Every year we welcome dozens of watchmakers and thousands of passionate watch fans to a three-day exhibition in London, and every year without fail, the wristgame is strong. Very strong. Here are just some of the watches we spotted on visitors’ wrists at this year’s show.
A limited edition panda dial TAG Heuer Carrera produced in 2012 to celebrate Jack Heuer's 80th birthday. Like the man himself, this is ageing very nicely.
The first edition of Singer Reimagined’s Track 1 chronograph, with its revolutionary Agenhor movement.
Two very different versions of the Gronefeld 1941 Principia (on the wrists of founders Tim, left, and Bart) with a Gronefeld One Hertz 1912 in steel – a limited edition of 12 pieces from 2010.
First time we’d seen one of IWC’s 150th anniversary specials in the wild – the Pilot’s Chronograph with white lacquered dial launched in January 2018 at SIHH.
Another brand new watch for 2018, the Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic 41mm with brown Santoni leather strap
The lesser spotted black-dialled Tangente from Nomos Glashutte. Wish they still made this? So do we.
One of the few Tudor Black Bay “Harrods” editions that is seeing daily wear.
Fears Watch Company’s new Brunswick “Midas” – a watch that combines a bronze case with gold plating for a unique finish.
A Tudor Oysterdate “Monte Carlo” chronograph in excellent condition, albeit very nearly overshadowed by the wearer’s shirt.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five “RedBar” limited edition – on the wrist of none other than RedBar CEO Kathleen McGivney
The old ones are the best. Beautiful example of a Rolex Submariner 5513.
Is it just us or are we seeing more round watches than square ones from Bell & Ross out there in the wild these days?
A rare sight indeed: the second generation Heuer Solunar on custom Mia Sabel strap.
The Garek Thomman GT7 in rose gold - the Garek Thomman name was last seen in the quartz crisis, but is on its way back.
The old diving-chronograph-with-a-suit conundrum.
AVintage Wittnauer automatic in yellow gold with cross-hair dial.
A glorious example of a Smiths Astral, one of the last watches made by Smiths before it closed in 1970.
A vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual in steel and yellow gold with black leather strap.
Perhaps the ultimate "if you know, you know" - a watch assembled by the wearer at the Harris Horology school in South London.
Avantist: quite probably the only watch brand to use fragments of tennis racquet strings in their dials. This model features strands taken from Martina Navratilova’s 1978 Wimbledon victory.
A Rolex Datejust in stainless steel.
And finally, a group wristshot taken with Portugal’s preeminent watch geek collective, the Dead Seconds Society, featuring a lovely Omega Speedmaster, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the Cartier Tortue, a Raidillon chronograph, the Jack Heuer 80th Carrera, another Tudor Black Bay “Harrods” and three Bovets.