go wrong choosing any model from upmarket watch manufacturer, Rolex. However, the Pearlmaster deserves a mention for any would-be watch purchaser this year. With an 18-carat pink gold alloy, diamond set bezel, and a rose gold finish, this pretty, feminine design will ooze elegance on any wrist. There are different variations to choose from, and prices start from £7,000 upwards.
Tag Heuer Link LadiesThe Tag Heuer Link Ladies watch models were popular in 2017 and this trend looks set to continue, so for any females seeking the best watches to buy in 2018, this is a good one to concentrate on. Although very luxurious in style, the Link Ladies is practical enough to be worn daily. Its simple yet understated style ensures it will continue to exude elegance no matter what attire from your wardrobe you combine it with. This quartz movement watch also boasts noteworthy credentials, including a steel polished fixed bezel, a flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and water resistance up to 100m. At around £1,300, it's also a good value luxury watch.