Luxury Timepieces, black is beautiful.

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When it comes to luxury timepieces, many precious materials are used and in term of colors, metal is predominant but there is a trend for black watches. It can be a color treatment as also the usage of black onyx, ceramic or glass. LuxuryActivist made a short selection of interesting timepieces (by alphabetical order on Brand name) using the black as main color. Black will always be black…

CHANEL J-12 DIAMOND DIAL
Chanel-J12

Chanel brought into trend the ceramic watches with the J12 series. Here we can see a 38 mm Black high-tech ceramic timepiece. The dial set has 12 diamond indicators and it is a self winding mechanical movement. Among the interesting functions, we have a 42 hour power reserve and date. Also a unidirectional rotating bezel and a screw down crown. It is water resistant at 200 meters. For more information, click here.

DIOR VIII WITH DIAMONDS
Dior-VIII

Here it is also a 38mm automatic movement timepiece. It wears a black high-tech ceramic and steel case and bracelet. The bezel is also unidirectional rotating and the dial set is lacquered with diamonds. It has a anti-reflexion sapphire glass and a transparent case-back in which we can see a black lacquered oscillating weight. For more information, click here.

JAQUET DROZ GRANDE HEURE ONYX
Jaquet-Droz-Grande-Heure

When Jaquet Droz creates a new timepiece, they always go for the impossible made possible. Here we can see their Grande Heure onyx.  Surprising the eye with its artistic prowess as well as its technical excellence, the Grande Heure Onyx takes a revolutionary step in luxury watchmaking. A disc of onyx, cut with great care by the master dialmakers at Jaquet Droz, brings out all of the magic of monochromatic black. It’s as if time had been completely reinvented on a dark night, full of dreams and poetic imaginings. We could also talk about the single hand showing the time in a dial marked from 1 to 24 hours. It is a self-winding mechanical movement, double barrel and a heavy metal oscillating weight. The power reserve is a 68 hours for a 43mm stainless steel case. More information here.

ROLEX DEEP SEA
Rolex-Deep-Sea

The Rolex Deepsea was designed for extreme underwater exploration. An intricate three-piece case architecture, the Ringlock System, enables it to withstand the colossal pressure at depths of up to 3,900 metres (12,000 feet).The Rolex Deepsea has a bezel inlaid with a virtually scratch-resistant black Cerachrom disc and a titanium caseback. The Rolex Deepsea is also equipped with a unique bracelet, featuring a double extension system for a perfect fit over any diving suit. It is a 44mm steel case with a self-winding mechanical movement. The bezel is unidirectional and rotatable with black cerachrom insert in ceramic. For more information, click here.

TAG HEUER GRAN CARRERA
Tag-Heuer-Gran-Carrera

The sleek black styling and exclusive Rotating System make the Grand Carrera Calibre 17 RS2 Automatic Chronograph a must for connoisseurs of chronographs and motor racing. Inspired by GT race car engine design, the TAG Heuer Rotating System replaces traditional hands with dashboard style discs: the readability is optimum while maintaining effortless elegance. On the Grand CARRERA Calibre 17 RS2 the rotating system shows a permanent seconds hand at 3 o’clock and chrono minutes at 9 o’clock. The date display is at 6 o’clock. This model is in grade 2 titanium coated with titanium carbide. There is a sapphire crystal fitted into the caseback which reveals the movement. For more information, click here.

VICTORINOX 2012 ALPNACH
Victorinox-Alpnach

Probably one of the most iconic and outstanding timepiece made by Victorinox Swiss Army. The Alpnach is an amazing chronograph with a signature of it’s own. It is a 44mm stainless steel case with the famous Black Ice PVD treatment bringing this exciting black mate effect. It is water resistant 100m and the sapphire crystal glass is scratch resistant. The mechanical self-winding movement is an ETA Valjoux 7750 with a tachymeter scale. The Alpnach makes multiple references to the famous Cougar AS 532 helicopter, beginning with its name. The Alpnach meticulously replicates the forms and assertiveness of this exceptional helicopter. The small seconds counter at 9 o’clock incorporates the Cougar’s signature four blades. For more information, click here.

From fashion Brands, to Swiss watchmakers, from elegant timepieces to cutting edge chronographs, we see that black is an interesting color that brings your timepiece into a modern and timeless style.

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Sebastien Eich

Sebastien Eich is passionate about Swiss watch-making and throughout the years he gathered a tremendous amount of knowledge about the beautiful art of creating a watch. Based in Switzerland, the mother land of watch-making, he has exclusive access to Brands and events. He shares all of it here for the great pleasure of sharing.