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Top 100 Watch Trends of 2012

From Wild Wraparound Timepieces to Code-Encrypted Chronographs

— January 1, 2013 — Tech
Top watch trends this year ranged from ultra-modern styles to timepieces inspired by steampunk design.

On the technologically advanced side, timepieces that doubled as payment systems, music players and even search engines came about this year, proving that time tellers could be even more functional than they already are. These designs also tended to be of the more futuristically designed watches on the market, and appropriately so. Colorful, almost childish watches were also quite popular this year, adding some fun flair to a very traditional accessory that's typically understood to be a more adult or professional part of one's wardrobe.

The watch industry was a the site of a great deal of innovation in terms of design and technology last year. To keep your pulse on this industry, be sure to take a look at Trend Hunter's Watch Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Dazzling Dragon Watches
Dazzling Dragon Watches
These Chinese New Year Timekeepers by Benzinger are Detailed
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99
Protruding Paired Timepieces
Protruding Paired Timepieces
The Doublefeature Watch by Paul Kweton Boasts Two Faces
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98
Waxed Signet Timepieces
Waxed Signet Timepieces
Leo Chiu and Siu Man Create the Customizable Sealed Watch
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97
Underwater Nightclubs
Underwater Nightclubs
The TechnoMarine Watches Promotional Stunt Bubbles with Excitement
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96
Swiss Olympian Timepieces
Swiss Olympian Timepieces
Swatch Originals Olympic Games Collection Gets Stylish for London 2012
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95
Instant Payment Timepieces
Instant Payment Timepieces
The RumbaTime Perry Go Watch is Wired with Visa
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94
Tardiness-Encouraging Timepieces
Tardiness-Encouraging Timepieces
The 'ish Watch' is a Designed for Less-Punctual People
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93
Maze-Inspired Timepieces
Maze-Inspired Timepieces
The Kisai Optical Illusion Watch by Tokyoflash is Confusing to Read
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92
Clock Tower Wristwatches
Clock Tower Wristwatches
The 'Ban Watch' Streams a Live Image of Big Ben
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91
Terrific Twin Timepieces
Terrific Twin Timepieces
The Paul Kweton 'Spli-T-ime' Watch Sees Doubles
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90
Landmark-Inspired Timepieces
Landmark-Inspired Timepieces
The Romain Jerome Liberty DNA Watch Marks an Anniversary
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89
Retro Robot Timepieces
Retro Robot Timepieces
The EOBOT Watch is Inspired by the Mechanical Monsters from the 1950s
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88
Stylish Wearable Social Gadgets
Stylish Wearable Social Gadgets
The Sony Ericsson SmartWatch Connects You to Your Friends
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87
Cute Pop-Up Timepieces
Cute Pop-Up Timepieces
The Face of the Baby-G BGA131 Watch Offers a Cool 3D Effect
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86
Flexible Ribbed Time-Tellers
Flexible Ribbed Time-Tellers
The ALESSI Grow Watch is Inspired by Muscle Fibers
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85
Code-Encrypted Chronographs
Code-Encrypted Chronographs
The Kisai Logo LCD Watch Has a Display that Needs to be Deciphered
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84
Feathered Designer Timepieces
Feathered Designer Timepieces
The Dior The VIII Grand Bal Watch Takes Flight
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83
Sleek Square-Framed Timepieces
Sleek Square-Framed Timepieces
The SevenFriday P2 Watch Makes a Great Gift for the Stylish Man
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82
Puzzling Timepieces
Puzzling Timepieces
Tell Time and Exercise Your Brain With the Sudoku Watch
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81
New Wave Classic Watches
New Wave Classic Watches
The Nixon 'The Wit' is a Modern Take on Traditional Time Pieces
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80
Suave Spy Timepieces
Suave Spy Timepieces
The Omega Seamaster James Bond 50th Anniversary Watch Celebrates 007
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79
Search Engine Timepieces
Search Engine Timepieces
Google Watches Put Android and Chrome on Your Wrist
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78
Reflecting Faceted Timepieces
Reflecting Faceted Timepieces
The Lake of Shimmer-Avant Time No. 3 is Simply Luxurious
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77
Lavish Exploratory Timepieces
Lavish Exploratory Timepieces
Bamford Watch Department's Newest Version of the Rolex Explorer II
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76
Elegant Aviation Timepieces
Elegant Aviation Timepieces
The IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition Honors Flyer and Poet
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75
Smartphone-Linked Timepieces
Smartphone-Linked Timepieces
The Cookoo Watch Connects to Devices as Extra Alert System
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74
Simple Solar-Powered Timepieces
Simple Solar-Powered Timepieces
The Sunstich Watch by Michael Young is Minimalistic
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73
Explorer-Equipped Timepieces
Explorer-Equipped Timepieces
The Suunto Ambit GPS-Enabled Watch Tracks Performance and Heart Rate
<
72
Optical Illusion Timepieces
Optical Illusion Timepieces
Spotcheck Watch by Lloyd Mushy is an Inventive Way to Tell Time
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71
Historic Helicopter Timepieces
Historic Helicopter Timepieces
‘Only One Air Huey’ Watch is a Robust Time-Teller
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70
8-Bit-Influenced Wristwatches
8-Bit-Influenced Wristwatches
The Digilog Watch Tells Time Using Light and Dark Pixels
<
69
Socially Conscious Timepieces
Socially Conscious Timepieces
The Purchase of a 1:Face Watch Brings Awareness to Global Issues
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68
Body Ink-Inspired Timepieces
Body Ink-Inspired Timepieces
The Swatch Tattoo Art Watch Line is a Hardcore Way to Tell Time
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67
Cute Stealthy Timepieces
Cute Stealthy Timepieces
Ninja Time Watch Rethinks Traditional Time-Telling
<
66
GPS Golf Watches
GPS Golf Watches
The 'Approach S3' by Garmin Raises the Odds of a Hole in One
<
65
Governator-Inspired Timepieces
Governator-Inspired Timepieces
The Schwarzenegger Military Tank Watch is Elegant and Robust
<
64
Solar System Timepieces
Solar System Timepieces
Mr. Jones Satellite Watch is One of the First 24-Hour Dial Pieces
<
63
3D Interior Timepieces
3D Interior Timepieces
The Benjamin Hubert 'Plicate' Watch is Made With Pleated Metal
<
62
Wrist-Worn Cardiac Devices
Wrist-Worn Cardiac Devices
The Basis Health Monitor is a Truly Mobile Wellness Piece
<
61
Faceless Timepiece Accessories
Faceless Timepiece Accessories
The Jam Watchless Bracelet Does Not Tell the Time
<
60
Eye-Popping Timekeepers
Eye-Popping Timekeepers
The Adidas Original Icon Watches are Blindingly Bright
<
59
Retro Record Player Watches
Retro Record Player Watches
The Turntable Metal Wristwatch from ThinkGeek is Nerdy & Stylish
<
58
Wild Wraparound Timepieces
Wild Wraparound Timepieces
The Feral Watches are Funky Yet Functional Accessories
<
57
Rotary Cuff Clocks
Rotary Cuff Clocks
The Round-the-Clock Wristwatch Counts the Seconds with Slick Style
<
56
Elegant Sky-Inspired Timepieces
Elegant Sky-Inspired Timepieces
The Mr. Jones ‘Sun and Moon’ Watch Starts and Ends the
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55
Criminal-Inspired Chain Timepieces
Criminal-Inspired Chain Timepieces
The X Con Handcuff Shaped Watch Boasts Bad Boy Style
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54
Retro Timepiece Bracelets
Retro Timepiece Bracelets
The Misako Mimoko Watches are Deceivingly Made of Porcelain
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53
Arcade Game Timepieces
Arcade Game Timepieces
The RJ-Romain Jerome Pac Man Watch is a Limited-Edition Item
<
52
Squiggly Line Time Tellers
Squiggly Line Time Tellers
Kisai Online is a Watch Read with a Secret Code
<
51
Orbital Time-Trackers
Orbital Time-Trackers
The ROTA Watch from Mert Gutav Places Function First
<
50
Vibrant Rasta Timepieces
Vibrant Rasta Timepieces
The Casio G-Shock Rastafarian Pack Pays Tribute to a Jamaican Movement
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49
Lightweight Electronic Ink Timepieces
Lightweight Electronic Ink Timepieces
The Minimal Silicone E-Ink Wristwatch is Nearly Weightless
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48
Jewelry-Inspired Timepieces
Jewelry-Inspired Timepieces
La Mer Collections Creates Watches Made with Love
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47
Heritage Military Timepieces
Heritage Military Timepieces
The Fossil Watches Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection is a Vintage Take
<
46
Graffiti-Inspired Timepieces
Graffiti-Inspired Timepieces
The Swatch Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is Edgy
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45
Slap Bracelet Timepieces
Slap Bracelet Timepieces
The Simpel Switch Watch is Playful and Practical
<
44
Happy Face Hour-Counters
Happy Face Hour-Counters
Moody Watches Turn Mental Health into the Topic of the Minute
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43
Wondrous Whirling Watches
Wondrous Whirling Watches
Kisai Uzumaki Analog Watch by Tokyoflash Japan is stylish and sturdy
<
42
Ever-Changing Disk Timepieces
Ever-Changing Disk Timepieces
The Nendo 'Dark Noon' Watches Alter as Time Passes
<
41
Sturdy Concrete Watches
Sturdy Concrete Watches
Dzmitry Samal Creates A Series Of Strong Timepieces
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40
Connect-the-Dots Chronographs
Connect-the-Dots Chronographs
The TokyoFlash Subway LCD Watch Can be Read by the Linking Lines
<
39
Pop-Star Timepieces
Pop-Star Timepieces
The Kesha Baby-G Watch is Rock and Roll Chic
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38
Manly Purple-Toned Timepieces
Manly Purple-Toned Timepieces
Asprey Teams up with BWD to Create a Customized Watch
<
37
Corporate Critique Watches
Corporate Critique Watches
The '8to5' Wristwatch Critiques Business America
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36
Gaming-Themed Timekeepers
Gaming-Themed Timekeepers
The Eviga Hola Watch Has Video Game Style
<
35
Superhero Fountain Pens
Superhero Fountain Pens
Montegrappa's Limited Edition Batman Pens Hit Collectors' Lists
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34
Darkly Odious Time Pieces
Darkly Odious Time Pieces
The BWD X Wes Lang Rolex Watches Are Exclusively Designed
<
33
Limited Edition Rainbow Watches
Limited Edition Rainbow Watches
Swatch and Fred Butler Team Up to Debut the 777 Watch
<
32
Dual-Triangle Rotor Timepieces
Dual-Triangle Rotor Timepieces
The Experiment ZRO12 Watch is the First From C3H5N3O9
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31
Sugar-Structured Jewelry
Sugar-Structured Jewelry
The DreamPushers Candy Collection Will Tantalize Your Taste Buds
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30
Color-Coordinating Timpieces
Color-Coordinating Timpieces
The Touch Skin Watch Lets You Change Face Colors on the Fly
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29
Archaic Victorian Time Tellers
Archaic Victorian Time Tellers
The Navitron Steampunk Wrist Compass and Sundial Replaces Watches
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28
Earthy Minimalist Timepieces
Earthy Minimalist Timepieces
The Clomm Terra Firma Watches Maintain the Look of Natural Beauty
<
27
Smartphone-Controlled Timepieces
Smartphone-Controlled Timepieces
Receive Mobile Notifications On-the-Go with the Pebble Watch
<
26
Dark Knight Timepieces
Dark Knight Timepieces
The Batman and Bane Wristwatches are a Limited Collection From Diesel
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25
Affordable Luxury Timepieces
Affordable Luxury Timepieces
The Tourbillon Collection Releases the Chic 'Regulateur Watch'
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24
Minimalist Chrome Timekeepers
Minimalist Chrome Timekeepers
The 2K64 Watch is Designed to Stylishly Tell Time in the Future
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23
Fighter Pilot Timepieces
Fighter Pilot Timepieces
The IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Watch Sleek and Stylish
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22
Sleek Secret Time Tellers
Sleek Secret Time Tellers
The ‘Cypher's Little Brother' Watch Concept Won'
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21
Retro-Futuristic Timepieces
Retro-Futuristic Timepieces
The Devon Tread 1 Steampunk Watch Has a $25,000 Price Tag
<
20
Luxuriously Inked Timepieces
Luxuriously Inked Timepieces
Mister Cartoon Diesel Watches Expertly Display Tattooing and Time
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19
Nuclear Fission-Fueled Wristwatches
Nuclear Fission-Fueled Wristwatches
This Nuclear Watch is Powered by Decaying Hydrogen Atoms
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18
Bar Code Time-Tellers
Bar Code Time-Tellers
The Horologicode LCD Watch is Purposefully Tough to Decode
<
17
Flash Drive Wristbands
Flash Drive Wristbands
USB Bracelets Offer Convenience & Style
<
16
Gender-Specific Wrist Watches
Gender-Specific Wrist Watches
The Bia Sport is a Lightweight Alternative to Bulky Training Devices
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15
Elegant Lumber Timepieces
Elegant Lumber Timepieces
The Analog Wooden Watches by Lorenzo Buffa are Gender Neutral
<
14
Word-Reading Wrist Watches
Word-Reading Wrist Watches
The 'Qlocktwo' Watch Now Brings Tablet Time Pieces to the Arm
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13
Avant-Garde Analogue Chronographs
Avant-Garde Analogue Chronographs
The Vaum Wristwatch Displays an Illusory Digital Appearance
<
12
Wearable Wellness Monitors
Wearable Wellness Monitors
The Basis Watch Tracks Your Heartbeat & Provides Info On Your Health
<
11
Sophisticated Sci-Fi Timepieces
Sophisticated Sci-Fi Timepieces
The Seiko Luxury Star Wars Watches are Gorgeously Geeky
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10
To-Do List Timepieces
To-Do List Timepieces
The Remind Daily Planner is a Wristwatch that Organizes Your Routine
<
9
Chic Candy-Like Timepieces
Chic Candy-Like Timepieces
The Anthropologie Viscid Watch is a Must-Have Accessory
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8
Beat-Pumping Wristwatches
Beat-Pumping Wristwatches
The Music Watch with USB Plays Tunes and Tells Time
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7
Wrist-Sized EKG Machines
Wrist-Sized EKG Machines
The Pulz Watch Tells the Time and Monitors Your Heart Rate
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6
Preppy Swiss Timepieces
Preppy Swiss Timepieces
The 'Nixon Pinstripe Fall 2012' Collection Offers Laid-Back Luxury
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5
360-Degree Cuff Clocks
360-Degree Cuff Clocks
The Ring-Watcher by Ziran Zhao Wraps its Dial Entirely Around Your Wrist
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4
Touchscreen Bracelets
Touchscreen Bracelets
F. Bertrand's Watch the Future is Like a Wearable Smartphone
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3
Simple Invisible Timepieces
Simple Invisible Timepieces
Minimalist Analog Watches Tell Time Through Your Skin
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2
Compact Computing Timepieces
Compact Computing Timepieces
NEXD Android Watches are Multifunctional and Sleek
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1
Transparent Digital Timepieces
Transparent Digital Timepieces
Tokyoflash Aeon LCD Watch Integrates a Fascinating Futuristic Face
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