Blue hues have been popular in new watch releases this year, be it in dials, accents, or strap colours. Traditionally seen as a masculine colour, blue can also represent the sky and the sea. Here are three watches that show just how broad the range of blue timepieces is – with a price range to match.
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue
The latest addition to Cartier’s Calibre de Cartier Diver range (announced in 2014) is this model wearing not one but several shades of blue. It features a metallic blue dial, with a stainless steel bezel, coated in a brighter blue ADLC. Cartier’s distinctive sapphire crown adorns the case on the right. In addition, the watch comes with the options of a blue rubber strap or a dark blue sail cloth strap. With 300m water resistance, an in-house 1904 MC movement and Super-LumiNova displays, one can imagine exploring the deep blue seas with this timepiece, the Diver nicely blending into its natural habitat.
Case size: 42mm
Here are two other watches that take the colour blue to new heights…
De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Meteorite
With a configuration of blue and purple patterns, unique to each case, the Dream Watch Meteorite looks like it’s been carved from outer space matter. Despite the fact that achieving this colour from meteorite material requires a great deal of human effort, there is something otherworldly about the De Bethune. This is accented by the gash that runs through the middle of the case, and its mineral-like swirls and veins – almost as if some alien time-keeping device has flown through space and time to arrive here on Earth. Fortuitously, this space time machine is incredibly high-tech, with a jumping hours and minutes display, exposed tourbillon complication and orbed moon phase indicator.
Case size: 39mm x 50mm
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”
The IWC Le Petit Prince Annual Calendar, like its namesake literary character, references a past age of aviation: you’ll find Art Deco style numerals, a conical pilot’s crown and annual calendar display windows that mimic the window display of an altimeter. That said, a most striking feature of this limited edition piece is the midnight blue sunburst dial, an eye-catching contrast to the red gold case and calfskin strap with cream-coloured ornamental seams. Even the design of the strap is a nod to the design of the flying suit of Le Petit Prince’s author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Case size: 46mm