Among the many watches released at Watches & Wonders, we bring you five timepieces that went unnoticed but deserve a special mention
One Google search of the “Best Watches from the 2022 Watches & Wonders’ will result in hundreds of articles listing off timepieces from different brands. But have you ever wondered about the ones that did not make the “Best” list but still deserve a shout-out?
Don’t fret. We are here to take care of that. Here are our top six unsung gems released at the fair this year that deserve some attention.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver
While many focused on the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph, this exceptional diver’s watch slipped right under the spotlight. The Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver is the brand’s answer to the ultimate dive watch. Featuring a brand first Calibre TH30-00 movement produced by Kenissi Manufacture SA, one of the most highly regarded movement manufacturers in the world, this new model marks an important milestone for TAG Heuer.
The Superdiver is available in a 45mm Grade 5 Titanium case set with a black & orange ceramic unidirectional turning bezel and a water resistant of upto 1000 meters.
Panerai Submersible QurantaQuattro Black Dial (PAM01229)
Set with a 44m steel case and a black dial, the Submersible QuarantaQuattro (PAM01229) is a rather simple watch offering a sharp and compelling presence on the wrist. Attached to a black rubber and dark grey fabric straps allows the timepiece to offer a dramatic impression.
IWC Big Pilot’s 43 Top Gun
With this classic timepiece, IWC presents the first TOP GUN Big Pilot in a 43mm case size. This 43mm timepiece available in a black zirconium oxide ceramic is a staple in the TOP GUN line since 2012. However, the new case size of 43mm renews the watch and offers maximum comfort on the wrist.
Additional features of the watch include a titanium caseback and a black dial colour set with black hands. The timepiece is powered by the IWC manufactured 82100 calibre movement that clocks in a power reserve of 60 hours. It is available in a green textile strap that can be changed easily with the help of the integrated EasX-CHANGE® system.
Cartier Santos Dumont
Paying tribute to the historical model are the three new limited-edition pieces of the elegant Santos-Dumont. Set up with three colour variations; burgundy and platinum, beige and gold, and black and steel, each of the timepieces are coated with a thin layer of lacquer and then smoothed and polished by hand. It adds a richness and depth to the piece.
Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date
Despite the many other interesting releases unveiled by Montblanc at the 2022 Watches & Wonders, the one that showcased promise (despite not much fanfare) is the subtly attractive 1858 GMT Automatic Date.
With this timepiece, Montblanc offers an intuitive way of keeping track of time in different time zones without hands. How is that possible? With the help of a red square that moved around the outside of the dial. This red square sits right next to the black or blue aluminium bezel and shows the 24-hour clock. The beauty of this system is that it also indicates the half-hours with a red rectangle for the half-hours and a full red square for the hours.
Image Courtesy: Montblanc, Cartier, Panerai