Watches Return: Les Historiques 222 by Vacheron Constantin
In 2022, Vacheron will retire its fan-favorite 222 model. The 222 was part of a wave of luxury sport watches that initially emerged in the 70s, along with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Unlike those two pieces, it is not permanent, which only makes the watch much more popular (and more expensive) in auctions. After 37 years of non-production, Vacheron is bringing the model back with a few tweaks. Between the bracelet, case, and dial, the new 222 really blows you away with its gold color.
Best Newcomer: Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Collection Divers
Grand Seiko, best known for its nature-inspired products, brought a sporty side to its first Watches & Wonders. The first Evolution 9 collection (products that have existed as a previous one) included a GMT Chronograph, GMT and highlight, a Diver. What Grand Seiko does better than anyone else is its intricate dial design inspired by snowfall, woodland, mountainous terrain, tree rings, and anything else it can borrow from the natural world. course. The wave effect of the new Diver dial is inspired by Japan’s Kuroshio Flow, aka Black Flow. While other Grand Seiko watches are geared towards gentler currents, this dial aims to seek out stronger waves.