You can almost never go wrong in black and white.
There’s something about the black and white aesthetic that exudes timelessness matched in equal parts by boldness and elegance. Consider a staple tuxedo, B&W photography or even a basic black or white T-shirt. You can almost never go wrong with any black and white outfit, accessory or possession – making them the perfect everyday companion, especially on days when you’re going for minimal effort, maximum results.
With that said, take your pick from these 5 new black and white watches in 2020 to complement your monochromatic style.
Bringing back the glamour of the first-generation models launched in 1998, the new Bulgari Aluminium watches launch with a reinvented, more durable aluminium alloy case, rubber bracelet and mechanical winding movements. Design-wise, they’re not unlike their predecessors in the smart, cool and sporty facets, leaving out precious metals to retain a pure, unisex appeal. Arriving in three models distinguished by a black or white dial or a chronograph, each feature a 40mm case with a sandblasted finish and a matte black rubber bezel emblazoned with the brand logo. W bulgari.com
Zenith DEFY 21 and DEFY Classic
Just launched last month are two Zenith DEFY Black and White timepieces that underscore the line’s bold architecture with their striking contrast of colours. The DEFY 21 makes its debut in a matte microblasted 44mm case with a white 1/100th of a second scale and 30-minute chronograph movement that appears to float above a black movement. On the other hand, the DEFY Classic comes in a 41mm case with a muted finish that absorbs light instead of reflecting it. Both DEFY watches feature white ceramic bezels that add contrast and enhance the three-dimensional effect of their dials. W zenith-watches.com
Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II in Titanium White
Born from a collaboration between Hublot and famed tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi, the Big Bang Sang Bleu II has been reimagined in a titanium white model that allows its geometrical complexity to draw the attention. The colour white forms a blank canvas for the artist to highlight 3D shapes and forms on the skeleton dial, housed in a 45mm case in polished and satin-finished titanium. Powered by the Unico manufacture HUB1240 automatic chronograph movement, the watch is further complemented with a white and black rubber strap with a Sang Bleu design titanium deployant buckle clasp. W hublot.com
Chanel J12 Paradoxe
The Chanel J12 needs no introduction, having charmed watch aficionados since its first release in 2000. For 2020, the French Maison has built on the line’s legacy to introduce the J12 Paradoxe, a collection that fuses the black and white colourways the original is known for. Launched in conjunction with the collection’s 20th anniversary, the new timepiece makes a provocative appearance in a two-thirds white and one-third black ceramic 38mm case mirrored by a lacquered dial. The notched steel bezel has also been treated to achieve the same two-tone effect. Those looking for something more sparkly may like the inverted two-tone black and one-third baguette diamond-embellished variation or the J12 X-Ray skeletonised model made with a clear sapphire case and bracelet. W chanel.com
Harry Winston Ocean Biretrograde Black and White
For the occasions where you want to stand out without sporting flashy gold accessories, there’s the Harry Winston monochromatic Ocean Biretrograde timepieces for you. The two automatic watches come in a 36mm white gold case featuring a white beaded mother-of-pearl dial with black lacquered detailing, adorned with 99 brilliant-cut diamonds and an emerald-cut diamond. Distinguishing the models are the straps, which come with a white rubber base with a central black rubber weave detail or vice versa; as well as the sub-dials. Each model is limited to 100 pieces only. W harrywinston.com
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Featured image: Bulgari