Giving the classic blacks and neutrals a break, watchmakers have recently been experimenting with bright and bold shades, including candy-coloured straps and dials in high impact hues. Among the favourite colours, reds and hot pinks have been popping up in a few collections, featuring audacious yet elegant designs. From tomato red to Barbie pink, this fiery range of watches sparks desire, passion, and energy.
The Reine de Naples Mini line expands this year with six new variants, including this ultra-feminine pink version with pink-rimmed Arabic numerals, complemented by a pink leather strap. Diamonds adorn the bezel, dial, flange and lugs. Yet the watch still retains the aesthetic signature of the collection, with mother-of-pearl dial and off-centred 6 o’clock chapter ring. It houses the Calibre 586/1 with a silicon balance spring, and features a 38-hour power reserve.
The iconic Piaget Altiplano is skinny, attractive and most of all, it commands attention. But beyond its charming looks lies a horological sophistication powered by an ultra-thin movement with a generous power reserve. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the new collection features a new range of eye-catching colours. The 34mm has a vivid pink sunburst dial, and is fitted with a hand-wound Calibre 430P that measures only 2.1 mm thick.
Sarcar’s Le Royal Solitaire collection features a 1ct brilliant-cut diamond on a diamond-encrusted spinning rotor. Recently, the watchmaker introduces Le Solitaire Ruby Heart that replaces the diamond with a heart-shaped ruby. Like its all-diamond cousin, it glistens under the sapphire crystal with 538 diamonds and 90 rubies on the dial and pink gold case. It is powered by a Quartz movement and comes with a matching crocodile leather strap.
An elegant desk-to-dinner timepiece, the Pavonina by Glashutte Original features a polished cushion-shaped 31mm steel case, a white mother-of-pearl dial with Roman numerals, and a guilloche centre. A Quartz movement powers the central hour and minute hands. For a touch of glamour, it is fitted with a red Louisiana alligator leather strap.
The Hermes Arceau Millefiori watch combines traditional watchmaking and glassmaking to create a beautiful pink floral motif on the dial. The millefiori —meaning “a thousand flowers” in Italian — are assembled from numerous threads of crystal canes to form a bed of flowers, before being further encased in crystal and cut to reveal the final pattern. It is housed in a 34mm white gold and diamond case, and features a mechanical self-winding movement with a power reserve of 50 hours.
Fifteen oval Mozambican rubies and diamonds are all it took for this Cartier Trait d’éclat jewellery watch to shine. The gemstones weighing 24.93 carats are themselves a sight to behold, exhibiting an intense red with a diamond-like sparkle enhanced by the orangey-pink hue specific to Mozambican rubies. They weave around the watch like a ribbon accentuated with baguette-cut diamonds. Dainty and feminine, it reveals time with the manual-winding mechanical movement Calibre 101.
Launched in 1977, the Bulgari Bulgari watch quickly became a stylish icon amongst ladies of Italian high society. The new Bulgari Bulgari Lady continues the tradition with colourful models available in 26, 33, and 37mm sizes. Alligator straps in vivid colours boost the contemporary design, such as this steel and 18K pink gold model with glossy alligator leather strap. Its automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve powers the hour and minute hands.
This post was originally published in Solitaire 90, The Colours Edition.