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Bored With Green? Come Back To Blue With These 5 Cool New Watches

For those who want the colour, and the timeless look.

| By Brice Goulard | 6 min read |
Longines Avigation BigEye Titanium gradient blue Dial - L2.816.1.93.2

Forest, olive, khaki, pine, emerald… Green is everywhere and is, without a doubt, the main trend for 2020 and 2021. But as with all trends, they come and go. And, let’s be honest, while there can be some very cool green models – I see you 5711 Olive Green and 15202 Smoked Green – this colour isn’t the easiest to wear on a daily basis and to match with a classic outfit. And, it will most probably become outdated in a few. So, for those who still want a bit of colour and more originality than classic black or silver dial, yet with a timeless look that won’t become obsolete, blue remains the best option possible. Here are 5 watches with blue dials that have been launched recently.

The Pilot – Fortis Flieger F-39 Midnight Blue

When you think about a pilot’s watch, you’ll probably have a black dial in mind. Surely, it does make sense regarding legibility, as these watches are all about contrast. But since most of us do not wear these watches in a cockpit, why not introduce a bit of fun and colour into the equation. That’s exactly what Fortis has done recently with new blue dials on its modern, ultra-robust Flieger watches, including this compact and ultra-equipped F-39 model, which is basically one of the toughest watches around. The new dials are straight brushed and retain the cool orange accents of the classic black versions, thus legibility is intact. Inside is a reliable Sellita movement and if we clearly prefer the 39mm edition here at MONOCHROME, there’s also a 41mm model available. More details in our hands-on article here.

Fortis Flieger F-39 and F-41 Midnight Blue

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Quick Facts: 39mm diameter – recycled stainless steel case with 12h bidirectional bezel – 200m water-resistant – brushed blue dial – calibre Fortis UW-30 (base Sellita SW 200-1), automatic – Gray-Blue Leather strap – CHF 1,950

The Complicated One – A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual Limited Anniversary Edition Blue Dial

The Langematik Perpetual is one of the most enduring models in the German brand’s collection, having been first launched in 2001. Surely, its design has been revised over the years, with multiple upgrades on the dial. But still, its classic look is almost unaltered, saying much on how good the watch was from the beginning. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, A. Lange & Söhne is bringing a new series of limited edition models – in white or rose gold – which are mostly characterised by their nice, elegant blue dials. Powering the perpetual calendar complication is an exquisite automatic movement with a micro-rotor, finished in the typical ALS way – meaning superbly. We’ll definitely choose the white gold (Ref. 310.028) version, being more subtle and even more timeless. But remember that it’s a limited edition of 50 pieces, so they won’t be there long. More details in our hands-on article here.

A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual Limited Anniversary Edition 310.028

Quick Facts: 38.5mm diameter – 18k white or rose gold – solid silver, blue galvanized dial with embossed pattern – calibre L922.1, in-house, automatic with micro-rotor – hand-stitched dark blue leather with prong buckle – EUR 91,000

The Chronograph – Longines Avigation BigEye Titanium Blue Dial

A watch modelled after an elusive 1930s pilot’s chronograph, the Longines Avigation BigEye was, without surprise, first introduced with a steel case and a black dial, just like the original vintage watch. But now that this model has found its audience and is seen as one of the coolest, accessible pilot’s chrono, it was time for Longines to play with colours… and materials too. Indeed, the brand has recently introduced a version of its Avigation BigEye that combines a lightweight, sportier and more modern titanium case with a very appealing grained and gradient blue dial with black sub-counters. Certainly far more polarizing than the black edition, the addition of blue entirely transform the watch and result in a watch with a great personality. And despite being fairly priced, it’s packed with cool features, such as its proprietary Calibre L688 with silicon balance-spring and column wheel. More details in our hands-on article here.

Longines Avigation BigEye Titanium gradient blue Dial - L2.816.1.93.2

Quick Facts: 41mm diameter – grade 5 titanium case – 30m water-resistant – Petrol blue dial, gradient effect, grained surface, black sub-counters – Calibre L688, automatic column-wheel chronograph – Natural brown smooth calf leather strap with titanium pin buckle – EUR 3,230

The Gentleman – Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic Blue

Once upon a time, tuxedos were exclusively black. Now, it’s more and more common to see blue tuxedos (and yes, it looks great) and the same can be said about the so-called “tuxedo watches” that used to be black. Piaget, the master of ultra-thin, has decided to present a new version of its ultra, ultra-thin self-winding watch, the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic, with touches of blue all around – for the hour chapter ring and the peripheral rotor – combined with the brilliance of silver-coloured parts all over the watch – thanks to a rhodium-plated movement and a polished white gold case. The result is modern, elegant, restrained yet technical and striking. The watch still houses the calibre 910P and retains its impressively thin case of 4.30mm in height, making it one of the thinnest mechanical watches on the market. More details in our review here.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P White Gold Blue Dial G0A45123

Quick Facts: 41mm diameter x 4.30mm height – polished white gold case – 20m water-resistant – openworked construction with dial integrated into the movement, blue accents on the dial and peripheral rotor – Calibre 910P, in-house, automatic ultra-thin – blue alligator leather strap on pin buckle – EUR 31,200

The Diver – Glashütte Original SeaQ 39.5mm Bicolor Blue Dial

There’s nothing more natural than a blue dial for a dive watch… So, what about having a blue dial with something more? Something cool, slightly vintage, a bit luxurious yet without compromising the capacities of the watch itself. That’s what Glashütte Original has done with its Spezimatic-inspired SeaQ model, by taking the compact version, adding a bit of gold on the crown, the indexes/hands and the bezel and matching this warm material with a deep blue dial. The result is very cool, less serious and remains easy to wear at the beach, or at the office. All the classic elements of the collection, including its original dial with bold numerals, have been retained and the watch is one of the most appealing luxury divers around. And if the black rubber strap option will be even more suitable for aquatic activities, the blue synthetic textile strap looks even better. More details in our hands-on article here.

Quick Facts: 39.5mm diameter – stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold crown and bezel, blue polished ceramic insert – 200m water-resistant – Galvanic blue dial with sunray-brushed finish, gold-coloured applied markers and hands – Calibre 39-11, in-house, automatic – Synthetic blue textile strap or black rubber strap – As of EUR 12,000

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