Earlier this week, we brought you a look at five top watches from the Geneva 2022 Watches & Wonders Show. Now, we take a look at six sensational watches from the same fair…. just from the “other side.” One complete side of the Watches & Wonders Geneva 2022 show consisted of brands such as Rolex, Patek, Hublot, TAG, Chopard, Chanel, Oris, Grand Seiko, Tudor and Zenith that opted out of Baselworld and into the Pal Expo convention center. They all entered with their already-existing booths from Baselworld, making for a very showy yet individualized statement. Today we look at five top watches from some of the brands on “the other side.”
Rolex GMT-Master II
Why hasn’t Rolex created a watch for lefties, yet? Well, the question no longer has to be asked. The newest Rolex GMT-Master II –in a great green and black color way — features the crown on the left. It boasts a 24-hour Cerachrom Bezel insert that enables time telling in a second zone. The movement was reworked to accommodate the left-sided crown and the date at 9:00 versus it’s typical placement at 3:00. A Chromalight display with bold luminescence makes for great visibility at night. $11,050.
TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma
There were a lot of great watches from TAG Heuer this year, but we are opting to focus on the one that you just might not be able to get your hands on: the Carrera Plasma. The watch is one of the first ever to feature a lab-grown diamond dial (made of polycrystalline). Even the crown features a lab-grown diamond. This is a unique piece that was the brainchild of CEO Frederic Arnault whose goal it is to elevate the brand to new levels of innovation and luxury. The watch retails for just about $350,000.
Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon
Chopard has been building its mechanical watchmaking prowess steadily over the years and this year it debuts its L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon timepiece with in-house-made movement and a sapphire bridge to the minute repeater. By incorporating sapphire gongs, the watch boasts a magnificently clear sound when it strikes the time. There is also a version with a full sapphire case, but this model, in 18-karat ethical rose gold offers indulgent melodies. The 42.5mm watch is created in a limited edition of just 20 pieces and houses the new chronometer-certified L.U.C 08.02-L movement that is hand finished to exacting standards – earning it the Hallmark of Geneva Seal.
Hublot Bang Unico Square
Okay, okay. So, you might not be a fan of the Hublot Big Bang. Maybe you’re over big round watches. But what about a Big Bang Square watch? This year, Hublot unveils the Bang Unico Square watch that adds a new shape to the brand’s collection. While it has the tonneau-shaped Spirit of Big Bang, which is very popular, this square timepiece with cushioned corners adds a new dimension. The watches in the collection are crafted from ceramic, titanium, or King Gold and powered by the Unico 2 chronograph flyback movement. $23,100 to $43,100 depending on the model.
Oris ProPilot X Caliber 400
They call it a salmon dial. I call it a coral dial. Either way, the new peachy-keen version of the Oris ProPilot X Caliber 400 is simply alluring. The watch, in either dial color one chooses (there is also a great gray dial and a Mediterranean blue dial), is bold yet light in weight thanks to the titanium case and bracelet. It is powered by the five-day automatic movement, Caliber 400. Aviation inspiration just got better.
Chanel J12 Diamond Tourbillon Watch, Caliber 5
Coco Chanel didn’t like the number 4, but she loved the number 5. So, when Chanel finished its third caliber and went to introduce its fourth this year, it called it Caliber 5 – skipping the number four out of respect for the famed couture designer. The new Caliber 5 powers the brand’s first in-house-made flying tourbillon watch: J12 Diamond Tourbillon. This version is made in a 38mm size in matte black ceramic – a material the brand made chic long before it became a material of choice in mainstream watches today. The watch is highly architectural in design thanks to its intersecting circles, center diamond ring and solitaire diamond set atop the tourbillon escapement.