Not only did exports hit a record high; 2022 proved to be a great year for the sheer scope of new releases. Brands had every category brilliantly covered. Part Two of a roundup of some of the watches that debuted in 2022.
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A once forgotten art, engraving is enjoying a renaissance in watchmaking. Watches released in 2020 offer a superb panorama of the different techniques and the many marvels they can achieve.
Tick-tock, tick-tock, the countdown has begun. Only a few more days to go until Christmas. This year, Santa has swapped his red suit for a watchmaker's white coat, and filled his sack with mechanical treasures that will reawaken the child in us all.
By presenting their latest releases actually inside the Manufacture (except Glashütte Original which located to one of Geneva's luxury hotels), Swatch Group's prestige brands were able to highlight the singularity of their watches while making clear the complexity inherent to production.
After slamming the door on Baselworld, Swatch Group had to come up with an alternative way to present its new releases to the press. The solution, the Time to Move roadshow, was the opportunity for the world's biggest watch group to flex its industrial muscle.
These previews of what brands will be serving up in Basel, or in Swatch Group's case, Zurich, make for tasty viewing. Mechanisms are laid bare or clad in unusual materials. Let's get this party started!
Could it be the fiftieth anniversary of Man's first steps on the moon that has so inspired watchmakers? This year, brands are pulling out all the stops with a host of watches dedicated to the moon-phase complication. Because what could be lovelier than a moon-struck mechanism?