An introduction to my 2023 Watches and Wonders visit.

Apr 10, 2023,15:26 PM

Let me start with a disclaimer. I could only attend the Watch Event for 28 hours, so I didn't have the time I used to have before. 

Still, I could visit most of the booths, so I decided to make a selection of what I found interesting. This is just my personal selection, here, and not an exhaustive review of all the watches introduced this year. 

First of all, the brands which let me cold, this year: 

- Panerai: Nothing for me.

- Vacheron: Idem. 

- Tag Heuer: They introduced the Cerrera 60th Anniversary has been introduced before W and W. Nothing else interested me. 

- Cartier: Not this year. 

- Zenith: Niente, nothing, rien, nada... 

- Patek; The 5316P with its dark transparent dial is something, but at 900, 000 Euros, well... 

- Rolex: The Yacht Master Titanium.  Great idea to choose titanium for this watch, but now it is even closer to the Submariner and looses its Yacht Master personality, in my opinion. 

- Parmigiani: Nothing for me, this year, unless I missed  something. 

- Lange & Sohne: I love this brand, but the Odysseus Chronograph... Well, I prefer to wait for my lawyer and stay silent. 

Now the watches I reviewed and will review: 

1/ Jaeger Lecoultre : A Reverso year, so far, with more evolutions than revolutions.

- The Tribute Duoface Tourbillon: 

The Review:

- The Hybris Artistica Cal 179: An artistic version of an extraordinary watch.

The Review:

Now the reviews I will post: 

- The Reverso Tribute Small Seconds. Some are quite interesting ( steel white and rose gold black dial )

- The Reverso Tribute Chronograph: An Homage to the Reverso Chronograph in rose gold from 1996 and to the Reverso Gran Sport from the very early 2000's. 

2/ Ulysse Nardin: The Freak One. A real Freak, but not my favorite, though: 

The review:

3/ Chopard. Three reviews I will post: 

The Alpine Eagle 41 XPS, one of the true stars of this show.  One of my very favorites. 

The LUC 1860 Lucent Steel, another marvel. 

And the LUC 1963 Heritage Chronograph: 

4/ Ferdinand Berthoud: I will post a review on some of their watches, including the FB3 SPC: 

5/ Montblanc. Two  Minerva marvels, with the: 

- Unveiled Secret aged steel, an evolution from last year offer: 

- the unveiled Timekeeper in lime gold and in steel, which is an interesting and original novelty: 

6/ Angelus with one iteration, the Chronodate,

And a very interesting Chronographe Médical, in collaboration with Massena Lab.:

7/ Arnold and Son. A brand I always wanted to know more about and which I like for a long time. 

- The Double Tourbillon in white gold with malachite or aventurine dial: 

- And the Ultrathin Tourbillon, in rose gold: 

8/ Tudor Black Bay GMT Opaline. A new dial for a now famous model. 

So, a total of 16 reviews. 3 already posted, 13 to come. wink 

Not the greatest year, Watches and Wonders this year, in my opinion. 

Stay tuned! 



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looking forward to this...expensive but mechanically fascinating IMHO

 By: mahesh : April 10th, 2023-16:12
esp. the fuse-chain remontoir mechanism is extremely well made.

True, true... ;)

 By: amanico : April 10th, 2023-16:13

That FB is amazing….

 By: doubleup : April 11th, 2023-00:05

I think Rolex and Cartier were the winners of this year

 By: andrea~ : April 10th, 2023-15:42
I am also happy with what Ressence did and with that beautiful LUC.

that's for sure hahaha

 By: andrea~ : April 10th, 2023-15:46


 By: amanico : April 10th, 2023-15:46


 By: amanico : April 10th, 2023-16:44

You are maybe right...

 By: amanico : April 10th, 2023-15:57

Thank you Nico, excellent summary

 By: Aquaracer1 : April 10th, 2023-16:12
The 2 Chopard time-only are the stars of the show for me. Not much else excited me from this years show. The Black Bay 54 did catch my attention. Not to buy, because BB58 is the perfect size for me. But because they are experimenting with smaller when mos... 

Many thanks for your W&W summary.

 By: vitalsigns : April 10th, 2023-16:13
I agree that there was not much of interest. Surprising, in fact, as I usually discover some excellent new releases. But not this year. The only real standout for me is the JLC Reverso Chrono with the cool blue dial. A very nice piece, and I'm happy to se... 

Maybe both! Cheers

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : April 10th, 2023-18:24

Haha... Good answer!

 By: amanico : April 10th, 2023-20:17

Bravo Nico

 By: Mr.Gatsby : April 10th, 2023-17:23
I love your personal take on W&W. Chopard definitely has put on a great show this year as did JLC. The prices however are ridiculous. For me Tudor always interests me. BB54 for my personal favorite. I like your choice, I only wish it were smaller Best Gat... 


 By: amanico : April 10th, 2023-17:56

fully agreed, rather mediocre presentations

 By: penfriend : April 10th, 2023-17:46
nothing that flashed me except the RH automotive pieces from PP the unveiled timekeeper has got a much too bulky case!

Smashing post as always Nicolas!

 By: KCLQMULKU : April 10th, 2023-18:32
I am very much looking forward to your review on the Reverso chrono. I think it is great, but I just cannot justify the price (though remains just about affordable, the price just does not sit quite well with me - maybe because of its size; not sure). Cho... 

I cannot wait! 👍

 By: KCLQMULKU : April 11th, 2023-21:34

Duly noted.

 By: amanico : April 10th, 2023-20:18

My thoughts exactly

 By: Blourenco : April 11th, 2023-21:35
LUC 1963 Heritage a very classy understated achievement

Agree with you about the lack of true new and amazing releases

 By: Watchonthewrists : April 10th, 2023-19:08
A bit tamed imho. Although i am not the biggest fan of the brand i do like that titanium YM 👌🏻.

Pleasure, M4. ;)

 By: amanico : April 10th, 2023-20:19

Great shots as usual...

 By: bruckner4 : April 10th, 2023-21:59
looking forward to all the details!

Interesting Nicolas, looking forward to some of these reviews.

 By: Jay (Eire) : April 11th, 2023-02:10
You hit on a few that caught my eye too, although I don’t think I’ve seen everything. The Reverso Chrono definitely caught my eye, I just wish the no chrono dial was a little more interesting to me. Also, unsure about how it would be on my smaller wrist s... 

And I should add, I do like that the original “F U watch” got a 21st century makeover.

 By: Jay (Eire) : April 11th, 2023-02:16
The Emoji Day Date to me is a fantastic expression of what a modern day “F U watch” should be. Unashamedly gold and in your face, and unapologetically making no sense at all. What day is it? What’s todays date? Who cares. It’s perfect. It would only be mo... 

Maybe in person the whole package make sense.

 By: Jay (Eire) : April 12th, 2023-12:52
I see a lot of comments about the pricing of the chrono. I guess it remains to be seen what the market thinks once they become available. But the Reverso Chrono and the new 8 Day Octo Finisimo Skeleton in Titanium (with bracelet) are the two watches that ... 

Thanks and looking forward for your reviews :)

 By: bsandovalb : April 11th, 2023-03:44
The Chopard Luc 1860 looks incredible... was a favorite.. what do you think of Laurent Ferrier?... love the brand, but did not pay that attention to their new offerings.. a couple of different dial colors and the grand sport tourbillon?... cheers !

I don't understand why you don't like JLC and especially the reverso line....

 By: MilDiver : April 11th, 2023-06:26
If I could only ask for 1 wish in the horological world, is to let JLC be independent again... Great report my friend, Waiting for the reviews...

Thanks for all your work, Nicolas!

 By: MichaelC : April 12th, 2023-03:25
You are a real leader of our Community!

Thanks for sharing your views Nico!

 By: singingbee : April 12th, 2023-04:57
Especially looking forward to your reviews on the two Chopard, the two Reversos and the FB! They are the highlights of W&W for me.

I am in complete agreement with you my friend!

 By: singingbee : April 12th, 2023-16:06
Chopard really kills it this year!


 By: amanico : April 12th, 2023-21:20

In agreement about Chopard.

 By: patrick_y : April 12th, 2023-05:23
Chopard is the winner this year. Congrats to Chopard.

Great post, Nico.

 By: VintageAlex (aka KontikiAle) : April 13th, 2023-17:28
But I’ve to tell that I disagree just in one thing: The Alpine Eagle 41 XPS is not that much, its design is nothing new. It seems that chopard’s design headquarters were too busy and they just rebuild an old idea based on a successful vintage design. Tota...