7 Innovative Luxury Watches for Men Launching in 2022

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Whether you like adventure, movies, classics or crypto, luxury watchmakers have something for you. Continue reading!

This year, watchmakers pulled out all the stops to impress connoisseurs, as watch events, such as Geneva Watch Days and Watches & Wonders, came to life again. From materials like roost-dominating platinum to thunder-stealing tourbillons and skeleton watches, we’re rounding up some of the best luxury watches of 2022 so far for different types of wearers.

1. Omega Speedmaster X-33 “Marstimer” – for space junkies

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Omega fashioned the first watch that went to the moon. Now they dream bigger, with their eyes and index fingers fixed on the red planet Mars. This year, Omega launched the Speedmaster X-33″Marstimer”.

Since a day on Mars is 39 minutes longer than a day on Earth, the watch helps astronauts and researchers keep track of the date and time on Mars and on Earth simultaneously. In addition to its internal composition, the architecture of the watch evokes Mars. The dial features an oxalic anodized aluminum bezel ring with a red tint representing planet dust.

2. Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar Bitcoin – for crypto freaks

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar Bitcoin
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Bitcoin’s influence hasn’t been limited to people’s wallets, as it’s made its way to our wrists with the Jacob & Co. Bitcoin Astronomia Solar Bitcoin Watch launched in August 2022. The timepiece is an ode to the origin of cryptocurrency and its influence on today’s world. Only 25 pieces of this watch are available for purchase.

In addition, immense detailed craftsmanship has gone into its manufacture. There is a sapphire sun, a diamond moon and a gold earth. Look closer and you see a spinning bitcoin currency logo and a miniature black rocket bearing a bitcoin sign and reaching for the moon.

In creating this watch, Jacob & Co. combined the best of their astronomical knowledge with the ever-expanding Bitcoin universe. The 44 mm case for a thickness of 16.90 mm offers a breathtaking view of the openworked flying tourbillon of the watch. This watch demands your attention.

3. IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN “Woodland” edition – for the mavericks

IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph TOP GUN
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This is the watch to go to if you’re on Top Gun fever, thanks to this year’s new release. At Watches & Wonders 2022, American watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen launched two new pilot’s watches in the Top Gun edition: Lake Tahoe and Woodland. The latter is the first IWC watch with a newly designed dark green ceramic case. The shade was inspired by the flight suits of naval aviators, giving you the most optimal Top Gun feel. The watch is made from IWC’s signature material, Ceratanium, a combination of titanium and ceramic. While the former infuses the watch with lightness, the ceramic ensures that it remains scratch-free. Channel your inner Tom Cruise today!

4. Urwerk UR100-V—for the unconventional

Urwerk UR100-V
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Swiss watchmaker Urwerk is known for its mind-boggling, often bizarre watchmaking craftsmanship. It proudly wears this label by launching its latest timepiece: Urwerk UR100-V Ultraviolet, during Geneva Watch Days 2022.

Urwerk co-founder Martin Frei commented on the choice of colors in the Press release, calling it “exploring the limits”. He said: “Our UltraViolet conveys something mystical; it is a tint which is situated at the border of a dimension which we call color.

As is the case with most Urwerk watches, this watch does more than just tell the time; it also tells the distance. Once the watch reaches the 60th minute, the minute hand disappears and reappears as an odometer. It takes 20 minutes for the counter to reach the other end where you see “555.55 km”. It illustrates the 555 kilometers traveled every 20 minutes by each inhabitant of planet Earth, taking into account the average rotational speed at the equator. On the other side of the watch, another odometer indicates the distance – 35,742 km – traveled by the Earth around the sun in 20 minutes.

No doubt the watchmaker doesn’t hold back when creating a watch that pushes the boundaries, and if you’re the same, this is the watch for you.

5. MB&F LM Sequential Evo—for those who like to stand out

MB&F LM Sequential Evo
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In May 2022, Maximilian Büsser & Friends (MB&F) presented the first of its kind chronograph in the world and the company’s first chronograph watch…it was about time. The USP? One watch, two chronographs, multiple possibilities.

The timepiece features two chronographs, one with its seconds display at 9 o’clock and the other at 3 o’clock. Each comes with a single pusher, and there is a separate “Twinverter” pusher to operate both. It has multiple timing modes like split second and timer, a combination that has never seen before in a chronograph. Four pushers operate the seconds and minutes hands of the two chronographs. There is a fifth pusher, the “Twinverter”, which controls both chronographs.

While each display can be started, stopped and reset independently, the Twinverter does this collectively. If both chronograph displays are stopped, pressing the Twinverter will start them together and vice versa. If one is running and the other stopped, the Twinverter stops the one that is running and starts the one that is stopped. It allows you to track two simultaneous events.

6. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante—for the traditional

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Split-seconds
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Launched in July 2022, the 1815 Rattrapante watch from German watchmaker A. Lange and Söhne is a great choice for those who love their classics. It features the first pure split-seconds chronograph, which refers to two second hand timing events occurring simultaneously. It has a complex mechanism and a stopwatch button at 2 o’clock.

A. Lange and Söhne watches have an illustrious past, having risen from the dead after the war. Since then they have become synonymous with classic timepieces involving hard work and style. With this in mind, the Rattrapante 1815 is assembled twice by hand, respecting the traditions established by its founder. The watch features a platinum case in which the blue hands complement the silver tones of the dial.

7. Grand Seiko Kodo Constant Force Tourbillon – for those who love the unexpected

Grand Seiko Kodo Constant Force Tourbillon
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Launched at Watches & Wonders in March 2022, this watch embodies an extraordinary experience for the Japanese watchmaker Grand Seiko. Not only is it the brand most expensive watch ever produced, but it’s also a far cry from the traditional style it’s known for. Nicknamed “Kodo”, which means heartbeat in Japanese, this watch is the the first of the brand watch with mechanical complication.

With a 43.8mm diameter case in 950 platinum (95% pure platinum) and titanium and a skeleton dial with the tourbillon in full display, the watch makes its presence felt on your wrist, and rightly so. It was an unexpected decision for Grand Seiko and remarkable for you.

This year has pushed luxury watchmakers to up their game, which means more choice for you.

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Header image courtesy of MB&F and A. Lange and Swhereis

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