The luxury watchmaking world isn’t exactly one that’s always filled with colour.
Neutral hues like black, steel, and navy are usually sought after for their versatility and longevity, especially if you’re seeking a do-all everyday watch. These colours have the ability to match seamlessly with just about anything in your wardrobe, and will take you from day to night without hassle.
If understated isn’t your thing, however, look no further than these rainbow watches. These timepieces are distinguished by a generous dose of colours; so many, in fact, that they’ve covered almost every hue in the spectrum to create accessories that are equal parts bold and unique. It doesn’t hurt that the kaleidoscope of colours symbolise hope, promise and renewed optimism too.
From Franck Muller’s audacious new Vanguard to Hublot’s dazzling take on the Big Bang, here are the best rainbow watches you’ll want to sport this year.
As one of Franck Muller’s bestselling models, the Vanguard has been imagined in all complications, colours, and materials throughout its lifetime. This year, however, the house has not only stripped it down to its bones again, but also given it enough colours to make a rainbow proud.
The new manually-wound skeletonised watch showcases seven brilliant colours from the Color Dreams portfolio, with every movement bridge, hand, and font rendered a different hue to create a candy-like facade. It helps that its transparent 44mm x 53mm Tourneau-shaped sapphire crystal case allows full access to the masterpiece within. This will surely be a conversation starter for years to come.
Breitling’s second multi-coloured affair is backed by a good cause. Launched earlier this year to raise money for charities supporting frontline staff in some of the most affected countries, the 1,000-piece limited edition timepiece sees a deep blue dial that’s punctuated by graduated hour markers and hands, forming a rainbow effect that symbolises hope and optimism.
If you wanted to bring even more colour to the equation, the diving watch has also Outerknown Econyl yarn Nato strap options that’d match any outfit you’re planning.
Piaget takes the prestige and magic of its Limelight Gala collection to greater heights this year with the Precious Rainbow. The 18K rose gold timepiece here is adorned with a spectacular array of green tsavorites and coloured sapphires to create a rainbow effect around the bezel and lugs. The automatic watch’s progressively-sized and coloured gemstones were no walk in the park for its gemologists too, which explains why the series is numbered and highly limited.
The watch comes designed with Piaget’s signature Palace decoration on its gold bracelet and dial, all hand-engraved to create its unique, textural pattern — the perfect fusion of the Maison’s expertise in gem-setting, goldsmithing, and watchmaking.
If the regular Big Bang wasn’t dramatic enough for you, Hublot’s iced-out rainbow timepiece here should do the trick. Encrusted on a 3D carbon fibre case for maximum contrast, this watch sees 48 coloured gemstones on the bezel that range from rubies and pink sapphires to amethysts and blue topazes.
The over-the-top aesthetic is then accompanied by the MP-11 movement within, which provides a 14-day power reserve that’s powered by seven mainspring barrels paired in series. The watch is then mounted onto a rainbow gradient alligator leather strap for even more flair. This is easily one of the most head-turning rainbow watches out there now, and a true testament to the brand’s expertise in haute horlogerie.
This iteration is one of the most flamboyant takes on the icon. Besides a rainbow bezel that’s encrusted with coloured sapphires, this 37mm skeletonised Royal Oak sees 32 multi-coloured baguette-cut sapphires total 2.24 carats, which sets the tone for the in-house automatic calibre 3132 within its beautifully frosted case.
Bulgari’s famous Serpenti watches need no introduction, but we dare bet this one will make you do a double take. This multi-coloured twist — quite literally — sees gems such as emeralds, rubies, garnets, and sapphires entwine the flexible metal bracelet, transforming the trapezoidal scales into a display of both craftsmanship and showmanship.
The iconic snakehead case and dial also gets the bedazzled treatment with 217 round brilliant-cut diamonds, making it the ultimate jewellery timepiece.