Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar Galvanized Blue Dial Moonphase

An essential element of treating yourself is indulging in the more eccentric end of your tastes – here I’ve gone with TAG Heuer’s recently reimagined Carrera Chronograph Iconic Dato. While the emerald dial with circular brushed finish is eye-catching and a bit quirky, the Dato at large occupies a unique subset within the entire Carrera legacy.

While the brand has released a handful of limited edition remakes of its Dato (yes, including our own Limited Edition take on the iconic line), this time, the Dato makes its way to TAG Heuer’s modern catalog for good. History aside, you’ve got the domed “glassbox” silhouette, reasonable 39mm sizing, simple single sub-dial and date layout, and the hardworking Calibre TH20-07 with an 80-hour power reserve ticking away within. What’s not to love?
I felt compelled to include at least one pick on this list with a moonphase complication, and I’ve opted for another pick from the German watchmaking heartland of the Glashütte region in the form of the PanoMaticLunar by Glashütte Original. Somehow, this piece manages to fit the moonphase complication of its namesake and a legible date window within the very reasonably sized 40mm case. This feat is achieved with its unique and charming asymmetrical dial layout, which serves a touch of quirkiness and staves off any subconscious stuffiness associations that tend to haunt the dress watch category at large.
Here we have a wonderfully blingy example of Patek Philippe’s entry-level Aquanaut line. Considering the $50K price tag, throwing around the term entry level is a bit laughable, but it’s the brand’s term, not mine, alright?

Personally, I think the date window placement on this piece is significantly more well-executed than other models that place the date on the outside of the numerals. The olive green colorway perfectly complements the grenade pattern of the dial and is unique enough to make a statement while remaining in the category of elevated neutral tones. The interplay of the overall sporty design with the luxurious ring of diamonds encircling the dial creates a deliciously interesting sense of contrast – a key element of the treat-yourself dogma. If you are one of the lucky ones with a considerable chunk of expendable change burning a hole in your pocket, this piece is the ultimate testament to the strength of your self-love – which is what treating yourself is really about, after all