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5 Peach-Toned Watches to Match 2024’s Colour of the Year

The Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 with pink dial.

Peach fuzz may be a new colour for 2024, but it is frequently seen in watchmaking.

Every year, Pantone names a Colour of the Year that describes the state and mood of our world today. It has a meticulous selection process for this annual project, with researchers looking for new colour influences across different industries, from fashion to travel and design globally. The winning hue for 2024 is Peach Fuzz, which exudes a warm and comforting undertone. It brings hope and renewal in a time of constant change, a nurturing colour for this time.

Pantone's Colour of the Year is Peach Fuzz.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year is Peach Fuzz.

Watchmaking doesn’t move as swiftly with colour trends as fashion, but peach or peach-adjacent hues have had a natural place in this field. In fact, rose-hued salmon dials date back to the early 20th century. It quickly gained popularity for its distinctive appearance and has enjoyed a bit of a revival in recent years. This trend also synergises with the 2024 Colour of the Year. If peach is your colour, here are a few great options.

The MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar with salmon dial.
The MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar with salmon dial.

MB&F

You might not see much of the salmon dial plate on display in the Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar, but that doesn’t make the peach-like platine any less beautiful on one of MB&F’s most celebrated watches. This highly legible perpetual calendar appeared as a steel-and-salmon combination for the first time last year and gained legions of fans almost immediately for its accessibility. Not only was it more affordable in steel, but it was also a non-limited edition. The stunning visual architecture on this robust 44mm watch is completed by a black, grey, brown, or blue hand-stitched alligator strap, so you can decide what hue goes better with the salmon dial.

Oris' ProPilot X Calibre 400 has a lively peach-like pink dial.

Oris’ ProPilot X Calibre 400 has a lively peach-like pink dial.

Oris

The 39mm ProPilot X Calibre 400 from Oris offers a more solid, almost pastel version of the peach fuzz shade and strikes an interesting contrast with the utilitarian nature of this pilot’s watch. White indexes, an outer chapter ring, and a date window at 6 o’clock keep things simple and clean, while sword-shaped hands with Super-LumiNova ensure increased legibility. Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback is the in-house Calibre 400, a movement so sturdy that Oris recommends a 10-year service interval. With its five-day power reserve, on-trend dial colour and good looks borrowed from its catalogue of pilot’s watches, this is a hard watch to say no to.

IWC's Portugieser 40 Automatic with salmon dial.

IWC’s Portugieser 40 Automatic with salmon dial.

IWC Schaffhausen

Released initially as a Middle East exclusive – inspired, perhaps by the pinkish brown desert dunes – and subsequently worldwide, IWC’s Portugieser Automatic 40 with a salmon dial is easily the most attractive in its family. A watch already available in multiple colours – silver dial with blued or golden accents, blue dial, green dial or even a burgundy dial for last year’s Year of the Rabbit – this pinkish version truly stands out. Atop a sunray-brushed base, the rose gold gilt dial comes close to the shade of an overripe peach. A steel case and rhodium-plated hands and markers offer a stunning contrast. We prefer a brown strap to the supplied black one, but this is hardly a deal breaker.

Furlan Marri Salmon Sector.

Furlan Marri Salmon Sector.

Furlan Marri

Microbrand Furlan Marri started out with a debut collection of mecha-quartz chronographs that sold out almost immediately after they were unveiled, but its mechanical watches are within reach. The Salmon Sector draws its visual inspiration from Patek Philippe’s Ref. 1463 ‘Tasti Tondi’, channelling its vintage flavour with a contemporary touch. Styled like a dress watch with a diminutive 37.5mm steel case and cow horn lugs, the Salmon Sector is endowed with a finely grained sector-style dial featuring a stamped finish. Atop this sit highly polished and applied Breguet-styled indices and curved and domed hands. Two straps come with the watch – green leather with curved bars and black leather with straight bars, offering options in aesthetics and fit.

The Cartier Pasha 41 with salmon dial comes close to Pantone's Peach Fuzz.

The Cartier Pasha 41 with salmon dial comes close to Pantone’s Peach Fuzz.

Cartier

The Gérald Genta-designed Pasha, released at last year’s Watches and Wonders, is an exceptional display of a dusty salmon dial. Within a 41mm steel case, the grained dial exudes a rustic charm. On the other hand, the square within the circle design and the blued steel hands gliding over Arabic numerals and hour markers ensure a supremely legible and elegant telling of the time. The particular hue of this dial really echoes the Colour of the Year. The salmon Pasha comes with a brown alligator skin and a steel bracelet, which you can easily swap out without the need for tools for a quick change in style. This being historically a sports watch, after all, the Pasha is water-resistant up to 100m.

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