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The season for watch releases will crescendo at the end of March with the Watches & Wonders fair in Geneva. Watch brands of all sizes and types aren’t waiting, though, and are already building up the hype with releases they don’t want to eclipse by the likes of Rolex and others – and this month, we’ve seen some of the big releases of the year as well as a number of cool ones from smaller brands. Don’t miss watches from camera maker Leica, the surprisingly affordable version of an “integrated wrist” watch from microbrand Maen and much more below.
We knew the style associated with watches like the Royal Oak and Nautilus would trickle down more to affordable indy brands. With an integrated bracelet design, a vaguely octagonal case shape and an alliterative name, Maen once again seems to be getting a lot of specs (Swiss automatic movement, 37mm case, tapered bracelet…) and details (check out these bevels) with its new Manhattan watch – all at an affordable price.
Marine Instruments Skin Diver
It’s hard for a new diver’s watch to stand out, but the young Marin brand makes a striking proposition. Available in “Standard” black dial and “Polar” white dial variants, the specifications and appearance of the new Marin Skin-Diver are compelling.
Price: $895 (pre-order), $1,150 (retail)
Clock US Biathlon
The Swiss company that helped Bremont develop its ENG300 movement this time has teamed up with the US Olympic biathlon team on a special edition watch. Limited to 100 pieces, it’s packed with high-end details and the brand’s in-house movement, to boot.
Ochs & Junior Two Time Zones
It’s clever and probably not a feature you’ve seen before, yet it’s pretty clear right away how Ochs & (and) Junior’s new dual time watch works: the dial windows display hours 1-12 on a disc below, which can be rotated via the crown. For example, the primary time zone shown here reads normally (2:24 a.m.) while the disc shows the time for a second time zone (10:24 a.m.).
Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck
Watches with astronomical complications are complex, exotic and high-end in nature, but often quite captivating. This is the case of the new Moonstruck watch from Ulysse Nardin which mechanically displays the rotation of the moon, a tide table and “the apparent movement of the sun around the globe as we observe it from Earth”… and more.
‘MB&F: The Book of the First Fifteen Years’
The avant-garde watchmaker MB&F was founded in 2005 and today looks back on its first 15 years with a perfect book for fans of its artistic approach. MB&F is technical, visual and conceptual if nothing else, and covering all of their work so far in one hardcover book should offer a deeper insight into the brand’s unique vision.
Ophion Velos Specter Gold
Independent watchmaker Ophion has teamed up with watch blog The Horophile and UK retailer The Limited Edition on a limited edition of its classic-inspired Velos watch. We can attest that the brand does a fantastic job for the price, and this new version called Gilt Specter offers a striking new execution in titanium with an anthracite dial and gold hands/numerals. With only 40 examples produced, they quickly sold out.
Price: $~$4,425 (sold out)
Waldan Legacy Sportline
Waldan watches have a great history, and they now also have new colors for their modern Heritage Sportline collection, powered by American-made quartz movements.
Formex Automatic Field
Most field watches are small in size and characterized by their simplicity. The new Formex Field takes the opposite approach but offers solid value with a 42mm titanium case, Swiss automatic movement and rugged construction.
TAG Heuer Connected Caliber E4 connected watch
TAG Heuer’s new generation of connected smartwatch comes with all sorts of new wellness-related apps and features, but the biggest change is that it’s now also available in a smaller, highly wearable 42mm version.
Leica L1 and L2
German high-end camera maker Leica thrilled the watch and photography worlds when it introduced its first watch collection in 2018. Now, four years later, those watches are finally arriving in the stores and are available for purchase.
Price: $10,000 (L1), $14,000 (L2)
Q Timex 1972 Reissue
We love the Timex Q series of loud and proud quartz watches for their retro style, affordability and attitude. Most have been sized like the vintage watches they recreate, but the latest comes in a bold 43mm gold-toned case. Like other Q watches, it’s packed with a surprising level of detail for its price.
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavor Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue
H.Moser & Cie. is largely known for its concept of making the complex mechanics and information density of the perpetual calendar as minimalistic as possible. A new version of the Endeavor collection now comes with a “Funky Blue” dial, but also in a version that includes annotations for all perpetual calendar information scrawled on its otherwise clean dial – providing a unique look without hampering readability.
Seiko 5 Sports x Worn & Wound 10th Anniversary Limited Edition
Our friends at Worn & Wound are celebrating an anniversary with a very cool collab on Seiko’s popular affordable field/pilot watch. Referencing a classic model, this version however features unique touches ranging from its segmented inner and outer dial textures to a day of the week display offered in English and Japanese.
Casio G-Shock x Rubick’s Cube GAE2100RC-1A
A G-Shock x Rubick’s Cube collab? What more do you need? In the wildly popular GA2100 case which has been dubbed the “Casioak” due to its resemblance to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, it follows many levels at once, from its fresh colors and trendy design to the nostalgia associated with this maddening color matching game. .
Longines Legend Diver
Based on the “compression” style of diver’s watches, the Legend Diver is one of Longines’ most successful watches. Now it is available in new gradient dial versions in different colors and sizes of 42mm and 36mm.
Grand Seiko Evolution 9 “Birch Green” SLGH011
Grand Seiko just can’t help but create stunning dials. We loved the recent “White Birch” model, and this new version offers the same mix of awesome features (including an in-house Hi-Beat automatic movement) and textured birch-inspired dial, but this time with a verdant hue.
Nomos Tangente Neomatik Platinum Gray
If you know Nomos, this version of the Tangente from the German brand will seem very familiar to you. If you know the watchmaker very well, however, you will notice that this new model features a beautiful rhodium-plated dial (rhodium is part of the platinum group of metals). With the brand’s in-house automatic movement, it comes in 35mm and 39mm sizes.
Pennsylvania-based watchmaker Nick Harris has been doing impressive work through his Orion brand for a long time, and his latest watch raises the bar even higher. Look closely at the dials of the new Tesseract and you’ll see beautifully etched isometric patterns. Rather than stamping or laser cutting (as is often used on watches at this price point and below), the dials have been individually machined in the USA. Naturally limited in production, there will only be 19 examples made with three dial colors available.
Price: $3,850 to $4,150
Brew Espresso Retrograph
An “espresso-brown” dial matched with a rose gold-plated case seems particularly appropriate for the coffee-culture-based New York microbrand. Other than that, though, the all-brown look is one we’ve been loving lately (see also Large Bronze Crown of Oris). Too bad this one is already sold out, but Brew is always one to watch for the next release.
Price: $375 (sold out)
Breitling Top Time Triumph Ice Blue
In collaboration with Triumph Motorcycles, Breitling has launched the latest in its retro-inspired Top Time series. This one features an “ice blue” dial that seems trendy today, but also references the colors of vintage bicycles and even a Breitling watch produced in the 70s.
Kross Studio “The Batman” Tourbillon
Hey, that’s a cool watch. Wait, is that a Batman symbol covering a whirlpool cage? Indeed, this is the latest collaboration between fine watchmaking and pop culture between the Swiss company Kross Studio and Warner Bros for the film 2022 The Batman. It’s actually part of a 10-piece collectible set modeled after (and including a working model of) the franchise’s “bat signal” projector.
Price: $100,000 (complete set)
Luminox Bear Grylls Rule of 3 Sea Series
Famed survivalist Bear Grylls has been more than an ambassador for Luminox and inspired a watch series that seems to be growing every week. The latest features a 45mm case made from recycled ocean plastic, 200m water resistance, construction that’s sure to hold up in a survival situation, and “never give up” words of encouragement on the dial.
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