This Season's Timepieces are Bold and in Your Face

Roberta Naas | September 23, 2019 | Style & Beauty

Black-, white- and silver-dialed watches are classic, of course, but freshen your #lewk this season with bold models from watch brands that treat the dial as a more artistic canvas.


01/ Breguet Reine de Naples 8967
Caroline Murat (Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister and the queen of Naples) was an avid fan of watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet. In 1810, she ordered what would become arguably the very first wristwatch. In 2002, Breguet unveiled the Reine de Naples collection to recall that rich history. This newest version features a hypnotic blue lacquer dial with a host of hues. The timepiece is finished with a fashion-forward denim strap. $21,000, Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square; @montresbreguet


02/ Ronde Louis Cartier Regard de Panthère
The gorgeous dial of this 36 mm timepiece is divided into a grid pattern, which is then filled with individually handpainted squares to achieve the depth and texture of Cartier’s signature panther face. The eyes are painted with a Super-LumiNova coating to glow in the dark. Diamonds are placed on portions of the dial and on the bezel for added sparkle. To top off the lustrous animal appeal, only 30 will ever be made. Price upon request, Lenox Square, @cartier


03/ Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36
Traditional-minded Rolex shakes things up with this 36 mm Oyster Perpetual Day-Date crafted in 18K yellow gold and featuring a stunning turquoise dial. The genuine stone showcases black veining typical of the finest gems of its kind. The diamond-encrusted numerals and markers, as well as the diamond bezel, offer a dazzle that mimics the fall runway’s shimmering metallics. $56,350, Mayors, Lenox Square; @rolex


04/ Grand Seiko Four Seasons
This special spring version of Grand Seiko’s newest collection honoring the four seasons reflects the cherry blossom trees that bloom across Japan in spring, with a slight pink tint to its classic mother-of-pearl textured dial. Its 40 mm titanium case offers a wide dial opening to allow for viewing of the subtle artistry. The integrated matte and shiny bracelet is finished using Grand Seiko’s traditional zaratsu polishing technique. $6,300, @grandseikousa

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