Can Blue-Dialled Timepieces Elevate To The Same Level As White- And Black- Timepieces? If The Pieces We Got For You Are The Ones Talking Then You’ll Definitely Be Oozing Pure Glam.
For decades, watchmakers have embraced blue, and for some brands, it has become a defining feature. Talking about the colour blue has a calming effect while given the fascination that women have always been fans of watches, but it appears that we are only now beginning to speak out about it. Indeed, watch collectors have an immense amount of freedom in terms of choosing from a whole spectrum of hues when it comes to the dial colourways. However, one thing is for sure — one dial
colour that will always stand out from the crowd is fashionable blue. In this segment, we will be taking a closer look at some of the recent blue-dial watches offered in the industry and examining why you should be donning these blue-dial watches. Read on to see if your favourite blue dial watch made the cut!
1. PIAGET, LIMELIGHT AURA HIGH JEWELLERY WATCH
Piaget’s ultra-thin hand-wound mechanical movement drives this modern classic, while Maison’s mastery of jewellery and gem setting is on full display in the Aura. In this case, a diamond-set sunburst dial is encircled by a dégradé composition of precisely calibrated sapphires in tones ranging from icy light to midnight blue. A one-of-a-kind piece that took over 260 hours
The Aura name captures the illuminating design, as the watch is set with individually calibrated baguette-cut diamonds. Piaget has brought back the Aura, but this time the brand uses diamonds and sapphires. It took the designers over eight months to find and select the perfect blue sapphires to use in the watch’s design, and the resulting baguette-cut stones which are a perfect fit for the watch’s integrated case and bracelet.
The ultra-thin claws provide an invisible-like setting where maximum light permeates the creation and power of the Piaget 430P manufactures ultra-thin hand-wound mechanical movement that gives the watch its extraordinary luminosity.
2. TAG HEUER, CARRERA DATE 36 MM
TAG Heuer has released an all-new date version of its cornerstone Carrera model in 36mm. Here, colour is the name of the game with a blindingly blue hue leading the charge. Aimed squarely at the unisex market, the new 36mm Carreras have mass appeal thanks not only to eye-catching colour varieties but safe styling.
Additionally, a redesigned case reduces the Carrera Date’s silhouette by a full 2mm. When it comes to case thickness, even shaving off a single millimetre is a feat, so the new 10mm models are a welcome change. Just as the thickness has been reduced, so has the lug-to-lug which now drops to just 42mm. Inside, the Calibre 7 represents an upgrade from the last-gen Calibre 5, stretching the Carrera Date’s power reserve by a full 18 hours. Now lasting 56 hours, the Calibre 7 places the eponymous date function at the 6 o’clock spot, a favourite among symmetries.
Fans of the exhibition case back are in luck, as the branded, milled rotor is fully visible on the watch’s reverse side. Most noticeable, of course, are the unconventional dial colours. Regardless, the 18K 5N rose gold-plated dial elements do look admittedly sharp, particularly on this TAG’s deep signature blue dial variant.
3. ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DAY-DATE 36
Rolex presents a novel creative twist with these iterations of the Day-Date 36. As the brand will debut a new take on an iconic model. This new offering from Rolex will be a cause for joyful celebration despite the show’s promise to keep you on your toes. The watch adds a dash of improvisation to the wearer’s wrist by reflecting the form of expression.
Knowing the cases of this new model is an all 36mm model, it’s phenomenal work Rolex does with its gem-setting, this will likely be stunning. The crowns are branded and feature the Twinlock screw-down system that helps to facilitate the 100m water resistance of the models. Depending on the dial you opt for, you’ll get either 18kt yellow gold, 18kt white gold, or Rolex’s proprietary Everose 18kt pink gold.
This turquoise puzzle dial is available in Everose. It’s worth noting that for the stone dials, the release is more about the dials than the configurations: the stone dials with diamond-set hour markers will be available in a total of 18 configurations, including platinum options for the turquoise dial. They all feature sapphire crystals with a cyclops for the date and screw-down case backs and are fitted with matching bracelets with concealed folding Crown clasps.
4. OMEGA, SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER
The Planet Ocean has always been a curious watch. It’s also a design that has started to feel a bit long in the tooth for us. Even if you can’t see the movement through the case back, Omega says this METAS-approved movement will offer the expected resistance to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gausses, a free-sprung balance with silicon balance spring, automatic winding in both directions and a rhodium-plated finish with Geneva waves in arabesque.
The new Planet Ocean 600M measures 39.5mm by 14.2mm. Those dimensions are for a dive watch fitted with a helium escape valve, rated for 600m of water resistance, featuring a solid case back with the new Poseidon motif, and a very blue colour scheme.
The dark and powder blue colours on the ceramic bezel are cool, but it’s the dial that seems to be one of the biggest selling points. It’s ceramic with a blue PVD coating that is then brushed to form a gradient from light to dark, starting at the centre. There is the raised powder blue (or what Omega calls “Summer Blue”) numerals tying the design together.