These Five Watches Prove It’s Good to Be Green

Make your inner circle green with envy.

By Christian Barker 19/12/2019

It’s not just young Greta Thunberg and the Climate Strike movement she spawned encouraging us to go green (how dare you suggest such a thing. How dare you!) – this soothing natural hue has come to be a dominant trend in timepieces.

As a lover of the natural world, Greta would surely gravitate to the MB&F Horological Machine No. 7 Aquapod – its design inspired by her fellow dedicated oceanic travellers, jellyfish. Our favourite iteration of the watch is cased in strong, light titanium with vibrant green accents on the bezel and hour/minute display. In a limited edition of 50 pieces, the green Aquapod is priced $159,000.

Meanwhile, the unrepentant fossil-fuel user will find their cylinders fired by Breitling’s Premier Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green edition. A celebration of the British marque’s motorsports history, this Bentley x Breitling collab blends elegant styling with track-ready chronograph functionality, and is available on a sleek steel bracelet or a jaunty green leather strap, at $13,000 and $12,500 respectively.

At $52,000 – and just a tad costlier than the official dealer price for a base stainless-steel Nautilus – the new white-gold cased Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-010 presents a handsome alternative for those unwilling to face the Nautilus waiting list. With army green dial and matched rubber strap, it’s a sporty, outdoorsy number, perfect for summer. And it’s surprisingly casual, especially given the precious metal composition of its 42mm case.

Also boasting a military-inspired dial colouration, but pumping up the volume to 45mm, the Panerai Radiomir 1940 GMT (PAM00998, approx. $26,000) cuts a fairly reserved profile on the wrist for such a sizeable watch – perhaps thanks to the camouflage powers of the olive drab hue.

Though built to equal scale (again, 45mm), there’s something huskier in the appearance of the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph with green dial, coupled with a green reptile or rubber strap. Nevertheless, titanium construction ensures this man-sized watch (US$16,000) won’t weigh you down.

But for reassuring heft, the Omega Seamaster 300 Malachite in heavier-than-Tolstoy yellow-gold case ($39,000) delivers the goods. The emerald-coloured stone that serves as the dial makes each piece truly unique, while the green and gold colour combination expresses Australian patriotism in the most luxurious way possible.

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