Elegant in blue – 5 High-End Watches of 2017 with Blue Dials
You hear it every year: blue is the new black. With its timeless qualities, blue stands out but lends itself perfectly to elegant occasions. We have picked 5 dress watches of 2017, outside of the mainstream brands, to help you find a blue that speaks to your style.
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture
Unveiled at SIHH 2017, the Classico Manufacture highlights the art of enameling with a translucent blue enamel dial made by Ulysse Nardin’s sister company, Donzé Cadrans. This chic, stainless steel 40mm three-hander is powered by the automatic caliber UN320 with silicium hairspring and anchor escapement. Extremely elegant, restrained and sufficiently original to stand out of the crowd.
Quick facts: 40.00mm steel case – automatic in-house UN320 movement with hours, minutes, small seconds and date. Alligator strap with pin buckle – CHF 8,800. www.ulysse-nardin.com
Carl F. Bucherer Manero PowerReserve
The Manero PowerReserve has been spiced up this year with a midnight blue gradient dial complemented by a matching strap. At the back of the watch, the superb in-house movement (CFB A1011) displays skill and beauty. It features a bi-directional peripheral rotor and an innovative shock-absorbing system for the oscillator.
Quick facts: 42.54mm steel case – automatic in-house P4 movement with hours, minutes, small seconds, large date and power reserve indicator. Calfskin strap with folding buckle – CHF 9,400 – limited edition of 188 pieces. www.carl-f-bucherer.com
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Center Seconds Automatic
Elegant in its simplicity, the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Center Seconds features the brand’s signature “fume” dial with gradient colors. This 40mm three-hander is powered by a new in-house automatic movement boasting a 3-day power reserve, manufactured to the brand’s uncompromising standards. A perfect all-rounder, practical and original.
Quick facts: 40mm 18k white gold case – automatic in-house movement HMC200 with hours, minutes and seconds. Kudu or alligator strap with pin buckle – CHF 19,900. www.h-moser.com
Czapek Quai des Bergues Guilloché
The elegant Quai des Bergues was awarded the public prize at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève. It is now available in a blue dialed version with “ricochet” guilloche inspired by a Czapek dial from 1850. The 42.50mm pink gold case houses the brand’s SXH1 hand-wound twin-barrel caliber, boasting a generous power reserve of 168 hours (7 days).
Quick facts: 42.50mm pink gold case – handwound proprietary SXH1 movement with hours, minutes, small seconds and power reserve indication. Alligator strap with pin buckle – CHF 25,900. www.czapek.com
Urban Jurgensen 1140 Platinum Limited Edition
Unveiled at Baselword 2017, this 30-piece limited edition of Urban Jurgensen’s reference 1140C radiates timeless beauty. This platinum dress watch is stripped of all frills and superfluous details. Its superb dial is patterned with guilloché motifs – grains d’orge and damier – and splendid Breguet numerals. It is powered by the hand-finished P4 hand-wound caliber, showing center hours, minutes and a subsidiary second dial at 6. For the connoisseurs only.
Quick facts: 40 mm platinum case – hand-wound proprietary P4 movement with hours, minutes and small seconds. Alligator strap with folding buckle – CHF 49,650. www.urbanjurgensen.com
And you could have included Beat Haldimann’s stainless steel, blue dial H1/H12 – my favourite, though the Urban Jurgensen’s a very close second choice!
I would like to add the Moritz Grossmann’s Atum Pure/Atum Pure High Art
p.s. (To my earlier comment) Bother, typo – should have typed H11/H12!
Absolutely, both the Haldiman and the Moritz Grossmann are stunning!
Wearing my electric blue (ref 2232.80.00) SMP 300 today in their honor. 🙂
FP Journe’s Chronometre Bleu needed to make this list.
This list is made for watches of 2017.
That’s a nice one (and very comfy) @honordads