The best watches to kick off the new year?

Given the new year is a great time for a fresh start, why not extend that to freshening up the wrist? As usual there’s no shortage of new models to fit the bill.


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There’s the Apple Watch series 2 – worth considering given it’s feature-packed and swim-proof – not to mention fabulous complications, dazzling confections and handsome chronographs, covering a range of prices to suit pockets of varying depths.

From an off-centre vintage-look Longines Avigation chronograph to a serpent-shaped Bulgari adornment for the feminine wrist, from a tweed-themed Chanel Boy.Friend watch to a rose-gold Tag Heuer Connected, the choice has never been broader.

A favourite of ours is the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, the brand back in Australia after a break of some years. With a soft-cornered square case in stainless steel and dials in galvanised ruthenium, galvanized silver or blue, the watch has an impressive fly-back column-wheel chrono movement.

For the traveller, Chopard, Tiffany and Montblanc have something special; for the watch buff there’s Hublot and Ulysse Nardin, while Breguet and Frederique Constant have elegance covered. Panerai, Tudor and Oris bring a new twist to favourites in their line-ups. For something completely different there’s Moser and Armin Strom, or a gold Rolex or IWC might be just the thing for 2017.

Whatever your taste in timing, take the time to check our full pic-and-price list, chosen from the hundreds of new models released in 2016 and available now.

Also, you can see this gallery of top watches and many more articles in dynamic format via our Dynamic Watch edition, which also came out in print form inside the Australian Financial Review Magazine in December.

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