From bright emerald to muted moss, these stunning timepieces are sure to leave everyone around you green with envy
The horology world was divided when a plethora of watches with green dials took over the 2021 Watches and Wonders trade show in Geneva. Depending on who you asked, it was either a passing fad or the beginnings of a hot new trend. And then came Watches and Wonders 2022, where most of the big brands had jumped on the green dial bandwagon, which very much established the design as a full-fledged trend that is here to stay.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s product design director, Lionel Favre told Financial Times that the pandemic had a role to play with brands “going green”. Having spent so much of our time indoors, collectors became drawn to all things green and outdoorsy, and horology houses were quick to clock it as a growing trend.
Here are our top 10 lean green horological machines that make a strong case for some seriously enviable wrist candy.
1. Gucci Dive
Made of bio-based plastic and upcycled steel, the Gucci Dive collection blends sporty chic with eco-consciousness. The 40mm timepieces are run by Swiss-made automatic movements that are visible within the transparent dial and caseback. Quirky Gucci accents replace the hour markers, while the hour and minute hands are coated with glow-in-the-dark Super-LumiNova material.
2. Atelier Wen
The Wristcheck x Atelier Wen Perception Special Edition timepiece pays tribute to Chinese traditions through the shishi (stone lion) motif on the semi-open caseback and the jade-hued guilloché dial, which takes Asia’s only guilloché expert, Master Cheng, eight hours to handcraft using a rose engine. The watch also flaunts a grade five titanium case with matching bracelet and an additional grey FKM rubber strap. It’s powered by an extra-thin Dandong SL1588 automatic movement that runs at 28,800 vibrations and offers a power reserve of 41 hours.
3. Longines Evidenza
The tonneau-style timepieces in the Longines Evidenza collection take their cue from the Art Deco era. The watches, which feature a date display at six o’clock and a sector-type dial with Roman numerals for hour markers, are available in silver, red, anthracite, champagne and blue, but its green version is definitely its most striking. Although stunning, and with an alligator strap that is dyed to match the hue of the dial, this timepiece has much more to offer than just colourful exteriors—it’s strong on the technical side, too. Its self-winding mechanical movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and it boasts a power reserve of around 45 hours.
4. Patek Philippe 7130R World Time
The Patek Philippe 7130R World Time now comes with an olive-green dial that has a hand-guillochéd old basket weave pattern, which serves as a bold contrast to the city names printed in white on the city disc. Inside is a self-winding calibre 240 HU, an ultra-thin movement that keeps things sleek. Combined with the city and 24-hour discs, the calibre simultaneously and permanently shows the time in all the time zones.
5. Omega Speedmaster ’57
The Omega Speedmaster ’57 watch is a near-faithful recreation of the original Speedmaster chronograph from 1957—complete with the original brushed metallic bezel and broad arrow hands. Making a welcome return, the 40.50mm model has a slimmer profile than its predecessor, and is endowed with an upgraded Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement with calibre 9906. While the model is available in a variety of colours, the olive green dial stands out when paired with a classic metal bracelet.
6. Chopard Alpine Eagle
The Swiss manufacturer’s luxury sports collection, Alpine Eagle, swoops in with a green dial—dubbed Pine Green—that is inspired by the verdant Alpine forests in the summer. The 41mm case is available in either Lucent Steel A223 or ethical 18k rose gold, and houses the COSC-certified 01.01-C movement. In keeping with the brand’s commitment towards conservation, a part of the proceeds from the sale of timepieces from this range is donated to the Alpine Eagle Foundation, which works towards bringing white-tailed eagles back to the Swiss Alps.
The Laureato Chronograph Aston Martin Edition is Girard Perregaux’s follow-up to their popular Laureato Chronograph. The watchmaker partnered with British carmaker Aston Martin to create a glossy green chronograph with a diamond-patterned dial that takes seven layers of Aston Martin Green paint—applied 21 times—to mimic the look of the quilted seats in Aston Martin sports cars.
8. Carl F. Bucherer
Introduced in 2017, the Manero Flyback has quickly become one of Carl F. Bucherer’s most instantly recognisable models. The muted olive-green rendition, that comes in a 43mm stainless steel case, mirrors the sophistication of the Manero family, and its distinct features, such as the CFB 1970 chronograph movement with flyback function, are sure to delight watch connoisseurs.
9. Jaquet Droz
The spectacular hummingbird watch by Jacquet Droz is complicated in more ways than one. Limited to just eight pieces worldwide, it’s powered by a self-winding mechanical movement with 38 hours of power reserve. The white-gold dial features a mother-of-pearl subdial surrounded by plique-à-jour enamel, while the case sparkles with 100 diamonds worth 0.89 carats in total. The tour de force, of course, is the songbird motif in startling green, blue and white in a design that is a testament to the artisans’ finesse and accuracy.
In 2022, Breitling teamed with some of the world’s leading airlines to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Navitimer, one of the luxury watchmaker’s most iconic designs. In Hong Kong, the brand collaborated with Cathay Pacific on an exclusive timepiece: the Navitimer B01 Cathay Pacific, a 43mm model chronograph with a jade dial that’s limited to 200 pieces. The hue is a nod to the Hong Kong-based airline’s signature colour, which complements the timepiece’s overall classic Navitimer aesthetics, such as the circular side rule, the three chronograph counters, the notched bezel and the baton indexes.