Elegant new timepieces from Glashütte Original, Tag Heuer and Audemars Piguet suggest green is the new black when it comes to men’s wrist candy.
Green might not always be the first colour scheme that comes to mind when you’re looking for a new timepiece. However, there have been plenty of classic watches presented in striking shades of green, from the subtle olive hue of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date and the emerald rendition of the IWC Portugieser Chronograph to the more recent Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42 Bentley Limited Edition, and Tag Heuer’s recent ode to the Monaco GP.
Now two new releases from Glashütte Original and Audemars Piguet further bolster green as the shade of the season for luxury timepieces.
Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar
The German watchmaker has created a new green-dialled take on its classic PanoMatic Lunar timepiece, a watch acclaimed for its asymmetric dial design. The new addition to the PanoMaticLunar lineup offers an elegant and verdant take on the classic model, with green used to tantilising effect across almost every element of the new design, including the subdials and the Louisiana alligator leather strap.
With its 40mm case, the addition of green only makes the new PanoMatciLunar – a timepiece powered by a manufactory 90-02 automatic movement and celebrated for its Panorama Date display at 4 o’clock and its cleverly rendered moon phase indicator – more eye-catching.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Not to miss out, Audemars Piguet has also created new Royal Oak models enriched with green dials. Audemars Piguet first employed colourful stone dials during the 1970s, in brown, green and blue tones. This paved the way for a new generation of lively and expressive dials in the 1990s, which have permeated the Manufacture’s collections ever since.
The new offerings include the 39mm 950 platinum Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin presented with a full 950 platinum case (measuring just 8.1mm thick) and bracelet as well as a smoked green dial embellished with a sunburst pattern, white gold applied hour-markets and Royal Oak hands treated with luminescent coating, and a selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2121 fitted with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight.
There’s also a new limited-edition Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph with a 41mm 18-carat yellow gold case and a green “Grande Tapisserie” dial adorned with a “Grand Tapisserie” pattern and complemented by three snailed counters and a choice of green calfskin and green rubber straps.
In addition, the Manufacture also presents three new Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon variants in pink gold or titanium, all of which incorporate green hues.
Upholding Audemars Piguet’s reputation for making high complications, the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon showcases the talents of the Manufacture’s craftspeople with three new variants – an 18-carat pink cold edition limited to ten pieces; a model in full titanium limited to 50 pieces; and a clutch of just 15 units that combine titanium with 18-carat white gold bezel set with 32 baguette-cut emeralds. Each option is presented in a 41mm case and is endowed with a green Tapisserie dial enriched with a sunburst pattern.
All models are equipped with the selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2950, the latest generation of the Audemars Piguet flying tourbillon. Unlike a conventional tourbillon, a flying tourbillon eschews the upper bridge, affording views of the escapement, regulating organ and cage in motion.
Tag Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition
Hot on the heels of Tag’s green-hued Monaco GP timepiece, Tag Heuer has also created a green take on its classic Carrera. A vintage-inspired, limited-edition gem, the Tag Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition boasts a 39mm ultra-thin bezel and, paying tribute to the vintage Ref. 2447, features domed crystal and retro-styles lume plots and polished hour markers.
Powered by the Tag Heuer Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic movement, this column-wheel, vertical-clutch chronograph has an 80-hour power reserve and is limited to 500 pieces.
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