The Most Exciting New Watches of 2022 (So Far)

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There are enough watches released each year that you won’t be blamed for missing out on some of the coolest – but we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen. To help you navigate the horological jungle, we present the 2022 watches that collectors and watch enthusiasts are talking about the most. The year is already off to a strong start, with some dazzling debuts from Zenith, TAG Heuer and others.

While some new releases only feature an eye-catching new dial color or a minor change, others will set the watch world buzzing – it’s the latter we’re interested in. You can find even more new watches in our weekly roundups here, but here we’ll focus on important new products from the big brands, as well as a few smaller products of note. We have our fantasies and predictions for the year, but we prefer to be pleasantly surprised by bold, creative or innovative new watches. You’ll find that and more below.

The following watches are presented in alphabetical order, and we will add more regularly.


Grand Seiko Seiko Spring Drive SLGA009 White Birch

Grand Seiko

The first Grand Seiko White Birch (AKA “Shirakaba”) watch was released in 2021 with a dial pattern meant to evoke birch bark, another prime example of the brand’s mastery of captivating, nature-inspired dials. It had a lot of what made Grand Seiko watches like the Snowflake a modern classic, but was powered by a Hi-Beat (5Hz) automatic movement.

Now with a Spring Drive movement, like the Snowflake, it seems to offer the best of everything Grand Seiko is famous for, from its innovative technology to its famous finishes and beautiful dials. Not just any Spring Drive movement, however, it’s the brand’s latest with five days of juice with the power reserve indicator displayed through a caseback window with an unobstructed view of the movement.

Notable Features: Spring Drive movement, automatic winding, 5-day power reserve, power reserve display, zaratsu polishing, unique textured dial
Diameter: 40mm
Movement: Grand Seiko 9RA2 Spring Drive
Price: $9,100

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H.Moser & Cie. x The Armory Endeavor Small Seconds Total Eclipse

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Some of the coolest watch faces are the ones you can’t even see. A new collaboration between independent Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. and Hong Kong menswear brand The Armory is an example with a technical material called Vantablack. Vision is dependent on light, and because Vantablack absorbs 99.965% of the light that strikes it, it offers virtually no optical feedback and can create a sensation of staring into space.

This is not the first time that H. Moser & Cie. uses this material, but the new watch in its Endeavor collection offers something different and appreciated: the indexes. Although not as minimal as previous versions which featured hands that seemed to float in a vacuum, it makes up for it with ease of telling the time. Oh, and there’s also a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Powered by an impressive in-house movement, the two versions (one in steel and one with rose gold hands, indexes and inner bezel) are limited to 28 pieces each.

Notable Features: Vantablack dial, collaboration with The Armory, in-house hand-wound movement, limited to 56 pieces in total
Diameter: 38mm
Movement: H. Moser & Cie. HMC 327 Manual
Price: $25,900

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Porsche Design Chronograph 1 1972 Limited Edition

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What else could Porsche Design have done for the anniversary of its founding and iconic first product? It’s perhaps no surprise that you know the brand is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but we’re happy to see the Chronograph 1 return as a vintage reissue. Introduced in 1972, it was not only the product that launched the brand, designed by the man who also created the Porsche 911 (and other cars), FA Porsche, but it was also the first watch in world with an all-black coating.

So it’s a collector’s favorite for obvious reasons, besides being a super cool chronograph (which Tom Cruise wore in the movie Superior gun). The brand has announced this faithful limited-edition reissue alongside a few special-edition cars and another version of the watch only available to Porsche car customers. We’d love to see some variants become a permanent part of the brand’s modern lineup with a slightly more accessible price tag, but that’s probably wishful thinking.

Notable Features: Faithful reissue of the 1972 model, COSC-certified chronograph movement, limited to 500 pieces
Diameter: 40.8mm
Movement: Porsche Design WERK 01.140 automatic
Price: $7,700

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TAG Heuer Autavia Flyback Chronometer

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TAG Heuer

Heuer Autavia chronographs from the 1960s are classics that every vintage watch lover knows. While TAG Heuer’s modern Autavia collection reflects their influence in some ways, it has stood quite apart for several years. Now, with the introduction of a few chronograph models (and a GMT) for 2022, TAG is getting closer to the collection’s roots for its 60th anniversary.

It’s not a reissue as seen in 2017, but a modern chronograph with just enough vintage Autavia to intrigue fans. With its flyback function, it also seems to channel the Heuer Bundeswehr. But you can just ignore all that background if you want and just enjoy it as a damn cool modern watch, especially in its DLC-coated black version (pictured here).

Notable Features: Flyback chronograph, COSC chronometer certification, black PVD steel case, ceramic bezel, in-house automatic movement
Diameter: 42mm
Movement: TAG Heuer Heuer02 automatic
Price: $6,950

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Zenith Defy Revival A3642

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Zenith

Zenith has knocked it out of the park in recent years with its Revival series of reissued vintage watches and models inspired by them. The Defy Revival A3642 is the latest of these and easily the funkiest. It recreates almost exactly the model that launched the Defy collection in 1969, which still houses much of the brand’s most cutting-edge design.

The Revival A3642 is full of the kind of design typically associated with the 1970s, with its angular, geometric case and bezel and those large ridged hour markers. The original model was nicknamed the “Bank Vault”, and its octagonal case and will surely be called Equipped with sapphire crystal, a modern automatic movement and water resistant to 300m, however, it is not a delicate vintage watch.

Notable Features: Recreation of a vintage model, degraded dial, in-house movement, scale style bracelet
Diameter: 37mm
Movement: Zenith Elite 670 automatic
Price: $7,000

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