The best blue dial watches for men
Whether its a top diving watch in cerulean or a classic black tie piece in understated navy, there are few watches for which a chic nautical blue will not work. This elegant shade has long been a favourite of many timeless watchmakers, here is our pick of the best blue-hued timepieces to buy now...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
One of the undisputed legends of modern horology, the Royal Oak was created by the late, great Gérald Genta in 1972. It was the first steel-cased luxury watch and the distinctive design, with its integrated strap and octagonal bezel, has evolved since. One of the most popular versions is this large-diameter Offshore chronograph with a blue Méga Tapisserie dial.
Case: Steel, 42mm
Movement: Calibre 3126/3850 Manufacture self-winding
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: £18,700, audemarspiguet.com
Bulgari Diagono Magnesium
Despite its propensity to burst into flames in the face of excessive friction, Bulgari chose light, corrosion-resistant magnesium for the cases of its new Diagono models. They also incorporate other high-tech materials such as Polyetheretherketone (PEEK), ceramic and a grained coating called Motorlac that enables the dial and parts of the case to be finished in attractive colours, including this delectable blue.
Case: Magnesium and PEEK, 41mm
Movement: Calibre BVL 191 Solotempo automatic winding
Price: $3,900, bulgari.com
H Moser & Cie Endeavour Centre Seconds
H Moser is a true connoisseurs’ Swiss brand, making no more than 1,200 understated but superbly finished watches per year. Each watch is the product of hundreds of hours of work, most of which goes into creating the exquisite in-house movements. You can admire the mechanism used in the Endeavour Centre Seconds through a sapphire crystal case back.
Case: Red gold, 40.8mm
Movement: Calibre HMC 343 hand-wound
Price: £16,300, h-moser.com
Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
Patek Philippe’s first aviation-inspired watch since the 1930s features a skeletonised hour hand for home time, bold local-time pointers and a pair of left-mounted, screw-down pushers enabling the former to be adjusted quickly in either direction. A date counter is linked to local time, while light and dark dots show whether it’s day or night at home or abroad.
Case: White gold, 42mm
Strap: Calf leather
Movement: Calibre 324 S C FUS self-wound
Waterproof: 60 metres
Price: £31,000, patek.com
Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent
One of numerous collaborations in Hublot’s Big Bang range was created with the design house Italia Independent, set up in 2007 by Lapo Elkann, grandson of the late Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli. It combines Hublot’s in-house Unico movement with a case made from Texalium, a new type of coloured carbon. The watch, limited to 500 examples, comes with a pair of matching Italia Independent sunglasses.
Case: Carbon fibre and Texalium, 45mm
Strap: Rubber and studded denim
Movement: Calibre HUB1242 self-winding
Limited edition: 500
Price: £19,700, hublot.com
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
Omega’s Seamaster has long been a favourite among yachting types, but this latest Aqua Terra version is particularly appealing thanks to its teak concept dial. On a practical front, the 41.5mm diameter watch is equipped with Omega’s impressively accurate Master Co-Axial self-winding movement, which is designed to withstand magnetic fields of up to 15,000 Gauss – more than any other watch on the market.
Case: Steel, 41.5mm
Movement: Calibre Omega 8500 self-winding
Waterproof: 150 metres
Price: £4,000, omegawatches.com