Klay Thompson wears one of the best new watches of 2022

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In the 1970s, everything changed in the watch industry. The introduction of cheaper and more accurate quartz watches prompted the company to look for ways to get customers to pay luxury prices. It was in this crucible that the luxury sports watch was born, which would eventually become the dominant trend in the watch market. Audemars Piguet rolled out its Royal Oak, followed soon after by Patek Philippe and the Nautilus. However, Vacheron Constantin’s 222 model, introduced in 1978 for the brand’s 222nd anniversary, was lost in the shuffle. VC only produced the watch for eight years and only made a few thousand during that time. Naturally, over time, the rarity of the watch made it even more desirable at auction and on the second-hand market.

This year, Vacheron has brought back the 222, as luxury sports watches continue to explode in popularity. The piece was one of my favorite new releases to come out of Watches & Wonders this year. And when it comes to luxury sports models, the 222 gold on gold on gold leans sublimely on the luxury side of things. New versions have been rolling out to wristbands since April – more on that soon – but I didn’t expect four-time NBA champion Klay Thompson, not exactly a watch enthusiast, to rock the new hotness . Hopefully Thompson won’t be the last so 222 can stay this time around.

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Chris Hemsworth’s Rolex Day-Date

Speaking of one of the best releases of 2022, let’s move on to Hemsworth’s platinum Day-Date. One of my fondest memories of W&W was trying out this new Day-Date from Rolex – the piece is so heavy and substantial it looks like a million dollars. It’s quite beautiful too; the pretty ice blue dial plays well on the platinum.

Hemsworth wears an even more puffy version of the Day-Date in platinum with a diamond-set bezel. And I thought the standard version was classy.

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Jay-Z’s Patek Philippe Nautilus

Apparently, Jay-Z decided this was the watch he wore to championship games. In February, Hov wore exactly that Nautilus to the Super Bowl and now he’s wearing it on the court in the NBA Finals. This particular model, first released in 1981, is a slimmed down version of the original Nautilus that Patek released when it realized collectors were worried about the giant proportions of the watch. Until then, the Nautilus was exclusively made of stainless steel, but Patek began incorporating precious metals like gold in the 1980s. Four decades later, Patek Philippe doesn’t have to worry about attracting new customers. towards his Nautilus, but Jay’s represents a turning point in the history of the watch. The NBA is where the amazing happens – and I’m not just talking about the game on hardwood.

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Max Verstappen’s personalized Tag Heuer Monaco

The base model of Verstappen’s Monaco is already a killer. The blacked-out version of the iconic quadratic piece is coated in DLC, features rose gold hands and indexes, and is dubbed the Dark Lord. Tight. Tag Heuer upgraded Verstappen’s watch by adding a big “1” on the dial at 6 o’clock. The ‘1’ is Verstappen’s race number, but it also coincidentally replaces the place he finished at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last weekend.

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Khloé Kardashian’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

The Kardashian family has a surprisingly large collection of watches. Matriarch Kris Jenner has a deep bank of Rolex watches, ranging from the Daytona to the Day-Date, and she’s rocked a Cartier Crash on the red carpet. Kim paid a handsome sum to own the Cartier Tank that belonged to Jackie Kennedy (it is unclear whether or not she also damaged this piece of fashion history). The Kardashians also reportedly spent $300,000 to ensure the crew working on their TV show was equipped with Rolex watches. This week, Khloe let it be known that she was no slouch when it came to bracelets either. She wore the collectors favorite Rolex Daytona in gold on gold.

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