Watches and Wonders 2022

Watches & Wonders is a major watch fair in Geneva, Switzerland. It brings together 250 exhibitors and 50 000 visitors from 120 countries.

Nov 11, 2022

Nothing beats Watches & Wonders, the major watch fair in Geneva, Switzerland. The annual event concentrates almost all new releases of all types of watches in a few days from almost all major watch makers. The scope is huge and the showmanship is almost unmatched.

For the week-long show, Patek Philippe and Rolex have recreated the same version of the multi-storey salon. Panerai has created a complete underwater landscape with seaweed-covered rocks. Ulysse Nardin has created a large metal shark sculpture (a representative claimed it was "tame" by the brand's standards). It all served as an eye-catching backdrop for a tsunami of new releases, and here are his GQ favorites from this year's Watches & Wonders.

The new Daydate 40mm


The Day-Date has always embodied the pinnacle of human achievement: prestige and luxury. Rolex is now launching the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 in Platinum 950. It features an ice blue dial and is the first to feature a fluted bezel. Previously he was made only in 18K gold, but the Day-Date is now available in the most exclusive metals.

Other Favourite Releases

Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II

Watches_and_Wonders_2022_1_ed0f7ca381.png OK, let's start with the background...

Designed for adventures in the air, the GMT-Master is now the watch of choice for travelers around the world.

Rolex presents a novel and unexpected version of the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II with the crown and crown guard located on the left side of the watch case.

The date window and cyclopean lens are also moved and displayed at the 9 o'clock position. This required some technical adjustments related to the movement and top-tier chronometer certification, which necessitated adjusting some of the protocols and final tests.

The new GMT-Master II in Oystersteel and fitted with a Jubilee bracelet. This watch features a two-tone monobloc Cerachrom bezel insert in green and black ceramic. The new version of the GMT Master II has hours, minutes, seconds, date, and additional timezones in 24-hour-time format.

Rolex Air King

Watches_and_Wonders_2022_2_da26a50397.png Here is the updated version of the Air King!

This watch features a completely redesigned case with crown guards and straight sides to bring it closer to Rolex's other Professional models.

The proportions of the bracelet have also been revised, especially the central link has been widened. For the first time, this model is equipped with an Oysterlock safety clasp.

The clock display has also been redesigned, adding a 0 before the 5 on the minute scale to make it more balanced.

In addition, the new generation Air-King benefits from an optimized Chromalight display, ensuring maximum visibility even in the dark. The numbers 3, 6 and 9, previously all made of 18K white gold, are now visible in the dark. The new generation Air King is equipped with the caliber 3230.

Yachmaster 42mm

Watches_and_Wonders_2022_3_63557aceb7.png Rolex presents a new version of the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42. The nautical watch was first offered in 18K white gold and is now also available in 18K yellow gold. Like the original model, the new version benefits from an optimized Chromalight display, with a bi-directional rotating bezel and a Cerachrom insert with raised scales and an innovative Oysterflex bracelet. The hour markers and hands are filled or coated with a new luminescent material exclusive to Rolex, ensuring an intense, long-lasting glow. During the day, these indicators are also a lighter shade of white.

The new version of the Yacht-Master 42 is equipped with the pinnacle of watchmaking, caliber 3235, displaying the hours, minutes, seconds and date.

Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 is chronometer certified for the highest precision, ensuring superior performance on the wrist.

Watches and Wonders always brings pleasant surprises to us every year, lets all look forward to 2023!


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