Watches and Wonders Geneva 2022 Highlights You Might’ve Missed

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By: Nina Shahriman
April 25, 2022

Watches and Wonders, one of the world’s most important industry events, which brings together the top watchmakers and jewellers under one roof, had its last in-person event in 2019 before the pandemic made it difficult for people to get together. Watches and Wonders, Geneva, has a lot to live up to. A video posted to Watches and Wonders’ official Instagram account provides a taste of the massive expo, with visitors flocking to see the amazing exhibits put up by leading businesses. Therefore, Glitz is bringing to you the highlights that you might’ve missed including new launches all from Watches and Wonders Geneva 2022.

The world of horology has been waiting for Patek Philippe, Hublot, TAG Heuer, Grand Seiko, Cartier, Tudor, and Chopard to unveil their latest innovations during the event. These and other firms exhibiting at the trade expo want to use the prominent platform to reach out to their global client bases.

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Travel Time

Patek Philippe is inextricably linked to premium timepieces. That explains the Swiss watchmaker’s renown. Patek Philippe’s Annual Calendar Travel Time was one of the most notable Watches & Wonders highlights. The brand’s unique Annual Calendar is combined with the Travel Time function in this watch.

Only once a year does the Annual Calendar require human correction. The watch now features a second-time zone capability thanks to the Travel Time mechanism. The 41mm white gold case houses a new self-winding mechanism.

Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 2RSM.2-1

The 2RSM.2-1 is one of three variations of the Chronomètre FB RSM sub-family and is part of the famous Chronomètre FB series. The casing of this watch in 18-carat rose gold, and the dial is 18-carat rose gold satin-finish with black rhodium treatment. 

Technically, the casing, movement, dial, and hands are all intricate. The hour is shown on a disc at 2 o’clock, viewable via a big window cut. At 12 o’clock, a subdial displays the minutes. The 44mm case is supported by a hand-sewn rolled-edge alligator leather strap, and the big second hand is the face’s focal point.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon

The Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon is unquestionably one of Chopard’s most gorgeous watches on display at Watches and Wonders in Geneva. The Aletsch Blue dial is textured and layered in an aesthetically patterned design on the 41mm clock. The Flying Tourbillon, the newest addition to the Alpine Eagle series, features a transparent tourbillon mechanism at 6 o’clock, revealing part of the watch’s intricate inner operations. The watch and bracelet are composed of the Lucent Steel A223 alloy, which is extremely durable and glossy.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin

Wonders & Watches The year 2022 in Geneva had something particularly significant for women. Vacheron Constantin is particularly well-known for its sophisticated and exquisite women’s watches. The new Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar ultra-thin watch is the epitome of the technical precision with which the Geneva-based Swiss luxury watchmaker carves an incredibly attractive wrist piece.

The watch is equipped with an in-house Calibre 1120 QP and is aimed at women who prefer sophisticated mechanical watches. It contains sundials that show the days, dates, months, and years throughout a four-year cycle, as well as a leap year indicator. The system is set up in such a way that it will not need to be adjusted until the year 2100. At the 6 o’clock position, there’s also a moon phase indicator.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition ‘Woodland’

The dark green shade of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition ‘Woodland,’ the newest addition to IWC’s coloured ceramic collection, is inspired by the clothing worn by Top Gun pilots and the wooded surroundings they utilise as training grounds. Zirconium oxide is blended with other metallic oxides to make IWC’s coloured ceramic models. The monochromatic ‘Woodland’ is the first model to use the distinctive colour.

The luminous material complements the dial colour with black hands that have a subtle green effect. The watch sports a 44-millimetre ceramic casing, as well as Ceratanium pushers, crown, and case back, which is also utilised for the TOP GUN logo. The case’s colour matches the colour of the green rubber strap with a textile inlay.

Cartier Collection Privé Tank Chinoise

On the first day of the Watches & Wonders 2022 exhibition, the Privé Tank Chinoise, a total one-of-a-kind watch, was displayed as one of the novelties. The Privé Tank Chinoise was created exactly 100 years ago by Cartier, a French fine-jewellery house. It’s a one-of-a-kind timepiece. The updated version features a skeleton dial that shows the watch’s mechanism.

The dial bars resemble the geometric patterns of temple porticos, and the watch is inspired by the architecture of Chinese temples. Gold, rose gold, and platinum is used to enclose the dial.

Louis Moinet ASTRONEF

One of the most notable exhibits during Watches & Wonders was the Louis Moinet ASTRONEF. The watch, which was unveiled on Day 2 of the event, is an engineering and design masterpiece. A 0.2mm section of the overall 0.6mm thick plate used to manufacture the dial is hollowed out to produce a depth illusion. The watch features a sapphire case with an 18K gold frame.

Its two tourbillons spin in opposing directions on two floors, crossing paths every 3 minutes and 20 seconds, or exactly 18 times every hour. It has a sapphire dome and welded inner bezel ring, with open-worked lugs and a case centre.

Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complications Lady Arpels Heures Florales

The Lady Arpels Heures Florales is from Van Cleef & Arpels’ famed Poetic Complications collection. Its intriguing dial is embellished with lovely blue-green or rose-pink corollas and petals.

Furthermore, the watch’s mechanism is nothing short of a show-stopper. The ‘blooming’ of the mechanical flowers and the change in landscape every 60 minutes demonstrate time. If the time is 3 o’clock, for example, three flowers will bloom on the dial.

The flower clock concept developed by Carl Von Linné in 1751 inspired Lady Arpels Heures Florales. The automated mechanical movement, which requires about 166 parts to bring the dial to life, was created by Maison’s artisans. In addition to other stones, the watch boasts a mother-of-pearl dial and ten sapphires.