The great thing about a muted palette is that small flourishes go a long way. That’s demonstrated by the striated indexes of the Silver Arrow, inspired by a 1956 Longines timepiece, and whose name is reminiscent of sports cars that dominated that era. The striated indexes add just enough flair to the silver opaline dial of the 38.5mm steel timepiece. A box-shaped, sapphire glass and a screw-down caseback engraved with the Silver Arrow emblem of a supersonic plane complete the piece.
ZENITH PILOT TYPE 20 CHRONOGRAPH SILVER
For some brands, simply having a silver palette is not enough. Zenith and Tudor both launched watches in sterling silver cases this year, with the former going all the way with a silver dial as well. Following up on its first silver pilot’s timepiece from 2019, Zenith launches a chronograph in a 45mm case. The riveted details on the dial reference the metal panels of vintage aircraft, while large Arabic numerals and cathedral hands filled with white lume keep the display legible.
TUDOR BLACK BAY 41-36-32
Before this year, Tudor’s something-for- everyone collection of Black Bay models came with black or blue lacquered dials and 41mm, 36mm or 32mm steel cases. Unsurprisingly, they are pretty popular couple watches. This year, Tudor covers even more bases with new silver-dialled models that are just a tad dressier and available in all three sizes. The self-winding watches feature applied white hour markers and three bracelet options – jacquard, leather or steel.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN HISTORIQUES AMERICAN 1921
This year is the 100th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin’s off-centred drive watch, the Historiques American 1921. To celebrate, the manufacture has created three models, including a version in platinum. A 100-piece limited edition, the 40mm platinum model stands out with a largely monochromatic aesthetic. Its sandblasted platinum dial is topped with applied white gold hour markers and white gold hours and minutes hands. Even the stitching on its dark blue alligator strap is done in a matching platinum and silk thread.
BVLGARI OCTO FINISSIMO S STEEL SILVERED DIAL
Wondering if you might have trouble reading the time on the shiny silver face of this new Octo Finissimo S? During a video presentation earlier this year, Bvlgari Watches CEO Antoine Pin, having tested it with creative director Fabrizio Buonamasssa Stigliani, assured us of the self-winding watch’s legibility even under bright sunlight. Playing with finishes, it features a 40mm steel case and a bracelet with a mix of polished and brushed surfaces, as well as a radial-brushed bezel and a vertical-brushed dial.