The Best Watches Seen at Watches & Wonders 2021

The insanely cool timepiece offerings to look out for this year.

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In 2020, when industry insiders would have flocked to Geneva to view the newest offerings from luxury watchmakers, the Watches and Wonders event was overshadowed by COVID-19. Instead, many brands took a step back and showed quietly at their own pace, speculating about how the industry might be affected by an unprecedented pandemic. With vacations, weddings and graduation parties coming to a shrieking halt, many consumers commemorated personal milestones instead with luxury purchases. Once again, watches drew back attention lost to a generation who seemingly valued experiences over timepieces.

Enter this year's Watches and Wonders. The Geneva-based showcase, running virtually from April 7-13, is basically the fashion week of luxury timepieces—and this year, the timepieces did not come to play. From Hublot's completely transparent sapphire model and Cartier's colorful new take on the Tank to Rolex's ultimate diamond flex, the watchmakers seemed to be having a real time of it (no pun intended).

And with ever-evolving hype around watch-loving women, thanks to Instagram accounts like @dimepiece.co and Net-a-Porter's exclusive Watches and Wonders edit, the watch world is feeling less like an intimidating boys' club than ever. We've rounded up some of our realistic (and some of our far-reaching) favorites to celebrate the exciting strides the watch industry is taking in 2021.

Rolex

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Cartier

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Chanel

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(Image credit: courtesy of chanel)

Hublot

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Hublot)

Bulgari

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Patek Philippe

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Patek Philippe)

Gucci

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Gucci)

Chopard

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Chopard)

Louis Vuitton

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton)

Piaget

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Piaget)

Jaeger-LeCoultre

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(Image credit: Courtesy of Jaeger Lecoultre)

Can't wait for these to come out? Us either. In the meantime, check out our favorites from Net-a-Porter's Watches and Wonders selection.

Julia Gall
Julia Gall

Julia Gall is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering all things fashion, as well as styling tips, wardrobe upkeep and sustainability. Check her out at @juliasgall.