Blue dial watches have become one of the biggest watchmaking trends today.
And rightfully so. The colour nimbly toes the line between casual and formal, and manages to be vivid and dignified at the same time. It lends its wearer some colour without screaming for all the attention, and best of all, is the perfect colour for the perpetual summer here.
Because of its versatility, blue dial watches have been embraced by watchmakers over the last few years, and they run the spectrum from sporty to black tie, and sun-brushed to guillochéd. Here are some of our new favourites this year.
Although only available in Europe exclusively through Bucherer boutiques, we can already see collectors bending over backwards to get their hands on this. The latest addition to the firm’s Blue Collection is a dream for any Royal Oak fan. While there has been blue-dialled versions of the icon before, this one comes with a special “Mega Tapisserie” — an oversized version of the pattern — and is the only chronograph now that also comes with blue subdial counters. The 42mm stainless steel timepiece is accompanied by a contrasting 18-karat pink gold bezel.
The watch is powered by an automatic 3126/3840 calibre movement and is water resistant to 100m, with a 50-hour power reserve. This special collaboration also comes with three other strap options: Blue or black rubber and black alligator to suit different occasions.
Hublot continues its synergy with tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi and his multi-disciplinary creative agency Sang Bleu this year with yet another limited edition. His signature geometric linework is still very much in the limelight here, except it’s now set against a matte blue dial that’s a reference to the dark lapis-hued ink he uses in his tattoo work.
Available in 18K King gold or titanium, this 45mm skeletonised timepiece shows off the architectural know-how of both brands. The in-house 1240.MXM self-winding chronograph flyback movement is visible through the geometric art.
Panerai’s celebrated marine heritage takes centrestage here with the Blu Mare, or “blue sea” in English. The 44mm steel timepiece is significant for a few reasons, one being that it borrows visual codes of Luminors from the ‘90s — such as the typeface and double arrow “OP” logo — but also because its the first in the collection to feature a blue sun-brushed dial. The Arabic numerals are filled with Super-LumiNova for legibility.
Otherwise, the watch contains a manually wound movement, entirely designed and developed in-house by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. The Calibre P/6000 is equipped with an Incabloc anti-shock device and provides a three-day power reserve.
A collaboration between 118-year-old boutique watching firm Schwarz Etienne and Finnish master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen, this 39mm steel timepiece caters to those who are drawn by both form and function.
The guilloche work on the dial still uses a manually operated rose-engine lathe that dates back to 1907 to achieve, and sets the tone for the Etienne Schwarz signature within: An automatic movement featuring a micro-rotor. The watch is a limited edition of 50 pieces, and will work beautifully in any formal setting with its impeccable craftsmanship.
Breguet knows a thing or two about blending technical innovation with old school craftsmanship, and it really shows in the Classique 7137. Like the Roma Synergy above, the dial sees three different textures —panier maillé (basket weave) for the power reserve display, a damier (checkerboard) for the date display and a clous de Paris (hobnailing) for the main portion of the dial.
Based on a pocket watch design, this 39mm timepiece is a totally hand-crafted affair, with an automatic calibre 502.3 within that’s exceptionally thin, and lends to the sleekness of this exceptional dress watch.
Tudor extends its tradition of blue sports watches this year with a brand new version of its flagship model. Taking inspiration from its archives, this svelte 39mm watch is the perfect blend of vintage and contemporary, with a rich blue dial and “Snowflake” hands that have been a hallmark of the brand’s divers’ watches since 1969.
Inside, the same in-house MT5402 as the original Fifty-Eight that was launched at Baselworld 2018 is used, with the same date-free format and a 70-hour power reserve. The timepiece comes with a choice of three straps: A riveted steel bracelet, a leather “soft touch” strap with folding clasp, or a fabric strap.
It’s obvious that this Montblanc watch was made for an explorer — whether in the urban jungle or in proper wilderness — mostly because it has the whole world within its 42mm titanium case.
Like the original 1858 Geosphere, this version sees a strong vintage appeal, from the 1930s logo to the numeral typeface and cathedral-style handset. This smoky gradiented blue variation was designed to evoke colours of glaciers and ice-capped mountains, especially because it’s a tribute to the Seven Summits. The world timer indicates the time via turning northern and southern hemisphere globes, and is powered by the in-house MB 29.25.