Introducing the latest watches with blue dials for men
Pink may have been everyone's favourite hue at the Oscar red carpet this year but blue has proven time and time again to be the colour of choice for watch connoisseurs the world over. It's been more than five years since this cerulean hue started making big strides in watchmaking circles. Some brands use it to demarcate precious models – Rolex uses blue accents to distinguish between white gold and steel – while others play with various shades and materials not just on the dial but also the strap, bezel and case. These recent launches are just some hot favourites to get into before everyone else jumps onto the bandwagon.
Breguet Classique 5177 Grand Feu Blue Enamel
For the first time, the Breguet Classique 5177 in white gold comes with a blue dial. While we don't know for sure what took the manufacture so long to embrace this elegant colour in this line, we remain absolutely stoked about how they've chosen to do so. This dark midnight blue dial is made of Grand Feu enamel – the king of all enamel techniques. Hand-painted and then fired in a kiln at over 800 degrees Celsius, this is one watch you HAVE to see in person to fully appreciate. Examine the surface under a loupe and you will see why a Grand Feu enamel dial is such a big deal.
A Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase 25thAnniversary
This jubilee edition celebrates the rebirth of A Lange & Sohne in 1994. Limited to just 25 pieces, it combines an argente-coloured dial in solid silver with printed deep blue numerals and blued steel hands. The famous oversized off-centred date is also rendered in blue. But what makes the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase 25thAnniversary extra special is the white gold lunar disc that comes with six hand-engraved stars plus an inlaid golden moon – a first among all A Lange & Sohne watches. A blue alligator strap with grey stitching completes the whole blue-on-metal aesthetic.
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Tourbillon
If the Royal Oak and the Jules Audemars had a baby, it would be the Code 11.59. This all-new collection has an octagonal middle section like the Royal Oak and yet has a round case like the Jules Audemars, which Audemars Piguet has discontinued. But it also has new features such as the very contemporary styled numerals and a unique construction for the lugs which are soldered onto the bezel from the front. The tourbillon model comes with a smoked blue dial done in Grand Feu enamel, where the colour gets darker as it approaches the edges. This gives it a sophisticated touch not seen in many other blue dial or Grand Feu enamel watches. The classically styled flying tourbillon of course is a nice bonus.
Bulgari Gerald Genta 50thAnniversary
The name Gerald Genta brings back great memories for many connoisseurs. Genta was the designer who created some of the watch industry's most important icons. Today the brand is owned by Bulgari and this beautiful limited edition piece pays tribute to the 50thanniversary of the Gerald Genta. Modelled after the iconic Arena Biretro with jump hour indication, this watch has a smooth wide curved bezel in polished platinum. Its blue lacquered dial comes with sporty elongated double numerals for the minutes and a period Gerald Genta emblem, along with skeletonised sword-shaped retrograde hands.
Santos de Cartier Blue
It makes such perfect sense for the Santos de Cartier to be made with a blue dial. Why? This watch was first created for the aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont who wanted to conquer the blue skies. And like the sky, the blue of this dial is lightly nuanced. Cartier achieves this by using a special spray gun and moves while the colour is being applied. Look at it from different angles to appreciate the colour gradient. This stainless steel watch comes with a steel bracelet and a navy blue calfskin strap, both with the QuickSwitch interchangeability system and the steel double adjustable folding buckle.