Unlike the fashion industry where you can expect something new being implemented every season, the watch industry is certainly not as fluid when it comes to change. Sure, there are some changes that are adopted here and there, but for the most part, trends usually just concepts and nothing else.
For example, mechanical watches were not replaced by automatic watches immediately as it took so many years for watchmakers back then to create a power reserve so that people won’t have to manually wind their watches.
In today’s article, I will go over some trends that were mere concepts back then but have certainly been widely adopted in the watchmaking industry.
Collaboration with Car Makers
Although there are racing watches that were developed so many years ago, it was only just recently where carmakers and watchmaking brands have truly collaborated to create something really special.
Take for instance the collaboration between Tag Heuer and Ferrari. They’ve developed a racing watch with a predominantly black exterior with red accents here and there. It certainly is amazing to look at and it is also great from a functional standpoint as well.
Another amazing watch that was borne from a collaborative effort is the Bulgari Octo Finissimo. This watch was created with the help of Fabrizio Buonamassa, a watch designer that is also obsessed with cars.
The Retro Design is Here to Stay
The new watches that you can find on the market come in so many different designs now that it has become way too complicated for a person to choose. The good thing is that retro-looking watches are here to stay and people that want a much simpler timepiece can certainly be happy about this.
Take for instance the Breitling Navitimer. Its original model was created back in 1959 and although the design wasn’t really great from a purely functional standpoint, it still looks pretty nice.
How about the Patek Philippe Calatrava watches? I mean sure, they are expensive, but I think that craftsmanship speaks for itself, no?
Watches with a Purpose
Some people would prefer a much simpler watch that just helps tell the time while also making it quite stylish. But, we now live in a world where watches are deemed things of the past, so watchmaking companies would have to go back to the drawing board to help entice millennials and other non-watch-wearing individuals to go back and buy certain timepieces.
That is why watch companies now think about adding useful watch complications. After all, there is a reason why smartwatches have become quite popular in this day and age and that is simply because of the features that it can provide to the user.
There is one problem with smartwatches, though, and that is that they do not look as refined as a traditional watch. That is why you can expect more watches to look dapper but still provide more meaningful features to the fore.
More Love for Smaller Watches
For the most part during the start of 2010 onward, oversized watches have become mainstream. Even though most of these oversized watches come with good features, there are some that are just specifically designed to look big.
Thankfully, more and more people are giving love to the smaller watches. Expect them to become more mainstream in the years to come.