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Here we are now, folks: the sweltering scorching days of summer and deep into the watch releases of 2022. And we’ve got some really hot drops. July saw more MoonSwatch news, the Tudor’s Ranger re-release, the IWC pilot’s watch everyone’s been waiting for, and an all-steel version of G-Shock’s hugely popular 2100 series “CasiOak.” Below you’ll find even more you won’t want to miss, from funky chronographs from Shinola and Bulova to a gorgeous Zenith x Hodinkee collaboration with a salmon dial. Seriously, there were a lot of good watches this month.
A new square and bright yellow automatic chronograph from Shinola? We didn’t see this one coming. If its silhouette is perhaps reminiscent of the TAG Heuer Monaco, its color and design immediately set it apart.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Automatic Compression
The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf is a classic, and it comes in more colorful iterations than Baskin Robbin’s ice cream. The last one is notable because – well, just because we absolutely love it. The Compression model is a lovely 40mm and this blue and white colorway is so fresh.
Autodromo Vallelunga Automatic
If you’ve followed New York-based, automotive-themed watch brand Autodromo since its debut in 2011, you might recognize Vallelunga’s design. But it’s completely different in its newly reintroduced form: instead of 42mm and quartz like the original, it’s now 40mm and automatic, powered by a Miyota 8315, and available in three colours.
Kurono is the affordable sub-brand of high-end independent Japanese watchmaker Hajime Asaoka. It has a cult following and offers strong value, but the catch is that the small lots sell out quickly. This is the case with the latest creation, the smallest Kurono watch at 34 mm.
Price: $1,080 (sold out)
De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Aerolite
A new version of De Bethune’s premium, independent, sci-fi inspired DB25 watch features a meteorite dial rendered in the brand’s signature shade of blue. Only five examples will be produced per year.
Price: On demand
Search and Rescue Yema Superman FAF
We’re registered as fans of the Yema Superman diver’s watch, but this might still be one of our favorite variants. Reissue of the first Yema watch made for the French Air Force Rescue Swimmers in the 1970s, the subtle redesign of the applied indexes and this matte navy blue dial make all the difference.
Casio G-Shock x HUF GA2100
In collaboration with skateboarding brand HUF, G-Shock has announced a new limited edition version of its cult “CasiOak” watch. With a white case, cream-colored dial, acid green chapter ring, and orange and black highlights, there’s a lot going on.
Benrus Type II
One of the coolest military dive watches has been reissued. The Benrus Type 2 has a different dial design but the same features as its Type 1, including being a historically accurate recreation.
Frederique Constant Runabout Automatic
The Frederique Constant Runabout is just a versatile and relatively sporty everyday watch (for the otherwise classically oriented brand), and the brand has just launched some new variations.
Sonomaster Chronograph Reservoir
Inspired by the world of hi-fi, the new Sonomaster watch features Reservoir’s signature feature: retrograde displays. It’s the first time the brand has applied the concept to a chronograph, and the result makes this watch unusual both visually and functionally.
Bulova Archive Series “Parking Meters”
Seventies “bullhead” chronographs (like this one) are funky to begin with. Bulova is now resurrecting one of the funkiest with a quartz chronograph movement and a dial design whose shape has earned it the nickname “the parking meter”.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Split-Seconds Platinum
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 chronograph watch with the exotic split-seconds function has a new variant with a silver dial and a platinum case.
Price: On demand
Formex Reef GMT
Formex’s practical diver’s watch now comes with everyone’s favorite complication: the GMT. This is a serious and very beautiful tool watch.
Montblanc Summit 3 Smartwatch
It might not look like a smartwatch, but that’s the point (the dial you see here is a digital display). Montblanc’s new generation of smartwatches comes in a lightweight titanium case, runs on the latest version of Google WearOS, and includes a list of new customization options and watch face choices.
Luminox Navy SEAL 3250 Foundation
The newest member of the Navy SEAL Foundation collection from Luminox is the 3250. It has a 45mm black coated steel case, carbon bezel, Swiss quartz movement, tritium illumination and a sand and black color .
Grand Seiko SLGH017 “Night Birch”
The “Birch” series of Grand Seiko watches are some of our recent favorites. Featuring a high-speed automatic movement, this model features a dark dial but with the same interesting texture that gives the watches their tree-like names.
Bell & Ross BR 05 Artline
And just like that, Bell & Ross’ take on the urban-chic integrated strap watch is suddenly Art-Deco. This might be her best look to date. This is a boutique edition only of only 250 copies.
Price: On demand
Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Architecture
Greubel Forsey is known as the pinnacle of creative, technical watchmaking and uncompromising hand-finishing – and their prices match that. The latest creation features a new movement and an entirely new case design for the brand that incorporates case side windows so you can view the movement from more angles.
Awake x NASA Mission to Earth
Awake is a French brand with interesting concept watches and a penchant for NASA collaborations. The latest watch has a titanium case and Miyota 9015 automatic movement – and a sapphire crystal built with blockchain technology so you can point your phone at it and get all sorts of watch information – the company says it’s a first in watches.
Zenith Chronomaster Original LE for Hodinkee
It almost seems like the Zenith Chronomaster Original can’t be wrong: almost every version is an outright winner, just like the most recent made in collaboration with Hodinkee. This is the Chronomaster based on the vintage reference A386 with a beautifully matched “salmon” dial in gray tones, but only 150 were made.
Price: $9,500 (sold out)
Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope
We’re fans of Oris’ Big Crown collection to begin with, and we love the recent releases with streamlined, dressier styles and in-house moves. For two new releases, Oris has teamed up with the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated humanitarian organization Wings of Hope. The steel version seen here is 40mm wide while the gold model is 38mm, and both use the Oris 401 automatic movement.
Parmigiani x Revolution & The Rake Tonda PF Micro-Rotor “Serenissima”
This is another limited edition with a “salmon” dial made in partnership with a watch-enthusiast publication-slash-retailer – and you know what? We’re total suckers for that. The Parmigiani Tonda PF carries the look exceptionally well, and we’re not surprised that all 25 copies have already sold out.
Price: $22,350 (sold out)
Brass Underwater Reissue
The resurrected brand Airain delighted us with its reissued Type 20 Pilot’s Chronograph, and now it’s following up with one of its historic diver’s watches. The model is currently still in development and the brand is asking fans to vote on which models will reach final production. Go see the project and vote.
Price: To be determined
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