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On April 7, the world of fine watchmaking turned its attention to Watches & Wonders 2021-2022, the latest incarnation of SIHH, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. With Baselworld no longer taking place, this digital-only event has become the most prestigious event on the luxury watch calendar and offers great inspiration for your next watch purchase.

To help you in your search, we've picked out the hottest new luxury watches on sale today. Want a dress watch to wear to an upcoming event? Or maybe you're looking for a classic pilot's watch or got your heart set on a Rolex .

We've got you covered with our roundup of the most desirable watches of 2021-2022. After looking at the best deals from all the major brands —Rolex, Piaget, Patek Philippe, IWC Schaffhausen, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, to name a few—we've narrowed it down to our 11 favourites. And we think they will be your favorites too.

Sometimes time passes quickly. Sometimes it drags. Either way, keep an eye on the time with one of these luxury watches.

The 11 Best Luxury Watches of 2021-2022

  1. Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570
  2. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox
  3. Cartier Santos-Dumont
  4. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014
  5. Hermès Arceau Automatic
  6. Concept H. Moser & Cie. Venturer
  7. IWC Schaffhausen Pilot Limited Edition
  8. Piaget Polo S Automatic Chronograph
  9. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer
  10. Montblanc 1958 Geosphere Limited Edition
  11. Panerai Radiomir Mediterraneo

Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570

When legendary luxury watch brand Rolex celebrates an anniversary, everyone sits down. And the company has decided to mark the momentous occasion of its 50th anniversary with a new version. The updated Explorer II ref.216570 is definitely one of the best new watches of 2021-2022.

Crafted from Oystersteel, corrosion resistant and boasting an eye-catching shine, this timepiece, as the name suggests, is for explorers. With its Chromalight display that glows blue at night and its 24-hour display that can also act as a compass under the right conditions, it's ideal for those with a passion for adventure and pushing their limits.

The white lacquered dial features black hour markers and minute hands while the 24 hour hand retains the orange hue of the original Explorer II. But the case houses a new movement, the in-house caliber 3285, the same found in the GMT-Master II, showcasing Rolex at its most ingenious.
The Rolex Explorer II represents the pinnacle of efficiency, precision and durability . With the new upgrade, it feels fresh while retaining everything we loved about the original.

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Best for: A refreshing yet respectful upgrade to a truly iconic watch. Price: $$$ Case diameter: 42mm Movement: automatic Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and 24-hour display

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox

JLC's Master Control Memovox is the latest addition to the brand's "Master Control" family, a collection of watches defined by their technical prowess and understated style. If you are exploring new watches, this should be one of the best candidates for your next purchase.

The watch has a built-in alarm , which you don't see very often in luxury watches. The open caseback lets you watch the intricate workings of the Caliber 956AA movement, including the hammer striking the gong - something you'll never tire of looking at, trust us.

The Memovox reference dates back to the 1950s and this particular model has a delightfully retro vibe , with a sleek silver dial and those large crowns that characterize all Memovox models. It evokes a rather Mid-Century vibe but wouldn't look out of place with a cool, contemporary outfit.

Turn the top crown of the Master Control Memovox to set the alarm and it will wake you up with an old-fashioned school bell sound.

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Best for: Add some polish to your day-to-day with a premium dress watch. Price: $$$$ Case diameter: 40mm Movement: automatic Functions: hour, minute, second and date window

Cartier Santos-Dumont

Cartier is a favorite among the world's VIPs, sported by royals, celebrities and the "it" crowd. The luxury jewelry brand is behind some of the hottest new watches and the Santos-Dumont is no exception.

The watch first appeared in 1911 after a Brazilian aviator named Alberto Santos-Dumont asked Louis Cartier to create a wristwatch, rather than a pocket watch, that he could wear in flight.

The result was this incredibly glamorous watch with a clean design and striking square case, better suited to the bridge than the cockpit, in our opinion, and ideal for the modern gentleman.

The Santos-Dumont is housed in a polished 18k rose gold case with an anthracite-colored bracelet, and features the trademark blue steel sword-shaped hands, a sapphire crown and eight screws around the dial.

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Best for: An unconventional pilot's watch of undeniable prestige. Price: $$$$ Case Diameter: 33.9mm Movement: Hand Wind Functions: Hour and Minute

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014

Patek Philippe's Nautilus is a cult staple. Luxury watch fans would fall to their feet at the chance to own this iconic sports watch and while any Patek Philippe watch raises eyebrows, thanks to the brand's 175-year history of crafting exquisite timepieces - this one is particularly special.

The most notable feature of this particular Nautilus model is the all-new olive green sunburst dial, adding a bit of serviceman chic . The silhouette is the same as the original Nautilus watches but with a subtle but eye-catching alternation between a satin and polished finish. And you can see the movement at work through the transparent sapphire crystal back.

The Nautilus Ref.5711/1A-014 is water resistant to 120 meters , which means you can swim and snorkel. Of course, this is one of the most expensive watches on our list. But you can't put a price on engineering and craftsmanship of this caliber.SEE PRICEBest for: A utilitarian upgrade of a classic and coveted luxury watch. Price: $$$$$ Case diameter: 40mm Movement: automatic Functions: hour, minutes, seconds and date

Hermès Arceau Automatic

Like its creative and avant-garde couture, Hermès manufactures watches that are much more than just a practical accessory. These are style statements and the Arceau Automatic is ideal for all your demanding chests of drawers.

The best dress watches offer casual luxury. They are understated but distinctly elegant , just like the Arceau. Imagine this sneaking under a shirt lapel. People won't be able to resist commenting. This has got to be one of the nicest new watches on the market.

Featuring the brand's signature Barénia leather strap (a rare and very high quality calfskin), the Arceau Automatic features an automatic movement in a 40mm stainless steel case. The dial has subtle chevron detailing with striking Arabic numerals, as well as a convenient date window. Flip it over to see the display caseback where you can watch the oscillating weight in action.

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Best for: A watch of impeccable class and exceptionally worthy of a compliment. Price: $$$ Case diameter: 40mm Movement: automatic Functions: hour, minute and date window

Concept H. Moser & Cie. Venturer

They say black never goes out of style, so you're in good hands with the Vantablack Venturer concept from H.Moser & Cie. One of the latest watches to make a splash on the watch scene, this has to be the epitome of horological minimalism , ideal for urbanites and ultra-swish jet-setters.

The Vantablack dial is made of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes. When light hits these tubes, it cannot bounce back. Instead, it is dispersed and absorbed as heat. With no light reflections, you get what has been called ' the darkest material known to man .'

This black hole-like impression contrasts beautifully with the warm glow of the 18k red gold case, a classic combination of black and gold, but on steroids. The dial is impressively simple, with just an hour and minute hand. But there is also a power reserve indicator on the back so you know when the HMC 327 Manual Movement needs winding.

All this to say that the Vantablack Venturer Concept from H. Moser & Cie. is an extraordinary timepiece.

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Best for: Pure, sensual style from these masters of the watchmaking art. Price: $$$$$ Case diameter: 39mm Movement: hand-wound Functions: hour, minute and power reserve indicator

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot Limited Edition

This IWC watch is a tribute to the brand's Pilot's Chronograph 3705, also known as the FliegerChronograph, or "Black Flieger", released in 1994 and famous for being the first ceramic chronograph ever made.

This forward-looking update to that original pioneering design is not ceramic but Certanium , a unique material that combines the properties of titanium and ceramic. The result is a light, robust, ultra-durable and scratch-resistant product. military grade as IWC is famous for its specially designed pilot's watches.

IWC's Pilot's Limited Edition Automatic Chronograph is modern but with a slight vintage vibe too, thanks to those oversized numerals. The in-house movement tracks the day and date while luminous hands allow you to check the time in the middle of the night or at high altitudes if the occasion arises.SEE PRICEBest for: A feature-packed pilot's watch with old-school panache. Price: $$$$ Case diameter: 41.1 mm Movement: automatic Functions: hand, minute, seconds, seconds sub-dial, day and date windows and 60-second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters

Piaget Polo S Automatic Chronograph

Piaget Polo watches are some of the sportiest timepieces in the brand's watch catalog and this particular model, the Polo S, is ideal for those looking for something fresh, full of energy, but also refined.

This timepiece certainly looks like it's straight out of the polo field with its sleek gray dial (with guilloché pattern) and chunky 42mm stainless steel case. It features a 1160P automatic movement, visible through the transparent back and with an impressive 50 hour power reserve. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal provides long-lasting durability.

Piaget's Polo S features hour, minute, and second hands, date window, chronograph, and balance stop. The steel bracelet has an integrated folding clasp for ease and comfort while Super-LumiNova coated hands allow you to check the time even in low light levels. The vibe is wonderfully laid-back but unmistakably upscale.

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Best for: Casual, equestrian-inspired elegance. Price: $$$$ Case diameter: 42mm Movement: automatic Functions: hour, minute, second, date window, chronograph and scale stop

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer

Inevitably, any list of the best new luxury watches will feature Rolex more than once. And our second pick from the famous brand is this next-generation Oyster Perpetual Explorer.

This iconic timepiece is distinguished first by its two-tone design , known as Rolesor and now a recognizable Rolex trademark. The combination of Oystersteel and yellow gold combines functionality and durability with pure luxury, making it one of the most sought after watches.

To match this sumptuous color scheme, you have a distinctive black dial where the numerals 3, 6 and 9 are luminescent, emitting a long-lasting blue glow for optimal readability.

The Oyster features a sturdy yet comfortable bracelet with a folding clasp known as an Oysterlock, designed to prevent accidental opening . Finally, the self-winding movement offers ultimate precision and efficiency as well as resistance to shocks and magnetic fields.

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Best for: An eye-catching two-tone timepiece with a tangible spirit of adventure. Price: $$$ Case diameter: 36 mm Movement: automatic Functions: hour, minute, second and stop-second

Montblanc 1958 Geosphere Limited Edition

Inspired by a mammoth trek through the Gobi Desert by famed mountaineer Reinhold Messner, this Montblanc 1958 Geosphere is 100% the watch for any trailblazer or daredevil.

With its sand-colored dial, gunmetal case, and light and dark brown accents, this watch is definitely unconventional, evoking thoughts of distant dunes and a blazing sun above . The leather strap feels alluring old fashioned while on the back there is an illustration of the famous Flaming Cliffs of the desert. Too much? Definitely not.

And it's not just the aesthetics of this Montblanc 1858 Geosphere that makes you feel adventurous. The functions of this campaign watch are perfect for travelers, with two hemispheres on the dial , indicating the time anywhere in the world as well as red dots to mark the peaks of the Seven Summits Challenge. There is also a second time zone from 12 p.m. to nine o'clock. Plus, the bi-directional rotating bezel doubles as a compass if needed.

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Best for: Intrepid travelers tempted by the idea of ​​a desert-inspired timepiece. Price: $$$ Case diameter: 42mm Movement: automatic Functions: hour, minute, date window, two time zones, day/night indicator and 24-hour scale

Panerai Radiomir Mediterraneo

An Italian brand with a history of making dive watches for the navy, it's no surprise that Panerai drew inspiration for this particular watch from the Mediterranean Sea evident in the rich blue sunburst dial with matching blue alligator strap. Because black may be timeless, but blue is something very special.

Made in Switzerland, the timepiece features a polished titanium case—non-toxic, corrosion-resistant, and lightweight—and is powered by an in-house P.4000 caliber automatic mechanical movement. A 3-day power reserve should suffice for all go-getters while the tough sapphire crystal caseback (also featuring unique wave patterns) means you can watch the movement at work.

Luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers offer pristine readability , even in the depths of night (or ocean), while the Radiomir Meditarraneo's 45mm size feels suitably masculine and pragmatic. SEE PRICE

Best for: A mega-luxe design with a hint of the magnetism and mystery of the ocean. Price: $$$$ Case Diameter: 44mm Movement: Automatic Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds sub-dial

Frequently asked questions about new luxury watchesWhat is the best luxury watch for the money?

The best luxury watch for the money is the Arceau Automatic from Hermès, an exquisitely elegant dress watch. If you prefer something more rugged, Montblanc's limited edition Geosphere 'Desert' is also quite affordable by luxury watch standards.

What are the top 10 luxury watch brands?

The top ten luxury watch brands are Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Hermès, H. Moser & Cie, IWC Schaffhausen, Piaget, Montblanc and Panerai. For more inspiration, check out our guide to the best new luxury watches of 2021-2022

What is the best entry-level luxury watch?

The best entry-level luxury watch is the Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570. Recently updated, it features everything special about the original Explorer II with some subtle improvements. It's also surprisingly affordable for a Rolex.

Which luxury watches are valuable?

Many luxury watches retain their value. If you want to be sure you're making a good investment, we recommend buying a Rolex, Patek Philippe or Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, all of which are some of the hottest new watches today.