Designers from the world’s biggest watch brands are unmatched experts at what they do, but that doesn’t mean they can’t sometimes benefit from a little outside inspiration. That was certainly the case with the collaborations below, which added new flavor to some of the world’s most proven models this year.

TAG Heuer × Porsche

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A 60-year partnership in manufacturing, TAG Heuer and Porsche have finally teamed up to announce an ongoing collaboration spanning watches, cars, events, and more. Their first version is a limited-edition Porsche 911-inspired chronograph that features a textured asphalt dial and a rotor inspired by a three-spoke steering wheel. A TAG Heuer 911 can’t be far, right? ($ 7,500 on a steel bracelet)

Jaeger-LeCoultre × Casa Fagliano

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Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the 90th anniversary of its Reverso with this collaboration with Argentinian shoemaker Casa Fagliano. As this is the most famous polo watch in the world (the reversible case was originally designed to protect the dial while playing), there is nothing more suitable than a bracelet inspired by the canvas and leather boots from Casa Fagliano for the summer polo shirt. Jodhpurs not included. (Price upon request)

Vacheron Constantin × Cory Richards

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As a result of their unique collaboration with the National geography explorer and photographer a few years ago, the swiss watchmaker again teamed up with cory richards to offer his signature over-seas in a pair of new limited editions. Available as a universal timer and chronograph, the watch features an image of Mount Everest engraved on the oscillating weight and a strap with contrasting safety orange stitching. ($ 45,300 for the chronograph and $ 38,300 for the dual time zone)

Seiko Rowing Blazers ×

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The Seiko 5 Sports was already praised for its clean design and wide range of colors and materials, but this collaboration offered a tantalizing glimpse into what it can be in the hands of a talented designer. Imagined by Jack Carlson, the creative brains behind prep-focused Rowing Blazers label, this limited-edition capsule sold out in record time and created a legion of new fans for the humble 5 Sports. ($ 495 for color block model)

Audemars Piguet × Marvel

Fixing of the Audemars Piguet × Marvel collaboration (December) in office
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The Marvel universe has grown a bit thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between the film studio and Audemars Piguet, sparked by an informal conversation between Don Cheadle and the boss of the famous Swiss watch brand. Their first outing together was the astonishing Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon, a limited edition of 250 pieces and – after one sold for almost $ 600,000 at auction last summer – perhaps the most distinctive watch. most valuable ever. (Price upon request)

Tissot × Memphis Milano

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In 1988 Tissot enlisted the help of Ettore Sottsass – founder of the influential design collective Memphis Group of the 1980s, whose sinuous lines, geometric shapes, and vivid pinks and blues helped define the aesthetic of the era – to design a watch. In 2021, to mark the 40th anniversary of the movement’s birth, Tissot relaunched the collaboration under the name Heritage Memphis, a limited-edition collection that pays homage to one of the most unconventional designers of the 20th century. ($ 525)