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As we head into spring, now is the perfect time to indulge in an eye-catching green and blue watch.
By Roberta Naas | March 26 2021
It’s no secret that one of the most beloved dial colors for luxury watches is blue. Brands have been offering blue hues for years, and making them brighter and bolder every year. Recently, however, green has also been garnering the spotlight — in rich, verdant shades that grab the eye and the heart. Top brands are achieving these blue and green dial colors via plating processes, lacquer or enamel work, and even by turning to nature’s finest stones like lapis lazuli and malachite. With the grass getting greener for spring and skies getting bluer, it’s the perfect time to indulge in green… or blue… or both!
The independent house of Bovet delights watch lovers with its elaborate open-worked movements and spectacular hand-guilloche dials. The green on the center dial and on the outer edges is created using an elaborate hand-painted lacquer over a dial whose pattern has been etched into the metal by hand. The highly complicated watch is equipped with a hand-wound mechanical movement and offers a retrograde perpetual calendar that displays day, month, leap year and date via a retrograde indication (in addition to the time). Even better, the 18-karat white gold AMADEO® convertible case system enables the watch to be worn on the wrist or as a pocket watch, or it can serve as a nightstand clock.
The tall fir trees in the Ore Mountains that surround this Saxony-region German watch brand provided the inspiration for the forest-green dial of the PanoMaticLunar. The brand’s in-house dial manufacture in Pforzheim, Germany, works with brass disks, coating them in galvanic nickel and then spraying a black lacquer on the outer edges. The entire dial is then painted layer by layer with transparent green lacquer to achieve the gradient effect. The watch is equipped with an in-house-made automatic winding caliber and offers off-center hour, minute and small seconds, as well as a large Panorama date and moonphase display. It is crafted in stainless steel and finished with a nubuck leather strap.
Recalling the days when Piaget was a leader in creating gemstone dials during the 1960s, this Black Tie Vintage Reedition watch boasts a dazzling natural malachite dial with its striations in horizontal format. The striking green gemstone is a thinly sliced layer of malachite that weighs 6.51 carats and creates a beautiful contrast with the 18-karat white gold stepped case. The integrated alligator strap is perfectly matched. The 43mm watch is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement that provides 42 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
First unveiled in 2019, this complicated Hermès watch has enjoyed several dial evolutions ranging from meteorite to aventurine and this stunning lapis lazuli. This naturally occurring blue stone sometimes boasts striations or flecks of golden for intriguing appeal. The watch features a specially made module created by watchmaker Jean-François Mojon that enables the two moonphase disks on the watch to stay in position (contrary to most moonphase disks) while the main dial (including its off-center date and time subsidiary dials) rotates — forming the correct phases of the moon as the subsidiary dials pass over the moon disks.
A master at spectacular dial colors, independent watch brand H. Moser & Cie regularly delights collectors with its bold and expressive hues. This stainless steel Pioneer Centre Seconds watch features a dial in Cosmic Green; the color is reminiscent of the Northern Lights and their jeweled tones. The dial is brightest in the center and gradually darkens as it reaches the outer edges. The indexes are tipped with a luminescent dot and the hands boast Super-LumiNova for night time reading. The watch is powered by an in-house-made mechanical movement and is finished with a contemporary fabric strap.
The vibrant blue dial of this Patek Philippe Ref. 5930G World Time Chronograph watch features a circular guilloche dial center that is created on vintage rose-engine machines and made entirely by hand. The outer city disks are in the same color, while the inner day/date flange offers gray and darker blue for contrast. The mechanical movement showcases time in the world’s 24 zones and offers stopwatch chronograph counter and central seconds. The 39.5mm watch is crafted in white gold.
A beloved, iconic watch, the Memovox has captivated collectors since its very first appearance more than half a century ago. Now, Jaeger-LeCoultre releases the all-new Polaris Memovox Alarm watch with gradient royal blue dial. The bright orange markers are designed for divers, and the watch is water resistant to 1,000 feet. Powered by an in-house-made selfwinding movement, the watch is crafted in stainless steel.
Vacheron Constantin showcases the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin watch with a midnight blue dial whose color was created expressly for this line. The in-housemade self-winding movement that powers this watch offers hours, minutes, moonphase indication, day of the week, date, month and leap year. The complex caliber tracks the moonphases without needing a single correction until March 1, 2100. The satin-finished blue dial is beautifully contrasted by the 18-karat gold hands and markers.