Give The Green Light To One Of These Five Watches

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Give The Green Light To One Of These Five Watches

Words by Mr Chris Hall

21 September 2023

Contrary to the beliefs of a certain manually-operated frog, it is easy being green. Certainly if you are a luxury watch. It is a veritable Amazon out there; we are so inundated with green watch dials it would be no surprise to find Sir David Attenborough including them in a documentary. For a few years now, green has been the go-to “interesting” colour, the next stop for anyone taking their horological palette beyond black, white and blue. From turquoises and teals to grass, olive, pine and pistachio, the choices are abundant. We’ve rounded up five of this year’s green-dialled timepieces for you to leaf through.

01. Oris Diver’s Sixty-Five

Oris first released its Cotton Candy collection – a sub-set of Diver’s Sixty-Five watches with pastel blue, green and pink dials – in 2021, with bronze cases. Now it has returned to the theme with stainless steel, giving the 38mm watch a cool, almost clinical feel.

02. Cartier Santos de Cartier Skeleton

Using the shape of the Roman numerals as a structure in place of an actual dial is a powerful move to begin with; filling them with vivid emerald lacquer is next level. This is the Santos as statement watch, and even the traditional blue sapphire cabochon has been switched to green.

03. Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea

The rich green of the Iced Sea’s textured dial might, at first, make one think of pine forests but its inspiration comes from above the treeline: the ancient, dark green of the ice deep within an alpine glacier. With a ceramic bezel and 41mm steel case, it’s Montblanc’s hardiest watch to date.

04. NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus

The “electric green” of this NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus is tempered by the soft, supple grey suede strap, but there is no question it remains an eye-catching choice. It’s all the more distinctive for its orange seconds hand and unusual California dial with a mix of Roman and Arabic numerals.

05. Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Austin Healey

Few colours are as universally recognised as British Racing Green, the dark shade associated with British car makers since the very earliest days of motorsport. Frederique Constant’s partnership with Austin-Healey celebrates classic racing in this 700-piece limited-edition chronograph.