Fashion 

These Are the Watch Trends You Need To Know for 2021

Watch expert Cara Barrett also shares recommended models for first-time buyers.

11,449 Hypes

These Are the Watch Trends You Need To Know for 2021

Watch expert Cara Barrett also shares recommended models for first-time buyers.

The 2021 Watches and Wonders fair took place virtually in April, unveiling a number of unexpected collaborations and new models from brands like Cartier, Rolex, Tudor and more. Similar to how fashion is constantly shifting and evolving, watch trends vary every year. If you’re investing in your first luxury watch or looking to update your collection, here, watch expert and former HODINKEE editor Cara Barrett offers professional insight into the major trends to know this year.

Read on for the timepieces and brands to look out for in 2021. While you’re here, read about the rise of engagement watches.

Sustainable Design Features

Sustainability has finally started to hit the watch industry. While buying a luxury watch has generally always been sustainable — it’s rare you would ever throw one away, and buying pre-owned or vintage is part of the buying culture — brands like Cartier and Panerai have launched new watches that both feature sustainable attributes. Cartier launched its first solar-powered watch, the SolarBeat Tank Must, eliminating the need for a battery change. Panerai, on the other hand, launched the Submersible eLAB-ID, which is made entirely of recycled materials. This “trend” will certainly continue to grow as more public pressure is rightfully placed on brands to rethink their carbon footprint.

Color, Color, Color!

I have been noticing this trend slowly growing over the past few years ever since Rolex launched the rose gold Rainbow Daytona back in 2018, but now we are in full color swing. In addition to rainbow-colored dials, bezels and indexes being everywhere from Breitling to Timex to Chanel, colored dials are very hot right now. Rolex launched a series of candy-colored Oyster Perpteuals at the end of 2020, ranging from light pink to dark green, which seems to be the color du jour. Other brands have followed suit like the Oris Divers, Nomos Campus Club and the new Must de Cartier collection.

The Top Brands To Watch in 2021

Cartier, Tudor and Patek Philippe all played well to their audiences by producing watches that people will buy, wear and keep for a long time. An honorable mention, BVLGARI set yet another record with the thinnest, automatic perpetual calendar ever made — the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar — measuring just 5.8mm.

Recommended Models for First-Time Buyers

Cartier Must Tank: A great option and a well-priced one at that. Plus, it’s inspired by the 1970 Must de Cartier.

Tudor Black Bay with silver dial: A fantastic, classic steel sports watch that you just might be able to get your hands on. You can pick your size too, which is a really nice option — I recommend the 36mm.

Classic Seiko and the Prospex 140th Anniversary: These hit all the right notes.

Cara Barrett’s Personal Favorites From Watches and Wonders 2021

My favorite watch from this year so far is the Patek Philippe Ref. 6119. It’s their latest version of the classic Calatrava that Patek first introduced in 1932 with the Ref. 96. The newest edition has a Clous de Paris bezel, which is a throwback to the Ref. 3919 from the 90s. I prefer the white gold with black dial because it looks like stainless steel, but isn’t.

Read Full Article
Text By
Share this article

What to Read Next

"Russian Manicures" Are Taking Over — Here's Everything You Need To Know
Beauty

"Russian Manicures" Are Taking Over — Here's Everything You Need To Know

A breakdown on one of TikTok’s most controversial mani trend.
30,641 Hypes

Everything You Need To Know About the 2024 Met Gala
Fashion

Everything You Need To Know About the 2024 Met Gala

We’ve got you covered.
15,273 Hypes

These Are the Top 5 Piercing Trends for 2024
Beauty

These Are the Top 5 Piercing Trends for 2024

We tapped our friends at Studs Studio to give their expert insight.
5,733 Hypes


Introducing Ottange, the Antwerp-Based Accessories Label You Need to Know
Footwear

Introducing Ottange, the Antwerp-Based Accessories Label You Need to Know

From former womenswear lead at Fiorucci, Evie Reddy.
17,004 Hypes

Mulberry Taps Priya Ahluwalia for a Vibrant Collaboration
Fashion

Mulberry Taps Priya Ahluwalia for a Vibrant Collaboration

The Portobello Tote gets dressed in energetic patterns and bold hues.
1,541 Hypes

No More Phonies: Nike Is Granted Federal Trademark Protection for the Air Jordan 1
Footwear

No More Phonies: Nike Is Granted Federal Trademark Protection for the Air Jordan 1

The move will prohibit unauthorized copies of the Jordan 1 High, Low and Low SE silhouettes.
3,232 Hypes

Beats Introduces the Studio Buds, a Trio of New-Generation Earphones
Culture

Beats Introduces the Studio Buds, a Trio of New-Generation Earphones

Proving that big noise can come from small things.
985 Hypes

AMBUSH Partners With Stanley and Porter for Two New Collaborations
Fashion

AMBUSH Partners With Stanley and Porter for Two New Collaborations

Bringing you sleek bottles and stylish bags.
1,737 Hypes

Blue Origin Sells a Seat on Its First Flight to Space for $28 Million USD
Culture

Blue Origin Sells a Seat on Its First Flight to Space for $28 Million USD

The anonymous buyer will fly with Jeff and Mark Bezos.
968 Hypes

10 Stylish Sandals and Heels for Your Summer Outfits
Footwear 

10 Stylish Sandals and Heels for Your Summer Outfits

From flip flops to heeled slippers, here are our favorites.
1,275 Hypes

Baes With Kicks: Dani Buck AKA wideawakearthquake
Footwear

Baes With Kicks: Dani Buck AKA wideawakearthquake

We talk to the Berlin-based DJ about her sneaker collection, LGBTQ+ advocacy and more.
3,541 Hypes

A Documentary on the Legacy of Larry Clark's 'Kids' Makes Waves at Tribeca Festival
Film & TV

A Documentary on the Legacy of Larry Clark's 'Kids' Makes Waves at Tribeca Festival

‘The Kids’ reassesses the 1995 cult classic, which some cast members are characterizing as exploitative.
9,570 Hypes

Wasabi the Pekingese Is the Hottest Dog in America
Culture

Wasabi the Pekingese Is the Hottest Dog in America

The 3-year-old pup was crowned Best in Show at Westminster.
4,660 Hypes

Everything Releasing at Palace This Week
Fashion

Everything Releasing at Palace This Week

Filled with summer-ready pieces.
2,682 Hypes

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep updated on the latest news.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.