Watches are very much part of the fashion industry and usually a key fashion accessory to own. It also plays a significant role when it comes to being a staple piece as watches tend to have its own set of trends outside of the fashion scope.

We are eager to see what SIHH holds next year especially with so much going on in 2018. The yearly event is always the first to arrive for the world of watches, which usually sets the tone for what’s to come for the rest of the year.

But how does a trend start, especially when it comes to watches? For the most part, all it takes is just one watchmaker to introduce something different into the market to capture the crowd’s attention. And when it’s done well, it creates a chain of events for many other makers to follow suit.

We’ve seen many trends coming forth in 2018 especially with the revival of vintage timepieces. This is all thanks to brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier, who introduced the revival through its Memovox Polaris and Santos collections respectively. Smaller-sized watches also made a comeback with Italian luxury watchmaker Panerai going for the gold and doing away with its traditionally larger-sized timepieces.

As 2019 circles around the corner, it’ll be an exciting year for the world of watches to see what new trends will be gracing the stage. Here’s what we have to say.

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More mechanical complications

The past few years have not been kind to mechanical timepieces. However, that may slowly dip in its favour as mechanical watches are steadily making a comeback — younger watch enthusiasts are taking a keen liking on complications in the world of horology.

Mechanical watches also provide a level of connection to the wearer that an automatic timepiece just doesn’t have. Familiar names like IWC, Bell & Ross, and Zenith have all been known to feature a heavy mechanical influence into its watches.

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Ultra-slim is in

In due time, ultra-slim watches will be less of a trend and more of an expectation. The days of wearing chunky, overbearing timepieces will soon be long gone in exchange for ultra-slim pieces. This not only greatly reduces the weight of the watch but also the overall bulk on your wrist.

Bulgari is a key contender in this category, currently holding three world records for its Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic. Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe have also introduced ultra-slim luxury timepieces recently; indicating that slim iterations are probably going to stay in the market for a very long time.

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Angular angels

Generally, the shape of a watch is defined in only two ways. Most of the time, it’s either circular or angular. Usually, the more classic designs are circular with many still sticking to it to this day. However, angular watches always tend to snatch the spotlight away due to its shape and size on your wrist.

Speaking of angular watches, there’s no better brand that speaks for angular watches than the Cartier Santos. Originally a pilot’s watch, the Santos is an icon in its own right with a rich history to guide it for many more years to come.

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Vintage continues to reign

Vintage watches will always be part of the list when you talk about the trends of watches. Every year, various watchmakers will introduce a vintage collection dating back years to a new market of consumers. This allows it to capture a new target audience, all the while appealing to the older generation who are familiar with the vintage pieces as well.

Retro timepieces will always have a place in a collector’s heart. It goes hand in hand with nostalgia, which works really well in the world of watches. This also allows the watchmaker to dive deep into its archives to bring back icons from its history back into the limelight.

Jaeger-LeCoultre is one such brand, bringing back its Memovox Polaris, which originally appeared back in 1968 as one of the first watches with an alarm clock. 50 years later and the Memovox Polaris is still a popular figure in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s arsenal to this day.

Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.