The trade show Watches and Wonders Geneva, one of the watch industry’s largest annual events, took place this past week for the first time in-person since 2019. Thirty-eight brands were presented in the Palexpo exhibition hall, and about 22,000 guests attended the event. Newbies included mega-brands, like Patek Philippe and Rolex, as well as Swiss brand Oris and Japanese powerhouse Grand Seiko. Below are our top 10 new designs from the fair.
A. Lange & Söhne:
The RICHARD LANGE MINUTE REPEATER puts the focus on one of the most sophisticated chiming functions with a minute repeater that is classic but stands out with contemporary finesse. When the integrated slide is actuated, the striking mechanism sounds the time in hours, quarter hours, and minutes. Our most experienced watchmakers meticulously tune each of the 50 limited-edition watches like a precious musical instrument. With the newly developed L122.1 manufacture caliber, the three-part enamel dial crafted in-house and a platinum case that is water-resistant to 2 bar (20 meters), this masterpiece lives up to the loftiest expectations as well.
A true icon of the 1970s, the 37 mm ‘Jumbo’ 222 is a contemporary reissue of the historic model. With its monobloc tonneau-shaped case topped with a grooved bezel, this timepiece with integrated strap continues to showcase its robust, functional, and sporty spirit with timeless elegance, thanks to the purity of its lines and finesse of its curvature. The case is decorated with a Maltese cross at 5 o’clock and has an open case back, allowing the caliber to be admired in full view with an oscillating weight specially redesigned for this model.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Drawing inspiration from flora and fauna, Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations celebrate the spectacle of a benevolent nature constantly renewed. In the Maison’s collections, time flows by in harmony with the endless cycle of the seasons.
Inspired by Linnaeus’ Flower Clock, the Lady Arpels Heures Florale watches give a new dimension to Enchanting Nature, a theme dear to the Maison, by offering a poetic way of telling time. These timepieces reinterpret the Flower Clock, where time is told by counting the number of opened flowers. This animation shows nature in movement, inspired by the cycle of flowers opening and closing depending on the time of the day.
Panerai’s Submersible line gets a few playful updates with three new QuarantaQuattro watches, which come in a range of colored dials, materials, and straps. The QuarantaQuattro Bianco is bright and fresh with a white dial, luminescent markers, and a brushed steel case. Its army-green rubber strap is made partly of recycled materials.