Watch out: Why green is the only colour that matters this year


By Joan Kong

Watch out: Why green is the only colour that matters this year

Ultimate Gray may be the Pantone colour of 2021, but the standout hue in the watch world is, hands down, green. From pistachio and olive to forest greens, luxury watch brands are making a strong case for the shade this year, and if you still need some convincing, let these 13 timepieces below do the talking.

Rolex Datejust 36

Rolex proved that we’re not the only ones yearning for a vacation, as the brand introduced a new collection of Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 models that come with a tropical palm-motif dial. The olive green dial is paired with the classic Oystersteel case and bracelet.

Longines Spirit

Following the black, silver, and blue dials that were previously introduced in October last year, Longines has added the colour green to its Spirit collection. The dial is complemented with Super-LumiNova beige that exudes a hint of vintage flair, and each timepiece features five applied stars that attest to the quality of the movement (the exclusive calibre L888.4). Take your pick between a leather strap or a stainless-steel bracelet.

Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver Military

Bell & Ross has launched a limited-edition BR03-92 Diver that’s inspired by the military. While the foundation of the timepiece remains the same, the dial now comes in a monochrome olive hue that’s reminiscent of a camouflage watch. The model’s indexes and hands all in green Super-LumiNova C3, and it has a depth rating of 300 meters.

Tag Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

One of Tag Heuer’s most well-loved lines, the Aquaracer has been given a facelift in the form of the new-gen Aquaracer Professional 300. Aside from the six stainless-steel offerings, there’s also a sandblasted titanium watch in the mix that’s paired with a matte green bezel and a sunray-brushed green dial. The collection continues to be powered by the Calibre 5 automatic movement.

Breitling Premier Heritage

Earlier this year, Breitling unveiled the new Premier Heritage line that’s modelled after the 1943 Premier collection. Inspired by the inventive spirit of the brand’s founding fathers, the six watches—divided into The Chronograph, the Duograph, and the Datora series— feature vintage-inspired hands, Arabic numerals, and alligator straps, but the highlight of the lot definitely goes to the Premier B09 Chronograph with a striking pistachio green dial.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce

Just a week ago, Patek Philippe dropped seven new Aquanaut watches which include three new Aquanaut Luce models for the ladies. Offered in a larger case size (38.8mm instead of 35.6mm), a new integrated strap, and with an updated quartz movement this round, the feminine yet sporty timepiece is available in a khaki green hue that was first introduced in the men’s collection in 2019.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept

Measuring at just 2mm thick, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept is the world’s thinnest mechanical watch (ICYMI, the timepiece won the prestigious “Aiguille d’Or” prize last year). And for Watches & Wonders this year, the brand unveiled a deep green iteration that’s inspired by the forests that surround La Côte-aux-Fées, where the brand was founded in 1874. This model comes with a matching alligator leather strap.

Cartier Tank Must

First introduced in 1977, the 2021 version of the Tank Must watch comes in three monochrome shades that reference the ’80s models. Available in red, blue, and green, the timepieces take on a minimalist silhouette, as the markers and Roman numerals are absent. They’re all equipped with quartz movement.

Grand Seiko SBGJ251

From cherry blossoms to the snow, Grand Seiko has celebrated the natural beauty of Japan in its past collections, and this year, the brand’s GMT Seasons line continues to do just that. Inspired by the concept of ‘Sekki’, the six phases of the four seasons, the offerings include a rich green model that represents ‘Shunbun’—the very beginning of spring.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the iconic Reverso collection, Jaeger-LeCoultre has released its latest Reverso Tribute that features a deep green sunray-brushed dial. The hue—said to be inspired by the pine forest that surrounds the JLC manufacture in Le Sentier—extends to the smooth calf leather strap, which is hand-made by the famous Casa Fagliano.

Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum

Not one to shy away from colours, Zenith is giving its Defy 21 chronographs a rainbow take by incorporating eye-catching shades everywhere but the dial. Available in hues that represent the different frequencies of light (black, blue, purple, orange, and green), each of the five 44mm models is also bejewelled with 44 baguette-cut precious stones. The green edition is embellished with green tsavorites and it features a matching-coloured movement and rubber strap. The case is covered in 288 brilliant-cut diamonds.

IWC Pilot Chronograph 41

IWC’s new Pilot Chronograph has been given a few updates this year. Firstly, at 41mm, it’s 2mm smaller than the existing version; secondly, it now comes with an integrated EasX-Channge system that allows you to swap out the straps easily; and thirdly, its dial comes in a deep green shade with sunburst effect. The automatic in-house movement is visible via the clear sapphire crystal caseback.

Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18k

Three years after its launch, the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is getting the precious metal treatment with the introduction of an 18-karat yellow-gold case. Perfectly complementing the metallic shade is the striking olive-green dial. The watch also comes with a new movement—the MT5400 that offers 70 hours of power reserve.

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