The year 2022 was a good one. Between the anniversaries of iconic models and unexpected releases, here is a look at the most beautiful watchmaking surprises of 2022.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of a brand icon, the Royal Oak. For the first part of the celebrations of its icon, the brand returned to the essence of this legendary watch designed by Gérald Genta. While they all bear on their reverse side an oscillating weight engraved with the colours of the event, Royal Oak watches are available in a multitude of variations of colours, complications and delicate skeletonisation. To mark this anniversary, Audemars Piguet has launched a revisited collection with new in-house movements and slightly modified designs, colours and dial motifs.
Omega x Swatch
A well-kept secret came to light this year. At the beginning of March, the first collaboration between the two sister manufactures, Swatch and Omega, caused a stir. While the iconic curves of Omega’s flagship watch are no longer in evidence, this time the Speedmaster Moonwatch features the new material unveiled by Swatch a year ago, bioceramic. The Swatch x Omega collaboration is thus setting out to conquer space with 10 models named after planets (Mercury, Pluto, etc.) and equipped with a quartz movement. Available only in a selection of Swatch boutiques, at a price of 250 euros, these timepieces are selling like hotcakes to the lucky few who have braved the queues.
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