If there’s one thing we’re very happy (and somewhat surprised) about regarding the watchmaking industry is the fact that many brands are stepping out of the limelight and fully embracing colour. And we’re not talking about small dabs of colour in a delicate form of artistic expressionism, but using colour to its fullest in a watch. Bright, bold colours beyond the habitual black, white and silver. Colours that make a watch truly pop on the wrist and can grab attention from across the room. You might have expected a Buying Guide of green dials only, but we’ve gone for even bolder choices just to mix things up a bit. With that being said, here’s our Top of the Colour Watches 2022!
Nomos Club Campus Deep Pink
Coming out of the gates swinging, there are very few dials that pack a punch like the Nomos Club Campus Deep Pink! Despite its small size, this is hands-down the brightest, most in-your-face dial tone we’ve seen this year. The bright pink tone jumps at you and is impossible to ignore. The dial is finished with light grey accents and a cheeky orange hand for the small seconds sub-dial. It also comes in two sizes: 36mm or 38.5mm. Power comes from Nomos‘ manually wound Alpha Calibre, which is hidden underneath a solid caseback. Prices are very reasonable at EUR 1,100 (36mm) or EUR 1,200 (38.5mm). And for those who feel the pink one is a bit too much, there’s a slightly more subtle purple Club Campus too.
For more information, please visit Nomos-Glashuette.com.
Quick Facts – 36mm or 38.5mm x 8.2mm or 8.5mm – stainless steel case, polished – sapphire crystal – closed caseback – 100m water-resistant – Deep Pink California dial – light grey accents – sword-style hour and minute hands – recessed small seconds sub-dial with orange hand – Nomos Alpha calibre, in-house – manual winding – 17 jewels – 21,600vph – 43h power reserve – blued screws, Côtes de Genève, perlage – grey velour strap with steel pin buckle – EUR 1,100 (36mm) or EUR 1,200 (38.5mm)
TAG Heuer Monaco Purple Limited Edition
A somewhat unexpected move by TAG Heuer, but the Monaco Purple Limited Edition was one of the brand’s boldest watches this year. It struck a chord with the deep purple tone on the sunray brushed dials, which turns almost black at certain angles. The square case has become a really versatile platform, with a whole range of styles and colours available. The best one, though, is this one. The purple pops and admittedly works really well in the iconic style of the Monaco! Inside we find the in-house made Heuer02 automatic chronograph movement, which comes with a cool purple column wheel. Limited to just 500 pieces, all worn on a black alligator leather strap with purple lining, it retails for EUR 6,800.
For more information, please visit TAGHeuer.com.
Quick Facts – 39mm x 39mm – stainless steel case, brushed and polished – box-shape square sapphire crystal – sapphire crystal caseback – 100m water-resistant – purple dial, sunray-brushed with black sub-dials – calibre Heuer 02, in-house – automatic integrated chronograph – 4Hz (28,800vph) – 80h power reserve – black alligator with black stitching and purple lining – limited to 500 pieces – EUR 6,800
Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Green Birch SLGH011
Yes, we know, green is perhaps the most overly used colour this year, but some watches are far better than others. Case in point, the Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Green Birch SLGH011. This takes the superb style of the Birch collection in a new direction with a luscious green tone reminiscent of a dense forest. The texture on the dial adds a lot of life, and light bounces around when it strikes the dial. It also doesn’t hurt that the overall finishing of the watch is really outstanding. Equipped with Grand Seiko’s hi-beat 9SA5 movement, it has an impressive running time of 80 hours! It comes with a stainless steel bracelet and a price tag of EUR 9,500, including taxes.
For more information, please visit Grand-Seiko.com.
Quick Facts – 40mm x 11.7mm – stainless steel, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal front and back – 100m water-resistant – dark green birch textured dial – applied, faceted hour markers and hands – calibre 9SA5, in-house – automatic winding – dual impulse escapement and Grand Seiko free-sprung balance – 80h power reserve – 36,000vph – accuracy of -3/+5 seconds/day – stainless steel bracelet – non-limited – EUR 9,500 (without taxes)
Patek Philippe 5172G Salmon
Hands-down one of the most beautiful chronograph watches of the year, the Patek Philippe 5172G Salmon really wowed us all. An important pillar in Patek’s collection, the 5172G is arguably one of its best and becomes even tastier in this salmon tone. The 5172G comes in a drop-dead gorgeous white gold case with Art Deco stepped lugs and simple yet balanced pump-style pushers. The dial has a fascinating pink tone, with the two registers pushed down a bit for better legibility. Around the back, the spectacle continues with the impeccably finished manual wound movement. At CHF 68,000, it’s certainly not cheap, but it is one of the most stylish watches of the year!
For more information, please visit Patek.com.
Quick Facts – 41mm x 11.45mm – 18k white gold case, polished – sapphire crystal top (box-type) and caseback – 30m water-resistant – salmon-pink varnished dial – white gold applied numerals – tachymeter scale – white gold fine-tipped baton hands – bi-register chronograph subdials – calibre CH 29-535 PS, in-house – manually wound chronograph movement – 270 components – 28,800vph – 33 jewels – 65h power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph with instantaneous minutes – Patek Philippe Seal – brown alligator leather strap with gold fold-over clasp – CHF 68,000
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm Blue Ceramic
Bear with us, as we are well aware this one is not to everyone’s liking. It might come across as a gimmick to some, but we feel there’s more to it than that. Executed in full blue ceramic, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm Blue Ceramic is a lot to take in, we give you that much. But, and this is what matters to us, it is a statement piece, if there ever was one, and finished to the highest standards, for that matter. The blue ties in every element of the watch, from the case to the bracelet and even the dial. It comes with the complex calibre 5134 ultra-thin automatic with a perpetual calendar module on top. The price for this bluest-of-blue Royal Oaks is an eye-watering CHF 129,000.
For more information, please visit AudemarsPiguet.com.
Quick Facts – 41mm x 9.5mm – full blue ceramic case and bracelet – sapphire crystal front and back – 20m water-resistant – blue dial with Grande Tapisserie pattern – blue sub-dials for the perpetual calendar indications – white gold markers and hands – calibre 5134, ultra-thin automatic with QP module – 374 components – 19,800vph – 40h power reserve – hours, minutes, day, date, week, month, moon phase and leap year indicators – CHF 129,000
Omega Speedmaster 57
Perhaps the most subdued and classical entry on this list, it was refreshing to see Omega adopt some new colours in the Speedmaster range. More specifically, the Speedmaster 57, the manually wound bicompax variant of the legendary chronograph. Slimmer and a touch more compact than some of its siblings, the Omega Speedmaster 57 oozes that lovely vintage style. It comes in simple black, contemporary blue or trendy green, but you could also opt for this much warmer burgundy red! It takes the Speedmaster in a whole new direction, especially with the manually wound calibre 9906. It comes on a matching leather strap for EUR 8,700, or you could tone it down a bit and go for the one on the stainless steel bracelet for EUR 9,100.
For more information, please visit OmegaWatches.com.
Quick Facts – 40.5mm x 12.99mm – steel case, fixed steel bezel – burgundy red sunray brushed dial (blue, green or black dials also available) – Omega calibre 9906, in-house – Master Chronometer certified – hand-wound chronograph with column wheel and vertical clutch – 60h power reserve – 28,800vph – gradient burgundy coloured leather strap with pin buckle – EUR 8.700 (leather strap) or EUR 9,100 (steel bracelet)