Trends, like all cycles, ebb and flow. In the men’s luxury watch industry, only time can tell what is and is no longer in demand. And like time, trends are cyclical as old favorites are replaced with new, only to be replaced by old again.
We’re in the second year of COVID-19 and time seems to be at a stand-still. We’ve been surprised by the new launches, like IWC Schaffhausen, on watch blogs. Look at what horology aficionados are currently coveting. Maximalism and minimalism are neither in competition nor coexistence, but rather synchronically proliferate our timelines (and wish lists).
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Hardware is back but unlike the heavy, clunky genre of the 90s. And the most coveted color switches from blue to green, still an earth-tone but not necessarily neutral. As summer approaches and sleeve lines shorten, we’re excited to see wrists adorned with the latest buzz-worthy timepieces.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust
Green is the new blue
Omega Seamaster 300 Malachite
Breitling Premier Heritage
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon
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This season, and the seasons to come, focus on perfecting men’s luxury watch icons. Omega’s Speedmaster professional, IWC’s Pilot, and Rolex Explorer have higher standards connoted in their names. To sit at the apex of luxury, they must be driven by perfection.
Instead of focusing on trivialities, watch brands are amplifying what it means to be minimalist by cleaning up design. Men’s luxury watches are moving away from kitschy and ornate details to mastering inconspicuously innovative details.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer
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IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar
Vacherin Constantine also forays into beautifully complicated mechanics with their Overseas Perpetual Skeleton. An epic name for an epic watch, this features a solid rose-gold 41.5 mm case, full perpetual calendar displays. The Maltese Cross-style bracelet that can be alternated with both alligator and rubber straps. The demand for high watchmaking has been surprisingly unimpacted by COVID. A large group of aficionados are still seeking over-the-top craftsmanship, prestigious designs and engineering.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Skeleton gold