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Fresh colours in the world of horology

Watchmakers are lifting our spirits by splashing bold colours on dials, cases and straps.

With everything going on in the world now, it’s probably a good thing that watchmakers are lifting our spirits by splashing bold colours on dials, cases and straps.

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Hublot: Big Bang Millennial Pink

Salmon dials have a special place in watchmaking, but Hublot has taken that colour to the next level. Working with creative agency Garage Italia, Hublot has created a new Big Bang in “Millennial Pink” – a shade of blush found on the case, strap and skeletonised dial. The 42mm case is made from lightweight, satin-finished aluminium and gets its colour by anodisation. Match it with easily interchangeable rubber or fabric straps.

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Urwerk: EMC Time Hunter Desert Sage

True to their reputation as watch nerds, the founders of Urwerk outdid themselves with their 2016 launch of the EMC Time Hunter – a watch with a hybrid electronic and mechanical system. The electronic module measures the rate of the mechanical timekeeping part while a timing-adjustment screw allows the wearer to directly correct rate variations. This latest version of the EMC Time Hunter is almost as exciting on the outside, thanks to a “ceramic-type lacquer treatment” that enhances the micro-blasted steel case and gives it its military-beige hue.

 

IWC: Portugieser Chronograph

Christmas comes early at IWC – and we’re not just talking about the fact that its new Portugieser collection is entirely powered by its own movements. While the 22-year-old Portugieser Chronograph gets an engine change (with IWC’s Calibre 98355 instead of a modified Valjoux movement), what is immediately obvious above the hood is that two of the new 41mm models feature dials in a vibrant green and a rich burgundy – a fun (and festive) departure from the classic Portugieser hues.

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Glashutte Original: Sixties Chronograph

At one point in the movie A Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly, the caustic fashion magazine editor played by Meryl Streep, scoffs sarcastically, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” We feel like we could be at the receiving end of a similar wrath when pronouncing blue dials a trend for 2020 – but it’s a fact. The year has seen exceptionally striking new blue designs, including A. Lange & Sohne’s Zeitwerk Minute Repeater and this cool, glacier-blue Sixties Chronograph by Lange’s fellow Saxon brand Glashutte Original.

H. Moser: Endeavour Centre Seconds Diamond Concept

Considering that a watch is a pretty small object, watchmakers sure try to cram a lot of words onto a dial sometimes. Five years ago, H. Moser decided to do away with that when it introduced its Concept series, whose dials were devoid of text or indexes. Who needs a logo, after all, when the brand’s graduated, richly coloured dials easily speak for themselves? To mark the Concept’s fifth anniversary, H. Moser has released several new Endeavour models, including one with a burgundy dial for the first time.

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