Watches & Wonders 2023: Timepiece Highlights Of Day 1

TAG Heuer, Tudor, IWC Schaffhausen, Hermès Horloger, Chopard and Bell & Ross

TAG Heuer

Following the unveiling of the Heuer Carrera 60th Anniversary timepiece during January’s LVMH Watch Week, TAG Heuer continues its celebration of the racing chronograph’s diamond jubilee with two new models, the Chronograph 39mm in blue or in black with silver, featuring a domed sapphire crystal glass box reformulated so that its edges flow gracefully over the tachymeter scale, while the flange gets a design upgrade to improve legibility from wider angles. Meanwhile, the Chronograph Tourbillon 42mm joins the collection, bringing with it the powerful in-house COSC-certified TH20-09 movement, and the Chronograph 42mm, with its bright pops of red and orange, mirrors the exhilaration of gaining speed.

There’s also the Carrera Date 36mm, a sporty, ergonomic piece that’s distinguished by its multitude of dial colours: pink, blue, pastel green, and silver. And coming soon is the 20 April premiere of The Chase For Carrera, a cinematic celebration of the signature timepiece produced by David Lynch, and starring brand ambassador Ryan Gosling and Saturday Night Live alum Vanessa Bayer, in the style and energy of a heist movie set in the 80s.


Tudor unveils Black Bay novelties in stainless steel with a Tudor T-fit clasp, five-link bracelet and manufacture calibres from MT5201 to MR5601, featuring sunray dials in blue, anthracite or champagne. Available in 31mm, 36mm, 39mm or 41mm, this new version of Black Bay presents domed sides and a curved crown, for a softened silhouette. Also bringing coloured dials to the Tudor lineup is the Tudor Royal with an integrated bracelet bearing radial-brushed chocolate brown or salmon dials, circumscribed by a distinctive notched bezel.

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IWC Schaffhausen

Four new automatic models—three in stainless steel and one in titanium, and all a proud distillation of Gerald Genta’s design genius: IWC Schaffhausen reimagines its Ingenieur SL Jumbo reference 1832 from 1976, a stainless steel sports watch that captured the style and ethos of its era, and came up with the Ingenieur Automatic 40. Continuing the antimagnetic tradition of its predecessor and its integrated bracelet design too, the Ingenieur Automatic 40 brings with it a resized bezel, a bracelet refreshed with H-shaped links, a more flexible transition between case and bracelet, and a three-piece construction. Powered by the IWC-manufactured calibre 32111 and antimagnetic to 40,000A/m, the timepiece comes in four variations—in dials of black, silver-plated, aqua or grey—which bear a drafting paper-inspired textured pattern on the watch face.


Writing the next chapter of the H08 story this year, Hermès Horloger unveils one range in cheery colours and a version that integrates a chronograph—a complication less often seen among the maison’s watches, as it tends towards those that communicate the magic and storytelling surrounding time, but here it’s a good match for the H08’s sporty energy. Operated by a single pusher, a streamlined aesthetic choice that brings the chronograph complication in alignment with the H08 design code, the 41mm cushion-shaped H08 Chronograph features a carbon-fibre composite case coated with graphene powder, a small seconds at 3 o’clock and a date window at 4.30, and the Hermès manufacture movement H1837 keeping everything humming. Meanwhile, bringing even more colour to the H08 range is the quartet of upbeat, youthful tickers with cases of braided glass fibre composite coated with aluminium and slate powder, accompanied by details and rubber straps in orange, yellow, green or blue.


From committing to using 100 per cent ethical gold since 2018, Chopard reaffirms its pledge to sustainability this year and announces its goal of having recycled steel make up 90 per cent of the steel it uses in its watches by 2025. Known as Lucent Steel and composed of 70 per cent recycled steel, Chopard’s shiny, resistant proprietary material appears in the maison’s novelties such as the Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph, L.U.C 1860, Alpine Eagle 41 XPS, and Happy Sport 25mm.

Joining Chopard co-presidents Caroline and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele on the Watches & Wonders stage to make this announcement was Oscar-winning actress and the newly minted house ambassador Julia Roberts, who called sustainability a critical goal for the survival of the planet and a top concern of her children.

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Bell & Ross

Three novelties join the Bell & Ross stable—BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze, BR 03-93 GMT Blue, and BR 05 Green Gold—a trio diverse in their execution of the brand’s signature round-within-a-square case. In the first, a pearl white dial and bronze case cement its connection to underwater exploration. In the second, dual time zone reading and the aerial-inspired colourway recall aviation and adventure. And in the last, with its verdant dial with a sunburst effect, bring to mind journeying through fir or spruce trees.

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