Posted on: June 18, 2024 Posted by: mysun08481 Comments: 0

Is Purple The Hottest New Trend Colour For Watches?

Like seasons throughout the year, there’s a constant ebb and flow in terms of design, shapes, colours, sizes and materials in watchmaking. Colour is perhaps the easiest to change for brands, but also the one that’s the most susceptible to the public’s opinion and demands. With green being “the hottest thing since sliced bread” over the past years, it now seems there’s a very strong and definitive shift to another striking tone of colour; Purple! In the past, we would see purple watches every now and then, but recently more and more have been rearing their seductive heads, and here are seven of the coolest ones!
Inspired by geometric shapes and luminous refractions, the Baltic Prismic is a surprisingly fun take on a “cocktail watch”. The charmingly compact watch has a purple dial with a guilloché-like centre pattern, a circular brushed ring, a grooved outer flange and a grained small seconds subdial with crosshair. The pyramid-shaped markers give the Prismic even more character. The caseback reveals the manually wound ETA Pesseux 7001. Worn on a leather strap for EUR 990 or a mesh bracelet for EUR 1,050 it’s a very sensible and stylish package!
Through a series of collaborations with designers and independent watchmakers, Louis Erard has made quite an interesting niche for themselves. The latest project is the Régulateur x Cédric Johner which has a handsome purple dial (or a blue one, if you want). The most notable element is the hexagonal shape, Cédric Johner’s signature style. The dial has a regulator-type display, with a grooved pattern radiating from the centre. Power comes from a Sellita SW266-1 with a uniquely finished rotor, it’s limited to 178 pieces and retails for CHF 4,000.
The Gravity Equal Force by Armin Strom is a surprisingly versatile watch when it comes to colours. We’ve seen it in German Silver, green, all black, blue and many other shades. The Gravity Equal Force Purple has a purple (duh!) guilloché mainplate that highlights the openworked construction of the Calibre ASB19 perfectly. Most of the running components such as the micro-rotor, motor barrel and off-centre dial for the hours, minutes and seconds are all fully visible. Worn on a grey nubuck strap, only 25 are made each year for EUR 31,900.
There’s no denying the Czapek Antarctique is one of our favourite luxury sports watches. The design, the movement construction, the dial pattern and the bracelet made it a very cool alternative to several unobtainable watches in the segment, and rightfully so. New for 2024 was the introduction of the Afterglow Purple, featuring a striking ‘Stairway to Eternity‘ stamped flinqué dial pattern. It gives a colourful spin on the Czapek Antarctique, which of course still has that amazing micro-rotor movement inside. It’s priced at CHF 23,000 before taxes.
Speake Marin has been playing around with different colour combinations for one of its most complex watches in the catalogue, the Openworked Tourbillon. The latest is named Ultra-Violet, and there’s no second-guessing why. The openworked movement is accentuated by an eye-catching purple grid surrounding several key components; the micro-rotor, the barrel, the one-minute flying tourbillon and the power reserve. Quite something! It comes in a 38mm size, limited to 4 pieces for CHF 79,500 or a 5-piece limited run in 42mm for CHF 79,900.
H. Moser & Cie is no stranger when it comes to colour, and one of the most recent releases by the indie watchmaker is the Streamliner Centre Seconds Purple Haze. The sunburst fumé finish darkens the purple tone towards the outer edge of the dial, where the white minute track and applied markers finish the dial. With no other distractions, the dial can fully work its magic when it is hit by sunlight. Around the back, the HMC 201 in-house automatic reveals a new architecture with openworked bridges and more. This Streamliner retails for CHF 21,900 incl. VAT.
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which one’s the purplest of them all?” The answer is simple, the watch is not; the De Bethune DB28XS Purple Rain. This latest masterpiece is purple from top to bottom. The polished titanium case, the patented floating lugs, the star-studded dial, some movement components and even the stitching of the strap, everything is finished in purple. The ultra-thin construction also makes it an absolute gem on the wrist, and of course, the overall finishing is stunning. It’s limited to 25 pieces only, with a price of CHF 90,000.