With the New Year, we’re inspired to fondly turn the watch dial back on previous eras that have now gone by. As we reflect on what’s to come in 2024, four high-end watchmakers invite us to travel through time, with signature character watches nostalgically sparking memories of the good old days. —Julia Dumbrell
The Simpson X Swatch Holiday Collection offers two new watches which playfully not to the show’s enduring wit and charm. The ‘Wondrous Winter Wonderland’ design features Simpsons-inspired gingerbread characters joyfully dancing their way down the snow-covered strap, while ‘Tidings of Joy’ offers a cosy holiday feeling of a calm, blue Christmas ($135 each).
Featuring a rectangular white satin dial with a ’90s-era Barbie logo, the Barbie x Fossil Limited Edition Leather Watch transports us to Barbieland ($409). The strap’s Barbie-inspired charms offer a forever-landmark to 2023: the unforgettably pink-coded year defined by our favourite blonde doll.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Watch by Citizen recollects one of the most exciting adventures of the 1940s ($450). This timepiece is made special with an incredibly detailed dial, plus a two-tone stainless-steel case and bracelet.
The Seiko Hello Kitty Shinkansen watch is a limited-edition timepiece, made in Japan with just 5,000 in the whole collection ($500). The timepiece is truly special for all fans, with a main colour theme of pink on the dial and a Kawaii golden bow near the 1 o’clock position.