What is it that creates a trend in watch types? It depends on the social circle that you run in and what the new “in” thing is. Some groups just use their smart phones to tell the time, and they’re not particularly concerned about wearing an accessory such as a watch, but then you have the rest of the world and the reasons they love watches. There are a couple of reasons why people wear wrist watches and these are for practicality/functionality and for fashion. The fashion watches are extensions of their personal sense of style but they also serve the practical functions of telling time for the more basic and the more complicated versions along with smart watches also provide other information. Here are the top 10 watch types that are currently trending for 2019.
1. Retro watches
There is a high demand for retro styled watches that give a nod to the history of a particular brand. We’re seeing a resurgence of watches from past eras, which were best sellers and highly coveted at the time of their release. New generations of watch lines which proudly display the DNA of the family, yet offer modern updates are currently very popular as we’ve seen in Breitling’s renewal of the 1959 “Navitimer” as well as TAG Heuer’s reinvention of the Autavia from the 1960s era in a new line of wrist watches. Patek Philippe’s Calatrava gives a nod to the 1955 era, and Tudor has done the same with their recreation of the “PO1 Commando which was a diver watch from 1968.
2. Automotive related watches
Another trend in watch styles is in watches that are in some way tied to the automotive industry. for example, Tissot’s Heritage 1948 features rivet heads for the hour markers iwth flare lugs, giving a nod to the race car industry, while TAG Heuer’s Autavia 02 has the engravings of tachometer functions in its bezel. Then there is the Hublot-Ferrari All Black Automatic Chronograph which was issued as a limited edition and features mechanical gears on the dial. Rolex offers their Daytona Platinum with an tachometer markings and omega Speedmaster’s Racing series of watches are also big sellers among race car enthusiasts. Rounding out our list of the automotive watches now trending are the Bremont Jaguar Automatic, the Traser P68 Pathfinder, the Sisu Carburetor Q4 and the Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1.
3. Smart watches
There’s also a large market for smart watches. These devices not only tell time, but they also allow the wearer to send and receive texts and to stay connected with the world from a small wrist accessory. The most popular smart watches for 2019 are the Samsung Gear S3 Classic using Bluetooth for delivery of notifications from your phone to the watch for texting, alerts, and hands free calling. The Huawei watch offers similar functions and the Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness watch is a fitness tracker among other things.
4. Diver watches
Divers watches are also a popular and trending style. To meet the criteria for a diver, the watch must be waterproof at least to 200 meters an hold up under the differences in pressure when underwater. Most of them are treated with Luminova so you can read them in dark and murky waters. Some of the more popular divers watches are the Longines line of Heritage Divers, the Omega’s Seamaster Diver which is water resistant up to 300 meters, the Oris Aquis Clean Ocean, and the Panerai Submersible BMG-TECH 47mm.
5. Complicated watches
Another trend in the watch market is the return in interest for watches with a lot of complications. Watch enthusiasts are in love with the more complex movements and high functioning time pieces. SIHH is displaying a much longed for new collection of watches featuring high complications including the new Hermes Arceau ‘Heure de la Lune, the Armin Strom Dual Time Resonance Sapphire, Vacheron Constantin’s Traditionnelle Twin beat long with their Les Cabinotiers Sky Chart Minute Repeater Tourbillon. Ressence is also releasing their hybrid mechanical/electronic watch iwth a proprietary e-crown, the Type 2, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel, Bovet’s Virtuoso IX, Al Lange & Sohne Lange 1 25th Anniversary and the Cartier Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time.
6. Fashion/designer watches
The trend in fashion an designer watches has remained consistent over the past decade. The market for this type of watch has not slowed down at all. Some of the more popular designer watches with a high demand include Gucci, Chanel, Coach, Versachi, Burberry, Christian Dior, Givenchy, DKNY, Boss, Deisel, Calving Klein, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Fendi and several others.
7. Luxury watches
Luxury watches never seem to go out of style. There has been a high market for them in the past and it continues to be a strong niche in the industry today. People love their luxury watches, particularly those which come from the more well known and established brands including Breitling, Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Hublot, MECA, Panerai, TAG Heuer and others.
8. Collectible and vintage watches
According to Matthias de Pauw, the market for vintage watches is very strong for 2019, indicating a growing trend in desirability. The high demand drives the price of the most coveted higher. We’ve seen price hikes in the GMT and Sub lines of the Rolex brand, particularly for the GMT Master 1675, as well as for Omega’s 60th Anniversary Speedmaster, their 1957 trilogy editions, as well as the TAG Heuer’s Autavia, Carrera and Camaro models. The Breitling Navitimers from the 1960s join the group going up in price as well as the Geneve Tri-Compax and the vintage Grand Seiko.
9. Watches with unique materials
Another watch trend for 2019 is the acquisition of watches made of unique materials. For example, Hublot has introduced the use of handwoven linen fibers in the place of carbon fiber in their watches for use in the dial and the case. Silicon layers make up the case material of Richard Mille’s Nadal collection. The Tesla Skeleton Tourbillon features a steel case, crafted with a lightning bolt to give each example a one of a kind finish and the Arachnophobia has a genuine wolf spider in the dial.
10. Wood watches
Although a bit off the beaten path, there is a developing market for watches that are made of wood. These popular new watches are made from genuine bamboo an some models are dyed with various natural looking hues, with some combined with other materials including leather bands and bands of bamboo with wooden links in the bracelet.