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We’re at it now, folks: the dog days of summer and 2022 are sweltering in watch releases. And we have some real hot drops. July saw more Moonwatch news, the re-release of the Tudor’s Ranger, the much-anticipated IWC Pilot’s Watch and an all-steel version of G-Shock’s uber popular 2100 series “CasiOak”. From funky chronographs from Shinola and Bulova to a gorgeous Zenith x Hodinky collab with a salmon dial, there’s more you won’t want to miss. Seriously, there were a lot of cool watches this month.
- 1 Shinola Mackinac
- 2 Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Compression Automatic
- 3 Vallelunga Automatic Circuit
- 4 Kurono 34 mm
- 5 De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Aerolite
- 6 Yema Superman FAF Search & Rescue
- 7 Casio G-Shock x HUF GA2100
- 8 Benrus type II
- 9 Frédéric Constant Runabout Automatic
- 10 Reservoir Sonomaster Chronograph
- 11 Bulova Archive Series “Parking Meter”
- 12 A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Platinum
- 13 Formex Reef GMT
- 14 Montblanc Summit 3 Smartwatch
- 15 Luminox Navy SEAL Foundation 3250
- 16 Grand Seiko SLGH017 “Night Birch”
- 17 Bell & Ross BR 05 Artline
- 18 Greubel Forsay Tourbillon 24 Seconds Architecture
- 19 Awakening x is a NASA mission to Earth
- 20 Zenith Chronomaster Original LE for Hodinky
- 21 Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope
- 22 Parmigiani x Revolution & The Rake Tonda PF Micro-Rotor “Serenissima”
- 23 Irene Sous Marine Re-Edition
- 24 Related
A new, square, bright yellow automatic chronograph from Shinola? We didn’t see this one coming. Its silhouette is reminiscent of the TAG Heuer Monaco, while its color and design set it apart immediately.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Compression Automatic
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf is a classic, and it comes in more colorful iterations than Baskin Robin ice cream. The latest is notable because — well, because we love it. The compression model is a nice 40mm and these blue and white colors are very fresh.
Vallelunga Automatic Circuit
If you’ve followed New York-based, automotive-themed watch brand Autodromo since its inception in 2011, you may recognize Vallelunga’s design. But it’s completely different in its newly reintroduced form: instead of 42mm and quartz, it’s now 40mm and automatic, powered by the Miyota 8315, and available in three colors.
Kurono 34 mm
Kurono is an affordable sub-brand of Japanese high-end independent watchmaker Hajime Asoka. It has a cult following and offers strong value but the catch is that small batches sell out quickly. This is true of the latest creation, the smallest Kurono watch yet at 34mm.
price: $1,080 (Sold Out)
De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius Aerolite
The new version of high-end, independent, sci-fi-inspired brand de Bethune’s DB25 watch features a meteorite dial rendered in the brand’s signature shade. Only five examples are made per year.
price: On request
Yema Superman FAF Search & Rescue
We’re on record as fans of the Yema Superman Dive Watch, but this might still be one of our favorite variants. A reissue of Yema, the first watch made for the aviation rescue swimmers of the French Air Force in the 1970s, a subtle redesign of the applied indices and that matte navy blue dial make all the difference.
Casio G-Shock x HUF GA2100
Teaming up with skateboard brand HUF, G-Shock has announced a new limited-edition version of its cult-favorite “CasiOak” watch. With a white case, cream-colored dial, acid-green chapter ring, and orange and black highlights, it’s got a lot going on.
Benrus type II
One of the coolest military dive watches has been reissued. Benrus’ Type 2 has a different dial design but has the same features as its Type 1, including a historically accurate recreation.
Frédéric Constant Runabout Automatic
The Frédéric Constant Runabout is a versatile and relatively sporty (for an otherwise classically oriented brand) everyday watch, and the brand has just launched a few new variants.
Reservoir Sonomaster Chronograph
Inspired by the world of hi-fi, the signature feature of the new Sonomaster watch reservoir: retrograde displays. This is the first time the brand has applied the concept to a chronograph, resulting in a watch that is both visually and functionally extraordinary.
Bulova Archive Series “Parking Meter”
Seventies “bullhead” chronographs (like this one) are funky to begin with. Bulova now revives one of the funkiest with a quartz chronograph movement and dial design, nicknamed the “parking meter” shape.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Platinum
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph watch has a new variant with a silver dial and platinum case featuring the exotic Rattrapante.
price: On request
Formex Reef GMT
Formex’s no-nonsense dive watch now comes with everyone’s favorite complication: GMT. This is a serious tool watch and very beautiful.
Montblanc Summit 3 Smartwatch
It might not look like a smartwatch, but it’s the same thing (the dial digital screen you see here). Montblanc’s new-generation smartwatch comes in a lightweight titanium case, runs the latest version of Google WearOS, and features new personalization options and watch face options.
The newest member of Luminox’s Navy SEAL Foundation collection is the 3250. It features a 45mm black-coated steel case, carbon bezel, Swiss quartz movement, tritium illumination and a cool sandy-tan-and-black colorway.
Grand Seiko SLGH017 “Night Birch”
Some of our recent favorites are the “Birch” series of Grand Seiko watches. With a Hi-Beat automatic movement, this model features a dark dial but with the same interesting shape that gives the watches their name.
Bell & Ross BR 05 Artline
Also, Bell & Ross took the urban-chic, integrated-bracelet watch as suddenly art-deco. This might be its best look yet. This is a boutique-only edition of just 250 examples.
price: On request
Greubel Forsay Tourbillon 24 Seconds Architecture
Greubel Forsey is known as the near pinnacle of creative, technical watchmaking and no-compromise hand finishing – and their watches are priced to reflect that. The latest creation features a new movement for the brand that features case-side windows and a completely new case design so you can view the movement from more angles.
Awakening x is a NASA mission to Earth
Awakening is a French brand with a penchant for some interesting concept watches and NASA collaborations. The latest features a titanium case and a Miyota 9015 automatic movement – and a sapphire crystal linked to blockchain tech so you can point your phone at it and get all kinds of information on the watch – a first among watches, the company says.
Zenith Chronomaster Original LE for Hodinky
The Zenith Chronomaster original seems to do no wrong: almost every version is an absolute winner, as well as the latest Hodinky collaboration. It’s based on the vintage reference A386 with a “salmon” dial beautifully paired with gray tones, but only 150 were made.
price: $9,500 (sold out)
Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope
We were fans of the Oris Big Crown collection to begin with, and we love the more recent versions with simpler, dressier styles and in-house movements. For both new versions, Oris has partnered with the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated humanitarian organization Wings of Hope. The steel version seen here is 40mm wide while the gold model is 38mm, and both use the Oris 401 automatic movement.
Parmigiani x Revolution & The Rake Tonda PF Micro-Rotor “Serenissima”
It’s another limited-edition model with a “salmon” dial created in partnership with the watch enthusiast publication-slash-retailer — and you know what? We totally suck for that. The Parmigiani Tonda PF wears exceptionally well and we’re not surprised that all 25 examples have already sold out.
price: $22,350 (Sold Out)
Irene Sous Marine Re-Edition
The resurrected brand delighted us with the re-release of the Irene Type 20 Pilot’s Chronograph, and it’s now following up with one of its historic dive watches. The model is currently in development and the brand is asking fans to vote on which designs will make it to the final product. Check out the project and vote.
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