As I age gracelessly, I've come to realise that the colour black is my friend and not something to be feared - not black holes, though, they're just straight up terrifying. Black is starting to make up most of my wardrobe and not just because it's more flattering on the paunch. OK, it's only because black is more flattering on the paunch. Nevertheless, I've managed to inject subtle pops of colour with my watch straps, but also, increasingly, with the dials.
Before the pedants pipe up, luxury Swiss watch brands have in the past used strikingly coloured dials but the trend has definitely become more pervasive in recent years. Tudor has been particularly active in this area and has followed up its black, grey and blue dials with the new Fastrider Chronograph, which comes in red (below left), yellow and green. The traffic-light options are a lovely way for the sporty watch to stand out.
The Fastrider range is notable for Tudor's collaboration with Ducati but, in this instance, the Italian superbike company is nowhere to be seen. However, the watch still retains features that will please the bike-loving crowd. The case, which is sized at a nice 42mm, being made of steel should keep the price reasonable. The bezel, made of matt-black ceramic, is super hard but also helps to mix up the materials in a pleasing way. Tudor's shield logo acts as the 12 o'clock marker, creating more space in the top half of the watch and helping it appear less cluttered. Features other than the chronograph include 150 metres of water resistance and a date indicator. Inside is an in-house 7753 movement with 46 hours of power reserve. The strap comes in either leather or black rubber. Prices for the Tudor Fastrider Chronograph are due to be released shortly.
Next we have a watch that's perfect for the summer: blue always goes well with sunshine. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time now comes with a special-edition ultramarine dial (bottom) and it's just exquisite. The Overseas Dual Time was created as the ultimate travel watch and the flash of blue on the dial as well as the blue alligator leather or blue rubber strap has made an already excellent watch even more eye-catching. A feature-packed timepiece, indications include second time zone, day/night indicator, date sub-dial and power-reserve gauge. Inside is an in-house 1222 SC movement, which pumps out 40 hours of power. The steel case is sized at 42mm. Limited to 300 pieces, prices for the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time are available upon request.
Finally, we have the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 Special London Flagship Edition (top). And, yes, it was created to celebrate the launch of the brand's new London digs, on Old Bond Street. The colour choice for the dial is the very British deep lacquered green, or racing green, that is often associated with Jaguars, Aston Martins and Bentleys. Jaeger-LeCoultre has also engraved an image of Big Ben on the "reverse" side of the watch, which should make any Brit weep softly into his warm pint of ale. Multiple features aren't what the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 line is about, the focus being on the looks and thickness, which in this case is 7.27mm. Inside is an in-house 822 movement with a 45-hour power reserve. Prices for the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 Special London Flagship Edition, which is limited to 26 pieces, are available upon request.