Watches & Wonders 2023: Rolex Has an Emoji Watch

Oris debuted the technology in a limited-edition watch last year and is now applying it to one of its most technically advanced models, the ProPilot Altimeter (£5,250 or $6,485). First seen in 2014, it includes a mechanical altimeter with a dial showing time, barometric pressure, and altitude. The new version is an upgrade on all fronts: the altimeter, which measures air pressure fluctuations in a sealed chamber, now goes up to 19,700 feet (from 15,000); the power reserve has increased from 38 hours to 56; and the carbon fiber body reduces weight by 70 grams. At 46mm, it’s a specialty item, only now a little more special.

Hermes H08 chronograph

Photo: Hermès

Hermes also uses reinforced carbon fibre, although it mixes the material with powdered graphene, which acts as a hardener for the otherwise extremely light watch case. Hermes describes its H08 watch, a gently square shape introduced in 2021, as an “off-road watch with a sporty spirit,” and now the brand is pushing the sporty element in a series of iterations that pair the lightweight carbon/graphene case with colorful ones rubber straps and dial accents. Most importantly, the launch of a £13,100 chronograph version of the H08, also with the carbon/graphene case. Rather than disrupting the flow of the case profile with traditional chronograph stop/start/reset pushers, the chronograph is operated entirely by a single pusher in the winding crown.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 RLX Titanium

Photo: Rolex

In addition to the resurrection of chronographs, titanium is another topic at this year’s W&W. Numerous pieces have used this light, strong and corrosion-resistant material, and after competitive sailor Ben Ainslie was seen with a prototype in 2021 – and after Rolex’s first titanium watch, last year’s Deepsea Challenge – it came as no surprise to see the final version of the The company’s Yacht-Master is made from grade 5 titanium. The 42mm £11,800 piece has a satin finish apart from the crown guard, lugs and bi-directional bezel which are polished. An intense black dial adds to the aesthetic, while water resistance to 100 meters and a power reserve of 70 hours make it functional too.

A Lange & Söhne Odysseus chronograph

Photo: Lange & Söhne

The Odysseus range is German manufacturer A Lange & Söhne’s entry into the sports-luxury space: Launched in 2019 and produced in tiny numbers, it has quickly become an investment-class grail watch. The new Odysseus Chronograph (€135,000 or $146,256) is also A Lange & Sohne’s first automatic chronograph and takes a novel approach to a very traditional genre. Instead of sub-dials for chronograph functions found on most chronos, the chronograph’s seconds and minutes counters are mounted centrally so as not to obstruct the large day/date display. Discrete pushers (similar to a crown guard) set the date functions And Manipulate the stopwatch elements that offer a bit of eccentric why-the-hell-not flair. When the chronograph is reset, the minute hand immediately jumps back to zero, but the seconds hand makes one lightning-fast revolution for each minute before returning to zero. Watches & Wonders 2023: Rolex Has an Emoji Watch

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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