5 all-white timepieces for a bold Christmas
'Tis the season to be decked out in white — the most unforgiving of colours — but this time instead of those hips, let your wrist take the limelight. Cases in white high-tech ceramic, straps in white natural rubber or crocodile leather, and dials in white lacquer or mother-of-pearl, form a striking palette that's plainly not for wallflowers. So stand out or stand back with these lustrous all-white timepieces:
1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Ceramic
There's no room for subtlety with this powerful 42mm sports watch. The 13.9mm height further amplifies its heft while two elongated protectors on either side of the crown add more bulk to the already massive case. Expect loads of attention with the combination of white strap, pushers, dial, and case, which is made of white Super Ceramic — a material that Audemars Piguet premiered. Nine times harder than steel, it is also, at 1,850 Vickers, more than 500 Vickers harder than regular ceramic. Unlike regular dive watches, this one comes with a sapphire case back showing off the self-winding movement within, which makes its 300m water resistance all the more remarkable.
2. Hublot Big Bang White Caviar
Made entirely out of white ceramic, this is the futuristic version of the famous One Million $ Black Caviar. Hublot's avant-garde concept of invisible visibility inspired this case, bezel, and dial combination featuring white ceramic designed, cut, bevelled, and polished like baguette diamonds — a design element that can be seen as well as touched. Even the crown is fashioned out of polished white ceramic. Breaking the monotony are the titanium H-shaped screws that hold the bezel and white rubber strap in place with the multi-part 41mm case. Its sapphire case back displays the self-winding Calibre HUB 1112 movement, which has a tungsten carbide rotor finished with a black PVD-treated dimpled surface.
3. Omega Speedmaster White Side of the Moon
An Omega classic, the Speedmaster Moon Watch comes in countless guises but the most eye-catching one would be — hands down — White Side of the Moon. Brilliant like the full moon in a cloudless sky, this model is made completely with white zirconium oxide ceramic. Literally, its case, back, bezel, dial, chronograph pushers, and clasp are all in polished ceramic. As a throwback to the historical Moon Watches, its sapphire crystal is box-shaped, emulating the mineral glass crystals common in those days. Taking the all-white colour scheme even further are the hands and indexes coated with white Superluminova, and the white leather strap gives it an elegant finish.
4. Chanel J12 G10 Gloss
This iconic fashion timepiece has come a long way since 1999 and one of its latest incarnations is the J12 G10. Not your garden variety J12, this model comes with a NATO strap, which in military speak, is known as a G10. But in addition to the standard-issue woven nylon material, Chanel has also chosen to make it with a white patent calfskin strap. Both strap variations come with polished stainless steel hardware, giving the watch a luxurious look and feel. Its moderate 33mm case doesn't weigh down the wrist and white ceramic trimmings protect it from scratches, so accessorise away with rows of bracelets and chains.
5. Franck Muller White Croco
Taking mock croc to a completely different level, this dynamic timepiece plays with textures, extending the grain and colour of the white alligator leather strap to the case and the dial. To achieve a seamless effect, as if the entire watch had been made of one same material, Franck Muller had the stainless steel Cintrée Curvex case and dial manufactured with the three-dimensional alligator scale motif before covering them both with a double-layer of matte white enamel. The result is a stunning, tactile example of Franck Muller's audacious design creativity.
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