Watch & Jewellery
WATCHMAKING'S MOST WOKE DRESS CODE: Black-On-Black-On-Black Wristwatches
Text by Kee |
30.07.2020
'Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hands' by H. Moser & Cie
'Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto' by Hublot
'Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Chronograph' by Omega
'Octo L'Originale' by Bvlgari
'J12 Phantom' by Chanel
'Bold Evolution' by Movado
'Big Pilot's Watch Edition “Black Carbon"' by IWC Schaffhausen
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Call it the mood of the times if you will because the current favour for these Batman-esque black-on-black-on-black colourway is certainly not by any means accidental. Since when did any purist initiate an idea that they needed legibility to take a backseat for once and tell time with black indexes and hands over a matching black backdrop? Hate to break it to you because wearing such wristwatches is a hint that you probably don’t give a damn of knowing how many minutes you were late for Sunday brunch or when to pick the kids up from school. Thanks to the demand in the bespoke market for this unapologetic choice, watchmakers have woken up to the idea that that such a camouflaged look isn’t a lazy idea destined for the bin. In the same way that most gents own a wardrobe of blues, blacks, whites, and greys, it was only a matter of time before the colour wheel rotation landed here. But let’s be honest, black cases and dials have been a mainstay in watchmaking for years but they have always been paired with a contrasting shiny tone for hands and indexes because most would consider reading the time easily as still a basic requirement. But we’re living in different times, my friend.
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