Lately, it has been all about the blue dial. Sleek, elegant and not too far removed from classic black, it is understandable that it is a popular choice for many a watch collector. However, we have started to see a variety of new hues making their way in to collections and it seems that blue is no longer the only go-to for dials. While blue still reigns supreme when it comes to a pop of colour, the palettes have extended out to others, most notably green, yellow and red.
Colour itself has always had significance within art, film, fashion, interiors, and of course, horology. There have been extensive studies that prove that colour, and colour therapy can help to convey or influence a mood. From ‘power’ colours like red and purple, to mood-lifting colours like orange and yellow, the use of colour is an important consideration.
We have chosen some of our favourite coloured dial timepieces for you for 2020.
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph
Bringing together modern materials and the latest timekeeping technology, the Hublot Classic Fusion range remains true to the brand’s trademark Porthole design. A stunning example of luxury timekeeping, this Hublot Classic Fusion Timepiece is showcased in a striking 45mm satin finished and polished titanium case. The satin-finished green sunray dial is equipped with three chronograph sub-dials, a date display and a protective sapphire crystal glass. The watch is secured with a black rubber and green alligator strap with a secure stainless steel deployment buckle clasp. This high-performance watch is water resistant to 50 metres and powered by a self-winding chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
Breitling Avenger Automatic
Bold, extremely robust and shock resistant, the Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf is a pilots’ watch prepared for adventures well below the ocean’s surface (up to 300 bars – 3.000m). As a true Breitling Avenger, it features an ergonomically designed grip detailing and so can be used wearing gloves, offering unrivalled safety and reliability to any airborne adventurer. The Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf features a sturdy 45mm stainless-steel case, striking yellow dial and a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet, or black military leather strap that fits either a stainless-steel pin buckle or folding clasp. With an impressive water resistance, the Seawolf is at ease up in the air and deep down into the oceans.
TAG Heuer Autavia
A seriously rugged automatic watch for today adventurers, the TAG Heuer Autavia has a bronze case and khaki smoked dial. Bronze is a metal that evolves naturally over time and so its patina will become unique, for a stand out watch. Inspired by classic explorer’s watches, the design is upgraded by 21st-century materials, including titanium for the case back and black ceramic for the bidirectional turning bezel. The smoked dial design is highlighted by numerals and hands with white Super-LumiNova treatment for enhanced readability in low light. The easy-to-read date window is at 6 o’clock.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date
Aviation is a key inspiration for Oris and importance lies on cockpit-ready functionality and aesthetic. The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date’s dial is a rich burgundy red, and offers a contemporary and new way to wear casual watches. The leather strap, which is environmentally friendly in that is not treated with chemicals, fits comfortably on the wrist, and the watch features the pointer calendar movement that has been an Oris favourite for over 70 years. With sapphire glass for extreme shock and scratch resistance as well as a domed lense, this watch encompasses vintage style with modern versatility.
Longines has added two olive-toned timepieces to its HydroConquest collection, which means this best-selling design offers even more choice. The modern dive watch was first introduced in 2007, and has been a Longines mainstay ever since. The HydroConquest has a notched, unidirectional rotating bezel – a common feature of dive models. The bezel rotates in a counter-clockwise direction only, ensuring the diver’s safety, even in the case of an accidental knock. The rotating bezel is an important tool to allow users to measure diving time easily and accurately, and the notching makes it easier to use with one hand. These steel iterations also feature a screwed crown and screw-down case back, again fulfilling the requirements of a highly functional dive tool while still being smart enough to be worn both casually and with formal attire.