On Newsstands: WOW Autumn 2022

Innovation and honest worth in watchmaking are available in for scrutiny within the newest difficulty of WOW. Informed by the latest watch gala’s, the editorial crew investigates which of the 2022 novelties options essentially the most fascinating watchmaking expertise, and which watches and types have gotten it proper over the past decade. 

Having stated that, the act of making new issues is usually about reinvention, with some additions and omissions. Now that our long-running sequence on escapements has come to a detailed, this appeared like the very best second to discover the outer limits of conventional watchmaking. Watches and Wonders Geneva had offered a showcase of innovation referred to as LAB on the honest; the pandemic had compelled many manufacturers to lean into e-commerce; and there’s loads of new considering across the thought of timepieces. 

While you may suppose it is just too a lot for one difficulty, you possibly can additionally argue that there is no such thing as a actual innovation to get into. If nothing else, we hope this difficulty disabuses you of the latter notion. Innovation is, in fact, relative, and it’s fairly clear that watch manufacturers need to make higher watches, even when they don’t go about making an attempt to beat the accuracy of quartz, though Guy Bove did remind us that TAG Heuer is much from quiet on this entrance. In any case, innovation means quite a lot of various things, all of which purport to be about making higher watches, simply no more correct ones. It is all concerning the cool issue, and as of late, that features the Metaverse and Web3.

While our cowl star, the Tissot PRX Chronograph, is hardly the product of watchmaking innovation, it’s undoubtedly a cool watch. And a part of a cool assortment too. We had been fortunate sufficient to get Tissot CEO Sylvain Dolla to weigh in on the gathering this difficulty, simply as he did final time round. He is resolute in asserting that really fascinating watches can’t be created by advertising committees, one thing we had been stunned to listen to echoed over at Parmigiani Fleurier. We spoke with the model’s CEO Guido Terreni (additionally making a return look in our pages) at his ridiculously well-appointed workplace in Fleurier. This kind of higher watch, it appears, can solely be made by folks with nice instinct. 

“Timepieces are the very objects that join us with the previous and the longer term, whereas seeming to be solely involved with the current,” stated WOW Editor-in-Chief Ashok Soman. “The mechanical wristwatch is at present remodeling itself into one thing we could not recognise; on the similar time, watchmakers have but to ship on the total potential of quartz.” 

WOW will return with rather more to say on innovation in watchmaking, with the Autumn difficulty’s greater than 50 pages not sufficient to cowl the whole topic.

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