The 10 Best Watches of 2018 from EUR 5,000 to 10,000 (Plus the 11th One)

By rolex
May 25, 2021
9 min read

Just as we did on earlier ends of the week with our Top 10 watches beneath EUR 2,000 and between EUR 2,000 and 5,000 , it is presently an ideal opportunity to take a gander at the best watches presented for this present year in the hyper-key EUR 5,000 – EUR 10,000 value range – it is absolutely where the competition is the fiercest, where the majority of the “luxury brands” arrange their center collections (Rolex, IWC, Cartier, Panerai and some more). After long discussions at the MONOCHROME redaction room, here are our 10 “best 2018 watches” picks if you’re in the 5k to 10k market.

Note: as usual, these “purchasing guides” are our very own choices and we’re certain you’ll have your own favorites. Feel free to list your top watches of 2018 in this “5k to 10k Euros” class in the comment area toward the finish of this article!

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Retro-Style – EUR 5,500

For the first watch in this best 10, we decided to feature a piece that we definitely knew: the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback. Be that as it may, for 2018, the brand has chosen to give this all around fascinating watch the necessary cool-factor, with a few retro subtleties and a Rally motivation . While the essentials are as yet present – a 43mm steel case with beautiful development and pleasantly formed hauls, bezel and pushers, featuring an exclusive section wheel flyback chronograph development – the advancement concerns the dial, which currently features silver sub-counters for a turned around Panda style, and a vintage Rally lash that is genuinely cool. Generally speaking, slight modifications however an extraordinary outcome. An all things considered, for EUR 5,500, you have one brilliantly crafted watch with an extraordinary movement.

Cartier Santos Large – EUR 6,600

For 2018, Cartier presented another adaptation of one of its most key men’s pieces, the Santos. Brought into the world in 1904, this model has been introduced in many editions throughout the long term, with different plans, complications and materials. Be that as it may, with the new Santos de Cartier , we see such a simple, with a steel watch, exemplary dial and 3-hand programmed development. Obviously, the state of the watch couldn’t be adjusted significantly (you can’t change a 114-year-old plan that effectively), a few very much idea refreshes have been executed via Cartier. The case has been softened and made more lavish and the watch presently has an in-house development. The genuine oddity comes from the expansion of a brisk delivery lash that you can trade in a real sense 5 seconds with a steel arm band (both remembered for the case) and a simple length change for the wristband that requires no apparatuses. Smart, very much planned, notorious, current, all around valued (EUR 6,600 in this Large steel form) and blending exemplary and contemporary components in a manner no one but Cartier can do.

Glashütte Original Sixties Green Edition 39mm – EUR 6,300

Green is the new blue! For the individuals who are considering what the following pattern will be, indeed, rely on green. Notwithstanding, green is a complex shading with many potential tones and, in our books, many attempted and few succeded this year. One special case for the standard: Glashütte Original, with this Sixties Annual Edition and its finished, metallic (electrifies) green dial. Offered in 2 forms, one with a 42mm case and a Panorama Date complication and one straightforward 3-hand with a 39mm case, our decision goes to the last – more rich, more in accordance with the vintage 1960s configuration, more focused on the heavenly dial. It, obviously, features a GO in-house development. Simply remember that this is a one-year creation model yet a few pieces are as yet accessible. At EUR 6,300, it is even perhaps the most open watches of the brand.

Habring² Doppel Felix – EUR 7,750

Let’s move away from the standard, set up brands for some time and investigate one of our favorite independent brands: Habring². Referred to for making fascinating complications, for example, the hopping second or the foudroyante, the best presentation this year was the Doppel Felix – plainly a mark watch for Habring², as Richard Habring built up this simplified complication, harking back to the 1990s when working at IWC. What you see here isn’t simply another plan, with vintage-motivated subtleties. In fact, the rattrapante function (Doppel-Chronograph) is presently fueled by an in-house base hand-wound development. Along these lines, for “only” EUR 7,750, you can get to the coolest kind of chronograph, from an autonomous brand, with an extraordinary plan and restrictive mechanics – and the watch that rightfully won the “Petite Aiguille” grant at the GPHG 2018.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition 150 Years – EUR 7,900

This year, IWC praised its 150th commemoration with a staggeringly large “Jubilee” collection (no fewer than 29 models). Among those is a unique adaptation of the Portugieser Chronograph Automatic (ref. 3716) , one of our favorite watches at IWC and a genuine current symbol. What IWC did was to make it far and away superior from multiple points of view, however not significantly more costly. First, two new dials are accessible, in white or blue, with lacquered finish copying veneer (the outcome is genuinely eminent in the flesh). At that point, what you can’t see at first (as the showcase is equivalent to the standard 3714 ) is that this IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition 150 Years has a fresh out of the plastic new development ticking inside, and an exclusive one with segment wheel design to be exact. At EUR 7,900 (along these lines just EUR 300 in excess of a 3714), it surely is perhaps the best bits of this 150th Anniversary collection – yet restricted underway (2,000 pieces for every colour).

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date – EUR 7,750

At the SIHH 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented a completely new collection named Polaris. In view of a 1960s alert jump watch that most vintage gatherers are familiar with, the brand filled the hole in its reach, which didn’t feature rich lively watches any longer. Done in a genuine JLC way, which means limited and careful, the collection shows amazingly finished cases and itemized dials with various surfaces. Among the different models, our favorite is the Memovox – yet at almost 13K euros, it can’t be featured in this guide. Nonetheless, for significantly less cash you can get the vintage-propelled and substantially more wearable  Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date . As yet showing cool retro subtleties, actually controlled by an in-house development, still a fair jump watch (200m water-opposition), it is both more modest and a lot more slender than the Memovox and “only” costs EUR 7,750.

Panerai Luminor California PAM00779 – EUR 7,900

We as of now hear the comments “Another Panerai Luminor with a California dial?”… But, hold on for us, as this one has extraordinary contentions. First of all, the new  Panerai Luminor California PAM00779 clearly looks cool, with its DLC-covered case, its vintage-style California dial and its manchette leather tie. At that point, it features a 8-day power hold development, hand-wound and manufactured by Panerai. Finally, and that’s where everything becomes more clear, it is appropriately estimated. We’ve seen too many restricted editions at Panerai with unjustified costs, yet this PAM00779, coming in at EUR 7,900, feels more in accordance with what PAM watches ought to be. Alongside the  New Entry-Level PAM00753 and PAM00754 , it appears to be that the brand is moving in the privilege direction.

TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Edition – EUR 5,250

This year, TAG Heuer combined two symbols: the Monaco Caliber 11 and the mark Gulf tones, a reference to the Porsche Steve McQueen was driving in the Le Mans film (wearing a Heuer Monaco on the wrist.) Certainly, we are just discussing another dial and a different tie, however this Gulf Edition of the TAG Monaco looks extremely cool (at any rate, to us). For the rest, this ref. CAW211R remains actually equivalent to the standard Caliber 11 model with its 39mm x 39mm case, the truly pertinent level applied files and a similar value (EUR 5,250). Label Heuer just made a cool watch even cooler.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer – EUR 7,900

Redesigned, cleaner, tastier… Meet the 2018 adaptation of the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer. Massive, colorful, embellished with designs on the dial and the bezel – Ulysse Nardin Diver watches have never been for the faint-hearted. Positively, it had its crowd and fans in any case, knowing the new methodology of the brand to make the watches more rich, the Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer needed to have a fresh start. So here we are, in 2018, with another Diver around. If the case, dial, bezel have been updated/reshaped, the collection hasn’t disposed of the relative multitude of traits that made this watch so conspicuous. It is only more practical, more focussed on plunging and more in accordance with the remainder of the current reach, with the exemplary in-house type UN-118 and its silicon parts. Offered in different tones, beginning at EUR 7,900.

Zenith Defy Classic Skeleton – EUR 6,100

The ongoing restoration of Zenith’s Defy range, a testbed for imaginative watchmaking ideas, brings the collection firmly into the 21st century. If the Defy El Primero 21 focused on the mechanics with a 50Hz development, the  Zenith Defy Classic is more a plan manifesto for the brand. Formed like a powerful Luxury Sports Watch, with its round bezel, rakish tonneau case and coordinated wristbands/lashes, this variant combines a cool skeletonized dial, an evaluation 5 titanium case (with extraordinary finishing) and an automatic, in-house development. The best is that this Zenith Defy Classic Skeleton (and the non-opened-dial adaptation) is appropriately evaluated, at EUR 6,100 on an elastic tie and EUR 7,100 on a titanium bracelet.


Bonus – Rolex GMT Master-II Pepsi

We clearly couldn’t reject the most smoking watch of 2018 from this purchasing guide. That would have been unreasonable. Notwithstanding, why isn’t it in our Top 10 watches valued between EUR 5,000 and EUR 10,000? For a basic explanation: it is today practically unthinkable (if not difficult) to find a 126710BLRO at a retailer at an ordinary value (EUR 8,500) and if ever you find one new, it will be outside the official Rolex organization and for a lot more exorbitant cost (expect in any event EUR 15,000). The new Rolex GMT Master-II Pepsi ref. 126710BLRO, with its red/blue bezel currently combined with a steel case and a Jubilee wristband, its sublime development, its hyper-exact development, is amazingly beautiful and alluring however it stays a perfect world to find one at a typical cost. This is the reason it is was rejected from our Top 10 watches, despite the fact that we needed to have it in this purchasing guide.