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What’s New: 2017 Luxury Watch Trends

February 21, 2017 - Watch Articles
2017 luxury watch

Earlier this year, several leading luxury watch companies unveiled their novelties for the season in Geneva, Switzerland. There were a few events that took place such as the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) led by Richemont Group—which also included a selection of non-Richemont brands and independent watchmaking companies—and LVMH’s Geneva Fair. While the watch industry’s biggest exhibition, Baselworld, is still a month away, the new launches have already set some notable trends in fine timepieces. Here we take a look at some of the prevalent styles in luxury watches for 2017.

1. Retro Vibes

For 2017, there were plenty of top watch brands that dug into their archives to debut watches that proudly showed off a vintage look. While these new retro-inspired timepieces undoubtedly paid tribute to bygone eras in terms of aesthetics, they are of course adapted to suit contemporary tastes and include the latest in horological technology. The Zenith Heritage 146 is an unmistakable nod to the brand’s famous 1960s chronographs while the new Montblanc 1858 Automatic models had a distinct vintage military design to them. Furthermore, two 1980s icons were brought back into the spotlight with the revival of the Panthère de Cartier ladies timepiece collection and the redesign of the IWC Da Vinci.

2. Restrained Sizes

Whether it was the diameter or the thickness of watch cases, there was certainly a general trend of restraint in the size of men’s timepieces this year. And after almost a decade of oversized watches, this is a refreshing change indeed. Some fantastic ultra thin men’s luxury watch models included the Bulgari Octo Roma, the Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat, and the Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary. What’s more, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date sported a reserved 39mm case size. Even more surprising was the pared down size of the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic coming in at 42mm—markedly modest in comparison to its original 47mm size.

3. Material Focused 

Aside from the new designs, shapes, and sizes, another trend that was seen among top timepieces was the use of distinct or innovative materials. This was clearly evident with the beautiful hammered gold construction of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold watches for women and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in scratchproof black ceramic. Also dressed almost entirely in black ceramic was the sporty TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Black Matt Ceramic chronograph, while innovative carbon elements was the main focus of the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic. Normally prone to scratching and denting, gold was made infinitely more resistant and robust in the Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Magic Gold thanks to the clever blending of gold and ceramic.

Having seen the first batch of new luxury watches for the year, we are excited for what Baselworld holds—particularly from brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, OMEGA, and Breitling. Whether these current themes will prevail or if a new set of timepiece trends will develop, remains to be seen.

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Bio: A WP Diamonds luxury watch expert, Celine has enjoyed working in the horology industry for over ten years. Like many of the high-end timepieces she writes about, she comes from Switzerland—the heart of fine watchmaking. From Singapore to Montreal t...

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