From Watches & Wonders 2020: Feeling Blue
A watch with a blue is the perfect way to set yourself apart from the crowd. And they look great with paired with a wide variety of clothing styles.
The global reach of the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately forced the cancellation of the Watches & Wonders Geneva event. However, on April 25, a breakthrough digital platform has been launched worldwide as an immediate online alternative for the historic trade fair, and the world was once again presented with a vast array of impressive timepieces by some of the most renowned watchmakers.
There was a surprising degree of optimism for the online platform this year and there were a lot of satisfying new watches to enjoy. Among them, watches with blue dials became one of the hottest trends in the watchmaking world. So, for everyone from beginners to connoisseurs and collectors, we’ve rounded up some of the best new blue dials from this year’s Watches & Wonders Geneva online platform.
Baume & Mercier Hampton Collection
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The latest Hampton collection from Baume & Mercier revealed new silhouettes and shapes that pay tribute to Art Deco, the world-renowned architectural movement of the 1920s. This time, the curves of the Hampton watch take precedence over right angles and give beauty to the light gliding on smooth surfaces. The pure forms of the design, combined with the perfectly balanced proportions, gives this watch a subtle fluidity and softness while offering clear visibility. Ultimately, this creative approach is similar to that of the famous architectural movement, combining functionality with luxury.
Hermès Slim d’Hermès
Hermès unveiled its latest Slim d’Hermès line which embodies essentials like simplicity imbued with rigorous discipline and aesthetic balance as the unmistakable signatures of the collection. Equipped with a micro-rotor that drives a dual-time reading complete with two day/night indicators for home time and travel time, this particular watch beautifully showcases how the maison devotes considerable attention to details. The broad blue dial comes with a distinctive font and slim numerals with spaces between them.
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide
The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide is the first watch from IWC to sport the newly developed tide indication. Up front, a sub-dial at 6 o’clock indicates the expected times for the next high and low tide while the double moon phase display at 12 o’clock has been enhanced to show spring and neap tides and thus provides information about the strength of the current tides. As a nautical sports watch, the new Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide combines timeless elegance with ruggedness and high water-resistance.
Montblanc 1858 Geosphere
The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere watch is one of the key icons of the 1858 line with its two distinctive domed turning hemisphere globes and world-time complication. This year, Montblanc is presenting the 1858 Geosphere in grade 5 titanium combined with blue and contrasting icy white design details. Inspired by the colors of glaciers and ice that can range from the purest white to the deepest shades of blue, all those elements create both a very cold and modern tool-watch look. This watch is dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, with the actual summits marked alongside the Mont Blanc on the turning globes with blue dots.
Panerai Luminor Marina Fibratech
Panerai interprets the future with an innovative Luminor Marina that’s made from unidirectional mineral fibers produced by the fusion of basalt rock called Fibratech. Used for the very first time in the watch industry, it’s 60-percent lighter than steel, resilient and highly resistant to corrosion. Fibratech came into being as a result of the state-of-the-art technical expertise of the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee. Ensuring an equally high standard on the mechanical front for this watch is the P.9010 calibre, which is entirely conceived and developed by Panerai.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
For 2020, Vacheron Constantin presents a new Overseas perpetual calendar with a gold case and bracelet along with a blue dial for the first time. Upfront, the blue-lacquered gold dial captivates the eye with its sunburst satin finish, while the counters are distinguished by their snailed decoration. Moreover, the watch’s precious metal bracelet—featuring links inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross—is more elegant than ever while radiating a style all its own. In addition to the case/bracelet combination, the brilliance of the gold extends to the blue dial that endows this model with a distinctive new personality.