Our favourite new timepieces come with colourful dials that are just too arresting to keep under wraps.
ON THE GRID
In this year of the Portugieser, IWC updates its signature Portugieser Chronograph on the inside and out. Aside from vibrant new dial colours such as burgundy (pictured) and green, finished in a sunray-brushed pattern, the 41mm steel timepiece also has a new in-house movement in the form of the automatic calibre 69355.
FULL OF ZEST
Available in seven shades, including orange, the Cintree Curvex Master Banker Asia Exclusive models are Franck Muller’s latest takes on its signature self-winding triple time zone complication that is easily adjusted with the winding crown. The model here measures 55.4 by 39.6mm. A smaller version is also available.
SET IN STONE
An unusual, elegant take on the increasingly popular green dial, Jaquet Droz’s Grande Seconde Tourbillon Jadeite showcases the watchmaker’s knack for using mineral stones. Housed in a 39mm diamond-set, red gold case, the jadeite dial is a charming backdrop for a tourbillon of the automatic movement.
PAST AND PRESENT
Hublot’s Classic Fusion watches merge modern angularity with traditional watchmaking codes. The 42mm self-winding Classic Fusion Chronograph King Gold is further endowed with a vintage vibe, thanks to the satin-brushed green sunray finish of its dial, complemented by a case in Hublot’s proprietary, exceptionally warm King Gold.
The Rado True Square Open Heart has a unique claim to fame. It’s the only square, high-tech ceramic watch with a skeletonised dial on the market. We like the retro-futuristic aesthetic of this model with its white monobloc ceramic case measuring 38mm by 44.2mm and powered by an automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve.
The Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet is all about speed – and in some ways you might not expect. For instance, the primary colour of this 44mm titanium watch is violet, apparently the hue with the highest frequency of visible light. It colours the bridges of the 1/100th of a second El Primero 21 automatic chronograph calibre.
COOL AS ICE
Blue dials are hot in the watch world right now. An icy blue like the one in the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph shown here? Now, that’s just next-level cool. The latest version of the 38mm chronograph features the brand’s engraved Grande Tapisserie dial and is powered by the self-winding calibre 2385.
Photography PHYLLICIA WANG
Art direction FAZLIE HASHIM