5 Green Watches Likely To Become Evergreens From Rolex, Chopard, Glashütte Original, Breitling And Hermès
While blue is still on top in the world of watches (see Blue Vs. Green At Baselworld 2018: Green Isn’t The New Blue), we have witnessed the introduction of a great amount of magnificent green dials lately.
This new trend corresponds with the top ranking of green in the fashion color trend report of the Pantone Color Institute for spring 2018. This global institution in all things color has included the hue called arcadia among in its ranked colors for the year because “the rather cool and clear green hue is retro and modern at the same time.”
Besides, lively green symbolizes eternal renewal and growth. It is also thanks to this color that we feel free when we step outside into nature. Not surprisingly, green seems to be a new refreshing color choice for many watch brands transferring this positive attitude right to the wrist, urging us to seize the day.
Here are five vibrantly green newcomers using the expressive color to create horological excitement.
Rolex Datejust 31: natural beauty and technical excellence
Among the debutantes with green dials at the 2018 edition of Baselworld, once again a Rolex timepiece celebrated a grand entrance. The watch giant introduced a new jewelry version of its beloved Datejust in a diameter of 31 mm, making it perfectly sized for smaller wrists.
The yellow gold timepiece crafted in Rolex’s own foundry stood out with its artistic green malachite dial: proof positive of the brand’s expertise in good taste.
With its lush, emerald-like color gradient, this natural stone sets the stage for the distinctive date aperture that is characteristically magnified by the Rolex cyclops lens that has been added to this model’s dial since it first appeared in 1945.
The two 18-karat gold Roman numerals VI and IX set with 24 diamonds make for a fabulous, colorful ménage à trois in stone together with this dial.
At the heart of the watch is automatic Caliber 2236, fitted with a magnetic field-resistant and temperature-stable Syloxi hairspring in silicon offering Rolex’s superlative level of chronometric performance with an accuracy of −2/+2 seconds per day. It ticks inside the legendary Oyster case, which is naturally water resistant to 100 meters.
The Datejust 31 comes on a yellow gold President bracelet with semi-circular three-piece links, a style created in 1956 for the launch of the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date.
For more information, please visit: www.rolex.com/watches/datejust.
Quick Facts Rolex Datejust 31
Case: 31 mm, yellow gold
Movement: automatic manufacture Caliber 2236, 4Hz/28,800 vph frequency, power reserve 55 hours, Syloxi hairspring in silicon, C.O.S.C. certificate and Superlative Chronometer Standard
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date
Chopard Mille Miglia Racing Colors Limited Edition: British understatement
As a nod to classic car racing and as official partner of the Mille Miglia road rally, Chopard has cultivated a lovely tradition of annually introducing select chronograph models for 30 years. These combine C.O.S.C.-certified precision with an unmistakable vintage elegance and a dynamic masculine aura.
On the occasion of the partnership’s thirtieth anniversary, Chopard has a special surprise up its sleeve: a range of five models, all in bold, bright colors assigned to national teams (Italy, Germany, UK, Belgium, and France).
Whereas Belgium’s “Speed Yellow” is not really my cup of tea, I do like the UK’s aptly named “British Green.” As with all five color options, the hue is very intense and seems to be borrowed from some curvy vintage roadster with a flair for speed.
As well as the dial color making for a strong impression by highlighting the tasteful retro style of the Mille Miglia timepieces, mechanical functionality is also of note since this picture-perfect chronograph’s precision is proven by a C.O.S.C. chronometer certificate.
Not to be missed on a true Mille Miglia timepiece is the tachymeter scale on the flange to facilitate the calculation of average speeds – a crucial element of a real car watch.
For more information,please go to www.chopard.com/us/catalog/product/mille-miglia-racing-colors.
Quick Facts Chopard Mille Miglia Racing Colors Limited Edition
Case: 42 x 12.67 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber ETA 2894-2A, 4Hz/28,800 vph frequency, power reserve 42 hours, C.O.S.C. certification
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date, chronograph
Limitation: 300 pieces per color
Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date: stunning retro design with a new color twist
Not many watch brands can pride themselves on maintaining a genuine dial manufactory. Glashütte Original belongs to this elite circle with its own production site in Germany’s Pforzheim.
A particularly gorgeous example of this traditional crafting of watch faces is the new Sixties Panorama Date. Its intense green and sublimely textured lacquered dial with “degradé” effect is fabricated in a time-consuming multistep process by using original tools from the 1960s, the very decade that the collection draws its inspiration from. Although serially produced in small batches, each one is individual and a piece of art in itself.
As such, it serves as a perfect backdrop for the line’s signature Arabic numerals and the brand’s proprietary large date, here executed with white numbers contrasting against a black background.
Powering the 42 mm timepiece is an automatic manufacture Caliber 39-47 with sophisticated elements of the traditional art of watchmaking as practiced only in Glashütte, such as a Glashütte three-quarter plate with ribbed finish and a swan-neck fine adjustment.
For more information, please visit www.glashuette-original.com/collection/vintage/sixties-panorama-date.
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Quick Facts Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date
Case: 42.0 x 12,4 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic manufacture Caliber 39-47 with second stop, power reserve of 40 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; large date
Limitation: production terminated until the end of 2018
Breitling Navitimer 8 Super 8 B20 Automatic 50: unmistakable aviation-style retro in military green
Breitling, well known for its accurate chronographs and its close affiliation with aviation, introduced a new collection of pilot’s watches this year: the all-new Navitimer Super 8.
The number “8” in the name of the heritage-style watch refers to the “Huit Aviation Department,” which was organized in 1938 to manufacture cockpit instruments and pilot’s watches for civilian and military purposes.
Willy Breitling chose the name “Huit” (the French word for “eight”) as a reminder of the lengthy eight-day power reserve of these cockpit instruments.
Although the Navitimer Super 8, which draws inspiration from the vintage Reference 637 stopwatch, employs classic characteristic style elements of the legendary Navitimer family such as the beveled lugs, the notched bezel, and the sword-shaped hands, the three-handed timepiece exudes its very own style combining Breitling’s airborne legacy with contemporary technology.
As a tribute to the oversized original that World War II pilots used to strap around their thighs, its titanium case with the crown located on the left side measures a full 50 mm in diameter, including the bold bezel.
Behind the military-green dial with luminescent numerals and hands ticks Caliber B20, which is based on Tudor’s Caliber MT5612 (see Tudor And Breitling: Two Sports Watch Manufacturers Unexpectedly – But Not For The First Time – Sharing Movements In 2017). This automatic movement, which is wound by a bilaterally winding ball-bearing rotor, boasts an impressive power reserve of 70 hours.
For more information, please visit www.breitling.com/us-en/watches/navitimer/8/super8-b20-automatic-50.
Quick Facts Breitling Navitimer 8 Super 8 B20 Automatic 50
Case: 50.0 x 14.4 mm, titanium
Movement: automatic manufacture Breitling B20 (based on Tudor Caliber MT5612), 4Hz/28,800 vph frequency, power reserve 70 hours, C.O.S.C. certification
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Hermès Arceau Casaque vertigo green: it’s all in the details
As a tribute to its equestrian heritage, at the 2018 SIHH Hermès introduced an intriguing métiers d’art version of its Arceau timepiece, which was designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978. The Arceau case is distinguished by signature lugs that skillfully mimic the shape of stirrups.
The Hermès Arceau Casaque collection consists of four limited two-hand timepieces in a slew of bold colors featuring artistic dials crafted using champlevé, lacquer, and transfer techniques, with a playful contrast of differently patterned areas surrounding the majestic horse in the center.
For more information, please visit www.hermes.com.
Quick Facts Hermès Arceau Casaque vertigo green
Case: 31 mm, yellow gold
Functions: hours, minutes