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CONSIDERED AN ACQUIRED TASTE, BROWN DIALS ARE OFTEN HARD TO COME BY IN THE WORLD OF HOROLOGY, BUT WHEN IT IS DONE RIGHT, THE RESULTS CAN BE RATHER REMARKABLE

CONSIDERED AN ACQUIRED TASTE, BROWN DIALS ARE OFTEN HARD TO COME BY IN THE WORLD OF HOROLOGY, BUT WHEN IT IS DONE RIGHT, THE RESULTS CAN BE RATHER REMARKABLE

When it comes to timepieces, the traditional go-to colours for dials are often split between black and white and occasionally silver. In recent years though, watchmakers have grown increasingly daring in their colour choices. Most notable we have seen green and especially blue come to the fore. Brown though is not a familiar colourway for most brands as it can be hard to execute well. But there have been watchmakers who have utilised the colour to its full effect in order to entice collectors. Here are a few that you may want to consider adding to your collection, if you haven’t already…

Panerai Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso

There is no mistaking the Radiomir as it is one of the first watches designed by Officine Panerai. First created as a prototype for the Royal Italian Navy in 1936, the timepiece merges functionality and fashion in impeccable form. The addition of a dark brown dial combines elegantly with the 47mm case made of red gold and a matching dark brown leather strap. Underneath the stylish case beats the hand-wound P.3001 manufacture movement, which powers the hours, minutes, small seconds and date. The movement delivers a power reserve of three days, which can be monitored via the power reserve Indicator on the back.

Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch

First introduced in 2007, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch immediately caught many eyes due to its uniquely-designed case which features an integrated cover protecting the sapphire cabochon crown. Key aesthetic features of the collection include a guilloché dial, sword-shaped hands, and polished or satin-finish links of the bracelet. However, this particular edition of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch has been made all the more appealing with the addition of chocolate guilloché dial, pink gold-plated hands and alligator-skin strap. Tucked in within the 42mm 18k pink gold case is a mechanical self-winding movement.

Tudor Black Bay Bronze

The Black Bay is synonymous with the Tudor brand; after all it is undoubtedly their signature model. However, all props should be given to Tudor designers for elevating the model even further with the introduction of the Black Bay Bronze. Featuring the characteristic elements that have made the model such a hit with collectors, this particular variant – powered by a Manufacture Calibre MT5601 (COSC) Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system – features a 43mm bronze case with a gorgeous satin finish. Additional enhancements like the unidirectional bronze bezel, seasoned leather strap and a disc in matt brown anodised aluminium further pump up the tempo of this enticing timepiece.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas

The Overseas collection was reinvented in 2016 to convey the spirit of travel. It is arguably one of the best designed timepieces from Vacheron Constantin with its casual yet elegant design making it the perfect accompaniment for any traveller. The watchmaker though added a brown variant to the collection featuring an attractive sunburst dial that complimented the 41mm stainless-steel case splendidly. Simple and attractive with an ideal blend of substance and style, the self-winding watch is equipped with an automatic manufacture Calibre 5100 offering a 60-hour power reserve.

Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic

The El Primero collection arrived understated and, in some ways slipped under the radar when it was first released. However it eventually garnered a following when people took notice of the chronograph’s simple yet effective design. The 42mm timepiece features an automatic high-frequency El Primero 4069 calibre fitted snugly into its slim profile and a layout that features open registers at 3 and 9 o’clock. Zenith did release a few models with colour options following the release of the watch, one of which featured a taupe-like polished brown dial fitted with an 18k rose gold case and matching brown alligator strap.

When it comes to timepieces, the traditional go-to colours for dials are often split between black and white and occasionally silver. In recent years though, watchmakers have grown increasingly daring in their colour choices. Most notable we have seen green and especially blue come to the fore. Brown though is not a familiar colourway for most brands as it can be hard to execute well. But there have been watchmakers who have utilised the colour to its full effect in order to entice collectors. Here are a few that you may want to consider adding to your collection, if you haven’t already…

Panerai Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso

There is no mistaking the Radiomir as it is one of the first watches designed by Officine Panerai. First created as a prototype for the Royal Italian Navy in 1936, the timepiece merges functionality and fashion in impeccable form. The addition of a dark brown dial combines elegantly with the 47mm case made of red gold and a matching dark brown leather strap. Underneath the stylish case beats the hand-wound P.3001 manufacture movement, which powers the hours, minutes, small seconds and date. The movement delivers a power reserve of three days, which can be monitored via the power reserve Indicator on the back.

Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch

First introduced in 2007, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch immediately caught many eyes due to its uniquely-designed case which features an integrated cover protecting the sapphire cabochon crown. Key aesthetic features of the collection include a guilloché dial, sword-shaped hands, and polished or satin-finish links of the bracelet. However, this particular edition of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch has been made all the more appealing with the addition of chocolate guilloché dial, pink gold-plated hands and alligator-skin strap. Tucked in within the 42mm 18k pink gold case is a mechanical self-winding movement.

Tudor Black Bay Bronze

The Black Bay is synonymous with the Tudor brand; after all it is undoubtedly their signature model. However, all props should be given to Tudor designers for elevating the model even further with the introduction of the Black Bay Bronze. Featuring the characteristic elements that have made the model such a hit with collectors, this particular variant – powered by a Manufacture Calibre MT5601 (COSC) Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system – features a 43mm bronze case with a gorgeous satin finish. Additional enhancements like the unidirectional bronze bezel, seasoned leather strap and a disc in matt brown anodised aluminium further pump up the tempo of this enticing timepiece.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas

The Overseas collection was reinvented in 2016 to convey the spirit of travel. It is arguably one of the best designed timepieces from Vacheron Constantin with its casual yet elegant design making it the perfect accompaniment for any traveller. The watchmaker though added a brown variant to the collection featuring an attractive sunburst dial that complimented the 41mm stainless-steel case splendidly. Simple and attractive with an ideal blend of substance and style, the self-winding watch is equipped with an automatic manufacture Calibre 5100 offering a 60-hour power reserve.

Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic

The El Primero collection arrived understated and, in some ways slipped under the radar when it was first released. However it eventually garnered a following when people took notice of the chronograph’s simple yet effective design. The 42mm timepiece features an automatic high-frequency El Primero 4069 calibre fitted snugly into its slim profile and a layout that features open registers at 3 and 9 o’clock. Zenith did release a few models with colour options following the release of the watch, one of which featured a taupe-like polished brown dial fitted with an 18k rose gold case and matching brown alligator strap.