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Best Watch Releases of Watches & Wonders 2022 – Part 4

The cogs are turning and we’re nearing the end, but that hasn’t stopped the world’s biggest watch brands from unveiling a series of exquisite timepieces. From unexpected winners from Cartier and Chopard to the old favourites of TAG Heuer and Rolex, days four and five of Watches & Wonders 2022 didn’t disappoint. In fact, you can bet your bottom dollar that the event will dish out even more good news. In the meantime, here are our top picks from days four and five.

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Tag heuer aquaracer professional 1000 superdiver

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver

TAG Heuer is renowned for its dive watch portfolio, but for Watches & Wonders 2022, the iconic brand stepped things up. In addition to the solar-powered beast, TAG Heuer also revealed a new Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver, a 45mm stunner wrapped in grade 5 titanium. Arguably the brand’s most robust timepiece, the new Superdiver is water-resistant to a ridiculous 1,000 metres, receiving ISO 6425:2018 certification. It all comes by way of the brand new COSC certified calibre TH30-00, an innovation that marks the first collaboration between TAG Heuer and movement manufacturer Kenissi. Aside from that, the combo of orange and black on the ceramic bezel and matching dial/hands makes for one good looking piece of kit.

Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Aquaracer Professional Superdiver
Reference Number: WBP5A8A.BF0619
Diameter: 45mm
Water Resistance: 1000m
Calibre: TH30-00
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Price: AUD$9,650

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Jaeger lecoultre polaris perpetual calendar

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar

While many expected Grand Maison Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) to drop a new variation of its much-loved Reverso, the brand instead choose to revamp the Polaris Perpetual Calendar, and we’re eternally thankful. The sporty release was originally born in the 1960s and the latest iteration features many of the same elements, such as the dual crown setup, however, this time around JLC has bolstered it with a new display for the Southern Hemisphere moonphase. With a stunning blue dial and a power reserve of 70 hours, the new Polaris Perpetual Calendar is hard to ignore.

Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Polaris Perpetual Calendar
Reference Number: Ref. Q9088480 (steel), ref. Q9082480 (pink gold)
Diameter: 42mm
Water Resistance: 100 metres
Calibre: JLC 868Q
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Price: €37,700 (AUD$54,800) – Gold; €25,600 (AUD$37,200) – Stainless steel

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Rolex day date 40 platinum

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Rolex Day-Date 40 Platinum

Rolex fans finally got what they have been waiting for. After calling on the brand to release a large scale Day-Date with fluted bezel, the brand responded, unveiling a 40mm version of the hit timepiece, complete with calibre 3255. Crafted from platinum and highlighted by the aforementioned bezel update, the new Rolex release is a breathtaking display of modern elegance. In fact, looking at the glitz and glamour of the new watch, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Jay-Z or Diddy rocking it. Nevertheless, you can bet this new release, much like its sibling pieces, will be gone long before it ever hits shelves.

Brand: Rolex
Model: Day-Date
Diameter: 40mm
Water Resistance: 100 metres
Calibre: Rolex calibre 3255

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Baume mercier riviera baumatic m0a10702

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Baume & Mercier Riviera Baumatic M0A10702

An unexpected winner in our eyes, the new Baume & Mercier Riviera Baumatic M0A10702 takes a heritage icon and redefines it for the modern age. Featuring a 42mm steel case, the new Riviera Baumatic is adorned with a dodecagonal bezel with twelve sides and four screws, giving it a uniquely contemporary aesthetic. While there are nods to the original 1973 model, Baume & Mercier has elevated the release with a smoky grey sapphire dial and an integrated steel strap. Most impressive of all, however, is the Baumatic manufacture movement, which dishes out a solid 120 hours power reserve. Effortlessly stylish and sophisticated to boot, Baume & Mercier’s latest release represents some serious value for money.

Brand: Baume & Mercier
Model: Riviera Baumatic
Refernce: Ref.M0A10702
Diameter: 42mm
Power reserve: 120 hours
Price: AUD$5,650

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Cartier masse mysterieuse

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Cartier Masse Mystérieuse

For decades, Cartier has made a name for itself crafting ‘mysterious’ movements and clocks – timepieces that remain entirely ambiguous in their mechanisms, and the new Cartier Masse Mystérieuse carries on the tradition. Complete with a skeletonised, oscillating weight, the new timepiece is a truly outstanding piece of Haute Horology. It boasts an in-house 9801 MC movement that acts seemingly as the rotor, giving the watch’s hands a floating appearance across the dial. Naturally, Cartier has adorned the new 43.5mm Masse Mystérieuse with 950/1000 platinum, meaning this masterpiece of craftsmanship will be far from cheap, especially considering it’s limited to just 30 pieces worldwide. Cartier has done it again.

Brand: Cartier
Model: Masse Mystérieuse
Diameter: 43.5mm
Calibre: Cartier automatic calibre 9801 MC
Power Reserve: 42 hours

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Tag heuer carrera porsche chronograph

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TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph

The long and storied connection between TAG Heuer and Porsche has been explored in detail many times before, and for Watches & Wonders 2022, the two brands joined forces once again. The new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph takes inspiration from Porsche’s performance vehicle lineup, highlighted by yellow racing accents contrast against black DLC coating. In fact, the dial of the new 44mm timepiece has even been updated to ‘asphalt’. Inside, the Carrera Porsche Chronograph is powered by the iconic Heuer 02 calibre, which features a column wheel and a more than handy 80-hour power reserve. Sleek and sporty, this Carrera might be one of TAG Heuer’s crowning achievements.

Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Carrera Porsche Chronograph
Reference Number: CBN2A1F.FC6492 (strap), CBN2A1F.BA0643 (bracelet)
Diameter: 44mm
Water Resistance: 100 metres
Calibre: Heuer 02 Automatic
Power Reserve: 80 hours
Price: AUD$10,250

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A lange sohne grand lange 1

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A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1

German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne used Watches & Wonders 2022 to update one of its most influential pieces, revamping the Lange 1 to unveil the new Grand Lange 1. Arriving in either 18-carat white or pink gold, the 41mm release features a solid silver-grey dial and the classic off-centred time indications. From the Up/Down power-reserve display to the gold-framed date indication, no function is left unutilised. Simply stunning.

Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Model: Grand Lange 1
Reference Number: 137.038, white gold; 137.033, pink gold
Diameter: 41mm
Calibre: L095.1
Price: USD$48,100 (AUD$63,800)

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H moser cie pioneer cylindrical tourbillon skeleton

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H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton

Innovative watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. took to the watch expo this year to unveil a number of new pieces, but perhaps the most interesting is the new Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton. The timepiece features a cylindrical hairspring and one-minute flying tourbillon combination all-in-one, powered by an in-house calibre HMC 811. Full open-worked and bursting with charisma, the new watch is immediately eye-catching, particularly when you throw in the signature Funky Blue fumé colouration. Inside, the Pioneer’s cylindrical hairspring is complemented by a one-minute flying tourbillon, which has no upper bridge. Instead, the cage itself is hand-finished with visible anglage and highlighted by Moser’s signature curved hairspring stud. To be honest, it would take an age to explain this incredible piece of watchmaking innovation in full detail, so we’ll leave it at that.

Brand: H. Moser & Cie.
Model: Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton
Reference Number: 3811-1200
Diameter: 42.8mm
Water Resistance: 120 metres
Calibre: HMC 811
Power Reserve: 74 hours
Price: USD$86,900 (AUD$115,000)

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Chopard full strike tourbillon

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Chopard Full Strike Tourbillon

Chopard’s booth at Watches & Wonders is always a thrill and this year was no exception. The brand unveiled a new Full Strike Tourbillon, which houses a repeating mechanism that rotates once per minute. Featuring an 18-carat gold guilloché-decorated dial, the new timepiece is a more traditional release than its transparent sibling, the Sapphire Full Strike, however, the upper tourbillon bridge is made out of transparent sapphire, so you can still see a bit of movement.

Brand: Chopard
Model: Full Strike Tourbillon
Diameter: 42.5mm
Calibre: Chopard L.U.C 08.01-L

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General FAQs

What watches did TAG Heuer unveil at Watches & Wonders?

For Watches & Wonders 2022, TAG Heuer unveiled a new Carrera Plasma, Aqauracer Professional 1000 Superdiver and Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph.

Who is announcing watches are at Watches & Wonders 2022?

In 2022, the Watches & Wonders is bigger than ever with a total of 38 exhibitors on display. These include: A. Lange & Söhne, Angelus, Armin Strom, Arnold & Son, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Cyrus Genève, Czapek & Cie, Ferdinand Berthoud, Grand Seiko, Hermès, Hublot, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Laurent Ferrier, Montblanc, H. Moser & Cie., Oris, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Rebellion Timepieces, Ressence, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Speake-Marin, TAG Heuer, Trilobe, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Zenith.

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