Bookmark this page and return often, as we'll update it throughout the year with the most notable new watches of 2022.
There are enough watches
released each year that you wouldn't be blamed for missing some of the coolest ones — but we're going to make sure that doesn't happen. To help you cut through the horological jungle,
we're featuring the 2022 watches that collectors and watch nerds are talking about most. There's already a lot to discuss, with some killer debuts from the likes of Tudor, IWC, G-Shock and
The following watches are presented roughly in chronological order, and we'll be adding more at the top on a regular basis.
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XX
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Based on the historic Mark XI, the 2016 Mark XVIII was what a lot of watch enthusiasts were waiting for — but not quite. It captured the essence of the Mark XI and was a highly wearable 39mm, but
some fans complained about minor design details and one major issue: it uses an off-the-shelf movement sourced from ETA. The
new Mark XX now remedies those things offering an in-house movement, design refinements and even a marginally slimmer case. It all sounds just about perfect, but the upgrades do come
with a price bump of about $750.
Notable Features: In-house automatic movement with 5-day power reserve, 10.8mm case thickness, 100m of water
Movement: IWC 32111 automatic
Casio G-Shock Full Metal GMB2100 Full-Metal "CasiOak"
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In response to massive popularity, Casio is taking its 2100 series seriously. Dubbed the "CasiOak" due to a passing resemblance to a Royal
Oak, the brand has been offering more premium features like solar charging (Tough Solar). The latest version now gives the kind of serious G-Shock fans that lapped up versions of the iconic
5000 series watches rendered in metal exactly what they wanted. That's right, a
premium, "Full-Metal" version of the CasiOak in plain steel or with a black or rose gold coatings.
Notable Features: Fully metal construction, Tough Solar, Bluetooth, alarms and the multitude of features you expect
in a premium, mostly analog G-Shock
Movement: Casio Tough Solar
Hot on the heels of the groundbreakingly
affordable Seiko 5 Sports GMT watch comes an answer from Citizen — the company that owns Bulova and Miyota. Inside the Bulova Wilton GMT watch is a new version of Miyota's very solid and
relatively premium automatic movement updated with GMT functionality for tracking a second time zone — it even one-ups Seiko by offering
a "true" GMT (read more here). We like the map-motif dial, but would like to see a case smaller than 42mm for this kind of watch. It's hard to complain, though, when automatic GMTs have
historically costed well into the thousands — and when watches like this seem to indicate that that's now changing.
Having disappeared for a couple years from the Tudor catalog, the brand's dedicated outdoor watch, the
Ranger, has returned in an improved form. The story is similar to that of the IWC Mark XX above. Whereas the previous Ranger was 41mm wide and powered by a sourced ETA movement, the new
version has an in-house movement and what many would describe as the perfect size of 39mm. In other words, it's just what fans wanted, fills an important niche in Tudor's catalog and is easily
one of the most notable releases of the year.
Just when Citizen gets your attention with this strong competitor to the Seiko
Presage line, they tell you that it's only for the Japanese market. With balanced proportions, the right size, a mid-tier Japanese automatic movement and really cool, textured lacquer dials
(in blue and white versions),
we can only hope that these watches or similar ones make it to the international market soon — but Citizen regularly ignores what would most excite watch fans, so we're not holding our breath. A
"JDM" (Japanese domestic market) watch might in some way add to the appeal for some collectors, though, and you can also pick
them up on the likes of Ebay.
Notable Features: Laquer dial with silver-foil texture, blue and white variants, Duratect surface-hardening coating
for the case, double-domed sapphire crystal
Movement: Miyota 9011 automatic
Furlan Marri excited watch lovers with its refined but affordable quartz chronographs as its debut product, and now the brand is offering what collectors really want: an automatic movement. It's
not just any three-hand automatic movement, though, as it's made by the relatively prestigious maker La Joux-Perret and it all comes in a package that's as refined and vintage-inspired as the
brand's previous watch. It only comes in a black dial version at launch, but we hope to see a white dial for the sake of legibility.
Notable Features: Top (Elaboré) grade movemement (despite
being hidden behind a closed caseback), sector (crosshair) dial design, horn lugs, anti-reflective coating for sapphire crystal, grained dial texture
Movement: La Joux-Perret G101 automatic
Superman is a vintage classic, and its modern reissue is a favorite among affordable dive watches. The new Superman 500 looks a lot like the watch we know and love, but with an increased
water resistance to 500m and other upgrades, it makes for a dive watch with an appeal that can hold its own among significantly more expensive options. Just like with other Yema watches, it even
features the brand's own movement and two size options.
In recent years, Oris has begun a tradition of releasing a special limited edition watch for its birthday. This year, the brand went further than a new version of an existing product, and
resurrected a very cool design from the 1990s. It features the brand's unusual take on the second time zone function with, allowing the wearer to easily set the time forward and back using case
side buttons. The watch is also just cool for its technical look, throwback appeal (while maintaining a modern feel) and its unexpected 36.5mm sizing.
Notable Features: Two time zones adjustable in both directions via buttons Diameter: 36.5mm Movement: Oris 690 (ETA 2836-2 base) automatic Price: $4,300, limited to 250 examples
In an unusual collaboration, Zenith teamed up with a legendary independent watchmaker and an auction house to produce one of the most notable watches of the year. The Caliber
135-O movement won more observatory awards for accuracy than any movement in history back in the 1950s but were completely undecorated. To make them appropriate for the modern collector,
Zenith worked with Kari Voutilainen to restore and finish the movements, and cased them in a handsome new design inspired by its 1950s watches.
Notable Features: Historically important movement restored by master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen, new dress watch
design Diameter: 38mm Movement: Zenith Caliber 135-O manual winding Price: $138,000, limited to 10 examples
time watch, Hora Mundi, comes in a stunning new interpretation. With a creative design packed with details, the brand’s take on the world time function feels fresh — if boldly sized and very
high-end. Here's how it works: once the time is set in your current city (displayed at 6 o'clock on the dial) the 7 o'clock pusher allows you to cycle through cities and update the time and date
(at 12 o'clock) accordingly. There’s even a little day/night display elegantly tucked in there among layers of hand-executed guilloche and other crafts that form the dial's captivating world map
Though named to reference the first dual-time-zone watch Longines made
back in 1925, the new Spirit Zulu Time is a quite modern pilot
watch with a GMT
complication. With a rotating 24-hour bezel, it takes the Spirit
collection in a decidedly sporty direction and is packed with premium features. The exclusive ETA movement features chronometer certification, a silicon hairspring and the ability to set
the hour hand independently of the GMT hand (unlike most GMTs). At 42mm we’d like to see a smaller version too, but it looks great in any of its three color variations.
Shown above is a 2022 Breitling
Navitimer measuring 43mm and with a "mint green" dial. But it's only one example of a collection the brand launched with a range of sizes and colors to mark the iconic line's 70th
anniversary. The new models feature design refinements throughout and come in cases measuring 46mm, 43mm and 41mm, all using the brand's in-house B01 automatic movement. While such pretty colors
are eye-catching, we hope to see even more options in the future — such as a monochromatic version in 41mm, as is already available in the other two sizes.
Notable Features: Three different sizes, in-house movement, chronograph, slide rule bezel
Diameter: 46mm, 43mm, 41mm
Movement: Breitling B01
Louis Vuitton's Spin Time concept isn't new (it was introduced in 2009), but this new version is a good reminder of the fashion brand's horological chops. The basics of the existing watch are
similar to previous models (though dressed in black titanium): to indicate the hours, one of the cubes that spell out the brand's name will flip over to display a different color. The minute hand
acts like a normal minute hand. What's different about this version is that the brand has incorporated a battery-powered LED light inside that back-illuminates the dial with a push of the crown.
Don't worry, the rest of the watch's movement is traditionally mechanical.
Notable Features: Alternative time display via rotating cubes, LED illumination, black DLC-coated titanium
case Diameter: 42.5mm Movement: Louis Vuitton LV 68 Calibre automatic Price: $93,000
Sinn's 556 is one of the German brand's classics. A range of new dial colors, however, take the tool watch's basic persona in a whole new direction. It seems to recall Rolex's colorful bevy of
Oyster Perpetuals released in 2020, and the model shown here will surely be snapped up by those looking for an alternative
to the famous Tiffany x Patek Nautilus. They'll have to act fast, though, as each of the four bright new dial color variants are limited to 400 examples each.
Funky LED watches have been a fun side dish to the broader vintage reissue trend, but Girard-Perregaux's Casquette 2.0 is something a little different. It resurrects a model from 1976 that's been
a grail for collectors of such watches, and it's a significantly more high-end offering than examples from the likes of Hamilton,
Yema, Bulova and others (will brands like Omega be next?). It features a ceramic case and bracelet as well as an in-house quartz movement. Like other such watches of the time, its
tubular LED display faces the user (parallel to the side of the wrist) in the style of "drivers'
Notable Features: Ceramic case and bracelet, titanium caesback, chronograph, calendar info, "secret date"
(customizable date such as an anniversary to display at a set time), limited to 820 examples Diameter: 33.6mm Movement: Girard-Perregaux GP3980 quartz Price: $4,700
watches offer the ability to easily reference the time in 24 (sometimes more) timezones all at once. A new "world timer" from German watchmaker Moritz Grossman only offers six (plus the
main time), but for what it lacks in functionality it more than makes up for in novelty and cleverness. You'll find six timezones displayed digitally in apertures at the general location of the
represented city on the dial's world map motif. Mechanically, it functions similarly to other worldtime watches, but the dial design had to be integrated with the disc beneath in a very clever
way. The movement will also be finished to a high standard and includes some interesting features.
Notable Features: Six digitally displayed time zones; world map motif; time can be set in both directions; 10 o'clock
button advances the hour hand (in both directions). Diameter: 44.5mm Movement: Moritz Grossman 100.7 hand-wound Price: ~$47,300
The Sport Auto isn't independent
watchmaker Laurent Ferrier's first watch that fits into the whole integrated-bracelet-sport-watch trend (see above), but this
one fits even better than ever. That's because his previous such watches had six-figure prices and the complicated feature known as a tourbillon.
The new Sport Auto is simplified, but of course still offers an in-house movement with some of the best high-end finishing in the business. With a time-only, automatic (micro-rotor) movement,
titanium case, a price right in the mid five figures and not limited in production, it's an everyday kind of watch for the same type of customers who are wearing Royal Oaks or Nautiluses.
Notable Features: Time only, micro-rotor, titanium case and integrated bracelet Diameter: 41.5mm Movement: Laurent Ferrier LF270.01 automatic Price: $50,000
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 50th Anniversary
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We knew it
was going to be a big year for the Royal Oak. The iconic design is turning 50, but it was hard to guess how the brand could make the most of the moment — there are already Royal Oaks of just
about every flavor you could want. What we got wasn't a radical departure, but what you could call a new
generation of Royal Oak. The brand released a wide range of models in the collection all at once, but the core Royal Oak Selfwinding and chronographs in a couple sizes got a range of
aesthetic, ergonomic and technical tweaks that amount to a serious refresh. We're particularly excited about the simple 37mm Selfwinding with its new movement and slim case.
Notable Features: New in-house automatic movement, "grand tapisserie" dial, thinner case and integrated bracelet,
accentuated bevels Diameter: 37mm Movement: Audemars Piguet 5900 automatic Price: $24,000
What else could Porsche Design have done for the anniversary of its founding and iconic debut product? It might not be surprising if you knew that the brand was turning 50 this year, but we're
happy to see the Chronograph 1 come back as a vintage reissue. Introduced in 1972, this was not only the product that launched the brand, designed by the man who also created the Porsche 911 (and
other cars), F. A. Porsche, but it was also the
world's first watch with an all-black coating. We'd love to see some variation of it become a permanent part of the brand's modern lineup with a slightly more accessible price, but that's
probably wishful thinking.
Notable Features: Faithful reissue of 1972 model, COSC-certified chronograph movement, limited to 500
examples Diameter: 40.8mm Movement: Porsche Design WERK 01.140 automatic Price: $7,700
Seiko has once again delighted, confused and polarized fans. King Seiko was yet another sub-brand from the watchmaker's history, but one that mostly remained obscure to all but nerdy
collectors. It was created, the lore goes, to actually compete with the brand's own higher-end Grand Seiko watches. Based on the vintage "KSK" watch from the 1960s, the new King Seiko watches
feel positioned somewhere between Presage and Grand Seiko with retro looks, thin 37mm cases, box-style
sapphire crystal and the brand's workhorse automatic movement. They come on steel bracelets in five dial variations.
Notable Features: Modern reinterpretation of a 1960s vintage watch, distinctive angular lugs, box-style sapphire
crystal, 70 hours of power reserve Diameter: 37mm Movement: Seiko 6R31 automatic Price: $1,700
While TAG Heuer's modern Autavia collection reflects the brand's historic chronographs in some ways, it's been doing quite its own thing for several years. Now with the introduction of a couple
of chronograph models (and a GMT) for 2022, TAG gets a step closer to the collection's roots for its 60th anniversary. This isn't a reissue as was seen in 2017, but a modern chronograph with just
enough vintage Autavia to intrigue fans. With its flyback feature,
it also seems to channel the Heuer Bundeswehr,
but you can just ignore all that context if you want and simply appreciate it as a damn cool modern watch.
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
You might have seen the Hublot Big Bang Integral watch before, but not like this. New models for 2022 are an extension of an existing line, but they’re also much more than that. Reducing the size
to a slim 40mm (from 42mm) and offering a simpler, time-only version gives these watches a whole new, relatively toned-down character. It’s one that’ll appeal to the many fans of so-called
“sports-chic” watches like the Royal
Oak and Nautilus — and in many ways opens up the brand to a new audience that might have found its boldly sized chronographs and other watches too loud. In three variations of titanium,
yellow gold and blacked-out ceramic, it’s surely one of the strongest examples in its category (in titanium, particularly).
H. Moser & Cie. x The Armoury Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse
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Some of the coolest watch dials are those that you can't even see. A new collaboration between independent Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. and the Hong Kong menswear brand The Armoury is one
such example thanks to a technical material called Vantablack. Vision depends on light, and because Vantablack absorbs 99.965% of light that hits it, it offers virtually no optical feedback and
can create a feeling as if staring into a void. It's not the first time for H. Moser & Cie. to use this material, but the new watch in its Endeavour collection offers something different and
appreciated: indices. Though not quite as minimal as previous versions that featured hands appearing to float in emptiness, it makes up for it with ease of reading the time.
Notable Features: Vantablack dial, collaboration with The Armoury, in-house manually wound movement, limited to 56
pieces total Diameter: 38mm Movement: H. Moser & Cie. HMC 327 manual Price: $25,900
The Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck is one of those watches that's crazy-complex, a bit esoteric and utterly captivating. Going far beyond the basic time-telling functions of a wristwatch, it
complications mechanically displaying the moon's rotation, a tide chart and "the apparent movement of the sun around the globe as we observe it from Earth." Oh yeah, then there's world
time and dual time displays. On top of all that, these features being reinterpreted to fit in the brand's Blast collection presents them in a way that's just sleek and cool-looking, rather than
overwhelming you with too much avant-garde over-design.
Notable Features: World time, dual time, 3D moon, moon phase, "lunar month" display, sun's visible trajectory
display, tide chart, ceramic and DLC-coated titanium case Diameter: 45mm Movement: Ulysse Nardin UN-106 automatic Price: $73,900
Grand Seiko Seiko Spring Drive SLGA009 White Birch
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The first Grand Seiko White Birch (AKA "Shirakaba") watch came out in 2021 featuring a dial motif meant to evoke birch bark, another great example of the brand's mastery of captivatingly
textured, 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 known for, from its innovative tech to its famous
finishing and beautiful dials. Not just any Spring Drive movement, however, this is the brand's latest featuring five days of juice with the power reserve indicator on display through a
caseback window along with a stunning movement view.
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
The Defy Revival A3642 is the latest among Zenith's series of reissued watches, and easily the funkiest. It recreates almost exactly the model that launched the Defy collection in 1969, still
home to much of the brand's most avant-garde design. The Revival A3642 is chock full of the kind of design that's typically associated with the 1970s, with its angular, geometric case and bezel
and those tall, ridged hour indices. Fitted with sapphire crystal, a modern automatic movement and water-resistant to 300m, though, this is no delicate vintage watch.
At first glance, the Skyline fits into the existing Defy collection with its modern, avant-garde and angular looks, and it simultaneously evokes the popular "sports-chic" genre with its
integrated bracelet design and faceted bezel. If you see the watch in person, however, the first thing you'll notice is its seconds hand at 9 o'clock doing a rapid lap every ten seconds — as
opposed to 60 seconds as you'd expect. This is because it features a version of the brand's "high-beat" (5Hz) El Primero movement, but here it's a three-hand time-only watch instead of a
chronograph. At launch, it comes in three versions with white, blue and black dial variants.
Notable Features: New design, three-hand El Primero movement, integrated bracelet Diameter: 41mm Movement: Zenith El Primero 3620 automatic Price: $8,400