We’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen. There are so many watches introduced each year that you wouldn’t be blamed for missing some of the trendiest ones. We’re presenting the 2022 watches that collectors and watch nerds are most excited about to help you navigate the horological jungle. With some standout debuts from artists like Oris, Yema, Zenith, and others, there is certainly a lot to talk about.
Every week, a new watch is released. Trade exhibitions like Watches & Wonders also feature new watches from manufacturers like Rolex, Omega, and Seiko. You may also locate a few Seiko watches here. We’re particularly interested in the latter of these two types of brand hype, which can involve more than just a pretty new dial colour or other modest modification.
We had our ideas and predictions at the beginning of the year, but even better than being accurate is being happily delighted by new watches that are adventurous, imaginative, or just plain beautifully designed. Below are those and other things.
The watches listed below are essentially listed in chronological order, and we’ll continue to add more at the top.
1) Moonstruck by Ulysse Nardin
One of those watches that is insanely complicated, a little arcane, and completely intriguing is the Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck. It has astronomical complexities that mechanically display the rotation of the moon, a tide chart, and “the apparent movement of the sun around the world as we perceive it from Earth,” going well beyond the fundamental time-telling capabilities of a wristwatch. Then there are the dual time displays and the world time, oh yeah. Additionally, rather than overwhelming you with too avant-garde over-design, these aspects are presented in a way that is just sleek and cool-looking thanks to the way the brand’s Blast line reinterprets them.
2) Moritz Grossman Universalzeit
The majority of worldtime watches allow you to quickly check the time in 24 (and occasionally more) timezones at once. Moritz Grossman, a German watchmaker, has introduced a new “world timer” that only has six functions (besides the primary time), but makes up for it in novelty and intelligence. On the dial’s global map pattern, six timezones are shown digitally in apertures at the general position of the corresponding city. It operates mechanically in a manner similar to other worldtime watches, but it required highly smart integration of the dial design with the disc underneath. The movement will also have several intriguing elements and will be completed to a high standard.
3) Girard-Perregaux Casquette 2.0
The wider vintage reissue craze has been accompanied by some funky LED timepieces, but Girard-Casquette Perregaux’s 2.0 is a little different. It revives a 1976 model that has long been a collector’s item, and it is a much higher-end product than examples from companies like Hamilton, Yema, Bulova, and others (will companies like Omega be the next?). It has a quartz movement made in-house and a ceramic case and band. Similar to other watches of the era, this one has a tubular LED display that faces the wearer (parallel to the side of the wrist).
4) Breitling Navitimer 2022 Collection, number
A 2022 Breitling Navitimer with a “mint green” dial and a 43mm case is displayed above. But it’s only one illustration of a collection the company unveiled in a variety of sizes and hues to commemorate the renowned line’s 70th birthday. The brand’s in-house B01 automatic movement is used in all of the new models, which have been refined in terms of design throughout and come in casings that measure 46mm, 43mm, and 41mm. Even though the eye-catching hues are lovely, we want to see even more alternatives in the future, including a monochrome 41mm version that matches the other two sizes.
5) 2022 Oris Hölstein Edition
In recent years, Oris has established a custom of celebrating its birthday by releasing a limited edition special watch. This year, the company went beyond simply releasing an updated version of an old item and revived a really cool 1990s design. It has the brand’s novel second time zone functionality, which enables the user to quickly set the time forward and back using buttons on the case’s sides. The watch is also cool because of its technological appearance, retro appeal (while still maintaining a contemporary vibe), and unexpected 36.5mm size.