There are plenty of gorgeous new watches to look forward to in June 2022.
Another wallet for dad this Father’s Day? How about a brand new watch instead? The novelties already presented during Watches & Wonders a few months earlier are gradually making their way to the nearest boutique, so now is the time to stroke them in person before placing an order. After all, no matter how talented a photographer is, nothing beats holding it in the palm of your hand and letting the intricate detail dangle your dazzled eyes.
All the latest watches you can expect in June 2022:
Bell & Ross makes BR 05 Skeleton in green
The color green may have been considered a novelty when it lit up the industry a few years ago, but it’s sure to be a mainstay for years to come, like gray, black and blue. Bell & Ross’ latest BR 05 Skeleton – the fourth iteration since its introduction – features a green crystal to give it a decidedly sporty look that goes perfectly with the steel bracelet; or if you like the khaki rubber strap, you get that too. Beyond that, not much has changed from its predecessors – the case size remains at 40mm and the automatic movement is the trusted BR-CAL.322. The BR 05 Skeleton Green is limited to 500 pieces.
Blancpain teams up with Cortina for a special Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
To celebrate Cortina’s 50th anniversary, Blancpain is pulling out all the stops with the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe limited edition. An emblem of fine watchmaking, the diver’s watch has become cult among collectors looking for a discreet everyday outfit. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe X Cortina Watch Golden Jubilee Edition has all the luxurious features connoisseurs love in the collection – an exclusive Sedna gold 43mm bezel with ceramic and Ceragold markers on a titanium case, state of the art in-house caliber 1315 which boasts five days of power reserve and impeccable craftsmanship. Limited to 50 pieces, the watch is exclusive to Cortina boutiques.
Breitling celebrates its anniversary with a new Navitimer Cosmonaute
The quintessential Navitimer pilot’s watch also has a piece of history that few people are aware of. On May 24, 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter circled the Earth three times aboard the Aurora 7 spacecraft as part of his Mercury-Atlas 7 mission. On his wrist that day was the original Navitimer Cosmonaut , but modified at Carpenter’s whim, thus Breitling could claim to be the first Swiss wristwatch in space. 60 years have passed since, but Breitling was not going to let it go unnoticed. To commemorate this milestone, a new Navitimer Cosmonaute joins the brand’s stable of pilot watches. 362 pieces are made, paying homage to the number of times Carpenter circled the Earth and the year he completed the manned mission, paving the way for greater space explorations. To accommodate the 24-hour dial, the in-house Breitling B02 caliber had to be reused, along with several celebratory Carpenter, Aurora 7 and 3 Earth Orbits engravings found on the new 41mm edition.
Casio teams up with Malaysian streetwear brand Against Lab
Exclusive to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, the G-SHOCK DW-6900AL22 whose design embodies mental toughness and draws inspiration from daily routine is the result of the first-ever collaboration between Casio and Malaysian streetwear brand Against Lab. The DW-6900 debuted in the 1990s and was the first G-SHOCK to feature EL backlighting. The modern incarnation is adorned with motifs borrowed from motorcycling whose teeming numerals and noisy exhaust typify the daily bustle needed to earn a living. Unique elements found on the watch include an Against Lab logo and a caseback engraved with the brand’s mascot. Exclusive packaging limited to 100 sets is on sale on the Against Lab site, while the collaboration is also available on Casio’s Lazada store from May 28, as well as from June 3 in physical stores.
Chanel reduces the J12 to 33 mm
It may be best known for its range of handbags whose values are rising exponentially, but Chanel has proven that it belongs in watchmaking with the increasingly sought-after J12. Any woman looking for a youthful yet well-made sport-luxury watch that’s also chic should seriously consider the J12 caliber 12.2, as Chanel has just transformed the famed unisex watch into 33mm through a series of miniaturizations, from case to ceramic and steel, lacquered dial with ceramic numerals, automatic movement manufactured by Kenissi, partly owned by the house. If you didn’t fancy 38mm before, this small number just might change your mind. And oh, two diamond-studded editions are also in the catalog.
Girard-Perregaux launches Laureato Absolute Chronograph AM F1 Edition
Aston Martin fans have something truly spectacular to look forward to and that’s the Laureato Absolute Chronograph AM F1 Edition in British Racing Green. The novelty is a combination of everything Girard-Perregaux knows best – the recognizable shape of the 44mm Laureato case, the advanced titanium and carbon composite, and the craftsmanship of the watch, while having the looks huge, is actually very light. 306 pieces will be produced, each fitted with an innovative rubber and carbon strap extracted from two Aston Martin F1 racing cars from the 2021 season, textured to resemble fabrics.
Jaeger-LeCoultre presents Polaris Date
For a diver’s watch of a different kind, check out Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Polaris Date inspired by the 1968 Memovox Polaris. While modern diver’s watches tend to feature a rotating outer bezel made of hardened alloys or ceramic, Jaeger -LeCoultre demands greater craftsmanship on this compressor-style dive watch, once ubiquitous in the 1960s. On the dial, you’ll witness the double-gradient lacquered dial in olive, while the transparent case back reveals the Caliber 899 capable of 70 hours of power reserve. This 42 mm steel diver’s watch is a boutique exclusive.
H.Moser & Cie. presents Endeavor Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Aqua Blue
Visually enchanting and melodious, the new H. Moser & Cie. for June 2022 is a minute repeater carrying the minimalism and iconoclasm for which we admire Moser. Encased in 40mm of red gold or titanium is a gradient aqua blue “Grand Feu” enamel dial built on a base that has been hammered to create a textured surface, the striking mechanism for the hours, quarter hours and minutes, and a minute flying tourbillon, governed by the hand-wound HMC 904 movement capable of 90 hours of power reserve. The Endeavor Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Aqua Blue is limited to 20 pieces in each metal.
Hublot unveils the Samuel Ross Big Bang Tourbillon
Hublot caused a sensation with the Square Bang a few months ago. In June 2022, it presents another new watch case in an unconventional shape. The provocative 44mm Big Bang Tourbillon Samuel Ross is inspired by the breathtaking works of the multidisciplinary British artist/designer, featuring the signature color of orange in geometry. The leitmotif of the watch is the hexagon – considered the cornerstone of life – which is repeated on the strap and case to form a titanium honeycomb, while orange is selected for optimism and energy. Embodying everyone’s joie de vivre, the watch beats a 72-hour automatic manufacture movement equipped with a tourbillon and is produced in 50 pieces.
Louis Vuitton launches Tambour Outdoor Chronograph GMT
With the globetrotter back on the map, Louis Vuitton aptly presents jet-setters with the Tambour Outdoor Chronograph GMT – the house’s new watch for June 2022. Offered in nautical steel and urban jungle – the first features a blue dial , while the second khaki – it has a unique design code that offers a welcome respite from the usual way of perceiving a GMT watch. Dotted with orange or red accents, the quartz watch comes to life with an animated small seconds disc engraved with the famous skeletonized LV initials, while giving you the luxury of adapting the 44mm watch to various occasions with ease. . a patented system of interchangeable straps.
Richard Mille launches the RM 38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson
Richard Mille’s new watch for June 2022 – RM 38-02 Tourbillon Bubba Watson – brings fun and sexiness to typically apathetic fine watchmaking. Like an amateur golfer who sometimes wore the most extravagant gear on the green to get noticed, this pink and white number developed in partnership with golfer Bubba Watson will turn heads whatever the occasion. Like many Richard Mille watches, the colorful case is also made of a combination of Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT. So, while it may look goofy, there’s no fun activity in the process of making it. The watch is ultra light but offers supreme durability. The skeletonized movement is designed to withstand no less than 10,000g, an impressive feat considering how fragile a tourbillon is. The exclusive RM 38-02 version is produced in 50 units.
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