Following last’s week Top 5 list of green watches, we take a look at five watches that will do anything but make you feel blue. This versatile colour, applied through galvanized dials and denim straps, was a hot trend during this year’s biggest watch fairs. Mostly in men’s collections, although Jaeger-LeCoultre has a stunning ladies complication dedicated to the night sky. Do you agree or disagree with this week’s selection. Make sure to let us know your picks.
1 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 2015
The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is back, with some sizeable changes! The watch preserves the appeal of the original Perpetual Calendar: day, date, moon, month and leap year are beautifully displayed on the familiar blue Grand Tapisserie dial, and more legible than they were previously. In fact, the detail of each is easier to appreciate, especially the intricate astronomical moon phase. And the added space has also allowed Audemars Piguet to add an outer chapter ring to indicate the 52 weeks of the year. Please click here for more...
2 IWC Schaffhausen Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5034
The IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar makes a good case for itself when it comes to blue dials released this year, but since we can only pick one from IWC Schaffhausen, we decided to go with the more complicated Perpetual Calendar. In a different configuration to Audemars Piguet's model, the IWC Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5034 also features day, date, moon, month and leap year with an added power reserve inside the subdial at 3 o’clock and a four-digit year display. The 44.2MM Portugieser is also much larger than the Audemars Piguet, with the additional space on the dial given to the spectacular double moon phase display depicting the star-studded night sky as it appears in both hemispheres.
3 Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon
Jaeger-LeCoultre turned its gaze to the heavens with the Rendez-Vous Moon. A 39mm white gold case houses a substantial canvas to interpret the moon, which takes up about three quarters of the dial starting at 6 o’clock. The large moon of the mother-of-pearl moon is the – non-literal – star of the show, floating against the backdrop of a blue celestial sky. Blued Arabic numbers and a blue satin strap hearken back to the firmament. But most secretly and importantly a star-shaped hand can be set to remind of your next rendez-vous date. Diamonds encrust the bezel and lugs for extra sparkle. Limited to 265 pieces, the Rendez-Vous Moon runs off an automatic movement.
4 Glashütte Original PanoReserve
Released during Baselworld 2015, the latest interpretation of the PanoReserve presents a “galvanic blue” dial made by the brand’s well renowned specialist facility, located in Pforzheim, Germany. Galvanization is a painstaking and meticulous process, which few watch brands are capable of in-house. But the popularity and versatility of “galvanic-blue” dials means that the affordable steel PanoReserve may be one of the best there is. Please click here for more...
5 Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent
In collaboration with Italia Independent, Hublot announced the new Big Bang Unico Italia Independent timepiece in 2015. The collaboration resulted in several breakthroughs in design, not the least of which is the timepiece’s case, which features a brand-new material, Texalium, exclusive to Hublot alone. The blue strap is made from denim fabric with grey studs and benefits from the interchangeable “One Click” system, which enables its wearers to choose from a wide range of straps as they like. Every watch comes in a customized Italia Independent display case and a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses (also made from Texalium!) as a bonus gift for Big Bang customers. Limited to 500 pieces. Please click here for more...