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Brown & Beautiful

Brown & Beautiful

A colour that is both earthy and warm, brown dialled watches carry an appeal that is both distinctive and special compared to other more commonly seen colour ways

When it comes to coloured dials, brown has never been universally popular compared to colours such as white, black or even blue and green. But brown dialled watches carry with them a certain allure, one that is warm, earthy as well as distinctively stylish. For watch enthusiasts who are looking to stand out from the crowd, a brown or chocolate coloured watch may be the perfect timepiece to have strapped on. Here are some pretty impressive examples that will add a bit of welcome colour to any watch collection.

Tudor Black Bay Bronze

The Black Bay is a model that needs very little introduction, having been one of the staple offerings of Tudor for the last several years. But the Black Bay Bronze, arguably elevates the model quite a fair bit with its eye-catching 43mm bronze case finished in satin. It pairs impeccably with the unidirectional bronze bezel featuring ‘gilded’ numerals, depicting a 60-minute diving scale and a matt brown anodised aluminium disc. Powered by an in-house Manufacture Calibre MT5601 (COSC) self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system, which has a power reserve of 70 hours, the timepiece arrives paired with an aged leather strap with bronze buckle.

Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic

Featuring a classic design with an easy-to-read dial, the Elite Chronograph Classic is an underrated gem from Zenith. The timepiece is beautifully presented in a polished brown dial with retro-inspired layout featuring a running seconds display at nine and a chronograph subdial at three. Other standout design features include concave rectangular pushers, which further gifts it a vintage look and feel. Housed within the case is an automatic high-frequency El Primero 4069 calibre with Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph which is visible through the sapphire display caseback.

Panerai Luminor 8 Days GMT – 44mm

This beautiful piece from Panerai stands out for a number of reasons, chief of which is its delicious looking chocolate coloured dial that blends amazingly well with the polished Goldtech™ case. The layout of the dial is of particular interest with a date window situated at 3 o’ clock, a seconds and 24hr indicator at 9 o’clock and a linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. All functions of the watch are driven by a hand-wound mechanical P.2002 calibre, which is fitted with a KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device, and delivering a power reserve of eight days.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas

Reinvented in 2016, the Overseas collection from Vacheron Constantin embodies the spirit of travel and is undoubtedly a timepiece that is best suited as a daily companion. There have been several iterations of the Overseas models over the years but the one featuring an attractive brown sunburst dial is definitely a standout piece. The model is presented with a 41mm stainless steel case with an easy to read layout with essential functions of hours, minutes, seconds and date. Beating within is an automatic manufacture Caliber 5100 offering a 60-hour power, which can be duly admired via the transparent caseback.

Omega Seamaster Sedna Gold

Released a few years ago, this particular model is a variant of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean with a 39.5mm Sedna gold case. Although the design and layout are distinctively similar to previous Planet Ocean models, what lies within the case is the main differentiating factor. The Seamaster Sedna Gold relies on a Master Chronometer designated Caliber 8801, which is visible through the watch’s exhibition caseback. Powering all functions of the timepiece, the movement is rated with a METAS certification with anti-magnetic properties up to 15,000 gauss. The timepiece features an attractive, mahogany-brown dial, which matches the brown leather strap with rubber lining quite effectively.

BWD X BlackBadger Coffee Dial Tag Heuer Carrera- Calibre 5

This limited edition number is the latest effort from Bamford Watch Department and Badgerworks, the workshop run by the jewellery and watch designer James Thompson. The end result is a stunning Tag Heuer Carrera featuring a tropical dial, which rather amazingly is made from ground coffee. The dials are not just stunning in appearance but also makes for a cool talking point as it features coffee grounded and roasted by Cafe da Matteo, a highly regarded coffee shop in Götenberg, Sweden. As such the dial itself is both varied and textured in appearance. It also offers an ideal contrast against the Carrera’s 41mm titanium coated stainless steel case.

When it comes to coloured dials, brown has never been universally popular compared to colours such as white, black or even blue and green. But brown dialled watches carry with them a certain allure, one that is warm, earthy as well as distinctively stylish. For watch enthusiasts who are looking to stand out from the crowd, a brown or chocolate coloured watch may be the perfect timepiece to have strapped on. Here are some pretty impressive examples that will add a bit of welcome colour to any watch collection.

Tudor Black Bay Bronze

The Black Bay is a model that needs very little introduction, having been one of the staple offerings of Tudor for the last several years. But the Black Bay Bronze, arguably elevates the model quite a fair bit with its eye-catching 43mm bronze case finished in satin. It pairs impeccably with the unidirectional bronze bezel featuring ‘gilded’ numerals, depicting a 60-minute diving scale and a matt brown anodised aluminium disc. Powered by an in-house Manufacture Calibre MT5601 (COSC) self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system, which has a power reserve of 70 hours, the timepiece arrives paired with an aged leather strap with bronze buckle.

Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic

Featuring a classic design with an easy-to-read dial, the Elite Chronograph Classic is an underrated gem from Zenith. The timepiece is beautifully presented in a polished brown dial with retro-inspired layout featuring a running seconds display at nine and a chronograph subdial at three. Other standout design features include concave rectangular pushers, which further gifts it a vintage look and feel. Housed within the case is an automatic high-frequency El Primero 4069 calibre with Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph which is visible through the sapphire display caseback.

Panerai Luminor 8 Days GMT – 44mm

This beautiful piece from Panerai stands out for a number of reasons, chief of which is its delicious looking chocolate coloured dial that blends amazingly well with the polished Goldtech™ case. The layout of the dial is of particular interest with a date window situated at 3 o’ clock, a seconds and 24hr indicator at 9 o’clock and a linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. All functions of the watch are driven by a hand-wound mechanical P.2002 calibre, which is fitted with a KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device, and delivering a power reserve of eight days.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas

Reinvented in 2016, the Overseas collection from Vacheron Constantin embodies the spirit of travel and is undoubtedly a timepiece that is best suited as a daily companion. There have been several iterations of the Overseas models over the years but the one featuring an attractive brown sunburst dial is definitely a standout piece. The model is presented with a 41mm stainless steel case with an easy to read layout with essential functions of hours, minutes, seconds and date. Beating within is an automatic manufacture Caliber 5100 offering a 60-hour power, which can be duly admired via the transparent caseback.

Omega Seamaster Sedna Gold

Released a few years ago, this particular model is a variant of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean with a 39.5mm Sedna gold case. Although the design and layout are distinctively similar to previous Planet Ocean models, what lies within the case is the main differentiating factor. The Seamaster Sedna Gold relies on a Master Chronometer designated Caliber 8801, which is visible through the watch’s exhibition caseback. Powering all functions of the timepiece, the movement is rated with a METAS certification with anti-magnetic properties up to 15,000 gauss. The timepiece features an attractive, mahogany-brown dial, which matches the brown leather strap with rubber lining quite effectively.

BWD X BlackBadger Coffee Dial Tag Heuer Carrera- Calibre 5

This limited edition number is the latest effort from Bamford Watch Department and Badgerworks, the workshop run by the jewellery and watch designer James Thompson. The end result is a stunning Tag Heuer Carrera featuring a tropical dial, which rather amazingly is made from ground coffee. The dials are not just stunning in appearance but also makes for a cool talking point as it features coffee grounded and roasted by Cafe da Matteo, a highly regarded coffee shop in Götenberg, Sweden. As such the dial itself is both varied and textured in appearance. It also offers an ideal contrast against the Carrera’s 41mm titanium coated stainless steel case.