The A to Z of the Most Marvelous Novelties of Watches & Wonders

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Watches & Wonders, formerly Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), has faced challenges in the past year, as have we all. However, the challenge of not being able to gather people from all over the world in one place for the watch world’s most prestigious conference, was swiftly solved by moving the experience online. This “phygital” presentations haven’t changed the race to develop the best complications, innovations, and watch novelties by the world’s leading artisans of time. To discover all of the marvels of Watches and Wonders 2021, scroll below or check the sidebar and skip to the brand of your choosing.

A. Lange & Söhne

For Watches & Wonders 2021, A. Lange & Söhne proved their proficiency in complex watchmaking with three extraordinary timepieces. A testimony to A. Lange & Söhne's march toward precision, the newly debuted 'Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar' watch, the 'Little Lange 1 Moon Phase' watch, and 'Triple Split' watch are horological treasures with unique time measurement capacities. 
A. Lange & Söhne's 'Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar' is – as the name suggests – an eternally ticking calendar that you can wrap around your wrist. The self-winding caliber L.021.3 masterpiece fuses 620 minuscule parts into a diameter of 41.9 mm. The remarkable design features a peripheral month ring – imagined especially for this style – which is complemented by the Lange outsize date, a retrograde day-of-week display, and a leap-year indication. The unique design is completed with a special moon phase display complete with a day/night feature. This horological wonder is available in pink gold with a grey dial as well as – in a limited 150 piece edition – white gold with a pink-gold dial.
Photo: Courtesy of A. Lange & Söhne
For 'The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase' watch, A. Lange & Söhne imagine a starry night sky on a case with a diameter of 36.8 mm. The dark blue gold-flux coated dial makes the base on which thousands of tiny stars appear to twinkle. Finished with a glossy leather strap and a complementing solid white gold buckle, the luxury timepiece is designed to exude elegance. The iconic Lange outsize date stamp sits on the top right of the dial as four rhodium gold hands – stuck in an eternal rotation – orbit to indicate the time. The horology gem – which is also available in a version with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel of the case – is devised to precisely calculate moon phases to an accuracy of 122.6 years.
  Photo: Courtesy of A. Lange & Söhne
A. Lange & Söhne's unique 'Triple Split' timepiece is the only mechanical split-seconds chronograph that allows multi-hour comparative time measurements – with an accuracy of one-sixth of a second. 567 parts of the manually wound caliber L.132.1 work together in precision to bring this unparalleled horology masterpiece to life. Molded into being using solid silver, the rich navy blue dial covers a diameter of 43.2 mm.
  Photo: Courtesy of A. Lange & Söhne
A. Lange & Söhne 'Triple Split'

Audemars Piguet

Before Watches & Wonders 2021 began, the horological community was already buzzing about one release in particular. For weeks, Audemars Piguet had teased an upcoming collaboration with Marvel, leading many to speculate which superhero would be featured. Thor? Hulk? Captain America? It’s not the first time high-end timepieces had ventured into the pop culture universe, and it certainly won’t be the last. In fact, the very person, Gerald Genta, who created Audemars Piguet’s flagship ‘Royal Oak’ watch had once created his own Mickey Mouse-themed watch in the 1980s, which still fetches a pretty penny on the secondary market.  It was with shock and awe that the unveiling of the Audemars Piguet x Marvel collaboration landed from the secret enclave of Wakanda. The new ‘Black Panther’ watch is as bold a disruptor as its progenitor, who first appeared in the Marvel universe in 1961. Contextually, this is a time in the United States when the Civil Rights Movement was coalescing, which provides a fascinating backdrop for the first appearance of a black superhero in the pages of a Marvel comic book.  The buzz over the watch reached a fever pitch at an event hosted by Kevin Hart with illustrious guests like LeBron James and Serena Williams in attendance. It sold for a shocking amount: just over five million dollars.
Audemars Piguet Black panther watch
While the craftsmanship of the Audemars Piguet ‘Black Panther’ watch are marvelous (forgive the pun), what’s equally fascinating about this watch is that its collaboration was conceived before the film was created (and subsequently before it became a global billion dollar box office success).  In homage to the Vibranium material that powers Wakanda and its incredible citizens, the Audemars Piguet ‘Black Panther’ watch comes in a sturdy 42mm sandblasted titanium case, and features a black ceramic bezel and crown. Its dial features the superhero in a crouched position, made from an intricately worked laser cut and engraved surface.
  Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet

Bvlgari

For Watches & Wonders 2021, Bvlgari is breaking records. This year, they have the honor of taking home the record for engineering the slimmest perpetual calendar model in the history of horology with the new ‘Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar’. The luxury house has also unveiled two new watch styles on the opposite ends of the spectrum. The first is a sleek, noir limited edition ‘Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando’, constructed in collaboration with the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. On the other more colorful end of the Bvlgari craft story are the dazzling ‘Allegra’ and ‘Divinissima’ watches for women, which are embellished with jewels and speak to the maison’s reputation as the “Master of Gemstones”.
To understand why Bvlgari's record breaking 'Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar’ watch is so remarkable, you have to dive into its details. Taking two years to get it right, this remarkable feat of engineering contains 408 components assembled into a movement that’s only 2.75 mm high, which is then contained inside a case that’s 5.8 mm. As thin as it might be, it’s a solid piece of machinery that works well for both men and women. 
  Photo: Courtesy of Bvlgari
Celebrating the joy of colors the Bvlgari ‘Allegra’ watch combines a kaleidoscope of gemstones: citrines, amethysts, peridot, cabochon-cut blue topaz, and rhodolite, and comes in both a white gold and a rose gold version.
    Photo: Courtesy of Bvlgari
Divissima’ is another jewelry watch offering from Bvlgari that demonstrates its mastery of gemstones. One version comes with round brilliant-cut diamonds, set with diamonds and brilliant-cut emeralds. Finishing its emerald essence is a green alligator strap. The other version is all diamond, finished with a black alligator strap.
  Photo: Courtesy of Bvlgari

Cartier

There were a couple of brands seeking out major “firsts” at Watches & Wonders 2021, and Cartier was one of them. With its first-ever solar powered watch, the ‘Tank Must SolarBeat’, Cartier kept the attention of the horological community yet again. Meanwhile, the Cartier Privé collection was fitted with new in-house movements, and the house mined its heritage once again by reinventing the bell-shaped beauty of the ‘Cloche De Cartier’.
The ‘Libre’ collection is where Cartier’s exemplary efforts as a jeweler really shine. This year, it brought us the ‘Baignoire Turtle’ and the ‘Tortue Snake’, with glamorous bejeweled and enameled facades.
  Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
The ‘Cloche De Cartier’ can be a puzzling watch to look at for first-time watch enthusiasts. Tilted at a 90 degree angle, the 12 o’ clock position is located where other watches place the three o’clock. The logic for this stems from old-fashioned brooch watches, which the wearer would typically view “upside down”. Still, none could argue with its thought-provoking look and unique design, which lends itself to the more avant-garde elements of the Cartier Privé collection.  Bonus: stand the watch up on its side when its off the wrist, and it also serves as an elegant desk clock due to its angled layout.
  Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
Cartier Prive Pink Gold
Cartier Pasha de Cartier Chrono Steel
The Cartier ‘Pasha’ beats to its own rhythm. At first glance, it appears as if from a pile of ancient buried treasure, a maritime sort of watch, perhaps even something a diver would wear. Yet, its functionality is for the land-locked. Ample roundness, disc-shaped complications and an oversized cabochon-capped crown add to the mystery and appeal of the ‘Pasha’.
  Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
The Cartier ‘Tank’ is an investment piece worthy of every penny of its price, but with marvelous new models debuting at Watches & Wonders, it can be hard to choose where to place the investment. You could opt for the incredible ‘Tank Must SolarBeat’ which is Cartier’s very first solar-powered watch, or for one of the ultra-minimal, colorful new versions in red, green, or blue. One glance and you’ll know what the ‘Must’ in the original Les Must de Cartier’ stands for: French for "these Cartiers are a must," or "You must buy them”.
  Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
Cartier Tank Must SolarBeat

Chanel

The Director of Chanel's watchmaking division Arnaud Chastaingt turned to an unusual source of inspiration for his Watches & Wonders 2021 novelties: 90s electronic music culture. Rainbow-brite ombre sapphires, rainbow leather interwoven chain straps, and neon quilted cuffs add vivid visual surprise to Chanel’s classic line-up of ‘J12’, ‘Code Coco’, and ‘Boy-Friend’ watches. This highly energetic watch launch offers multiple moods for the enthusiast to indulge in. From the nightlife appeal of the black ceramic ‘J12 Electro Dream’ watch to the intensity of the ‘Code Coco Electro’ watch-cuff, these pieces make you want to get up and dance. On the more subdued side of things, we also find the ‘Boy-Friend Skeleton’, which reveals its Caliber 3 manual-winding mechanisms as a series of layered circles.
Chanel 'J12 Electro Dream' watch
The 'J12 Electro Dream' watch makes an instant impression. Rainbow elements have decorated luxury watches before, but the use of black ceramic as the backdrop really makes the colored sapphires on the bezel pop.
  Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Carrying through the rainbow theme, the 'Première Electro' makes a gorgeous impact. A rainbow leather laced chain wraps around the wrist, and is finished by a smooth rectangle case, bringing together maximalism and minimalism.
  Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Chanel 'Première Electro' watch
Chanel 'Code Coco Electro' watch
The eye-popping 'Code Coco Electro' watch is meant for those who want to be seen. In a hard-to-ignore shade of electric pink, the watch's cuff is amplified further with quilted padding, and has a case divided into one square holding a princess-cut diamond and another holding the dial. Modeled after the classic '2.55' bag, this watch makes a modern statement.
  Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
The refined beauty of Chanel 'Boy-Friend' watch has gotten a cool mechanical update thanks to the fascinating beauty of the skeleton design. Skeleton designs expose the inner workings of a watch, and this one is shown in beautiful geometric form with the mechanics composed of interlocking spheres.
  Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Chanel 'Boy-Friend' watch

Chopard

At Watches & Wonders 2021, Chopard truly wowed with an astonishing line-up of jewelry watches that took craftsmanship to the next level. From the dancing diamonds and hide-and-go-seek nature of the ‘Happy Diamonds’ watch to the emotive floral beauty of the ‘L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony’, Chopard flaunted a superlative flare for glamour. But it’s not just form that enticed us, but also function, in the form of the ‘Imperiale Moonphase’ timepiece, which featured an impressive in-house made 96.25-C movement with automatic winding is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and a generous 65-hour power reserve.
We were uniquely enchanted by the ‘Happy Diamonds’ watch, with its 15 dancing diamonds around the dial, and the ingenuity of its secret passage between nine and three o’clock. It’s there that you’ll find a hidden gallery where diamonds emerge from the passage and cascade down the dial in an endless game of hide-and-seek.
    Photo: Courtesy of Chopard
The stunning emerald-drenched ‘Esperanza’ watch was made to be noticed, which is why its part of the Chopard Red Carpet Collection. Accompanied by 74 jewelry creations – in annual partnership with Cannes Film Festival – the ‘Esperanza’ is the inaugural piece from this new collection, proving Chopard’s boldness as a jewelry design house.
    Photo: Courtesy of Chopard
Chopard ‘Esperanza’ watch
Chopard ‘L'Heure du Diamant’ watch
This cushion-shaped Chopard ‘L'Heure du Diamant’ watch is an excellent example of the coming together of traditional watchmaking with a 09.01-C self-winding movement and jewelry expertise with its big diamond trim and mother-of-pearl dial. While the diamonds surely dazzle, is the textured gold bracelet, etched and sculpted to resemble tree bark that really makes this piece standout.
    Photo: Courtesy of Chopard
The peony, a longtime inspiration for the house of Chopard, is the centerpiece of this limited edition ‘L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony’ watch collection. Relying on the skills of its enamelling artisans, bright pink peonies bloom against a verdant backdrop. 
    Photo: Courtesy of Chopard
Chopard ‘ L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony’ watch
Chopard ‘Imperiale Moon Phase’ watch
With precise astronomical accuracy, the Chopard ‘Imperiale Moonphase’ timepiece, is a splendid look at Chopard’s attention to detail. An aventurine glass dial plays host to the moon, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Draco constellations represented by diamonds that sparkle like the stars at night.
    Photo: Courtesy of Chopard

Hermès

The world of Haute Horologie used to belong only to Geneva, but there are newcomers and disruptors who have succeeded in taking their own path forward. Thanks to Hermès’ brilliant vertical integration strategy, they were able to bring all aspects of watchmaking in-house, from engineering and design to manufacturing. In doing so, they are able to retain the house codes of playfulness and ingenuity in a way that feels fresh and modern. The cheeky Tyrannosaurus porthole of the hilariously named ‘Arceau Pocket Aaaaargh!’ pocket watch, and the ingenious machinery of the ‘Slim d’Hermès’ – created by Philippe Delhotal – makes mischievous scenery of a skeleton figure riding a horse. This figure was first seen for Hermès as a men's silk scarf by Japanese illustrator Daiske Nomura in 2012. In the realm of women’s watches, however, Hermès’ is as elegant as ever, with a gorgeous rendition of the miniaturized Faubourg model, which was first introduced in 2014. 
The dainty features of the ‘Faubourg’ model have been reinvented for 2021 with a new version called the ‘Faubourg Polka’. This exquisitely crafted bracelet watch glints and gleams with a mother-of-pearl dial framed by a round case, while its redesigned bracelet is made from interwoven dots and lines to suggest that its curves are veering off into new horizons. Available in five versions – white or rose gold, gem-set or entirely pavéd with diamonds – this jewelry watch draws in equal measure on fine craftsmanship and abstract art.
    Photo: Courtesy of Hermès
The new ‘Slim d’Hermès’ – created by Philippe Delhotal – makes mischievous scenery of a skeleton figure riding a horse. This figure was first seen for Hermès as a men's silk scarf by Japanese illustrator Daiske Nomura in 2012. Rendered in precise miniature form, Hermès amazing craftsmanship shines through a spangled enamel scene, housed with a Hermès H1950 manufacture self-winding movementan ultra-thin inside a white gold case.
    Photo: Courtesy of Hermès
The ‘Arceau Pocket Aaaaargh!’ watch transforms the tyrannical T-Rex into something a lot more fun. With a head and scales made from a leather mosaic, and a domed eye made from cabochon-cut Grand Feu enamel, this whimsical piece comes with a corded strap in H-red alligator leather, making it a unique and one-of-a-kind update on the traditional pocket watch.
    Photo: Courtesy of Hermès

IWC

Watch purists already flock to the IWC ‘Pilot’s’ watch for its simple, straightforward design and proficient functionality, but the new IWC ‘Big Pilot’ takes things even further when it comes to refinement and precision. Pared down, with a renewed focus on form over function, there are a lot of new 'Big Pilot' models to take your breath away, whether you're a collector, a pilot, or simply an appreciator of the craftsmanship of watches.
IWC Chronograph 41
At 41 mm, the ‘Big Pilot Chronograph 41’ is a hefty timepiece, but its size offers plenty of real estate for building upon. Powered by the IWC - manufactured 69385 calibre (which you can see through the sapphire glass back), this powerful tool watch is one of the most precise chronographs on the market.
  Photo: Courtesy of IWC
If it’s complications you’re after, try the ‘Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar’ which boasts the days, weekday, month, and moon phases.
  Photo: Courtesy of IWC
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar
IWC Shock Absorber XPL
The new ‘Big Pilot Shock Absorber XPL' model marries the functionality of shock absorption (required by pilots in the cockpit as they perform their daring maneuvers) with a really gorgeous matte black ceratanium exterior. 
  Photo: Courtesy of IWC
Don't miss the buzzy new 'Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Edition', which comes in a stunning khaki shade called "Mojave Desert" – collectors are already clamoring for this one. 
  Photo: Courtesy of IWC
IWC Top Gun Mojave

Jaeger-LeCoultre  

The breakout pieces from Jaeger-LeCoultre this year derive from its Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts™) workshop, which unleashes the house's skills in the art of decoration. The beloved 'Reverso' with its unique double-sided case is amplified this time around with the use of enamelling, engraving, and gem-setting work. Versions range from the handsome 'Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadriptyque' which has no less than four timekeeping faces, the 'Reverso Tribute Small Seconds' in green, and of course, the stunningly decorated 'Reverso One Precious Flowers' watch.
For 2021 the Maison introduces four sparkling new 'Reverso One Precious Flowers' models that unite the codes of fine watchmaking, artistic crafts and high jewelry to bring vivid color, elegance and glamour to the collection. 
        Photo: Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Louis Vuitton

With Louis Vuitton’s launches for Watches & Wonders 2021, each model exemplifies the idea that there is “more than meets the eye”. At first glance, these fresh and dazzling designs make an instant impression, but its in revealing their exquisite details that they make their most lasting mark. From the one-of-a-kind carved sapphire case of the ‘Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant Poinçon de Genève Sapphire’ to the hidden charms of the ‘Vivienne Bijou Secret’, Louis Vuitton’s whimsical pieces represent craftsmanship at its finest.
Wow, we’ve never seen a case like this one before. Carved from a block of sapphire, the case on Louis Vuitton’s new ‘Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon ”Poinçon de Genève” Sapphire’ watch offers a new level of transparency and sophistication to the skeleton model.
Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant Poinçon de Genève Sapphire
Louis Vuitton Tambour Spin Time Air Vivienne
The construction of the incredible Louis Vuitton ‘Tambour Spin Time Air Vivienne’ watch takes telling time to a whole new level. The dial contains a black (or red) lacquer Mongram flower with a pink gold snow-set Monogram flower on top of it. Surrounding the double-Monogram dial are twelve floating Vivienne “mascots” that twist and tilt as the hour progresses. According to Louis Vuitton, “Every 60 minutes, two mascots spin around instantly. Each hour ends with one Vivienne revealing its neutral side, making way for the next hour, indicated by the profile of a Vivienne.”
The ultimate jewelry watch contains a secret. Louis Vuitton’s  ‘Vivienne Bijou Secret’ portrays a clandestine rendezvous with time. Hidden behind a diamond encrusted ‘Vivienne’ Monogram flower is a discrete mother-of-pearl marquetry dial set in a delicate 21 mm white gold case.
Louis Vuitton Vivienne Bijou Secret

Panerai

Conservation is at the heart of Panerai’s achievements at Watches & Wonders 2021, with the announcement of its new partnership with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). The partnership aims to develop programs and actions that will result in solutions for the challenges facing the ocean. In tandem with the partnership, new ‘Luminor Marina eSteel’ made from recycle-based steel alloy, and the  ‘Submersible eLAB-ID’ made from 98.6% recycled materials – the highest percentage ever seen on a high-end timepiece. Noticing that women were still wearing its men’s watches, another first comes from Panerai’s with a brand new focus on women’s offerings this year. Although a traditionally masculine brand, Panerai has broadened its view to include its first women’s style, the ‘Piccolo Due Madreperla’.
Panerai ‘Luminor Marina eSteelTM’ watch
‘Lumnior’, the most recognizable of Panerai’s legendary collections, has received an eco-friendly update for 2021. The new ‘Luminor Marina eSteelTM’ features a patented crown-protecting device, and is composed of a recycle-based material called eSteelTM, which defies the traditional need for virgin material extraction (such extractions are devastating to the environment). The watch is available in three dial colors: Blu Profondo, Grigio Roccia and Verde Smeraldo, the last of which is exclusive to Panerai boutiques and e-commerce.
    Photo: Courtesy of Panerai
One of the most anticipated launches of Watches & Wonders 2021 is Panerai’s first-ever women’s collection, called the ‘Piccolo Due Madreperla’. Piccolo means “small” in Italian, but this smaller size still packs a serious stylistic punch. With an iridescent mother-of-pearl dial, radiant pink gold accents, and an alligator strap available in five different shades, Panerai makes a strong debut in the women’s category.
      Photo: Courtesy of Panerai
Panerai ‘Piccolo Due Madreperla’ watch

Patek Philippe

The fanfare around the Patek Philippe ‘Nautilus’ might never die down, but the brand kept things interesting this year by following up the discontinuation of the ‘ 5711/1A’ with a new ‘5990/1R-001’ model in olive green. They also focused on a classic watch revival with the crisp ‘Calatrava Clous De Paris Ref. 6119’, but saved the biggest announcement for the groundbreaking new ‘In-Line Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5236P-001’. Why was this release such a big deal? Read on to find out.
Few high-end timepieces are as crisp and classic as the Patek Philippe Calatrava, and the new ‘Clous De Paris Ref. 6119’ only heightens the appeal of this handsome style. Steel watches are always a big draw for the Patek Philippe fans, but this style comes in rose gold and white gold with alligator straps and a pin buckle – a style that brings about a blend of old school/new school watchmaking prowess.
  Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe
The Calatrava Clous de Paris Patek Philippe
Devotees of the iconic Patek Philippe ‘Nautilus’ are already going wild for the new ‘Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph 5990/1R-001’ model, with its eye-catching corrugated olive green dial and diamond-set bezel. As a replacement to the ‘5711-1A-010’, the updated features on this model are mostly cosmetic in nature, but the attractive blend of sturdy steel and olive green are sure to attract a clamoring crowd.
  Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe
The crown jewel of Patek Philippe’s Watches & Wonders 2021 offerings is undoubtedly the ‘Ref. 5236P-001 In-Line Perpetual Calendar’, which is the first time we’re seeing an in-line perpetual calendar from the storied Swiss house. The linear display, showing the day, date, and month is sleek and easy-to-read, and is established by an exclusive patent. 

Inspired by a 1972 pocket watch at Geneva’s Patek Philippe Museum, the wristwatch has less surface area to play with, making the new complication a challenge to present efficiently. However, Patek Philippe was up to the challenge, with the in-line perpetual calendar interface simply displayed in the center of the dial. Its crisp, no-nonsense appeal and new complications made it one of Watches & Wonders most appreciated new releases.

  Photo: Courtesy of Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe Ref. 5236P-001 In-Line Perpetual Calendar

Piaget

Piaget’s elegant mastery of jewelry watches, combined with its dedication to ultra-thin watchmaking and intricate skeletons keep the house at the top of the game year on year. Watches & Wonders 2021 is no exception, offering three excellent new examples from each category, including its achievement in making the thinnest mechanical hand wound watch existence.
Piaget 'Altipano Ultimate Concept' watch
At roughly the thickness of a coin, the Piaget 'Altipano Ultimate Concept' watch might be the thinnest mechanical hand wound watch in the world, but it packs a powerful punch. 2mm doesn’t offer a lot of room for high complications, so it’s with tremendous engineering prowess that Piaget was also able to pull off a self-winding movement and a 40 hour power reserve for this award-winning feat.
  Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Piaget’s exquisite ‘Gala’ style – so named for Salvador Dali‘s fascinating wife, Gala Dali – was reinvented as the ‘Limelight Gala’ with a new look featuring gradient-colored sapphires inspired by the sun at different phases of the day: Precious Sunrise, Precious Zenith, and Precious Sunset. This curvaceous timepiece combined both high jewelry and artistic beauty with a powerful automatic Calibre 501P1 movement.
  Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
Piaget 'Limelight Gala' watch
Gold working is one of Piaget’s trademarks, and the metier offers itself to the elegance of the new ‘Polo Skeleton’ watch. A gorgeous rose gold case encircles the craftsmanship of the skeleton dial and contrasts beautifully with its internal navy blue framework. It’s a wow-worthy piece of art for the wrist, but Piaget went one step further and also offers the model in a diamond-encrusted high-jewelry style as well.
  Photo: Courtesy of Piaget

Rolex

Every year, the familiar allure and the ultra-reliable name of Rolex provides some of the hottest launches of the conference. Buzz starts long before opening day. With cornerstone offerings like the 'Daytona' receiving a radically cool new update, the diamond-dazzle of its new women's offerings, and the handsome ruggedness of the two-tone 'Explorer', Rolex had some of the most talked about pieces of the week.
One of the buzziest launches at Watches & Wonders 2021 is the new Rolex ‘Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona’ timepiece. If it looks like the covetable ‘Daytona’ we already know and love, that’s because it is – with one distinct difference. This time, it comes with a stunning meteorite dial, and is available in either a white-gold case with a black Cerachrom bezel, a yellow-gold case with a matching bezel, or an Everose gold case with a matching bezel. Our favorite is the white gold with black ceramic because it is with these surroundings hues that the meteorite material really stands out. Meteorite is a rare material that has recently become more popular in the horlogical world, but the unique grain and markings on the dial of this watch make a truly fabulous backdrop for the complications and functions of the  ‘Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona’.
  Photo: Courtesy of Rolex
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36
Datejust 36’ with a “palm” dial, as well as a handsome gold fluted dial version. The new versions of the ‘Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36’ are equipped with calibre 3235 – a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology, and each carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
  Photo: Courtesy of Rolex
Not to be outdone, the women’s offerings are ready to stun and dazzle. Diamond covered offerings make the new ‘Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36’ and ‘Lady-Datejust’ offerings sparkle from every angle. The first comes in 18 ct yellow gold, 18 ct white gold and 18 ct Everose gold, and your choice of a polished alligator leather strap in either coral, turquoise or burgundy.
  Photo: Courtesy of Rolex
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36
Rolex Lady Datejust
The ‘Lady Datejust’ takes the timeless silhouette of the golden ‘Datejust’ model and updates it with a swath of diamonds that cover every single surface from the case, dial, bezel, case sides, and lugs to the signature three-piece link President bracelet itself. 
  Photo: Courtesy of Rolex

Vacheron Constantin

After last year’s introduction of the ‘Overseas’ ultra-thin perpetual calendar open work watch, and the exquisite ‘Égérie’ collection for women, Vacheron Constantin is back with new surprises and delights. Their presentation at Watches & Wonders 2021 focused on “classics with a twist’, literally. With watches faces tilted at an angle, the ‘Historiques American 1921’ made a lasting impression. Other mind-blowing novelties came in the form of the handsome ‘Overseas Tourbillon’ in matte gold, the ‘Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers’ with a raised platform on the face that etched the outline of different continents, and the ‘Les Cabinotiers Leo Sky Chart’ which celebrated the most ferocious constellation of our galaxy. Of course, we were drawn to the glittering enchantment of the new ‘Égérie Self-Winding Diamond-Pave’ watch.
The ‘Égérie’ collection is all about fine-tuned details. With its dazzling diamond surface, fitted from hundreds of miniscule pavé diamonds, elegant numerical font, and ticking with the internal mechanisms by one of the finest Haute Horlogerie houses in the world, these pieces are so special that they are instant heirlooms to add to your family for generations to come.
    Photo: Courtesy of Vacheron Constantin
Our favorite timepiece from Watches & Wonders 2021 so far owes its attention-grabbing nature to a tilted face. The new Vacheron Constantin ‘Historiques American 1921’ pays homage to the 1921 original, and features a white gold 36.5 mm version for women, with an elegant grained silver dial and black Arabic numerals, as well as a transparent caseback to showcase the watches in-house movements.  Adding a retro touch in tune with the original design, the circumference of the dial is accentuated by a minutes track.
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