Call it ice blue, light blue, sky blue or arctic blue, the fact of the matter is, watches with a lighter shade of blue on the dial are hot right now. So hot in fact, it seems there’s a new one coming out every other week. Are we witnessing the shift from green, which was all the rage the past few years, to a new trend colour? Either way, there have been some really cool new watches this year, all with a variation of light blue gracing the dial. Here are six of the coolest, ranging from affordable to high-end.
Tissot PRX Ice-blue
The Tissot PRX collection has been a smash hit for the brand, and one of the best versions is the 40mm size in ice blue. There’s just something very cool about it, as it captures the essence of the extremely popular integrated sports watch style, at a very reasonable price. For just EUR 745 you get the signature PRX design, backed up by the very good Powermatic 80 movement and that incredibly cool ice-blue dial. What’s not to like? The 40mm size perhaps, but we’re pretty sure this colour will make an appearance in the 35mm PRX in due time.
For more information, please visit Tissot-Watches.com
Quick Facts – 40mm x 10.8mm – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – sapphire crystal front & back – 100m water-resistant – ice-blue hobnail dial – applied indices & hands with Super-LumiNova – Powermaatic 80 movement – automatic winding – Nivachron anti-magnetic hairspring – 80h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, date – integrated stainless steel bracelet with easy exchange push pin – EUR 745
Louis Erard Excellence Petite Seconde Ice-Blue
Louis Erard loves to play around with textures, materials and colours. In the compact Excellence Petite Seconde sub-collection comes a refreshingly cool ice-blue watch, limited to an annual production of 100 to 150 pieces. The light blue dial is finished with darker blue applied indices and hands for a nice contrast. Under the sapphire caseback, we see the Sellita SW261-1, with élaboré grade finishing. To finish it all off, Louis Erard has fitted a light blue leather strap to it. At EUR 2,222 it’s a step up from the Tissot, but still relatively affordable.
For more information, please visit LouisErard.com
Quick Facts – 39mm x 12.82mm – stainless steel case, polished – sapphire crystal front & back – 50m water-resistant – ice-blue dial with dark blue applied indices & hands – recessed small seconds subdial – Sellita SW 261-1, automatic – 31 jewels – 28,800vph – 38h power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds – matching light blue leather strap – limited to 100 to 150 pieces per year – EUR 2,222
Bell & Ross BR 05 GMT Sky Blue
The BR 05 by Bell & Ross is a softer, toned-down take on the emblematic circle-in-a-square design, aimed at the urban jungle. With time-and-date, chronographs and GMT models, there’s plenty to choose from, including this cheerful Sky Blue version. The sunray-brushed dial has applied markers and hands and has a sloped flange in silver and white for the GMT display. The central hand is partially finished in blue with a triangular tip. The BR-CAL.325 that powers it is based on the Sellita SW330. Seen here on the rubber strap, it’s also available on a steel bracelet, which ups the price from EUR 5,200 to EUR 5,700.
For more information, please visit BellRoss.com
Quick Facts – 41mm x 11.1mm – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – sapphire crystal front & back – 100m water-resistant – sky blue sunray brushed dial – applied indices & hands with Super-LumiNova – central GMT hand with triangular tip – two-tone sloped 24h flange – BR-CAL.325, Sellita SW330 base – automatic – 28,800vph – 42h power reserve – integrated blue rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet – EUR 5,200 (strap) – EUR 5,700 (bracelet)
Zenith Defy Skyline Ice-Blue
The Zenith Defy Skyline Ice-Blue is another luxury sports watch with an integrated design that follows the light blue trend. The edgy style of the case, complete with a 12-sided bezel pops even more thanks to the new ice-blue dial and matching rubber strap. The 41mm version still comes with the 1/10th of a seconds indication and of course the starry pattern on the dial. The El Primero 3620 movement can be seen through the caseback and is driven by a star-shaped rotor. Supplied with both an integrated steel bracelet and a blue rubber strap, it retails for CHF 8,900.
For more information, please visit Zenith-Watches.com
Quick Facts – 41mm x 11.6mm – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – octagonal case with 12-sided bezel – sapphire crystal front & back – 100m water-resistant – ice-blue starry dial with applied indices & hands with Super-LumiNova – El Primero 3620, in-house automatic – 36,000vph – 26 jewels – hours, minutes, 1/10th of a seconds, date – integrated steel bracelet and ice-blue leather strap – CHF 8,900
Grand Seiko Heritage 44GS Hi-Beat SLGH013
Grand Seiko is well known for its interesting dial colours and textures, and the Heritage 44GS Hi-Beat SLGH013 delivers on both accounts, with a cool ice-blue Mt Iwate-style dial. The angular case is finished with brushed and Zaratsu-polished surfaces for a sporty look. The snowy texture of the dial is finished with a very subtle icy blue colour and applied hour markers and hands. Around the back, you can see the Calibre 9SA5 working away diligently. Worn on a stainless steel three-link bracelet, this non-limited Grand Seiko will set you back EUR 9,300.
For more information, please visit Grand-Seiko.com
Quick Facts – 40mm x 11.7mm – ever-brilliant stainless steel case, brushed & Zaratsu-polished – sapphire crystal front & back – screw-down crown – 100m water-resistant – ice-blue Mt Iwate dial – applied indices & hands with Zaratsu-polishing – blue central seconds hand – framed date window – Calibre 9SA5, in-house automatic – dual impulse escapement – 47 jewels – 36,000vph – 80h power reserve – three-link steel bracelet – EUR 9,300
H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon Arctic Blue
We’re jumping up a few steps in terms of complexity, with the compact 40mm H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Tourbillon in Arctic Blue. This comes with an incredible fumé dial, a signature trait for most, if not all Moser watches. The tone is a bit darker compared to others on this list but still evokes visions of the Arctic. The exposed tourbillon escapement of the in-house Calibre HMC 804 pokes through at 6 o’clock, with the rest of the mechanical marvel seen through the caseback. It comes with a hefty price tag of CHF 49,900 and is delivered on either rubber, textile or leather straps or a stainless steel bracelet.
For more information, please visit H-Moser.com
Quick Facts – 40mm x 12mm – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – sapphire crystal front & back – 120m water-resistant – arctic blue fumé dial – transparent lacquer H. Moser & Cie logo – applied indices & hands with Super-LumiNova – Calibre HMC 804, in-house automatic – 28 jewels – bi-directional pawl winding system – 21,600vph – exposed tourbillon escapement – double-hairspring – 3-day power reserve – rubber, textile or leather strap or steel bracelet – CHF 49,900