SIHH and Baselworld 2014: Is blue the new black?

I assume that the fact that blue is the new black is known meanwhile. But, does this also apply on wristwatches? Let me present you 21 new blue watches that could underline this hypothesis. Click on “read more” to get the story. 

 

Honestly speaking, this trend fits for me. I love blue and since more and more blue watches are available I collect more and more of them. They are perfect matching with my outfits since I am mostly wearing blue-jeans and something blue. Those who know me will probably have to smile now 🙂

Seeing so many new blue-colored watches makes me real happy and I am sure during the year we will even see more blue ones, maybe as a first outlook to the SIHH 2015 or just as a line extension.

Are you ready? Yes!

So let us together have a look at these 21 new blue watches…

 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore: As a line extension Audemars Piguet showed a new and gorgeous looking Royal Oak Offshore at the SIHH 2014. That´s a watch I fell in love with at first sight.

 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore

 

 

Bulgari Roma 130th Anniversary: The only descendant of a Greek family of goldsmiths, Sotirio Boulgaris worked in his forebears’ business in the little village of Epirus until, in around 1880, he decided to move to Italy. In 1884, he opened his first shop in Rome at the Via Sistina between the fabled Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Eventually, he Italianized his Greek name and, in tribute to the ancient pieces he traded in, he decided to spell his brand “BVLGARI” with a V from the ancient Latin alphabet.

Happy Birthday Bulgari!

Bulgari Roma 130th Anniversary
Bulgari Roma 130th Anniversary

 

 

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth & Moon: This new tourbillon watch from Cartier displays the moon phase on demand and offers a second zone time indication. By pulling the moon phase on demand pusher at 4 o´clock the blue disc is pushed into the scene. It (partially or not at all) covers the the tourbillon (= the moon) at 6 o´clock and thereby indicates the moon phase.

Look at this wonderful, blue Lapis Lazuli dial!

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth & Moon
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth & Moon

 

 

Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Tides: A new all-blue chronograph indicating the tides. When set correctly this Corum-own mechanism is easy to read.

Corum Admiral's Cup AC-One 45 Tides
Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Tides

 

 

 

 

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  • I don’t think it’s the new black, but it is certainly more popular than any other color after black. This is based on my own empirical research in the industry. Cultural norms and manufacturing limitations typically made watches of old exhibit dials that were black, white, silver or beige. With a much more relaxed work atmosphere – especially here in the US – the necktie is mostly a relic of the past. The tie, for most men, was the easiest method of expression their individuality. With the tie’s demise, men now feel even more emboldened to express themselves through their timepiece. Blue timepieces are, in my humble opinion, merely the first step in what will become a dizzying array of colors (at first more muted) in the dial maker’s palette.

  • I’m not big on the blue but not opposed either. I still like a nice black dial. However, a friend of mine has a Zenith Elite-Charles Vermot Edition that I like very much.
    Sam

  • I predicted the blue mania about a year ago when I purchased the Bremont U2 blue (:
    Great watch!

  • Definitly some great watches in this excerpt.

    I am personly a fan of blue dials. FInally they introduce them. I am done with all these black dials even if there are timeless.
    This is one of the reasons why my favorite watch at the moment is the 15202. A classic beauty, daily wearer and a blue dial. Just the fact that it is hardly to see that it is a blue dial dissapointed me when I saw the watch the first time in reality.

    Hope we see many more blue dials in the future 🙂

  • There are many good looking watches in this collection, Alexander. And – I just checked it – there is also some blue in my watch collection.

    But this overwhelming consensus kind of provokes me to take an opposite position. 😉 Since black, like white and gray, actually is a non-colour it may be easily combined with all other colours. Blue is a colour. And it is a cold one which (actually) makes it impossible to combine with any warm colour. Seeing a dark blue dial combined with a light brown strap sends a cold shower down my back. But watch straps are another complicated topic (may be one for a separate post?).

    While a dark blue tone on a watch dial has a good chance to impress me, a lot of light or intense and saturated blue easily makes a watch appear cheap to me.

    But, of course, in the end it’s the whole package. Blue alone is not the clue. Grey and brown dials have become seldom. You might point out that there might be a reason for this. But these colours attract my attention.

  • My favorite blue dial watch from this year is the TEC1 tourbillon chrongraph from Arnold & Son. Have you seen it?

    Best,

    Roger

  • Great selection, Alexander!

    Blue is my favourite colour and, I guess, blue is much more exciting as well as attractive than staid black!

    Thanks for the nice write-up and lovely pictures!

  • I purchased my Nautilus not only because I love its design and historical significance but for its intoxicating blue dial!
    Alex, maybe a reader competition for vote of the most beautiful blue dial is in order!
    The Nautilus dial changes shade, depth and colour strength with varying light. I after all these years find my self “drunk” with admiration of this amazing blue dial. The intensity of colour variation is not as good with a “black Dial” …

    ps -David Bowie’s song “Sound and Vision” has a wonderful line.. blue, blue, electric blue, that’s the colour of my room, blue,blue.

      • I wish you many years (decades) of enjoyment with your 5712.
        Indeed an investment that you will enjoy hourly!

  • If it would be after my bugged mind I would buy all of them except one or two. My opinion is that the trend is indeed for blue because it is a little bit more sporty than black and more suitable for larger number of occasions. Black is more sober. I am in a big dilemma for buying a blue or black dialed rolex.

  • Great selection for me you left out the TAG Heuer Carrera. the favourite of your list are the AP & Omega.

  • Great collection of blue models! But I would say: grey is the new black – blue is the new brown 😉 (brown is obviously less present in the collections at the moment).

  • I also love watches with blue dials. The new AP ROO and Tudor Black Bay models are my current favorites.

  • Your picks are all quite handsome indeed! I made a watch with a blue dial (needs luminova). It is a work in progress, I need to make some hands too. I use an ETA A07.161 I could send you a photo? I wear it regularly.

  • AP, Rolex, and Glashutte are my favorites from the list.

    You got me thinking of the most iconic blue watches– for me they must be the Omega 300m (Bond) and Tag Monaco. Nice compilation, Alex.

  • Have always like blue as a very appropriate variant for “jeans” days
    Impressed with the Sinn

  • Great selection and thank you for the wonderful list of great watches. I think that Hamilton Pan-Europ H-30 can be added to the list.

  • Blue is back – it’ll never be the next black Alex
    it’s just that BLUE is over-due!
    😉
    Jon

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