These 7 blue-themed classic watches are must-haves for collectors
Shades of blues for any occasion.
01: UP TO DATE
Dressy without being fussy, the Rolex Datejust 41 is a prime example of an all-occasion workhorse. Released for the first time in steel last year (although the model shown here features a white-gold fluted bezel), the Datejust 41 is powered by Rolex’s trusty and e cient automatic calibre 3235. The 41mm watch is also available with a smooth steel bezel.
02: AIR TO THE THRONE
Breitling’s new Navitimer 8 collection includes versatile timepieces like the Day & Date. Aside from familiar (albeit tweaked) Navitimer features such as a notched bezel and bevelled lugs, the Navitimer 8 Day & Date also features accents inspired by Breitling’s history – for example, the design of its numerals is inspired by the brand’s first pilot’s watches. The 41mm steel timepiece comes with either a blue (shown) or black dial.
03: PERFECT GEOMETRY
Having introduced the Bulgari Octo Roma in 2017 in a few dial colours and case finishes, Bulgari now expands the family with models featuring blue (shown) or grey dials. Featuring a cleaner, simpler-looking “circle within an octagon” case as a result of its 58 facets instead of the Octo’s standard 110 facets, the Octo Roma automatic watch is housed in a 41mm steel case with an exhibition caseback.
04: MODERN MASTERY
A sunray dial in vibrant blue takes centre stage in this Longines Master automatic timepiece with date. Smart enough to be worn for formal events but also simple enough to be an everyday timepiece, this 40mm steel watch is accented with slim hour markers and leaf-shaped hands. Available with a steel bracelet or blue alligator strap.
05: BUILDING BLOCK
Since it was introduced in 2016, the Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 has charmed us with its striking, quirky aesthetics – its skeletonised, manually wound movement is inspired by old-school Meccano building blocks. (If that doesn’t impress you, its 10-day power reserve should.) Following versions in materials like black ceramic and titanium, the Meca-10’s latest incarnation features a 45mm case crafted from deep blue ceramic.
06: GO CRAZY
Even after 15 years, the Franck Muller Crazy Hours randomly jumping hours complication continues to hold its own as a fun and unique feature. The model shown here comes from the Asian limited-edition collection, and measures 39.6mm (width) by 55.4mm (length). Choose from blue (shown) or grey dials, as well as different coloured dial accents and straps.
07: GO PLATINUM
Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin is the perfect example of how seemingly small updates can make watch fans go gaga. While this new 39mm automatic timepiece resembles the all-steel Jumbo at a glance, it actually features a titanium case topped by a gleaming platinum bezel. This dual-metal theme carries over into its bracelet, which is titanium with platinum links.