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Embracing the Winter Cold with Six Icy-White Watches

From divers to perpetual calendars, there are plenty of options when it comes to wintry white watches!

| By Robin Nooy | 6 min read |

For a large part of the world, the cold season is setting in. Temperatures are dropping, daylight gets pushed back by darkness, snow and ice are grinding cities and towns to a halt and so on. To turn things around and embrace the cold, why not opt for a cool white watch for the winter season? The colour is usually most associated with summer sun, the beach or the pool, but it works just as fine in winter, I’d say! With this in mind, here are six snow-white watches to get you through the winter slum!

hublot square bang Unico white ceramic

Big, bold, and mostly white, the Hublot Square Bang Unico in white ceramic certainly packs a visual punch. This square-shaped watch from Hublot measures 41mm by 12mm and has a modular white ceramic case with black and titanium elements. The dial is pretty much absent, revealing the in-house Calibre HUB1280 flyback chronograph movement underneath. The large indices & hands still make it relatively legible. Strapped to a structured white rubber strap and a folding buckle, this is part of the permanent collection. Priced at CHF 24,900, it certainly isn’t the most affordable watch, but it will grab attention everywhere you go!

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Quick Facts – 41mm x 12mm – modular white ceramic case with black elements – rubber-clad pushers & crown – sapphire crystal front & back – 50m water-resistant – open-worked dial – applied indices on peripheral flange – hands with Super-LumiNova – calibre HUB1280, in-house – automatic flyback chronograph with column wheel – 28,800vph – 72h power reserve – structured white rubber strap with One Click interchangeability system & folding clasp – EUR 24,900

Doxa SUB 300β searambler

Simply put, the Doxa Sub 300 is a legend of a watch. For decades, it has been one of the leading mechanical diving instruments, and it hasn’t lost an ounce of charm. Under the new SUB 300β (or Beta) line, Doxa has decided to have some fun with its icon. It started with the gold-and-ceramic Sharkhunter and has now morphed into a new sub-collection (pardon the pun). This slightly slimmer series of new dive watches comes in the typical Doxa colours, but the silvery-white Searambler fits the wintry bill perfectly, especially on the white FKM rubber strap. Prices are EUR 2,410 for FKM rubber or EUR 2,450 for the steel BoR bracelet.

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Quick Facts – 42.50mm x 44.50mm x 11.95mm – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – unidirectional bezel in black ceramic with double diving scale – helium escape valve – 300m water-resistance – sunburst silvery-white dial with wave pattern – hands and markers with Super-LumiNova – Sellita SW200 – automatic – 28,800vph – 38h power reserve – white FKM rubber strap with adjustable folding clasp – steel Beads of Rice bracelet – EUR 2,410 (FKM rubber) or EUR 2,450 (BoR bracelet)

iwc big pilot’s watch perpetual calendar TOP Gun Lake Tahoe

When it comes to making an impact, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch never fails to impress. Even more so when it is the QP version of the brand’s iconic pilot’s watch. Dressing it in white ceramic all around, with a steel crown and caseback, a black dial with white markings and an all-white rubber and textile strap up the visual oomph even more. But in all honesty, it’s an unexpectedly brilliant combination! The large dial means there’s plenty of real estate for all the perpetual calendar indications the Calibre 52615 provides. This bold statement doesn’t come cheap, though, as it has a sticker price of EUR 43,700.

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Quick Facts – 46.5m x 15.5mm – white ceramic case – stainless steel screw-in crown – sapphire crystal front & back – 60m water-resistant – matte black dial with luminescent indices – QP display with date, day, month, four-digit year, perpetual northern & southern moon phase – 7-day power reserve – calibre 52615, in-house – automatic winding – white rubber strap with textile inlay & deployant clasp – IW503008 – EUR 43,700

Rado True Square Skeleton White

Known as The Masters of Materials, Rado has a history riddled with fresh designs and scratch-resistant materials. One such material is high-tech ceramic, which the brand often showcases in fun and captivating ways. The True Square Skeleton has recently been introduced in three different variations, of which the white ceramic models speaks to us the most. The polished monobloc case and integrated white ceramic bracelet certainly make it a stand-out watch. The skeletonized Calibre R808 movement and its transverse bridges also capture the eye. It retails for EUR 3,000, making it the most attainable watch on today’s list.

2023 Rado True Square Skeleton

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Quick Facts – 38mm x 44.2mm x 9.7mm – white high-tech ceramic monobloc case & crown – sapphire crystal front & back – 50m water-resistance – skeletonised dial – traverse bridges – indices and hour & minute hand with Super-LumiNova – Rado calibre R808 (base ETA), automatic – 21,600vph – 80h power reserve – Nivachron hairspring – integrated white high-tech ceramic bracelet with titanium folding clasp – EUR 3,000

Ulysse nardin diver skeleton x white

Ulysse Nardin and water have been intertwined since the birth of the brand, and on the more expressive side sits the contemporary Diver X Skeleton. Available in a number of colour and material combinations, this white version is perhaps the most attractive of them all. The titanium case has a concave rubberised white bezel insert, white rubber crown guards and white details on the dial and movement. The X-shaped bridges draw you in from both the front and back, exposing most of the mechanical components. Strapped to a white rubber strap with titanium UN elements or a white fabric strap, this one will set you back EUR 26,800.

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Quick Facts – 44mm diameter – titanium case – rubberised diving bezel – white rubber crown guards – screw-down crown – sapphire crystal front & back – 200m water resistant – X-shaped bridges – semi-floating indices – hands with luminous coating – calibre UN-372, in-house – automatic wincing – skeleton construction – 21,600vph – 96h power reserve – white rubber strap with titanium UN element & deployant buckle – white fabric strap with Scratch closing – EUR 26,800

zenith defy classic skeleton fusalp

What’s even better than a predominantly white, sleek ceramic exterior? How about a snowflake on the dial! Pairing up with luxury ski apparel brand Fusalp, this special edition of the Zenith Defy Classic Skeleton delivers just that. The white ceramic case has a skeletonized dial and movement construction with a white top bridge shaped like a snowflake (with a bit of imagination). This is offset with a black date wheel and rose gold-coloured elements. Powered by the Calibre Elite 670, this time-only watch is limited to 100 pieces, retails for CHF 10,900 and is still available through Zenith’s on- and offline boutiques and selected Fusalp stores.

Zenith Defy Classic Fusalp Limited Editions

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Quick Facts – 41mm x 10.75mm – white ceramic case – sapphire crystal front & back – screw-down crown – 100m water-resistant – skeleton dial with snowflake star design – faceted indices & hands with Super-LumiNova – calibre Elite 670 Skeleton, in-house – automatic winding – 28,800vph – 50h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – white rubber strap with folding buckle – limited to 100 pieces, available through Zenith’s on- and offline boutiques, and selected Fusalp stores – CHF 10,900

3 responses

  1. Nice watches you need to remember skeleton watches are not very durable.

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