Going Green Give it up for green!
Green is the colour of hope; something we can all use in these troubled times. WorldTempus goes out on a limb with this selection of atypical green-themed watches.
With bets still on as to whether all-blue will become the new all-black, green remains a remarkably consistent presence on our wrists. Green dials may account for just a small proportion of sales, they are at the heart of some powerfully creative designs. Today's watch buyer can pick up a sport, vintage or classic timepiece in green – a variety that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
Glashütte Original's shimmering green
One brand has proved particularly tenacious in its use of green and that is Glashütte Original. Dazzling green additions to its Sixties collection revealed the Manufacture's capacity to create remarkably original dials. The latest model to benefit from this expertise is the PanoMaticLunar, whose radiant green dial transitions from paler in the centre to darker around the edges. Make a note of the sunburst motif which, by reflecting the light, ensures that hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds remain perfectly legible at all times.
PanoMatic Lunar © Glashütte Original
Audemars Piguet's military green
The forest of green around Le Brassus is met by a different green: that of a watch with resolutely sporting credentials. The Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph in khaki flexes a muscular 44mm diameter for its ceramic case and bezel, and comes mounted on a green textured rubber strap. A characteristic feature of the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph, colour-coordinated chrono hands and pushers lend the finishing touch to this all-green palette.
Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Automatic 44 mm © Audemars Piquet
Ralf Tech's ocean green
From the fir trees of Le Brassus to the depths of the ocean in one fell swoop, courtesy of Ralf Tech and its new WRX Electric. Recognisable by the taut lines of its cushion case, this is, more than ever, an all-terrain watch with the thickest scratch-resistant sapphire crystal of any series-produced watch at 5.9mm; a 10-mm thickness at strategic points on the caseband; a wide strap secured by rip-resistant bars; a Ceramfine bezel and a guaranteed depth rating of 1,000 metres for certain finishes. The WRX is the quintessential, ready-for-anything tool watch. Inspired by the WRX Original, this model's Tundra green colour is close to the Foliage green that's popular with the military. For this new edition, Ralf Tech is equipping its WRX with an Electric movement (quartz power with automatic winding) as well as a sandwich dial. Production is slated at 100 pieces for this year. At under €2,000, why wait?
WRX Electric © RALF TECH
Ralph Lauren's equestrian green
As an authentic watch brand, Ralph Lauren has nothing left to prove. The designer has always gone his own way, defining an idiosyncratic style and laying down the fashion law for the technical guys to follow – never the reverse. Accordingly, the new Polo Watch adopts an all-over green aesthetic with one half of the strap in tan leather and the other half in cotton madras. Unconventional? You bet! Such a uniquely offbeat design will appeal to watch-wearers who follow their own style radar.
The Polo Watch 42mm © Ralph Lauren
Norqain's textured green
If you've yet to become a member of the "Norqainer community", now's your chance. This Independence 20 is the first Norqain watch to be fitted with the exclusive NN20/1 calibre: a manufacture movement produced in collaboration with Kenissi, which also supplies Tudor and Chanel. Its dial is the only one in this selection with a cross-hatched surface – not unlike the textured dials on a JeanRichard Terrascope or, if you prefer, the irregular striations that distinguish a meteorite dial. This COSC-certified watch is proposed in a limited edition of just 200, priced under CHF 3,000. The only downside being that they're almost sold out...
Independence 20 © Norqain
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