Watches and Wonders 2023 Roundup


If there's one word to sum up this year at Watches and Wonders, it's bold
Bold colours. Bold design. Bold materials. 

From Cartier's jewellery watch, the Bagnoire, which was debuted in solid yellow gold, and TAG Heuer's Carrera Plasma, the first ever watch to feature a lab-grown pink diamond, to Patek Philippe's rare handcrafts which utilise decorative techniques such as guilloché and enamelling, we were truly amazed by the evolution of our watch brands and their latest innovations. Here are some highlights from our visit to the most anticipated watch event of the year.


Fearless in its quest for watchmaking excellence, Rolex explores new and exciting materials for its 2023 collection. The new Day-Date 36 welcomes dials made of decorative stone in shimmering tones that evoke the atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast. Green aventurine, carnelian and turquoise are paired with watches in 18 ct Everose, yellow and white gold respectively; exclusive alloys developed and manufactured by Rolex. The crystallised effects, matrices or veins peculiar to these decorative stones make every watch face a unique work of art. 

The Yacht-Master 42 is the second watch in RLX titanium released by Rolex after the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Challenge. The grade 5 titanium alloy selected by Rolex is a particularly lightweight metal and is noted for its mechanical strength and corrosion resistance. Its use for the case and bracelet has reduced the weight of the watch by around a third compared to a similar watch in steel. Especially suited to the demands and pressures of competitive sailing, it puts watchmaking excellence at the service of sporting performance.


Esteemed in watchmaking for its technical prowess, Patek Philippe has exceeded expectations with a new iteration of one of its most complicated wristwatches. The new Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Haute Joaillerie has 20 complications, including two patented world exclusives: an alarm sounding the programmed time and a date-repeater striking the date at will. This watch creates a new alliance between Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie by reinterpreting its most complicated wristwatch in a white gold version set with 118 baguette-cut emeralds (7.87ct) and 291 baguette-cut diamonds (20.54cts), using the “invisible setting” technique. 


As part of their year-long celebration of the iconic Carrera’s 60th anniversary, TAG Heuer are taking yet another defining step in avant-garde aesthetics with a world-first for the watch market – the new TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma with elegant diamond features in impeccably chic pink. Every shimmering detail of this new Carrera Plasma is the result of ground-breaking advances in chemical vapor deposition – or Diamant d’Avant-Garde – technology, which champions sustainability with lab-grown diamonds. Unlike traditionally sourced diamonds, this pioneering process produces diamonds on demand, in any shape, cut or colour, creating a whole new universe of creativity. 


From Rolex's vibrant 'Celebration' dial to TAG Heuer's hot pink Carrera Date, it's clear that colour is here to stay for luxury watches. After the success of Cartier's monochromatic Tank Must de Cartier which was launched in 2021, Cartier has released brand-new iterations of the Santos and Santos-Dumont in rich burgundy, jade-green and navy tones, finished with complementary yellow gold, rose gold and platinum features. Cartier's mix of colour and metal is a sublime combination that results in wearable yet striking timepieces. 

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