We’re back with the our latest installment of our popular Three-Watch Collection Under $5,000 series. We’ve already seen Ilya’s, Mark’s, Hung’s, Sean’s, Christoph’s, and ZQ’s picks. Today, Zach–worn&wound’s co-founder and Executive Editor–breaks down his three choices.
A quick refresher on the parameters before we get started. We chose $5,000 as the cap for the simple reason that $5,000 is generally regarded as a point of entry into luxury. So rather than drop all that coin on a single watch, we thought it’d be interesting to see how our team plays around with that number. Furthermore, the choices aren’t limited to specific categories of watches. Our contributors can choose watches they’d like based on their needs and personal preferences. Finally, for the sake of consistency, all watches currently being produced have to be valued at their MSRP. Vintage or recently retired models should be based on the average market rate.
Without further ado, let’s get to it.
Three watches for $5,000–what a fun game to play. Actually, it’s a really good way to figure out your priorities and to see if you can, in a mere three watches (that’s a joke, three is plenty), satisfy your watch needs and desires. I started mine with the premise that I wanted each watch to occupy its own niche where it fulfills a practical purpose, and that I would allot the bulk towards a mechanical chronograph since I just love them. Then, to add another layer of difficulty I decided to only go for new watches and full retail. No offense meant to my fellow worn&wound writers, but I did this because vintage watches are fickle things, and while cool, they can quickly increase in price. Furthermore, all of the watches I chose can actually be bought for quite a bit less than I specify if you get them secondhand. So, this is really a, “Three for $5,000, If You Buy Them New.” Let’s get on with it.
Hanhart Pioneer Mk I – $2,270
As I said, my first goal was to get a mechanical chronograph, and I was willing to put the bulk of my $5,000 towards this. Luckily, I didn’t have to, as the Hanhart Pioneer Mk I comes to a very reasonable $2,270. Sure, that’s a substantial price, but when you take into account what you are getting, it’s a great value.
Starting with the most obvious, it’s a mono-pusher chronograph, meaning the chronograph is started, stopped and reset via the same button. Mono-pushers are uncommon as there are no off-the-shelf movements with this feature, so a brand has to modify another movement to get this result. Hanhart works with La Joux Perret, a very high-end movement manufacturer and modifier to take a Valjoux and turn it into the caliber in the Mk I. Not only is it a mono-pusher, the pusher itself has been moved up higher on the case for ease of use and to reflect the design of the watch the Mk I is based on. Find that on another watch under $5,000!