Blue and green dials have been on-trend in luxury watches for years. But for those who want to make an even bolder statement on their wrists, nothing speaks louder than a watch that fully embraces color, case and all.
While PVD coatings have been used to turn case metal black, blue, and other shades, using advanced materials, such as ceramic, makes the color more than skin deep.
Hublot spent four years perfecting its proprietary bright red ceramic, made by fusing heat and pressure through a special technique that doesn’t scorch the pigment. The patented material not only is vibrant and glossy, it’s also super-dense, making it even harder and more scratch-resistant than typical ceramics.
The audacious Swiss brand launched the material in last year’s Big Bang Unico Red and followed up with this year’s 45mm Classic Fusion Chronograph Orlinski Ceramic (US$24,100), a limited edition of 200 pieces powered by the skeletonized automatic HUB1155 chronograph movement.
Given that brand ambassador and French pop artist Richard Orlinski is known for sculpting animals in bright-scarlet chromed resin, the red ceramic was a no-brainer for the faceted watch case that defines the line bearing his name.
For slightly more timid souls, Hublot also makes ceramic cases in white, black, blue, and green.