Black never grows older, and though it isn’t right to call it a colour as such, we associate black with strength, power, sophistication, and only a hint of mystery. Men’s watches look dashing in black and white these timepieces in the big brands get a cool contemporary edge with an all-black makeover.
Hublot – the brand that put black-on-black on the watchmaking map – celebrates 10 decades of its Black watches using an extraordinary timepiece. The anniversary Big Bang Unico Sapphire All Black plays the brand’s concept of”undetectable visibility” with a transparent case made from solid blocks of black-smoked sapphire crystal to reveal its dark spirit. Transparency together with skeletonisation on the dial of those Hublot watches enables a view on the fascinating automated flyback column wheel chronograph movement, treated with a black PVD coating.
Bulgari’s Octo Ultranero Solotempo watch reminds me of a handsome Italian man in a sleek black tailored suit. The sensuous dark virility of the Octo watch comes from the impressive octagonal case, that was treated using a black DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. Offset with tasteful pink gold information, these stylish Bulgari watches are amazingly powerful and will accompany you to depths of up to 100 metres. The general lines, domed dial and crystal, in addition to the prominent crown, were adapted from a 1958 benchmark, while the snowflake hands would be just like those featured on professional dive watches delivered into the French Navy in the 1970s. The steel case has been finished with a black PVD coating and homes Tudor’s very own mechanical motion. Straps are crucial accessories at the moment and these Tudor watches include a black PVD-steel necklace, or an aged leather strap plus a complimentary grey cloth strap.
Even highly academic watchmaking creations such as Zenith’s Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre-Jacot get an all-black makeover. The 45mm black porcelain case frames a interesting picture composed of a fusée and string transmission system in the top half of the dial, and a tourbillon complication in 6 o’clock. Powered by a brand new El Primero calibre, the fuse and chain transmission system on those men’s watches ensures a constant supply of energy into the high-frequency motion, a signature growth of Zenith since 1969. However, with these men’s watches, there’s far more than meets the eye. HYT (Hydro Mechanical Horologists) is famous for its own fluid mechanics, and the Skull Bad Boy contains a black fluid that’s pumped by bellows placed in the skull’s mouth, which then move the liquid around the periphery of the skull to indicate that the hours. Ok, so does black fluid imply that you can’t read the time at night? “You will find other solutions that would have made the bit visible at night. But when we wanted to perform with the shadow inherent into the Skull Bad Boy, we had to go all the way. Night is part of the world of shadows and darkness. Perfectly in tune with the spirit of the skull.”