This Trend Isn't Going Anywhere: 7 Colorful Timepieces That Prove It
You can't resist one of these flamboyant Swiss timepieces.
It's hard to resist the allure of a horological work of art decked out in rainbow colors, which is why even the world's most prestigious watchmakers have picked up on the trend. Exhibit A: The seven slightly psychedelic timepieces pictured here. Chasing rainbows indeed!
Perpetual Day-Date Rolex Oyster
This stunning Day-Date 36 reminds us of the brand's jewelry expertise, despite being known primarily for its tried-and-true tool watches, designed to withstand the elements, from the top of Mt. Everest to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The 36 mm model showcases Rolex's exceptional gem-setting skills with its diamond-paved dial, diamond-set bezel, and diamond-set President bracelet, all of which are crafted in 18-karat white gold. It's the 10 baguette-cut, rainbow-colored sapphires marking the hours that truly make this watch stand out.
Tourbillon Double Rainbow Parmigiani Tonda 1950
With its well-established credentials in haute horlogerie, Parmigiani Fleurier's Tonda 1950 Tourbillon Double Rainbow combines its jewelry-making expertise with the brand's well-established reputation. A 40.2 mm rose-gold case is adorned with 2.59 carats of multicolored gemstones, including rubies, tsavorites, amethysts, blue, pink, orange, and yellow sapphires, which are powered by the ultra-thin PF517 automatic movement, which features a 60-second tourbillon. With 572 diamonds totaling 1.4 carats, and 32 multicolored sapphires, the dial frames a crescent-shaped subdial of aventurine and is fully set. Its sparkly dark surface is a subtle reference to the starry night sky in Switzerland's Val-de-Travers, the hometown of Parmigiani of Fleurier. $191,400.
3D Carbon Rainbow Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Power Reserve 14 Days
In spite of its mouthful name, Hublot's Big Bang MP-11 Power Reserve 14 Days 3D Carbon Rainbow is a colorful example of its trademark Art of Fusion concept, which involves blending opposing materials to create futuristic timepieces with a futuristic ethos. With a three-dimensional carbon case, the watch is powered by Hublot's seven-barreled MP-11 movement (which provides a two-week power reserve). There are 48 baguette-cut colored gemstones in the undulating black-plated bezel, including rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, blue topazes, tsavorites, yellow and orange sapphires. $106,000, Hublot.com.
A Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 South Seas watch
With golden hands and indexes, diamond hour markers, and gem-set bezels decked out in a variety of vibrant hues, Breitling's Chronomat South Sea Capsule Collection is sure to charm. In addition to the midnight blue lacquered dial seen here, beige and mint green dial editions also feature attractive dials. Beauty doesn’t come at the expense of brains. All three are equipped with Breitling Caliber 10, a COSC-certified chronometer. $8,500; Breitling.com
Felipe Pantone Zenith Defy 21
In a collaboration with the Argentine-Spanish contemporary artist known for his computer-modeled graffiti murals that blend digital and urban aesthetics, Zenith has released the Defy 21 Felipe Pantone watch, featuring a modern interpretation of the rainbow. Featuring two regulating organs and escapements, one beating at 5Hz for timekeeping, and one at 50Hz to display 1/100th of a second chronograph, the El Primero 21 is a highly chromatic 44 mm ceramic case that houses a finely tuned mechanical machine. Zenith-watches.com, $19,100
Fleurs De Jardin Rainbow by Jacob & Co.
There is a bouquet of multicolored sapphires adorning the dial of Jacob. & Co. Fleurs De Jardin Rainbow watch. As if these weren't mesmerizing enough, the model's intricate butterfly tourbillon movement travels around the dial clockwise, along with the time display and upper-level sapphire flowers, while the rainbow sapphire-studded mother-of-pearl base below turns counterclockwise. Rainbow sapphires also make up the 18-karat rose-gold bezel and inner ring. An impressive Astronomia dual-axis flying tourbillon movement, which takes 10 minutes to complete a full clockwise rotation around the central axis, crowns the scene: a 288-facet Jacob-cut grass-green tsavorite.
Richard Mille RM 67-01 Rainbow 50 mm custom watch
In a 50 mm 18-karat rhodium-plated white gold case studded with not insignificant amounts of rainbow sapphires, MAD Paris' custom watch specialists bring you this reimagined Richard Mille RM 67-01. The radical timepiece comes in a highly limited edition of just one.