With 2020 upon us, there’s a lot of ‘new year, new you,’ sentiments going on. But you know what sounds like way more fun? New year, new watch. So to usher in the new decade and the roaring twenties, I think you deserve to browse through some great luxury watches and treat yourself to a new, awesome timepiece.
Now, this isn’t a time to be safe. This is the year to be trendy, bold, and have some fun. Which is really what watch collecting is about. To help you out, We’re going to highlight the luxury watches that are going to be trending and worth your while in 2020. Don’t wait, read on!
If we were to point out one overarching ‘problem’ facing Rolex (if you can even call it that) it’s that their stainless steel watches are in such demand, that they just can’t keep them in stock. Frankly, they probably don’t want to either, as the demand just drives sales and exclusivity. But with this in mind, I’d say the most popular Rolex for 2020 is going to be a stainless watch, particularly the Batman GMT-Master II. I know it was released at Baselworld 2019 with a ton of fanfare already, but there are two elements that make this one of the most desirable luxury watches in the world.
Firstly, the fact that the famous bi-color bezel is crafted from ceramic (Cerachrom) is huge. It’s going to last far longer than the aluminum versions, meaning it’ll age better and most likely with less damage since the material is inherently more durable. Creating dual-colored ceramic bezels is also incredibly difficult, meaning this was a big technological feat for Rolex and something that’s going to go down in the history books, which will help keep the value for this watch solid as it ages. Secondly, despite being the second version of the ‘Batman’ GMT, the ref. 126710BLNR has that awesome Jubilee bracelet that totally elevates its look. Despite being made from Rolex’s durable 904L Oystersteel, this watch looks like a million bucks, and that’s thanks in larger part to those five-piece links.
This year Omega is serving as the official timekeeper of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. To commemorate it, they’re releasing limited edition pieces to mark the occasion, meaning that these are going to be amongst the ‘it’ Omega watches to own this year. So far, they’ve already let word slip about the limited edition Aqua Terra and the Seamaster Planet Ocean. But, I think the Olympic Games Seamaster Planet Ocean is particularly special. It has an all-white dial and bezel with a stainless steel case that is contrasted by a single dot of red on the second hand which is a beautiful nod to the Japanese flag.
The new Black Bay S&G (aka steel and gold) collection definitely had a moment in 2019. So much so, that no one’s really going to let it go in 2020, either. But when it comes to the new year, we think the Black Bay Chrono S&G is going to shine particularly bright. This watch has already been doing the most since it was introduced in 2017, boasting not only 200m water resistance but also an impressive chronograph function. Now, outfitting it in this beautiful, elevated new steel and gold finish only makes it more coveted.
New in 2020, the green Superocean Automatic 44 Outerknown was made in collaboration with surf legend Kelly Slater’s surfwear brand. There are two things about this watch that I think will make a splash this year, the first being its handsome, effortlessly stylish looks. The matte green dial and matching bezel are bold without being flashy, and they are somewhat reminiscent of that khaki Patek Philippe Aquanaut that ranks among the virtually unattainable luxury watches out there. The second is the nod to sustainability with the ECONYL® Nato strap that’s made of repurposed nylon waste pulled out from the oceans.
With 300m of water resistance, a precision chronograph offering flyback functionality, and a price tag north of $20k, the Submersible Chrono Guillaume Nery Edition may seem over the top. However, it’s 2020 and you deserve it. Plus, this sharp titanium case with a matching ‘shark’ grey face accented with blue accents on the bezel, hands, and strap is incredibly striking. Plus, we love the association with Nery and the efforts Panerai is doing in creating experiences around certain luxury watches and collaborations. Jean-Marc Pontroué, Panerai’s CEO, even says in 2020 they’re upping their experiences from three to eight – so why not treat yourself to a watch and an epic vacation while you’re at it.