The top trends in the watch industry this year
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.