7 Most Beautiful Watches at Watches and Wonders 2022
The SIHH is dead, long live Watches & Wonders! While we thought that the major watch fairs belonged to history, the biggest world event in this field is being held this week in Geneva. Chopard, Montblanc, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars-Piguet. The most prestigious brands on the planet meet in Switzerland to unveil their new products. Here are some of the most striking novelties and 7 Most Beautiful Watches at Watches and Wonders 2022 Show.
1). Rolex GMT-Master II black-green
The Rolex Pepsi is one of the most coveted watches by watch enthusiasts and collectors. In fact, it has inspired many brands, which combine blue and red on the bezel of their models. For this first edition of Watches & Wonders, the mythical house has decided to revisit its great classic with a new edition that is surprising in more ways than one.
Firstly because its Cerachrom bezel disc is adorned with black and green ( a color that is definitely still in fashion ), but also and above all because the winding crown is placed on the left side of the watch, with an aperture date moved to 9 o’clock. For the rest, there is the caliber 3285, a dual time zone, and a choice of Jubilee or Oyster bracelet. A very successful reinterpretation makes this Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II a potential collector.
2). Chopard LUC Full Strike Tourbillon
Chopard pulls out all the stops to shine with a thousand lights at the new show. The house is taking the opportunity to highlight its LUC collection, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022. It is not one but three timepieces that are thus unveiled, after having been supervised by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, but also the brothers Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, cello and violin virtuosos.
Why should musicians have a say in developing luxury watches? Because the new LUC Strike One, LUC Full Strike Sapphire, and LUC Full Strike Tourbillon are striking watches, of course. The latter, crafted in ethical 18-carat pink gold, is the most impressive and alluring. In particular, because the dial is not completely open-worked, but has “only” two cut-outs to highlight the complications of this watch: the hammer which generates the chime and the tourbillon of the LUC 08.02-L caliber. This limited and numbered edition will only be produced in 20 copies.
3). Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen
The Montblanc 1858 collection is perhaps the most iconic of the German brand. In Geneva, it welcomes several new models such as the Iced Sea Automatic Date, a diver’s watch waterproof to 300 meters which are distinguished by a “frosted” dial.
But alongside deep seas, it is above all the icy peaks that are given pride of place with the Geosphere 0 Oxygen chronograph. Produced in 290 pieces, this 44mm-diameter titanium watch is distinguished by its new MB 29.27 movement housed in an oxygen-free case.
This should make it possible to avoid the appearance of fogging in the watch and oxidation caused by the large differences in pressure and temperature when you set off to attack the summits. To demonstrate the effectiveness of this innovation, mountaineer Nimsdai Purja (the one in the Netflix documentary 14×8000) will test it in May 2022 during an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest.
4). Grand Seiko Kodo
If the Seiko brand is very popular with men for its quality watches at affordable prices, Grand Seiko adopts a more luxurious positioning and poses as a real competitor for certain Swiss brands. Hence its presence at Watches and Wonders, with five new sports references in the Evolution 9 collection, an elegant White Lion watch in the Masterpiece collection, and thus this first Grand Seiko Kodo constant-force tourbillon.
In Japanese, “Kodo” means “heartbeat”. A surname that ultimately goes very well with this watch with its open-worked dial, which houses the new Caliber 9ST1. With its 340 components, it displays a nice complexity, both in terms of engineering and design (the tourbillon cage is integrated into the constant-force cage), giving the watch an XXL power reserve of 72 hours.
Limited to 20 pieces worldwide, this exceptional timepiece will be available on the European market at the recommended price of 370,000 euros.
5). Tudor Black Bay Pro
The Black Bay is THE iconic watch of the Tudor brand and it is entitled to several reinterpretations at Watches & Wonders: the GMT is adorned with Steel & Gold colors on its bezel for a vintage style, as is the Chrono, which displays a contrasting face. But the most talked about is the new Black Bay Pro, designed to offer a new “adventurer spirit”.
No major stylistic revolution in the program, but an elegant steel case 39 mm in diameter, a fixed steel bezel, and a Manufacture Caliber MT5652 with integrated GMT function (and a 70-hour power reserve). With a choice of fabric, fabric, and rubber or steel strap, this new Black Bay will be available for 3450 euros.
6). Armin Strom System 78 Orbit
At first glance, one might think that the main particularity of this watch lies in its openwork dial. It is not so. With this new Orbit, Armin Strom presents neither more nor less than the first watch in the world to display the date on its bezel!
The Swiss house has chosen to reinvent the most basic horological complication and make it unique. This can be deactivated by simply pressing the push button, the date is indicated by means of a large central hand ending in a red tip in the shape of an A (to recall the name of the brand).
7). Hublot Square Bang Unico
The shaped watch, and in particular the square watch, is making a strong comeback this year (we saw it at Restrepo as well as March LA.B ). For Watches & Wonders, it’s Hublot’s turn to unveil its own vision of the angular watch, a first for the brand.
It is a reinterpretation of the iconic Big Bang, renamed for the occasion Square Bang Unico. Five models thus form “The Shaped Collection”, in titanium, black ceramic, and King Gold. In addition to the traditional rubber and alligator leather straps, Hublot has designed a new version with a “chocolate square” decoration to reinforce the identity of this new watch. The King Gold version, at the top of the range, will be offered at 42,500 euros.