Throwback Watch: Vacheron Constantin’s Historic 222
For 2022, Vacheron is bringing its fan-favorite 222 model out of retirement. The 222 was part of the original wave of luxury sports watches that emerged in the 70s, along with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Unlike those two pieces, it didn’t stay on permanently, which only made the watch much more popular (and expensive) at auction. After 37 years of production stoppage, Vacheron is bringing the model back with a few adjustments. Between its strap, case, and dial, the new 222 really hits you in the face with gold.
Best Newcomer: Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Diver Collection
Grand Seiko, best known for its beautiful pieces inspired by nature, embraced its sporty side for its first Watches & Wonders. The inaugural Evolution 9 collection (the pieces previously existed as unique pieces) includes a GMT, GMT chronograph, and the highlight, a Diver. What Grand Seiko does better than anyone is designing intricate dials inspired by snowfall, forests, mountainous terrain, tree rings, and anything else it can borrow from the natural world. The wavy effect of the new Diver dial is inspired by the Japanese Kuroshio stream, aka the Black Stream. While other Grand Seiko watches lean towards gentle currents, this dial deliberately seeks gnarlier waves.