Choosing the 10 Best Watches of the year is always going to be complicated. Do you choose the ones tHat you think will sTand the test of time? Or choose the ones tHat surprised you today but that you know are going to fall out of favor? Does public opinion matter or just yours?
For this top 10 (plus a special mention) we’ve selected the watches that surprised, delighted, and will hopefully still be on people’s wish lists a decade from now. We know we may have missed some of your favorites, and there will be inclusions you won’t agree with. In which case reply on a postcard, please. It’s probably Best to use a first cLass stamp.
Girard-Perregaux 2.0 Cap
Girard-Perregaux is often associated with haute horlogerie, experimentation with bridges or bold sporty styles, so when he resurrected this stunning design from his back catalogue, he certainly turned heads. The original was made between 1976 and 1978 and only 8,200 were made, so it obviously caught up with the ‘cult Classic’ condition.
Version 2.0 has been updated – slightly Larger and made of ceramic and tiTanium – but still has the iconic case design that manages to look both retro and futuristic. It’s a vintage revival like no other.
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Parmigiani Round GMT Rattrapante
There’s something so elegantly nonchaLant about this watch’s second time zone feature that you wonder why people haven’t done this before. Technically, it’s neither a GMT nor a rattrapante, however, that’s just a nicety because what it is, is beautiful.
Press the pusher at eight o’clock and the White Gold hour hand will begin to jump in hourly increments, revealing a rose gold hand left behind to indicate your local time. Once you’re back home, use the rose gold pusher integrated into the crown and it will slip discreetly back under the hour hand.
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Oris ProPilot X Caliber 400
This watch is so attractive that it will make you feel inadequate. On paper, it’s a tiTanium sports watch with a slightly off-kilter dial color, but the appeal is in the details.
There are the smooth but anguLar lines, which have led to fighter jet comparisons – something that is emphasized by the matte, not quite tiTanium gray. This masculinity stands in stark contrast to the ‘salmon meets PeptoBismol’ mark but, somehow, they complement each other perfectly.
It is poweRed by the incRedible Oris Caliber 400, which has a 120-hour power reserve and only needs maintenance every 10 years. If you just want a watch, don’ta closet, it is worth taking out your cRedit card.
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Tissot PRX Automatic Chronograph
Well-priced bracelet styles were a theme in 2022. Following Oris’s triumph is Tissot’s. Last year, Tissot introduced the PRX, inspired by the Seastar, a quartz modelJapanese watchmakerI hada in his collection in the Late 1970s.
This year upped the ante and appeal by adding achronograph. Now what you have is a built-in, steel wristwatch with design details from the 1970s. Does it remind you of anything? Luckily, you don’t have to take out a second mortgage or sell a kidney to buy this particular watch.
There’s a Reverse Panda – dark Blue dial with White subdials – but the Panda with the rose gold hands and indices is more stylish. The ETA A05, which is based on the Valjoux 7753, keeps things rolling, with a 60-hour power reserve in case you want to take it off your wrist. But really, why would you?
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Baume & Mercier Clifton 10699
When it comes to the Richemont, Baume & Mercier flies under the radar, which is not surprising, as their stock in the trade has generally been polite watches for people who want something pretty but don’t really care about design. So far that is.
Red dials aren’t for everyone, but if you’re after a color and bored with Blue, then this Clifton would be the ideal change. The rich burgundy is not flashy, the cross detail adds sophistication, and you can even swap out the strap if you fancy pairing it with the dial for a bolder look.
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Vacheron Constantin 222
When launched in 1977, the 222, designed by Jörg Hysek to commemorate the brand’s 222nd anniversary, completed the triumvirate of integrated steel bracelet sports watches, joining the Royal Oak and Nautilus as style markers of a decade. The first two continued to be remembered; the 222 only for a few. There is no chance of forgetting again.
This isn’t just a gold version of the original 222, it’s a New and improved update. The bracelet is better, the hour markers have been enLarged and doubled, and the dial is also gold to create the illusion of a seamless transition from bracelet to bracelet.
The movement is now Vacheron Constantin’s own creation, the 2455, not the Jaeger-LeCoultre-inspired 1120. If you’re going to revive a watch, this is the way to do it.
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Bulgari Octo Finissimo Special Edition
If you know anything about the director of the Bulgari watch design center, Fabrizio Buonamassa-Stigliani, it’s that he loves to draw. Every new release from the brand is accompanied by pictures of him and sketches of him. And now the engravings of him have reached a dial.
This isn’t just a random doodle, it’s his first sketch of him for Octo, a collection that now has as recognizable a silhouette as Royal Oak or Submariner. Sandblasted titanium adds to the rough and ready aesthetic, making this limited edition look like it owns a one-of-a-kind prototype.
It’s a lovely nod to the artistic talent of the man who has transformed Bulgari’s position in the world of watchmaking.
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Cartier Louis Cartier T-shirt
Cartier tends to release watches you admire rather than the ones you fall in love with. That is not the case with this Tank Louis Cartier. The Tank is one of Cartier’s most iconic designs, created in 1917 by Louis himself with a case inspired by the Renault F-17 tanks.
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Rolex Air King
Yes, this was the year thatRolexreleased its GMT Master II Destro, which got most of the spine inches, but true connoisseurs’ eyes were on the new Air King. The original was from 1945 and was Rolex’s homage to aviation.
It was discontinued in 2014 and reappeared in 2016 in a 40mm redesign, with hour markers at 3, 6 and 9 and the crown motif in Yellow. The reception was silenced. The lack of crown guards and curved case sides meant this was not considered a true Rolex tool watch by purists, and obviously not a DRESS, which left it unclassified.
Now it’s back. With crown guards. And a case straightened. And people are much happier. It also has a new movement inside, the caliber 3131, which has reduced the case from 13.1mm to 11.59mm to make it easier to use. The Destro is fun, but this is the real Rolex of 2022.
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Omega SpecialTies CK 859
Behind it allthe noise of Bond, and transforming his Ultra Deep – who went deeper into the Mariana Trench than Rolex – In a watch in production rather than just a concept, Omega launched this silent and fabulous timepiece.
The only nod to modern preferences is the increase in case size from 37mm to 39mm. Otherwise this is a retro reissue that looks like you’ve been spending a lot of time on the forums trying to find thatperfect vintage model, when all she has done is walk into the nearest Omega boutique of his.
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Special mention: the most publicized watch of the year
Omega x Swatch Moonswatch
You don’t expect fights to break out over a bit of bioceramics, but that’s exactly what happened in March of this year when Moonswatch – essentially an Omega Speedmaster in a colorful material – released on an unsuspecting audience.
In London, police had to close Swatch’s Carnaby Street store;police were called in to control crowds in Singapore; there were rumors of a stabbing in the New York queue; and, even now, the 11 models, named after the planetary bodies of the solar system, remain like goose teeth.
Was it worth the hype? Definitely. Yes, there have been images of the dye from the Neptune’s case transferring onto people’s wrists – this iteration has now been retired – And apparently the quality of the straps isn’t great, but people want a piece of history and as far as watchmaking milestones go, this release is one for the Books.
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