The tip of the yr is close to and we’ll quickly be turning the web page on 2021, a yr of transition and (once more) surprising issues occurring. Certain, it was higher than 2020 and its fixed ups and downs, and positive it has been an important yr for MONOCHROME, with the launch of two Montres de Souscription (with Habring² and Czapek), the addition of recent members to the crew, and doubtless probably the most articles printed in a single yr… Certainly, we printed over 1,100 articles this yr (not counting the remaining days of 2021…) and it’s time for us to take a look at what had been your 10 favourite articles of 2021.
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10 – Audemars Piguet x Marvel Royal Oak Idea Black Panther
It’s probably not a shock to see this watch making it to the highest 10… It actually was one of the crucial mentioned watches of the yr. And rightfully so, since the results of the collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Marvel, a watch devoted to character Black Panther, is a daring one and one which didn’t create unanimous emotions (to say the least).
You’ll be able to learn our overview of the Audemars Piguet x Marvel Royal Oak Idea Black Panther right here.
9 – Seiko Prospex Diver’s King Samurai
Seiko at all times will get a spot up there in our most-read critiques of the yr. The Japanese manufacture, due to its mixture of emblematic designs and, for some collections, comparatively accessible costs, nonetheless has the favors of many watch lovers. Living proof, a watch that was launched in late 2020 and that we reviewed earlier this yr, the evolution of the enduring Samurai watch, the brand new King variations.
You’ll be able to learn our overview of the traditional Seiko Prospex Diver’s King Samurai SRPE35K1 & SRPE37K1 right here.
8 – URWERK UR-112 Aggregat
If now we have to be sincere, this one got here as a shock. Not as a result of the watch doesn’t deserve this place (it actually is a captivating watch) however as a result of we’re speaking a couple of very daring watch produced by an impartial watchmaker, not about an icon made by a mainstream model. However, sure, you liked studying all the small print about Urwerk’s newest creation, the UFO-like UR-112 Aggregat, and its show composed of leaping digital hours, operating minutes, and secret seconds.
You’ll be able to learn our overview of the URWERK UR-112 Aggregat right here.
7 – Seiko Alpinist 1959 Trendy Re-Interpretation
Unsurprisingly, our record of the most-read critiques of the yr contains not one, however two Seikos. Alongside the king Samurai, lots of you’ve got been studying with curiosity the small print in regards to the recreation of Seiko’s first sports activities watch (for as soon as, not a diver’s watch), the Alpinist and its clear design, good execution, and compact proportions – all of that coming at a good value. And sure, this one appears pretty extra profitable than the trustworthy however far costlier re-creation, the SJE085.
You’ll be able to learn our overview of the Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Trendy Re-Interpretation right here.
6 – Omega Seamaster 300 Assortment
This yr, Omega offered a number of very spectacular fashions – extra to return later on this article – such because the Chronoscope. One which actually made an impression on you is the in-depth revamp of the vintage-inspired Seamaster 300 assortment, refreshed for 2021 with a cleaner design, up to date motion, extra conventional supplies, and the addition of a really interesting bronze-gold alloy.
You’ll be able to learn our overview of the Revamped Omega Seamaster 300 Assortment right here.
5 – Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Zenith had a reasonably spectacular yr in 2021 and is really thought of as one of many prime manufacturers this yr. And the model had a flying begin, with the presentation in January of the Chronomaster Sport, a watch that many thought of the most effective alternate options to the Daytona – and that actually is a praise. A pointy new look outdoors, a big enhance inside, it packs every thing you want in a sports activities chronograph, and extra!
You’ll be able to learn our overview, with video, of the Zenith Chronomaster Sport right here.
4 – Rolex Explorer II 226570
Even with a watch that isn’t thought of an actual novelty, however extra simply an replace of an current mannequin, Rolex will nonetheless be Rolex and can at all times create the excitement… And naturally, over our most-read critiques of the yr, there needed to be the brand new (form of) Rolex Explorer II 226570. As stated, it’s probably not a brand new watch however a mannequin that brings upgrades and enhancements throughout. Very conservative certainly. However that’s additionally what makes Rolex profitable.
You’ll be able to learn our overview of the brand new Rolex Explorer II 226570 right here.
3 – Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Skilled Grasp Chronometer
Launched within the first week of 2021, the brand new tackle the traditional Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Skilled needed to be on this record of the most-read critiques of the yr… After all! Merely, we’re speaking about crucial launch of the model for 2021, and one which made an impression. Sure, the look stays pretty near the unique mannequin however every thing, to the smallest half, has really been up to date/upgraded/improved, making the brand new Moonwatch Skilled Grasp Chronometer a watch to contemplate greater than ever.
You’ll be able to learn our overview of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Skilled Grasp Chronometer Calibre 3861 right here.
2 – Rolex Explorer 36mm
If the up to date Explorer II was very conservative, Rolex’s tackle the traditional Explorer was actually far bolder. Certain, the design could be very acquainted however the Crown determined, surprisingly, to return to the unique case diameter of the classic fashions, and so as to add a two-tone version to its Explorer 1 assortment. And that is one thing that clearly picked up your consideration, being the second most-read article of the yr.
You’ll be able to learn our overview of the Rolex Explorer 36mm Oystersteel 124270 and Rolesor 124273 right here.
1 – Tissot PRX Powermatic 80
And no… It’s not a Rolex on prime of the rostrum (for as soon as…) The title goes to Tissot and its very profitable tackle the sports activities watch with built-in bracelet, the PRX Powermatic 80. The class being hotter than ever, however full of unattainable fashions, it is sensible to see this accessible providing making it to the primary place.
You’ll be able to learn the overview of the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 right here.