Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Chopard, and more take a chance on colourful watches – not just one or two of them, but entire collections.
Swiss watch manufacturing has come a long way from its single-tone dials and stainless steel bracelets. Marrying latest practices and tech with brand-specific ingenuity, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Chopard, and more have taken a chance on colourful watches – not just one or two of them, but entire collections.
It may be to diversify products or attract a fresh, young crowd, but who’s complaining when there’s this much bright novelty to work with? Trust us when we say your wrists don’t have to settle for the boring or dated.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
This diving watch features Mega Tapisserie patterned dials, complemented by rubber straps in the same theme. These dials boast enhanced luminescence for better underwater visibility. On top of that, the rotating bezel conveniently doubles as a timer.
Following the success of its 2016 debut, five new AP colours were released in time for Baselworld this year. They are white, dark blue, acid yellow, lime green, and bright orange, each with an extra dark blue strap. W audemarspiguet.com
La Mini D De Dior
Off the La D de Dior line, these patent leather pieces come in a delightful range of hues. It’s an expression of Dior’s jewellery-loving spirit, as exhibited in the 19mm stainless steel case decorated with glistening diamonds and delicate dauphine hands. As is brightly proven, Dior brought out the rainbow for this quartz collection, which is also available with double-strap bracelet.
Check out the full range of colours on the official site. W dior.com
Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso
There’s a certain magic to the Reverso line that is hard to replicate – it’s the ability to put your own touch on its look, whether through straps, engraving, lacquer, or enamel. The reverse dial is a playground for expression.
Adding to diverse customisation options, JLC added six new men’s guilloche dials just last year. Discerning users can switch out straps (calfskin, satin, alligator or ostrich skin) and pick their colours to match dials (carved out of meteorite and marble, among others). Now that’s a kind of two-faced we can appreciate. W jaeger-lecoultre.com
Michael Kors Access
When a world-renowned fashion brand tinkers with Google Android Wear tech, the product is this now-popular designer smartwatch. Classy tones of rose gold, silver, even blue bring stainless-steel bracelets to life, whether in Bradshaw, Sophie, or Grayson models. Enviable features include custom faces, interchangeable straps, automatic day and night modes, waterproof wear, and a design that transcends outfit type.
Who knew smartwatches could be this chic or colourful? Well, MK did. W michaelkors.com
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Chopard Happy Sport
As is Happy Sport/ Happy Diamonds signature, sapphire crystals hover happily on the dial – an inkling as to what earns this collection its cheerful character. Chopard 25th anniversary release features a new self-winding movement, exclusive to this 30mm ladies’ model. Flip the watch over for a glimpse at this 27-jewel 09.01C through the caseback. It is responsible for a 42-hour power reserve and the smooth running of seconds, minutes, and hours.
Chopard Happy Sport Manufacture is available in blue, pink or white mother-of-pearl dials, complemented by steel, rose gold, or bi-colour cases respectively. W chopard.com
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase
Hublot masters depth and geometry with these lunar Big Bang models, each sporting a multi-tone dial that match its stone-set bezel and alligator strap. This watch runs on a manual HUB1770 skeleton movement, enhanced by a rare quartz dial that appears to be a delightful, organised mess. Sand-blasted disc plays with contrasts of two alternating moons, which complete one revolution every two lunar cycles.
Trust Hublot to shine trendy colours with the intensity of the moon. Four latest models are dressed in blue, purple, orange, and pink. W hublot.com
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