It’s Not Easy Being Green! 4 Verdant Watches To Celebrate A Socially Distanced St. Patrick’s Day 2020 From Rolex, Glashütte Original, Tutima, And Fabergé
I’m sure St. Patrick’s Day 2020 will go down in history as one of partying in a much different way than we are used to doing in the western world.
Kermit the Frog, who seems to be partaking while self-isolating in this viral gif, provides a prime example of how it’s done.
As Kermit has told us for decades, it’s not easy being green. And that counts double for green-dialed watches as they have to compete against blue!
Kermit, as you can see above, is probably a little drunk in the typical spirit of St. Paddy’s Day. So let’s emulate him and swerve around somewhat to pick a wide variety of watches with eye-catching green dials, ranging from about $2,000 all the way up to $89,000.
Making its debut at the 2018 edition of Baselworld, this Rolex timepiece is a jewelry version of the brand’s beloved Datejust in a diameter of 31 mm, making it perfectly sized for smaller wrists.
The yellow gold timepiece, whose case was crafted in Rolex’s own foundry, stood out with its artistic green malachite dial.
With its lush, emerald-like hues, this natural stone sets the stage for the distinctive date aperture that is characteristically magnified by the Rolex cyclops lens that has adorned all Datejusts since 1945. The 18-karat gold applied Roman numerals VI and IX are set with 24 diamonds each.
At the heart of this watch beats 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 water resistant to 100 meters.
The Datejust 31 comes on a yellow gold President bracelet with 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
Introduced in 2018 – the 2019 edition came sporting a beautiful burnt-orange dial – this model’s production was limited to that year.
Glashütte Original’s Sixties collection reflects the elegance and unmistakable design style of the 1960s – and has done so since this line was introduced in 2015 (see Sixties Iconic: Glashütte Original’s Richly Multicolored Homage To Vintage East German Style).
Characteristic details bring the look of this swinging decade to life: in particular, the domed, galvanic dial with its exquisitely styled Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock framed by a finely printed minute scale.
Lightly domed hour, minute, and second hands, as well as diamond-milled hour indices, underscore the elegant aura that goes perfectly with the green color, further highlighted by a specially-developed graduated color scheme.
To create this “degradé effect,” the dial maker applies a galvanic base coat, followed by layers of colored lacquer.
In the next step, black lacquer is carefully applied using a special spray gun, which produces – depending on the angle that the gun is held – an individual color gradient that renders each dial unique. At the end of the time-consuming process, the lacquered dials are fired at high temperature to fix the color.
The new Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date are powered by the manufacture’s automatic movements, Caliber 39-52 and 39-47 respectively. The signature Glashütte Original Panorama Date display, with white numbers on a black background, is positioned along the central vertical axis in the lower half of the dial.
For more information, please visit www.glashuette-original.com/collection/vintage/sixties.
Quick Facts Glashütte Original Sixties
Case: 39 x 9.4 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic manufacture Caliber 39-52, power reserve 40 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds
Quick Facts Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date
Case: 42 x 12.4 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic manufacture Caliber 39-47, power reserve 40 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; large date
Tutima Glashütte just introduced two pretty cool variations of the Grand Flieger Airport, one of the brand’s eight cornerstone collections, stocked with an ample portion of pure pilot DNA, a signature element of this brand.
The generously proportioned stainless steel cases with bold and easy-to-grasp screw-down crowns are pressure resistant to 20 bar. They frame a reduced-to-the essentials dial that emphasizes maximum readability in all light conditions and from every angle.
Both of these dials are available with expressive green gradient coloring. Thanks to their expansive surfaces, the color has plenty of room to show off all its hues, which gradually go from light to dark from the center.
While the outer appearance of the new Grand Flieger Airports is all new, the inner workings rely on two tried-and-tested ETA automatic movements, Caliber 2836 and Caliber Valjoux 7750. Typical for Tutima, the rotors of these two are upgraded by adding a gold seal to enhance winding.
For more information, please visit www.tutima.com/watches/grand-flieger.
Quick Facts Tutima Grand Flieger Airport
Case: 43 x 13 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber 330 (based on ETA 2836), 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, 46-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date, weekday
Quick Facts Tutima Grand Flieger Airport Chronograph
Case: 43 x 16 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber 310 (based on ETA Valjoux 7750), 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, 46-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds; date, weekday, chronograph
Fabergé’s Lady Compliquée Peacock first hit the scene in 2015 and in ensuing years was expanded with a variety of colors and gem settings. I found this emerald green version of 2016 to be particularly beautiful.
Inspired in part by Peter Carl Fabergé’s Peacock Egg of 1908, it shows hours and retrograde minutes via an ingenious Agenhor-designed manual-winding movement.
Hours are read at the crown at 3 o’clock via a mother-of-pearl ring that rotates counterclockwise, and the minutes indicated by the fanning tail feathers of a beautifully rendered peacock, th plumes moving simultaneously but at different speeds. The feathers return to zero when the lead feather reaches 60.
The peacock’s fanning tail is embellished with hand-applied green lacquer. It unfurls with the rotation of the hours ring, which is directly connected to the spring barrel. For greater stability and regularity another ring serves as a cam.
When the cam turns, it gradually lifts a lever that applies pressure to one of the 12 teeth, which correspond to the 12 hours visible on the dial.
For more information, please visit www.faberge.com/collectionproducts/132_lady-compliquee.
Quick Facts Fabergé Lady Compliqueée Peacock Emerald
Case: 38 mm, 18-karat pink gold with exhibition case back; 54 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel
Movement: proprietary manually wound Caliber 6901 with 50-hour power reserve
Dial: 18-karat gold, snow-set with 157 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.54 ct), 52 emeralds (0.14 ct), and six emerald cabochons (0.09 ct); 18 karat gold hand-engraved peacock; white mother-of-pearl rotating hour ring and white mother-of-pearl minute track
Functions: hours (revolving dial), minutes (retrograde tail)