My favorites from Watches and Wonders 2024

My favorites from Watches and Wonders 2024

This is a weird title, but bear with me. I'm recently into watches. The world of watches is incredible, and you can adore so many things. There are many watch-related fairs, and Watches and Wonders is one of the biggest. It's held in Geneva, where most famous watch brands have their household, including small microbrands. There are many new releases, whether you like them or not. Some are limited editions, some have high prices, and some are rare. But this doesn't stop us from looking at these watches in detail.

I like some watches released today due to their design and technical features. Of course, there are hundreds of releases and watches for anyone. These are the ones I liked. (nit: I'll also share additional links to Hodinkee or Monochrome watches if you want to learn more about each watch.)

Let's go!

Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT

Tudor is recently on a roll with their Black Bay line. They already have several GMT watches, but they are thick, and people don't like them. The newly released Black Bay 58 GMT fixes it with a new in-house movement and a case thickness of 12.8mm. I was not fond of the golden-colored fonts (also called gilt), but I'm sure they will release new color options. More on [Monochrome] or [Hodinkee]

Grand Seiko Chronograph GMT SBGC275

What's not to like about Grand Seiko dials? This new limited edition chronograph (only 700 pieces) takes its color dial due to the sun reflecting the mountain scenery in the Shinshu region. On top of being a Chronograph, it's also a GMT with its famous Spring Drive (9R96) movement—more on [Hodinkee].

IWC Eternal Calendar IW505701

For me, the IWC Eternal Calendar was one of the highlights of technical feats. There are annual calendars; except for February, these watches can work throughout the year. And there are Perpetual calendars, which can work up to 2100. But IWC's Eternal Calendar can even compute leap years and hence doesn't need any correction until year 3999. The sub-dials are also crafted in sapphire crystal. It greatly hurts the readability, though it contributes to the timeless design. Read more on [Monochrome] or [Hodinkee].

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710GRNR

There is not much to say about Rolex. It's probably the most liked and hated watch brand. People hate it because it's correlated with greed and money; people like it because they are a brand with a history of creating most of the iconic watches ever made. I don't like the new models of 2024. All the diamond, golden, and platinum versions don't speak to me. I like the stainless steel ones, though. And I think the Submariner, Explorer, and the GMT-Master II series are the best they offer. They just released a new version of the GMT-Master II series with a green GMT hand and a grey-and-black ceramic bezel. The colors are a tad muted, but nothing beats their famous Pepsi colors (blue and red). Read more on [Monochrome] and [Hodinkee].

Nomos "Super 31" collection

I love Nomos. My first mechanical watch was from them. Nomos always had colorful dials, especially in some Campus or Tangente models. They have released 31 new limited editions of their Tangente 38 Date model. Read more on [Hodinkee]