With summer in full swing in many parts of the world, several watch brands are releasing timepieces in cheery, bright colours — especially timely since joy is something we could do with more of right now. To put watch fans in the mood for some fun in the sun, Oris, Breitling and Hublot are offering mechanical timepieces in pastel hues, and some interesting case materials to boot (think bronze and aluminium).
The best part is that here in Singapore, our eternal summer means that it won’t feel inappropriate for you to sport these tickers year round — or whenever you feel like some cheerful wrist candy. Here’s a closer look at these timepieces.
01: Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise capsule collection
When it was launched in 1957, Breitling’s original time-only SuperOcean dive watch was designed for the guy who wanted to look snazzy while hanging out on the beach. Taking its inspiration from that model more than six decades on, the brand’s latest capsule collection comprises five 38mm steel models in aquamarine, mint green, beige, white, and white with multicoloured “rainbow” elements.
Powered by the COSC-certified, automatic Breitling Calibre 10 with a power reserve of 42 hours, each timepiece features a bezel with a matching ceramic insert and matching Saffiano leather strap. And while it’s not meant for actual diving, its 100m water-resistance makes it a delightful companion for beachcombing or just, you know, handwashing.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise models retail for S$6,380, except for the white model with rainbow elements, which retails for S$6,680.
02: Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer
Having used aluminium as a case material for last summer’s Big Bang Millennial Pink, Hublot revisits the lightweight metal for the new Big Bang Unico Summer in turquoise. Elevated with a mix of satin-finishing and polishing, the colour is inspired by that of the lagoons that many travel buffs can probably only dream of right now. The hue is created via an anodisation process, which also helps to create a protective layer on a metal that is relatively soft.
This 42mm chronograph is powered by the in-house HUB1280 Unico movement, which is visible through a skeletonised dial with matte turquoise accents. The column-wheel flyback chronograph movement has a 72-hour power reserve. It also comes with two straps, in Velcro and in rubber, and is water-resistant to 100m.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer retails for US$20,900 (before taxes, about S$28,300).
03: Oris Divers Sixty-Five “Cotton Candy”
Things are pretty intense in the world right now. Watch-buying shouldn’t be. That’s why Oris had a pretty simple goal when it created this trio of preppy pieces: “To bring a smile.” We love that it used bronze, which is often reserved for serious dive watches, as the material for these 38mm timepieces, which feature dials in pastel shades of blue, green and pink.
The collection is a fun follow-up to the Holstein Edition 2020, which saw Oris launch the first Swiss watch with an all-bronze case, bezel, crown and bracelet. These elements are repeated in the Cotton Candy watches, which are also available on a leather strap with a bronze buckle. The watches are water-resistant to 100m, and are powered by the Oris 733 automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five “Cotton Candy ” models retail for 2,500 Swiss francs (metal bracelet, about S$3,700) or 2,200 Swiss francs (leather strap, about S$3,250).