Watches and Wonders

2022 is the first time the event will go ahead under the new name | Source: ablogtowatch

Watches and Wonders 2022: First Day Highlights

Exciting updates to famed timepieces and brilliant diamond-encrusted dials are some of the early highlights from the Watches and Wonders 2022 trade show in Geneva, Switzerland.

The invite-only trade show, previously called the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, runs from March 3 to April 5 and has already stunned the horological industry with the unveiling of some highly-anticipated designs.

This year’s event will be the first in-person exposition of the world’s most impressive timepieces after an online-only hiatus over the last two years.

TAG Heuer, Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc and Cartier will all be represented at Watches and Wonders 2022, showcasing their latest novelties alongside a prestigious parade of keynote speeches by industry VIPs.

Here are some of the watches that have been unveiled so far.

Rolex GMT-Master II

On day one of the show, Rolex brought a surprising update to its GMT-Master II.

After being re-introduced last year alongside steel models with Oyster bracelets, the GMT-Master II features a green and black Cerachrom bezel and cyclops a magnified date window and crown positioned on the left-hand side, for those who wear the watch on the right wrist.

Effortlessly beautiful and elegant, this was one of the first unveilings by Rolex at Watches and Wonders in what will surely be a grand showing this year in Geneva. The left-handed rendition is tipped to retail for A$15,500.

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Rolex GMT-Master II, A$15,500 | Source: Rolex

TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma

Diamonds are forever and as this piece from the iconic Swiss watch maker shows us, they can also be your best friend.

A 44mm sandblasted anodised aluminium case has been set with a total of 48 lab-grown diamonds totalling 4.8 karats. A single lab-grown diamond weighing 2.5 karats has been crafted into the timepiece’s dazzling crown.

And the sparkle doesn’t stop there. Carrera Plasma’s polycrystalline dial is also sprinkled with diamond crystals.

So far, TAG Heuer has been tight-lipped about how many will be produced. Price estimates for this timepiece reach as high as A$518,900.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma, A$518,900 | Source: Tag Heuer

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept

Piaget have produced very thin watches since 1957 and this mechanical hand-wound watch is one of the thinnest around, at a tiny 2mm.

The Manufacture Piaget 900P-UC ultra-thin, hand-wound mechanical movement won the “Aiguille d’Or” watch prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2020 and is the true definition of a fine novelty.

The star pattern of dots on the dial depicts the night sky at the time the watch was manufactured.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept, Price on Application | Source: Piaget

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Travel Time

A fusion of the Travel Time complication with the annual calendar, the Patek Phillipe Annual Calendar Travel Time is for the jet-setting professional who likes to make a luxurious statement.

A moonphase display, alongside an indication for local or home time, with date, day of the week, and month windows highlight Patek Phillipe’s pedigree when it comes to making timepieces for the modern consumer.

At nearly A$80,000, the Annual Calendar Travel Time beckons the discerning and wealthy horologist who appreciates a vintage look.

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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Travel Time, A$76,882 | Source: Patek Philippe

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42

The timepiece choice of superstar football player Lionel Messi, Rolex’s Yacht-Master series of watches are some of the most desirable timepieces on the planet.

Two iterations of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, unveiled for the first time at Watches and Wonders 2022, include the addition of one in white gold with a Falcon’s Eye dial, and the other in yellow gold.

Powered by the same Rolex calibre 3235 that has been used in the line since 2019, this piece is sure to make the other skippers in the yacht race jealous as you tack past.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, A$39,000 | Source: Rolex

Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Watch

This amalgamation of precious stone and 18 karat white gold is the ultimate statement accessory, designed to compliment an elegant ball dress or add some finesse to a professional outfit, proudly blurring the line between a watch and high jewellery.

The glittering time piece is set with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds, 139 baguette-cut diamonds and 85 marquise-cut diamonds, a snow-paved dial set with 190 brilliant-cut diamonds, totalling 16.29 karats of diamonds.

At A$383,000 they are definitely the kind of watch you save for when you want to make an impression.

Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Watch $383,000 | Source: Piaget

Cartier Collection Privé Tank Chinoise

The bold design of Cartier Collection Privé Tank Chinoise is a welcome addition to the usual round shaped case watches on show in Geneva.

A century since it initially debuted, this design harks back to the elegant watches of the early 20th century.

The re-designed dial reveals the inner workings of a classic piece of watchmaking, while the classic horizontal design is reminiscent of traditional windows.

The dial, made using gold, rose gold, and platinum, is an opulent return to the understated delineation seen in classic Cartier watches.

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Cartier Collection Privé Tank Chinoise | Source: Cartier

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