Watches that make you want to turn blue in the face
Watchmaking is in the midst of a blue period, with some of our favourite timepieces on the market now boasting blue dials – and in one instance, a beautiful blue case as well.
Aimed at those with a taste for the life aquatic, British watchmaker Bremont’s Supermarine Type 300 is a classic diver’s watch in the Submariner mould. Water resistant to 300m, the Type 300 comes in a 40mm case – a good deal smaller than Bremont’s earlier 45mm S2000 diver, and thus far better suited to everyday wear. A choice of straps (steel bracelet, rubber, leather or NATO) makes it even more adaptable.
That’s a quality shared by Vacheron Constantin’s iconic Overseas, which comes with a selection of steel, alligator or rubber wrist-affixings that can be easily interchanged by the owner, depending upon mood or daily purpose.
Straddling the divide between sports and formality is the new Audemars Piguet Extra-Thin Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ ref. 15202 in yellow gold with blue dial. An homage to the first yellow-gold Royal Oak, issued exactly 25 years ago, this anniversary edition is true-blue to its ’70s roots, bringing a dose of unashamedly glitzy disco glamour to the wrist. It’s the old-school style of a vintage piece, with the reliability of a box-fresh purchase.
More resolutely formal, but equally bursting with ‘throwback’ appeal are IWC’s Da Vinci Automatic with blue dial (in the classic men’s case size of 36mm) and Piaget’s 60th anniversary Altiplano Automatic Ultra-Thin (in white-gold 38mm case).
Turning the blue volume up to 11, De Bethune’s Kind of Blue Meteorite Tourbillon features not only a blue dial – hewn from an extraterrestrial alloy of iron and nickel cut from a meteorite that crashed in Argentina, and treated with flame and diamond dust before being sprinkled with liquid white gold – but also a 42.6mm blued titanium case. This being De Bethune, the movement (calibre DB2019v3) is out of this world as well: a 276-part masterpiece, manual-wound with five days’ power reserve, boasting a silicon escape wheel and high-speed 30-second tourbillon in titanium and silicon, running at 36,000 vibrations an hour.
Those are some interstellar watchmaking specifications, which really does make the blue hue entirely appropriate.