In 2021, green will continue to set the tone when it comes to the color scheme of the dials of new watches. Alongside perennial favorites such as black and white/silver and the ever-popular blue, green in particular is becoming increasingly important, as this year’s Watches & Wonders watch fair proved once again.
Perhaps it is the calming effect attributed to the color, but it is only April and we have already seen loads of novelties in interesting hues of green. Let us walk you through five of our highlights so far.
IWC’s new Pilot’s Watch (Ref. IW388104) comes in a very wearable 41mm case and is powered by the brand’s nicely decorated Caliber 69385, which is visible through the sapphire crystal back.
What’s new about the watch is not only the integrated EasX-Change system, with the help of which the straps can literally be changed in a matter of seconds, but also the racing green dial with sunburst effect. This has been used on British racing cars since 1903, but also suits IWC’s new pilot’s watch perfectly in our opinion.
The Cartier Tank is world famous, but what about the Cartier Tank Must?
First introduced in 1977, the quartz watch was considered a lower-cost alternative to mechanical watches when it was first introduced – in the midst of the quartz crisis. Keep in mind that Cartier was only selling around 3,000 watches a year at the time, and good advice was at a premium. (Fyi: Today, Cartier is the third-largest watch brand in the world, so the efforts seem to have paid off).
Although somewhat under the radar, the Tank Must is historically one of the most important model lines for Cartier today. Accordingly, there was a lot of excitement around the newly unveiled Cartier Tank Must in green, which really does away with everything else on the dial besides the Cartier and Swiss Made lettering.
Breiling CEO Georges Kern ceremoniously unveiled the new Premier Heritage collection at this year’s virtual Watches & Wonders, paying homage to the brand’s founding fathers Léon Breitling, Gaston Breitling as well as Willy Breitling.
The new collection includes a total of six watches, but the highlight is hands-down the new Premier B09 Chronograph with its pistachio green dial. Inside the 40mm case ticks the manufacture caliber B09, which provides an impressive power reserve of 70 hours.
In 2004, a TAG Heuer watch first bore the words “Aquaracer” in its name: the TAG Heuer 2000 Aquaracer. Since then, the collection has been a mainstay in the brand’s portfolio, and for many budding watch collectors the place to go for their first high-quality mechanical watch of their own. This year, the entire Aquaracer collection has received a facelift, but one model in particular has caught our eye right away: the reference WBP208B.BF0631.
In addition to six stainless steel watches, TAG Heuer has also launched a sandblasted titanium watch, which is the only one of the novelties to feature a green dial. Powering the watch is the time-tested Caliber 5, a Sellita SW 200 adaptation, with a power reserve of 38 hours.
High-quality diving watches are (too) easily associated with models such as the Rolex Submariner or the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, while one model tends to be overlooked: the SeaQ from Glashütte Original. With its debut collection from 2019, the Saxon manufacture commemorated the Spezimatic Type RP TS 200 professional diver’s watch launched in 1969 and, fittingly, dedicated it a re-issue on its 50th birthday.
The reference 1-39-11-13-83-34 with green dial shown here was introduced only in March of this year, after a black and a blue version. In view of a rather ambitious RRP of just under 10,000€, Glashütte Originals SeaQ definitely offers a great deal of craftsmanship. The manufacture caliber 39-11 in particular is a real feast for the eyes, but also the deep forest green dial is on top of the game.
Did you know that most of the watches shown here can also be found in our shop?