Red Dot is one of the most widely recognized design awards, but has not always featured a designated watch category.
In 2015 Red Dot introduced just that and now the German awards uses a three person jury to decide on winners.
This year’s jury included: editor-in-chief of German watch magazine Chronos and the head of editorial for the watch division of the Ebner Verlag publishing house, Rüdiger Bucher; freelance journalist Gisbert Brunner; and British design strategist Michael Thomson.
Here is the full list of the 2018 winners:
Nomos Glasshütte Autobahn Neomatic 41
The Autobahn Neomatik 41 has won plaudits for both its technical credentials and aesthetics, including the curved dial, elongated date window at six o’clock and luminous ring of superluminova that makes the watch legible at night too.
NOMOS creative director, Judith Borowski, described ‘Autobahn’ as one of a kind and said the brand was delighted it had secured such a prestigious accolade so quickly after its release.
“The fact that this watch has won an award so soon after its market launch is particularly special for us.” she commented.
HYT H0 Black
The black piece with a flash of green gives the watch an eye catching quality along with the liquid time telling display and highly domed sapphire crystal.
HYT describes the brand as the first watch company in history to offer collections which utilise major innovations in microfluidic technology, something that could have helped this piece win the Red Dot Award.
Moritz Grossman Benu Tourbillon
The German watchmaker describes the tourbillon as the crown in the Benu collection and go on to say how the flying three minute tourbillon with stop seconds is one of the most formidable challenges in horology.
Zenith Defy Lab
The watch houses a reworked movement, the ZO 342, including an all-in-one oscillator that replaces around 30 mechanically linked components in a normal regulating organ.
The absence of conventional mechanical couplings eliminates contact, friction, wear, slack, lubrication, assemblies and dispersions, Zenith says.
This makes it more accurate, more reliable, and it requires less maintenance.
“Zenith is now renewing ties with innovation and fundamental research by presenting Defy Lab and its new oscillator – an invention that challenges nothing less than the operating principle of mechanical watches invented by Christian Huygens in the 17th century,” the company claims.
Junghans Max Bill Automatic
The latest version of the design classic Junghans Max Bill line, which dates back to 1961 and boasts an almost unchanged manufacture process, succeeded in winning over the Red Dot jury this year and was presented with the outstanding design award.
Over 6,300 products submitted by various manufacturers were assessed by an international jury of experts in an evaluation process. As prize winner, in future the Junghans Max Bill Automatic will also be displayed in the Red Dot Design Museum, the largest museum for contemporary design.
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity
Maurice Lacroix describe this piece as the perfect embodiment of the Maurice Lacroix approach to watchmaking.
Released in 2014, it is made entirely out of silicium and that design could have contributed to its highly successful launch.
Rado True Phospho
This 40mm high tech ceramic automatic piece is water-resistant to 50m.
It features a transparent sapphire case back and a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, a design which will have surely contributed to its success and triumph in winning the award.
Qlocktwo W offers an alternative way to display the time by doing so in words.
At first glance, the only thing visible is a matrix with a seemingly random arrangement of letters until, after a soft touch, that arrangement of letters displays the time and can in 20 different languages.
Qlocktwo W is available in two different sizes.
MeisterSinger Salthora Meta X
This is one of the unusual MeisterSinger designs, featuring a jump hour window and diver’s watch case.
It thought recognizable as a product of the German brand due to its single hand making rotations around the dial.
Acustica is a speaking and vibrating wristwatch, described by the brand as a watch designed so that people who can no longer see well or have lost their sight altogether can regain some of their quality of life.
The watch is simple to use in everyday life and tells the time and date using an advanced speech function or by means of a discreet vibration on your wrist.
Spanish for meteor, the Bólido features a surgical grade stainless steel metal case and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
It has a power reserve of 44 hours and comes with a splash as it can be taken to depth of up to 100m.
Rolf Cremer Twist
Rolf Cremer describes the new design as a milestone in the brand’s signature, featuring an angled dial, quite a typical for a Rolf Cremer piece.
The case is an exact square with dimensions of 35mm x 35mm.