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Rainbow Watches: The Next Big Trend?

Embracing the colour spectrum.

While current circumstances may look gloomy at the moment, watchmakers seem to be leveraging on a full colour palette to brighten things up a little.

BREGUET Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia

Breguet Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia

Named after an aquatic plant in the Mediterranean Sea, Breguet’s new haute joaillerie creation transposes its fluid waves into a beautiful haute joaillerie creation with scintillating emeralds, sapphires and rubies.

Juxtaposed on a white mother-of-pearl dial, the precious jewels take turns to sparkle with their various hues. Eighty-five gems are used on each of the three versions (blue, red, green). The sapphire option uses a combination of blue and coloured sapphires, tsavorites, amethysts and diamonds, while the ruby version uses a mix of rubies, coloured sapphires and diamonds. The emerald version brings together emeralds, tsavorites, coloured sapphires and diamonds. To complement the kaleidoscopic dial, each version’s bezel is ringed in similarly hued jewels, as is the strap buckle.

BREITLING Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition

Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition

Inspired by its namesake watch from 1957, this colourful character is a close relation of the similarly named Capsule Collection that pays homage to the relaxed SoCal surfing lifestyle of the 1950s and 1960s. The Limited Edition version, though, offers a more “Bohemian chic” aesthetic, as the brand reveals. CEO Georges Kern explains they designed it “for people who want something a little out of the ordinary—for people who want both a great watch and a little festival of colour on their wrists.”

The 42mm stainless steel case features a bi-directional rotating bezel with an ultrahard black ceramic bezel insert and dial. A blue version was also made specially to raise funds for charities supporting frontliners in the COVID-19 fight. Needless to say, the star of the show is the multi-coloured indexes and hands, clothed in Super-LumiNova. There are also vibrant strap options from Breitling ambassador, Kelly Slater’s eco-friendly brand, Outerknown, to match the laidback hippie aesthetic.

Limited to 250 pieces.

HARRY WINSTON Premier Kaleidoscope Automatic 36mm

Harry Winston Premier Kaleidoscope Automatic 36mm

Known for their dexterity with the most fragile of materials, the master artisans at Harry Winston have once again demonstrated their prowess with the Premier Kaleidoscope collection. Comprising four variations, the timepieces are meticulously crafted with different shapes and patterns.

A white mother-of-pearl layer is first fused onto an 18K gold base. Following that, another delicate mother-of-pearl layer is coloured and carved out in thin geometric slivers, forming a mesmerising lace pattern. To add to the visual spectacle, thick pieces of nacre in different colours are added to the dial as shimmering cabochons, mimicking the appearance of precious stones. Brilliant-cut diamonds complete the look on the dial and around the bezel.

HUBLOT Spirit Of Big Bang Rainbow

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Rainbow

No stranger to the art of being loud and proud, Hublot’s Spirit Of Big Bang collection gets an injection of colour like its sibling, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire Rainbow, did last year. Two versions are available this time round—a 42mm chronograph and a 39mm date model. Both models are liberally festooned with jewels in all seven colours of the rainbow (and more) that would rival Joseph’s technicolour dreamcoat and, suffice to say, will offer more than just a pop of colour on the wrist.

The chronograph model is set with 166 coloured gemstones on the 18K king gold case, while another 54 baguette-cut coloured gemstones adorn the bezel. The matte black skeleton dial is set with 89 coloured gemstones and allows for a clear look at the self-winding Calibre HUB4700. While the three-hand date model doesn’t have a skeleton dial, this is made up for by a stunning backdrop of 431 coloured gemstones in a gradation of hues. The case itself features 164 coloured gemstones while the bezel gets 62 baguette-cut gemstones. Both versions come with black rubber and multi-coloured alligator straps.


Maurice Lacroix Eliros Rainbow

Using a PU material for both the dial and strap, the Eliros Rainbow is a moving spectacle of colour that changes depending on the angle it’s viewed at. From blue to green, pink and orange, the iridescent hues of the entire timepiece makes it a flamboyant statement on the wrist.

Since the array of colours is clearly the star, the dial is void of any indications, except for the logo at 12 o’clock and the ‘Swiss made’ label at six o’clock. At 40mm, it’s big enough to be a unisex model, so the gents can rock this one too. If the abundance of colour is too much for you, the strap can be switched out with Maurice Lacroix’s ‘easy strap exchange’ system.

Limited to 1,000 pieces.


Ex Managing Editor

Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".