Blaž Abe

2022 Watches: Colourful and Sustainable

Blaž Abe
After two years of solely digital events, this year’s Watches & Wonders took place live. Numerous manufacturers diversified their collections with new colour combinations, while an increasing number of watchmaking names are intensifying their activities towards sustainable approaches of operation.

Thus, optimism does not only breathe through fresh colour palettes but also increasingly more present care for the environment. You can read more about the watchmaking novelties of 2022 below.

Rolex – Perfect Surprise 

A lot of attention was directed to the new Rolex GMT-Master II with a black dial, black-green bezel, and steel case. This time, the novelty is found in the position of the crown and date display which are, and not by chance, placed to the left side of the watch.

The legendary timepiece honouring the flying pioneers, the Rolex Air-King, received a brand-new case shape and crown guard, absent in its predecessor from 2016. Rolex novelties also bring fresh colour and material combinations in the Day-Date 36 and 40 models. 

Rolex 2022 Novelties

Numerous manufacturers diversified their collections with new colour combinations, while an increasing number of watchmaking names are intensifying their activities towards sustainable approaches of operation.

Cartier Adds Enthusiasm to Classical Elegance

When Cartier presents its novelties, it appears there are no significant changes, yet everything is different. The Tank Must is available with a black dial for perfect elegance.

The Santos Dumont became even more attractive with models in burgundy red, black, blue, and gold; in this model, like with the Tank Louis Cartier, we can be caught in the hypnotic images of dials. The perennially exciting Pasha de Cartier line received a refreshment, too.


Tudor – Classic Sophistication

The first name of novelties from Rolex’s sister brand is the Tudor Black Bay Pro. It is a technical watch that due to the GMT function offers reading of time in several time zones. The case size is a compact 39 millimetres, while its adventurous spirit is reflected by the GMT hand clad in orange.

Thorough change was undergone by the most basic line Black Bay, which is now available with the house calibre and in numerous combinations of steel and gold. The Black Bay Chrono and Black Bay GMT lines are now also presented in a gold version, while the Royal Collection has been adorned with diamonds.

All Tudor 2022 Novelties


The Breitling Navitimer Refreshed for its 70th Anniversary Ready for New Flights

Upon the 70th anniversary of its flagship, Breitling decided on a shift in the collection’s evolution. The new Breitling Navitimer preserves the form and quality from the past and adds to it modern perfection for the future. The revived logotype with wings positioned towards the top of the dial is a reminder that they have not forgot their rich history.

The timepiece is now available in a 46, 43, or 41-millimetre case, with a choice of stainless steel or red gold. Stylish accents, the house movement, and a selection of attractive dial colours breathe new soul into the old icon. 

Breitling 2022 Novelties

Zenith Peeks into the Secrets of the Chronograph

Following the achievements of the Defy line, Zenith now focuses on the Chronomaster collection, which is reserved for watches with a chronograph. The new version of the Chronomaster Open model brings a new shape of the case, dial, and a perfected variant of the house movement, Calibre 3600. As the name suggests, the entire escapement can be seen through the open dial of the Chronomaster Open. 

With its new case, crown, and pushers the image of this watch nears the Chronomaster Sport model, the watch that has been highly successful since its presentation. It is now also available in pink gold with a white or black dial and in the combination of steel and pink gold with a ‘sunray’ dial.

Zenith 2022 Novelties

IWC Bets on the Pilot Top Gun Collection

IWC Schaffhausen strengthens the identity of military pilot’s watches by developing the Top Gun Collection. For the first time they offer a case made from the innovative Ceratanium material in a 41-millimetre version of the chronograph Big Pilot Top Gun. This special material boasts the lightness of titanium and the resistance to scratches ceramic brings.

The elite American military aviation school Top Gun was the inspiration for the white ceramic of the Top Gun Edition ‘Lake Tahoe’ model and the olive green ceramic of the Top Gun Edition ‘Woodland’ model.

IWC Schaffhausen Novelties

Panerai Increasingly Bound to Sustainability

Panerai persistently realises its green commitments. It remains loyal to Italian charm and Swiss production, while simultaneously focusing on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions both in business and production. The Submersible QuarantaQuattro Collection brings a big high-polish bezel and a case made of recycled steel called eSteel. 

Those swearing by classical steel and those who want something more with carbon case will not be disappointed either.

Panerai Novelties

Nomos Club Campus – Attractive Colours

Many watchmaking houses are discovering new colours in their collections. The German watchmaker Nomos Glashütte, however, has been offering a wide variety of colour combinations for a long time. The Club Campus Collection now also presents models with a dark pink and blue-violet dial.

These two lively colours bring spring positivity and provide attractiveness of the wrist. Furthermore, these two versatile colours match numerous colour tones well. Available in a 38 or 36-millimetre case.

Maurice Lacroix and the Aikon Tide Collection for the Taste of Summer and Clean Oceans

Maurice Lacroix with the Tide Collection brings a breath of fresh air to the legendary case design with an integrated strap. While staying faithful to tested lines, attention is drawn to the wide selection of vivid colours simply evoking summer pleasures.

Due to the upcycling process, the case is made from a durable composite material with an environmental note. For every Aikon Tide watch made in collaboration with the company #tide, the ocean is freed of 17 plastic bottles. A strong commitment to cleaner oceans is demonstrated by the ‘Vague du Jura’ dial referencing the waves of the sea.

Maurice Lacroix 2022 Novelties