After paying for the coronavirus restrictions on last year's physical watch and miracle fair, the Geneva-based organizers created a combination of online and offline shows this year. The events take place over two days on two continents.
The digital edition of W & W Geneva starts today and runs until April 13, while W & W Shanghai will be open to trade and the public "in person" from April 14.
Here are some of the most interesting product launches from some of the top exhibition brands.
Check back during the week as more models are announced.
1. Louis Vuitton Tambour Carpe Diem
Louis Vuitton has developed a Carpe Diem watch with a complex automatic movement with jumping hours, falling minutes and a power reserve. The highlight, however, is the on-demand time display, which is activated using the reptile-shaped pressure piece on the right-hand side of the case. This causes the snake's head to rise, indicating the hour opening, while the oscillating tail is moved up and down to mark the minutes. At the same time, flowers appear in the eye socket and the jaw lets out a mocking laugh and the words "Carpe Diem". The gruesome spectacle lasts 16 seconds before everything becomes "normal" again. c. £ 400,000
2. Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921
Vacheron Constantin revived the American in 1921 as early as 2009 – and has now introduced three new versions for his 100th birthday: a 100-piece platinum edition and two white gold models in sizes 36.5 mm or 40 mm. The offset dial and corner-mounted crown were supposedly introduced to allow drivers to wear the watches on the back of their wrist, which made it easy to check the time without releasing the steering wheels during times of unpaved roads. From £ 27,000 to £ 45,300.
3. Carl F. Bucherer legacy Bi-Compax
The watch arm of the 133-year-old Lucerne jewelry and watch retailer Bucherer dived into its archive in 2018 to create a heritage collection. All Heritage models aim to combine post-war design elements with contemporary features such as larger case sizes and a sapphire crystal back. The new Bi-Compax chronograph is based on a 1950s model with a diameter of only 34 mm and an exquisite pink champagne dial. This 41mm reboot is what is known as the "reverse panda" arrangement of a black dial with silver chronograph counters, with only 888 examples made. £ 5,500
4. IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun "Mojave Desert"
IWC's partnership with the US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Course – commonly known as the Top Gun – dates back to 2006. The latest watches have sand-colored ceramic cases, dark brown dials, and sand-colored bracelets. There are two models available: a three-hand version with a power reserve of seven days, which is produced in 250 copies per year, and a moon-phase model with high horology and perpetual calendar, of which only 150 are produced annually. £ 13,600 (three-handed) £ 28,600 (perpetual calendar)
5. Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic
Hublot broke new ground in creating a tinted ceramic case when it launched a bright red version of its signature Big Bang model in 2018. Since then it has developed blue, beige and green ceramics – and now the screaming yellow hue on the case and bezel of this new, 250-piece special edition. The 42 mm watch with an in-house movement that is visible through a sapphire back fits perfectly with the Pantone Matching System's choice of illuminating as one of two Pantone colors of the year 2021. It is known as "optimistic yellow". . £ 21,700
6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Quadriptyque
In 2006, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated the 75th anniversary of its signature Reverso with a haute horlogerie version called the Triptyque, which delighted watch fans with three dials powered by the same movement. To mark the 90th anniversary of the famous flip-case watch, which was originally developed for polo players, the brand launched the Quadriptyque, the world's first watch with four working dials. The 11 complications include a perpetual calendar and three displays of lunar information, which the manufacturer says predict events like supermoons and eclipses. € 1.35 million
7. Tudor Black Bay Chrono
Since Tudor watches were available again in Europe in 2014 after a 10-year absence, the Rolex stablemate has brought hit after hit onto the market. This latest Black Bay Chrono will look familiar to anyone who has seen the original model released in 2017, but the case has been subtly redesigned and there are new black dials with contrasting sub-counters that might appeal to fans of vintage versions of the Rolex Cosmograph. In addition to a high-quality chronometer-certified column wheel mechanism, the watch comes with a transferable five-year guarantee. £ 3,660- £ 3,990
8. Cartier tank must have
Cartier's must-have watches date from the 1970s when the brand was going through tough times. The then managing director Alain Dominique Perrin had the idea of producing cheaper versions of the historic tank clock – previously only available in precious metal – with gold-plated cases and unusually colored dials. The watches developed a cult following, and Cartier has now repeated the idea with five new masterpieces that include mechanical and quartz versions, as well as a model with Solarbeat photovoltaics and a solar-powered movement. From £ 2,270
9. Tag Heuer Aquaracer Limited Edition
The sports watch king Tag Heuer recalls 1978 with its Aquaracer Professional 300m Tribute to Ref. 844, a homage to Heuer's diving watch, which was a bestseller in its time. The tribute is based on several ancestors, such as the red 24-hour scale, the perforated rubber strap and the flat black dial. The vintage feel is enhanced by polished hands and indexes – but a waterproof 300-meter case made from lightweight, corrosion-resistant titanium that contains Tag Heuer's Caliber 5 automatic movement brings the watch up to date. Seven more, not Limited references of the new Aquaracer are also available – four at 43mm and three at 36mm. £ 3,600 (tribute) others from £ 2,350.
10. A perpetual calendar by Lange and Sohne Lange 1
German company A Lange and Sohne usually reveals something spectacular at Watches and Wonders – and the fact that this year's event has to be virtual didn't stop the Glashutte-based manufacturer from pulling out all the stops. Despite a practical diameter of 41.9 mm, this watch contains a beautifully decorated, 621-part perpetual calendar movement that automatically takes short months and leap years into account. The months are indicated by a circumferential ring that was specially developed for the signature of Lange 1. asymmetrical dial layout. The regular version will have a rose gold case and a gray dial, but a white gold / champagne model will be limited to 150 pieces. £ 87,900 / £ 97,600
11. Panerai Submersible LAB-ID Concept watch
Many luxury watch brands are now showing concern for the environment, but Panerai has gone further than most with this concept model. The manufacturer says that 98.6 percent of the watch's weight is made from "recycled" materials. The case, dial, and bridges are carved from aerospace-grade metal, more than 80 percent of which is recovered. The SuperLuminova, with which the dial can glow in the dark, is recycled, as is the silicon used for the escapement and part of the sapphire crystal and gold hands. The watch is not for sale yet.