Collaborative watches aren’t going anywhere. There were almost too many to track in 2022, and the continued prevalence of these watches in the space (and the fact that people seem to be buying out the limited runs almost as soon as they’re released) would seem to indicate that the collab watch isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That’s fine with us. When watch brands partner with other brands (whether they’re watch brands, apparel companies, or video game plumbers) it helps get people excited about the hobby, which is kind of what we all want. And when the collaborations really work, it allows for watch brands to flex their creative muscles in different and exciting ways. Here are some of our favorites from 2022.
Earlier in the year I found myself at a rather formal dinner (gala?) with the Horological Society of New York, surrounded by industry professionals, collectors, and colleagues. Not exactly my scene, truth be told, but I was fortunate enough to be seated near Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, the managing director of historic British brand, Fears. If you had the chance to meet him at our Windup Watch Fair in New York this year, you know just how pleasant he is to be around. On his wrist was a watch I hadn’t seen before, and it quickly drew my attention. It was the forthcoming collaboration with fellow British brand Garrick, the fittingly named Fears Garrick, which we wrote about here.