The best blue dial watches of 2017

Blue dials have been around for a long time, but for many watch brands, they were part of the choice provided to customers who for the most part opted for the classic silver-toned dial. But this year, many brands are presenting watches with blue dials as a fundamental piece in the collection.

by Rafael Aguado Rodriguez 04 January 2017


IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Automatic 36

We can start with IWC Schaffhausen who have launched their new Da Vinci collection, which includes the Da Vinci Automatic 36. It has quintessentially feminine design including a rounded crown, slim profile, and mobile lugs for perfect comfort on all wrists. Reference IW458312 is the entry-level watch in the collection, with stainless steel case, sunray-finish blue dial, and strap in blue alligator leather.

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Rolex Cellini Date

The Cellini Date by Rolex is a little larger at 39 mm diameter, but this is a size that can almost be considered as unisex nowadays, and this watch is an artful combination of features making it attractive to both men and women. The fluted bezel hallmarking the white gold case is part of the Cellini family’s distinctive aesthetic, along with the characteristic radial guilloché on the dial. Good looks are accompanied by the precision that accompanies Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer certification, of the order of -2/+2 seconds per day. The dial layout, with date on a circular subdial, provides an immediate and instinctive measure of the passage of days.

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato

Laureato is a name that conjures up a lot of heritage, starting with one of the most unusual episodes in watchmaking history. Girard-Perregaux began the project for a new watch with an integrated bracelet in about 1971, and the first sketches that set the tone for what would be a revolutionary design were created by an architect in Milan. But at the present state of play, no-one knows who he was! This year, the Laureato family includes many different models and dial colours, including the lovely reference 81010. In the version featured here, the blue dial is set off by the steel case and black leather strap.

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Bulgari Lucea

Lucea, introduced in 2013, is one of Bulgari’s most successful watchmaking stories, and it is now available with two new colours, sunburst guilloché blue inspired by sapphires, and purple recalling amethyst. The dial is enhanced by the diamond hour-markers, the pink cabochon gemstone forming the crown, and the lovely bracelet recalling the brand’s iconic Serpenti jewellery watches. It’s an understated watch, with case and bracelet in stainless steel, very practical and ideal for everyday use. The 33 and 36 mm versions have a mechanical self-winding movement.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate

One of the most surprising watches presented at SIHH was the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch by Van Cleef & Arpels, which has a bright blue animated butterfly on the dial, against a blue-green backdrop that depicts a pool rendered using enamel and gemstones. The most unusual feature of this watch is that it is interactive. The frequency at which the butterfly is activated, and the number of wing beats, depends on the user’s activity. Considering that the watch is entirely mechanical, this is no mean feat. The base movement for time functions has 147 components, but the movement powering the butterfly has a staggering 417 parts.

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Tiffany East West

The Tiffany East West is a very original timepiece, with a dial rotated through 90 degrees so that it is perfectly legible while you are typing on a keyboard or driving. You can also place it on a surface to form a small, very legible table clock. Its intriguing design is based on a 1940s Tiffany travel clock design, to which has been added the graceful curve of dial and case. Initially launched with a quartz movement, it is now available with a mechanical movement as well. On the wrist, it makes the ubiquitous blue dial a totally original form of expression.

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