New Releases from Watches and Wonders
Since Baselworld did not take place this year, many of the watch industry’s top brands joined Watches & Wonders as a means of debuting their new products. As usual, Rolex’s new products tend to get most of the attention on the first day of the event, but a number of other brands also unveiled some truly noteworthy luxury watches that will join their respective lineups in 2021.
More than thirty of the world’s top luxury brands have unveiled their new models on the Watches and Wonders Geneva digital platform, and while the Geneva event is entirely digital, there will be a limited live event in Shanghai from April 14-18 where people can experience the new fake watches in person and see them in their metallic glory.
In the weeks leading up to Watches & Wonders, Patek Philippe announced that it would be discontinuing the extremely popular stainless steel Nautilus 5711. Prior to its discontinuation, the model was easily one of the most popular replica watches in the world, with a reportedly decade-long waiting list for retailers.
Although the Patek Philippe Nautilus stainless steel model 5711 has been discontinued, Patek Philippe will continue to produce it. 5711 has been discontinued, but the brand is bringing back its fan-favorite with a striking olive green dial, which can only be described as a lap of its success. Patek Philippe is offering new green dial references to the 5711 as standard or with diamond-set bezels, and there are rumors that these models will only be in production for about a year. Given that there has been a 10-year waiting list for the recently discontinued blue dial models, we can assume that almost all of these new green dial Nautilus watches have been claimed.
Panerai also debuted some new Luminor models at this year’s watch show. Panerai has an extremely consistent design language, and almost all of the brand’s watches fall under the Luminor or Radiomir collections. However, when it comes to materials, Panerai is a major innovator and, in addition to the usual choices such as stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic, the brand produces a number of options that are entirely proprietary to its replica watches.
There is also a new Panerai Bronzo with a blue dial that has the bold aesthetic of the Bronzo, but with a smaller case diameter of 42 mm. A favorite, the Panerai Bronzo was one of the first big-name luxury watches to feature a solid bronze case – a trend that has become an industry-wide trend.