Of course the different brand lines focus on different customer segments and try to attract different consumers to purchase their pieces but for this watch enthusiast, looking at the releases from IWC, Panerai, JLC(some nice issues), Cartier, Harry Winston, Greubel Forsey, Zenith, AP etc(wide range of price points there) that are shown on the sites to date... Panerai is in the lead and releasing more good pieces this year.
the reissuing of old popular releases with in-house movements and faux aged tritium lume will continue and that has happened this year. 2 pieces in ceramic and none in the composite. for me i don't really fancy ceramic or composite as a case material so it's cool. there wasn't any bronze too so it will keep the bronzo owners/fans happy.
as noted in my earlier post, the 422(regular) is great but for me the 372 owns it so i won't talk more about that. the 449 is a vintage-y piece but i was never crazy about that dial so the best releases this year from Panerai for me are...
hmm will we see a 232 with faux aged tritium lume next year? maybe a matter of time... set it aside for now, let's see what the next couple of days bring. cheers, raph