From vibrant aqua to rich chocolate brown, a fresh range of colours gives the faces of horology a vivid lift.
Not many watch brands have dial-making capabilities, so it stands to reason that those that do would make use of it to create some pretty exceptional faces. Glashutte Original’s Sixties Iconic Collection, including the Aqua model shown here, features coloured or textured dials created at its facility in Pforzheim. The subtly graduated colour of this 39mm steel timepiece is created in a multi-step process involving galvanisation and hand-lacquering.
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The latest addition to a series created as a tribute to an ultra-slim historical watch, the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 by Jaeger-LeCoultre now comes in a rich chocolate brown. This follows the red or blue dials of its immediate predecessors released in recent years. Measuring 46.8mm in length, this model is housed in a pink gold case that contrasts beautifully with its face. Its manually wound movement has a power reserve of 45 hours.
Aside from the darker subdial borders that form the figure “8”, the first thing a viewer will notice about the dial of the Tonda Metrographe Steel by Parmigiani is its colour: an unusual light mint green. Aside from its stylishly subtle shade, dual finishes add interest to the dial – a snailed exterior contrasts with the smooth opaline centre. The watch’s PF315 automatic chronograph calibre is housed in a 40mm steel case.
While grey dials are not unusual, the Corum Bubble Sphere2 takes your regular slate-coloured face to the next level with its graduated finish and Op Art-inspired design. The atomic-like lines that create a sense of movement are found not only on the dial, but also on the 47mm steel watch’s chief distinguishing feature – a domed sapphire glass measuring 18.8mm in height, which magnifies and distorts the face to playful effect.
The recipient of the Good Design Award 2015, Rado’s Diamaster Grande Master Seconde distinguishes itself in myriad ways. Firstly, it has a distinctive time-telling display comprising two overlapping, differently sized subdials. Next, its 43mm metal-like case is actually made from lightweight and hypoallergenic plasma high-tech ceramic. Last but not least, this iteration comes in a deep, warm brown – a hue that Rado has embraced of late, to charming effect.