The top trends in the watch in­dus­try this year

MVMT - - Contents - Words Dar­ren ho + sean mossadeg art direc­tion jas­mine huang

We look at the biggest trends to hit the watch world this year

Me­chan­i­cal watch­mak­ing may have been built on the premise of tra­di­tion and long-term value but the mod­ern world’s thirst for con­stant evo­lu­tion and all things new has steered the direc­tion of the in­dus­try. Over the years, evolv­ing con­sumer tastes, the global econ­omy and new in­no­va­tions in the in­dus­try have in­flu­enced the swing of all things horo­log­i­cal. The emerg­ing trends in the watch world are cer­tainly a re­flec­tion of to­day’s times. This year, the all-black watch look main­tains a strong pres­ence, thanks in part to a cel­e­bra­tory oc­ca­sion in the LVMH sta­ble of brands – a sure sign of the fash­ion­able direc­tion that Jean- Claude Biver has in­stilled in the group. The com­pli­ca­tion trend of the year, how­ever, sees a surge in jump­ing hours and ret­ro­grade dis­plays. While more brands are in­no­vat­ing and ramp­ing up the cre­ation of move­ments, we’ve also seen many man­u­fac­tures con­cen­trate on build­ing time­pieces with more func­tions. World time. GMTS. All in a bid to out­play smart­watches. An­other trend we’re happy to see re­turn is stain­less steel. Call it back to the ’70s or a re­sponse to the global eco­nomic slow­down, but we see it as a timely change. The resur­gence of col­lab­o­ra­tions out­side of the watch in­dus­try is also an­other good sign that brands are spread­ing their wings. We cer­tainly hope this one stays.

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