If, like us, you have a thing for technicolor timepieces, check out our favorite luxury watches of all shades and hues.
Back then, watch faces were black or white, silver or gold. Now they come in just about every hue imaginable. We sift through the spectrum of shades you can strap to your wrist, from bright red to royal purple – and even a veritable kaleidoscope of colors. Here are the best colored luxury watches.
The Best Colorful Luxury Watches
This colorful luxury Top Time chronograph capsule collection watches by Breitling, which pays homage to three American performance cars of the 1960s – the Shelby American Cobra (left, with blue and white dial), the Chevrolet Corvette (center, with red and black dial) and the Ford Mustang (at right, with green and black dial) – nails the vintage vibe perfectly. In 42mm (Corvette and Mustang) and 40mm (Cobra) stainless steel cases and with racing-style leather straps, all three watches feature ETA-based automatic movements – on 42mm models , it is the caliber 1/8th of a second 25, while the 40 mm version receives the caliber 41 at 1/4 of a second; all beat at 4 Hz for a 42-hour power reserve. Accents of contrasting color on the outer tachymeter scale of each dial further enhance the appeal.
H.Moser & Cie.
Although similar in design to the Heritage Bronze “Since 1828”, Moser Dual Time Heritage Not only does it sport a burgundy fumé soleil shiny dial but, to enhance its already convincing vintage pilot crest, it also features a second 24-hour hand which, when the user is not on the move, can be cleverly concealed beneath the main hour hand. If that wasn’t indicative enough of the ingenuity of this small Schaffhausen-based manufacture, the brand’s logo is rendered in transparent lacquer and, under certain lights, becomes almost invisible. In a 42 mm steel case, the watch is powered by the automatic HMC caliber, which operates at 3 Hz for a 72-hour reserve.
If the sword-shaped hands and multi-faceted hour markers (which shimmer seductively from any angle you look at them) weren’t enough to tell you this is a Grand Seiko, then just look at the dial of this limited edition Snow on the Blue Lake. Inspired by the winter landscape of Hachimandai in Iwate Prefecture, the delicate light blue hue is reminiscent of the sun on snow. With only 140 pieces available in five key Asian markets, this delightful and rare timepiece comes in a 40mm steel case housing the high-pace Caliber 9S85, an ultra-precise automatic movement boasting a 55-hour power reserve. .
Although Omega’s current formal dress design codes Constellation collection were delayed in the early 1980s, the trends are such that it seems that they have become fashionable again. It’s no surprise, then, that the brand has decided to brighten up the Constellation’s appeal further with this recent iteration of three 36mm women’s versions featuring diamond-set bezels, sunbrushed color PVD dials and straps. in matching alligator. While all have steel cases and are powered by Omega’s Metas-certified coaxial automatic caliber 8800, the burgundy model has a steel bezel, the blue reference comes with a yellow gold bezel and the brown version has a Sedna gold bezel.
One of the main criticisms voiced when Audemars Piguet unveiled its Code 11.59 three years ago was that while technically and in terms of craftsmanship the watches were exceptional, the dials were somewhat uninspiring – and in particular on simpler models with time and date. The subsequent release, in September 2020, of five new chronograph and three-hand models with sunray-lacquered dials in blue, grey, burgundy and purple, went a long way towards solving these issues – and all the more so as these opulent hues are offset by white and rose gold for the case and dial furnishings, and matched with luxurious alligator straps. In fact, we’d go so far as to say they’re pretty fabulous.
Bvlgari x MB&F
In an unprecedented collaboration, Bvlgari and MB&F revealed two extravagant over-the-top, gem-set vversions of the independent Swiss watchmaker’s Flying T during the recent Dubai Watch Week. One, pictured here, is in rose gold with a pink alligator strap and the other in white gold with a green strap – and both are covered in clear and colored stones. In 39 x 20 mm cases with delicately domed crystals, these 20-piece limited editions are not watches to be worn every day, but they demonstrate the spectacular results that can be achieved when avant-garde watchmaking and the creativity of fine jewelry collide.
For Rolex watchers accustomed to tiny but earth-shattering changes in case diameters or bezel thicknesses, the drop of the company’s new watches in late summer 2020 must have come as a particular shock because among them was a quintet of Oyster Perpetuals in 36mm steel cases. and brightly colored lacquered dials. Four of them – in yellow, turquoise, coral red and candy pink – are featured here; there was also a not-so-bright green, and this year they were joined by 36mm Datejusts with palm-patterned dials in olive green, gold and grey. All of these may be unusually light on the outside, but they’re decidedly Rolex on the inside, featuring Superlative Chronometer movements with Chronergy escapements and a 70-hour power reserve.
Yet another tribute to Richard Mille’s longtime friend, ambassador and tennis great, the new RM 35-03 Rafael Nadal brings a new patented innovation – in the form of a butterfly rotor, three years in development – to the brand’s high-tech trick box. This new feature, specifies the brand, “allows the wearer to interact directly with the geometry of the rotor, controlling the winding speed of the movement according to their lifestyle and level of activity…” Philistines that we are , however, we’re more interested in the watch’s color scheme. , which on this version includes Quartz TPT blue, red, yellow and white (there is another model in Quartz TPT mostly white and light blue).
Ever one of the shrinking violets of the Swiss watch industry, Hublot has become famous for pushing the boat out – although, in its latest collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, the vessel in question is more of a superyacht than a skiff. In fact, the limited edition Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Rainbow Sapphire, whose name pretty much says it all, is described by Hublot as “a swirl of transparency and color”, which indeed would be the case if you were to combine a 45mm solid sapphire crystal case with a rotating dial made up of 384 brightly colored gemstones. And yes, if you were wondering, it even tells the time.