Blue is one of the most versatile colours and many of its tonalities work well on watch dials. The blue watch dial trend has consolidated over the past years and gives us a good reason to put together a selection of recently launched watches with distinctively elegant blue dials.
TUDOR BLACK BAY FIFTY-EIGHT NAVY BLUE
We thought Tudor was not introducing new models this year but we were wrong. Blue is an important colour for the brand and it was time for the Black Bay Fifty-Eight, the smaller and thinner version of Tudor’s iconic dive watch to be presented in blue, replacing the warm colours of the black model with a blue, domed matte dial and a blue anodized aluminium bezel insert. Besides that, all the technical elements are retained. The 39mm diameter case with brushed surfaces and polished bevels, screw-down crown with the rose logo and domed sapphire crystal is water-resistant to 200m. Inside is the manufacture calibre MT5402 with a 70h power reserve and a silicon balance spring.
Quick Facts: 39mm diameter – stainless steel, satin-brushed and polished – 200m water-resistant – blue dial, matte grained – calibre MT5402, in-house – automatic, COSC certified – stainless steel bracelet or strap – from EUR 3,160
GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL SIXTIES CHRONOGRAPH ANNUAL EDITION 2020
It has become something of a tradition at Glashutte Original to spice up its vintage-style Sixties collection with lively colours and textured dials. For 2020, Glashütte Original cools the temperature and goes for a subtle glacier blue tone that might just be our favourite to date. The German maker used the 39mm time-only Sixties model and, for the first time, a 42mm Sixties Chronograph. Housed in a stainless steel case, this Chronograph with the glacier blue dial looks absolutely amazing. Inside is the in-house automatic calibre 39-34 beating at 28,800 and offering an autonomy of 40 hours.
Quick Facts: 42mm diameter x 12.4mm height – stainless steel case, polished – sapphire crystal front and caseback – 30m water-resistant – calibre 39-34, automatic chronograph, in-house – domed dial, glacier blue lacquer with gradient effect – brown-grey Nubuck calfskin, pin buckle – produced only during 2020 – EUR 8,100
Bulgari Octo Finissimo satin-polished blue dial
This year Bvlgari has reinvigorated its ultra-thin Octo Finissimo with new contrasting satin/polished finishes and several technical updates. These include a beefed-up water-resistance of 100m thanks to a screw-down crown and a slightly thicker case. Most importantly, it also gets rid of the monochromatic look and offers dials that contrast with the case material, including this elegant blue model.
Quick Facts: 40mm diameter x 6.40mm height – stainless steel, satin-brushed and polished – 100m water-resistant – blue dial, lacquered with sunray-brushed pattern – calibre BVL138, in-house – ultra-thin automatic – stainless steel bracelet – ref. 103431 – EUR 11,500
BREGUET CLASSIQUE 7137 MOONPHASE & POWER RESERVE
The Classique 7137 is one of the finest examples of Breguet’s enduring capacity to maintain an understated yet distinctive style. This year, the brand translates this elegant design into a contemporary and unapologetically elegant white gold and blue dial combination, a new visual expression for the brand. More casual, more modern, a bit bolder too but with the usual restraint you’d expect from Breguet. The highly legible guilloché dial is made from a solid gold plate and combines several patterns that make all essential indications clear. Inside the 39mm white gold case ticks the ultra-thin automatic calibre 502.3 with its original off-centred rotor.
Quick Facts: 39mm diameter x 8.65mm height – white gold case, fluted caseband– sapphire crystal front and caseback – 30m water-resistant – calibre 502.3 DR.1, automatic extra-thin, in-house – hand-guilloché dial on a gold base – blue alligator strap, folding buckle – EUR 39,000
DE BETHUNE DB28XP STARRY SKY
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the DB28, De Bethune introduces a set of three new, ultra-thin timepieces distilling the essence of the model. Among these, the DB28XP Starry Sky is a new take on a recurring De Bethune theme and its obsession to recreate the most beautiful nocturnal skies. Presented in ultra-lightweight, mirror-polished titanium, the DB28XP Starry Sky offers a unique spectacle. The blued titanium dial surface is engraved with micro-grooves and set with a myriad of gold pins, meticulously driven through one by one. This creates a mesmerizing optical effect enhanced by the changing reflections of the metal.
Quick Facts: 43mm x 7.2mm – polished titanium case – sapphire crystal with double-sided A/R coating – water-resistant to 30m – blue titanium dial with gold pins – hand-wound calibre DB2115v7 – alligator leather strap with pin buckle – CHF 72,000