As the world gradually returns to a post-pandemic state, the art of watchcraft has brought back in-person events. Watches & Wonders - a highly anticipated event for watch fanatics - kicked off at the end of last month in Geneva, Switzerland.
There's something special about a wrist watch, and if the recent Omega x Swatch collaboration breaking the internet a few weeks ago didn't grab your attention, let's hope the new (and pretty major) watches from this year's annual convention can get you to look twice.
Cartier, Hublot, Bulgari, Gucci and Van Cleef & Arpels are among those that showcased reinvented classics and never-before-seen technical designs. Here are nine innovation novelties that are every bit as appealing as they are, pardon the pun, timeless.
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After five years of collaboration, Hublot and Richard Orlinski are unveiling the missing link of their shared collection: a series of watches adorned with a new metallic bracelet using the facets of the French artist's famous sculptures.
Introducing the new Cartier Coussin collection. This style pictured is one of four models that have cases set with diamonds along an intricately twisted surface. Two of these models are brilliant cut but set inverted. A true wonder indeed.
Celebrating 50 years of Gucci Swiss timepieces, the Grip Sapphire combines a retro look with precious sapphire crystal and contrasting coloured glass. Mint green with rose pink is fun - and quintessentially Gucci.
This year, Van Cleef & Arpels reinvents two new 40mm pieces suffused with grace and modernity. Seen here, the ballerina's body is sculpted in relief in gold, while her headdress, face, bust and waist are adorned with diamonds. When the user presses the button located at 8 o'clock, the ballerina's tutu comes to life. The petticoat showing the hours rises first, followed by the other, which takes up its position on the minute scale.
Chanel's J12 Diamond Tourbillon Caliber 5 is everything you expect from a Chanel watch. Sleek, with exceptional attention to detail seen in the form of the diamond hands, as well as a solitaire diamond positioned in the centre of the flying tourbillon cage. Limited to 55 pieces, it is truly a special piece.
Introducing a new world record, this Bulgari watch is only 1.8mm thick (two credit cards stacked on top of each other). It has a sand-blasted titanic case with a stainless steel ratchet engraved with a QR code that links to an exclusive NFT artwork.
Five dancing diamonds can be found on the dial of the Happy Sport fully 18k rose gold Chopard watch.
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