The Mille Miglia is an annual Italian endurance rally that sees the participation of hundreds of historic cars. To mark the 30th anniversary of its partnership with the race in 2018, Chopard released a set of special-edition Mille Miglia Racing Colours chronograph watches, each housed in 42mm steel cases. The five models have dials featuring different countries’ historical racing colours: red for the Italians, for instance, and of course, this handsome British racing green for the United Kingdom.
02 BRILLIANT BASICS
La Grande Vie
A watch with a face in vibrant green and a sunray finish can hardly be considered basic, unless its maker is Corum – a brand better known for flamboyant designs such as its architectural Golden Bridge watch. Available in shimmering green, as well as blue or red, the La Grande Vie watches plug the gap in Corum’s catalogue for simpler, more versatile models that easily go from day to night, with just that bit of extra pizazz. The 42mm titanium timepieces are powered by automatic movements.
03 DIAL IT UP
Thanks to the fact that it owns its dial factory in Germany, Glashutte Original has some of the most unusual dial finishes on the market. Consider this Sixties model, for instance: Its finely and intensely textured surface is achieved by the use of a 60-tonne press, which imprints the intricate pattern. The graduated finish of its dial is created by topping a galvanic base coat with layers of coloured lacquer, then firing the dial at high temperatures. This 39mm steel watch is powered by an in-house automatic movement.
04 CLEAN COMPLEXITY
Endeavour Perpetual Purity Cosmic Green
The perpetual calendar is a complex mechanism – and usually tends to look it, with such watches having a profusion of subdials. Not so for H. Moser’s perpetual calendar, which simply (and ingeniously) uses a small central hand to indicate the month. (So, for example, the small hand points at 12 when it’s December.) Housed in a 42mm white gold case, the brand’s hand-wound Endeavour Perpetual Purity Cosmic Green takes this simplicity even further by doing away with the brand’s logo and most of the hour markers, letting its graduated dial shine.
05 MODERN CLASSIC
Classic Fusion King Gold Green
From leather-covered faces to flaming red ones, the Hublot universe offers a wide spectrum of dial options. Striking without being overly in-your-face like some of the brand’s other timepieces might be, the Classic Fusion King Gold Green features a verdant green dial, complemented by a 45mm case in King Gold, Hublot’s proprietary rose gold. This automatic timepiece is also available in a range of other sizes, including 38mm and 42mm.
06 TIMELY TRIBUTE
1858 Monopusher Chronograph
Powered by the Calibre 13.21, which is inspired by the Minerva monopusher chronograph movement 13.20 launched in 1920, the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph will definitely be a favourite with fans of vintage-style timers. The manually wound watch is housed in a 40mm steel case, and oozes vintage vibes courtesy of its smoked green dial, complete with railroad minute track, tachymeter scale and lume-coated cathedral hands.
07 FORCE OF NATURE
True Thinline Leaf
Rado has been growing its design-led offerings via collaborations with industrial designers. An interesting recent partnership is with Grandi Giardini Italiani, an organisation that promotes the heritage of major Italian gardens. Unsurprisingly, the theme of the three-piece collection is nature-inspired. The True Thinline Leaf shown here has a green mother-of-pearl dial, with a leaf pattern applied to its underside for a subtle “now you see it, now you don’t” effect. The 39mm quartz timepiece is housed in a green high-tech ceramic case.