When it comes to the use of colour in watchmaking, the industry has, for decades, led a pretty conservative life. Colours like white, silver, and black will never go out of style, yet some watch buyers are looking for a little more “pop” on the wrist. And in today’s age, that doesn’t have to be limited to a dial either. In today’s Buying Guide, we take a look at a group of watches presented during the Watches & Wonders 2022 event that makes good use of colour in more ways than one!
H. Moser & Cie Endeauvour Centre Seconds Concept Lime Green
You can always rely on H. Moser & Cie to present engaging, fun new colours across all collections. With green still being pretty much THE trend for this year, the company has decided to do something different. And to great effect. The H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Lime Green has a uniquely textured gradient lime green Grand Feu enamel dial. The result is a dial that looks and almost smells, like an actual lime. It’s on-trend, yet very much done the Moser-way, which we love. More details about this tasty looking piece can be found here.
For more information, please visit H-Moser.com.
Quick Facts – 40mm x 11.2mm – stainless steel case – sapphire crystal on both sides – gradient lime green Grand Feu enamel dial with hammered texture – leaf-shaped hands – calibre HMC 200 – in-house automatic movement – 27 jewels – 21,600vph – 72h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – grey Kudu leather strap – CHF 25,000
Patek Philippe 5320G Perpetual Calendar
By now, it’s no secret we are suckers for a good, salmon-pink dial. One of the best from Watches & Wonders is one in the Patek Philippe 5320G Perpetual Calendar. The salmon tone is exquisite and contrasts very well with the applied indices and numerals, the black & white hands and the Perpetual Calendar displays. A subtle granular effect and details like the recessed frame of the day and month windows just ramp up the wow factor even more. It also doesn’t hurt its housed in a superb 18k white gold case and is powered by the in-house made calibre 324 S Q. More details here.
For more information, please visit Patek.com.
Quick Facts – 40mm x 11.13mm – 18k white gold case – sapphire crystal front and back – salmon opaline dial – applied indices and numerals – blackened gold hands with luminescent material – calibre 324 S Q – in-house automatic perpetual calendar movement – 367 parts – 29 jewels – 28,800vph – 35-45h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, moon phase, date, day of the week, month, leap year, day/night indicator – brown alligator leather strap – CHF 84,700
IWC Big Pilot 43 TOP GUN Woodland Green Ceramic
IWC is unequivocally associated with pilot’s watches and continues to deliver cool purposeful renditions of this theme. The latest, which even extends the use of colour beyond the dial, is the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 TOP GUN Woodland Green Ceramic. Part of the TOP GUN subcollection, the Woodland Green Ceramic is entirely green. The dial, case and strap are made in the same tone of green. It adds a cool, forest-like touch to the already very tactile Big Pilot. And, of course, being a TOP GUN watch, it has a full ceramic case. More details are here.
For more information, please visit IWC.com.
Quick Facts – 43.8mm x 13.9mm – green ceramic case – Ceratanium crown and caseback – sapphire crystal – soft-iron inner case – matte “Woodland” green dial – black hands with luminous material – painted Arabic numerals and markers – calibre 82100 – in-house automatic – 22 jewels – 28,800vph – 60h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – green rubber strap with textile inlay – limited to 500 pieces per year – EUR 14,300
Santos de Cartier
Other the classical silver, white or black, blue is another colour that is here to stay. Pretty much every brand has some type of blue dial watch in its collections, and Cartier is no exception. But, for 2022, Cartier presented the Santos de Cartier in a beyond-blue style. You can now get the iconic Santos with a silver or blue dial, and a blue PVD-coated bezel attached to a steel bracelet or blue rubber strap. Cartier not only plays with colours but textures too. The horizontal grooves of the centre section of the dial are extended to the bezel for instance. More details here.
For more information, please visit Cartier.com.
Quick Facts – 47.5mm x 39.8mm x 9.37mm – stainless steel case – blue PVD-coated bezel with horizontal grooves – silver or blue dial – applied Roman numerals – hands with luminous material – calibre 18747 MC – in-house automatic – 23 jewels – 28,800vph – 42h power reserve – steel bracelet and blue rubber strap – EUR 6,650
Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie Chronograph Purple Panda
Purple might not be the easiest colour to pull off in a wristwatch, but the way Czapek presents it is rather cool. The superb Faubourg de Cracovie Chronograph is now available with a Purple Panda dial and a mesmerising Résonance Bombé guilloché pattern that radiates from the chronograph registers. The strong contrast with the silver sub-dials is striking, to say the least, and will surely grab the attention of people passing by. Subtle touches of blue and red on the chronograph and running second hands uphold the sporty chronograph credentials of the Faubourg de Cracovie. Check out our hands-on story for further details.
For more information, please visit Czapek.com.
Quick Facts – 41.5mm diameter – stainless steel case – sapphire box crystal with sapphire crystal caseback – purple panda dial – handcrafted guilloché Résonance Bombé pattern – calibre SXH3 – automatic with integrated chronograph with column-wheel & vertical clutch – 36,000vph – 65h power reserve – COSC-certified chronometer – embossed rubber or alligator leather strap – 18 pieces only – CHF 29,000
Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 Pink
During Watches & Wonders Oris unveiled the modern and edgy ProPilot X Calibre 400 with the brand’s in-house movement. This full titanium watch comes in three colours, but the one that stands out the most is the pink one. Oris calls it salmon pink; we’ll leave you to judge. Regardless of the actual tone, it’s a unique and expressive dial set against the matte sand-blasted exterior of the watch. It also benefits from Oris’ in-house calibre 400, with a very generous 120h power reserve and anti-magnetic silicon escape wheel and anchor. More info here.
For more information, please visit Oris.ch.
Quick Facts – 39mm diameter – multi-piece titanium case – domed sapphire crystal with sapphire crystal caseback – fluted bezel – salmon pink dial with grainy texture – printed indices in white – hour and minute hand with Super-LumiNova – date window – calibre 400 – in-house automatic – 21 jewels – 28,800vph – 120h power reserve – integrated titanium bracelet with folding clasp – CHF 3,900
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver
Last but not least is the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver. It’s the latest model in the revamped Aqauracer collection presented last year, but also the most vibrant one. The full orange dial is a classic amongst dive watches of the past. It’s a perfect background for the applied indices and hands, as well as the bezel with a black ceramic insert. This will certainly be an ideal worry-free watch for summer or outdoor activities, backed by proper tool-watch specifications. More details can be found here.
For more information, please visit TAGHeuer.com.
Quick Facts – 43mm diameter – stainless steel case – 12-sided bezel with ceramic insert – sapphire crystal with cyclops and solid caseback – full orange dial with horizontal recessed lines – applied numerals and hands with Super-LumiNova – calibre 5 – automatic movement – 26 jewels – 28,800vph – 38h power reserve – three-link stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp and fine-adjustment – CHF 3,200