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Round-UpPerfectly Matched: Five Watches With The Same Dial-Colour Date Display Discs

The date function has undergone a makeover as brands are now swaying towards colour-coded date apertures maintaining coherence with the dial hue, thereby offering a ‘window’ of opportunity to amp up their aesthetics

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In a recent online poll on a popular watch community page, 89.7 percent people voted in favour of having a ‘colour-matched date wheel’ on their watch dial as opposed to 10.3 percent opting for the ‘contrasting date wheel’ option… However, this doesn’t come as any surprise as the trend of having the same-coloured date apertures as the dial hue is something that several watchmakers have been experimenting with, for a while now. The recently concluded Watches and Wonders in Geneva would vouch for the fact that brands have ditched the contrasting date windows, which sometimes end up looking quite jarring to make way for a more sophisticated aesthetic, where the date wheel matches the dial colour—blending seamlessly to offer a more integrated look to the watch face—where one can admire the design and not be distracted by the in-your-face date function.

Same Dial Colour Date Display Watches
Oris have updated their Aquis Date dive watch with a sleeker and slimmer profile. And on the dial front, the most visible change is the date aperture—which now matches the dial hue for all the versions (43.5mm, 41,5mm, and 36.5mm)—making them more streamlined with the overall aesthetic

Oris have updated their Aquis Date dive watch with a sleeker and slimmer profile. And on the dial front, the most visible change is the date aperture—which now matches the dial hue for all the versions (43.5mm, 41,5mm, and 36.5mm)—making them more streamlined with the overall aesthetic. Even the Czapek Antarctique Mount Erebus, Hublot Big Bang Integrated Time Only, Norqain Freedom 60 Chrono, and IWC Automatic 42mm timepieces showcased dials with matching date windows… so, it’s safe to say that brands have carefully drifted towards this aesthetic. However, if one were to delve deeper, watch enthusiasts, for long, have debated the existence of a date window on a watch; most stating it only serves a commercial function and is quite redundant from a design point of view. While that may be a topic for another day, one can surely say that in the modern horological landscape, the watch design is elevated with colour-matched date apertures. Let’s look at some timepieces that have executed this trend to perfection.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Black & Green Bronze

This version of the iconic BR 03 diver, comes in a 42mm bronze case with a brilliant green dial. The watch is a fine specimen of marine-inspired elegance as the bronze alloy was often used in fittings for yachts and the green dial evokes the emerald hues of the seas and oceans. The watch face is the highlight here with a round date window placed neatly between four and five o’clock, with white numerals for maximum legibility. This complements the hour markers and skeletonised hands filled with white Super-LumiNova and the numerals on the unidirectional rotating bezel. Water-resistant to 300m, it is driven by the automatic calibre BR-CAL.302, allowing it to run smoothly for at least for 54 hours.

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This version of the iconic BR 03 diver, comes in a 42mm bronze case with a brilliant green dial

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The watch face is the highlight here with a round date window placed neatly between four and five o’clock, with white numerals for maximum legibility

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This complements the hour markers and skeletonised hands filled with white Super-LumiNova and the numerals on the unidirectional rotating bezel

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm Copper

Combining design and mechanical precision, the sparkling Laureato 38mm Copper features an octagonal bezel over a circular plinth, studded with 56 diamonds. The copper-hued dial of this mid-size timekeeper is adorned with a Clous de Paris pattern composed of multiple pyramidal structures. Its baton-type hour and minute hands with matching indexes beautifully complement the model. The brand logo is positioned at 12 o’clock, the model name at six o’clock, and this is balanced by a rectangular date aperture positioned at three o’clock. This is also in the same copper hue with the numerals in silvery grey, matching the indices, and hour and minute hands. These fine details are in sync with the steel case offering a water-resistance of 100m, which blends seamlessly with the matching steel integrated bracelet. It is equipped with the calibre GP03300—a self-winding mechanical movement with a 46-hour power reserve, visible through the exhibition caseback.

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The sparkling Girard-Perregaux Laureato 38mm Copper features an octagonal bezel over a circular plinth, studded with 56 diamonds, which tops a copper-hued dial

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The rectangular date aperture positioned at three o’clock is also in the same copper hue with the numerals in silvery grey, matching the indices, and hour and minute hands

Girard-Perregaux Laureato
Girard-Perregaux Laureato

Longines HydroConquest GMT

One of the bestselling collections from Longines, the HydroConquest needs no introduction in the dive watch segment. This version featured here, is equipped with a GMT function, indicating a second time zone and a 300m water-resistance, making it a highly functional and an extremely elegant everyday wrist companion. The vintage-inspired dial is in a rich olive green hue and stands out for its golden accents on the vintage-inspired dial. The rectangular date window, positioned at three o’clock is also in the same shade of green, framed by a golden accent with numerals also in the same hue. This also matches the hour markers with a triangular 12 o’clock marker, circular ones at six and nine, and baton indexes for the rest. Small, neat Arabic numerals for even numbers and dots for odd, stand out on the GMT scale, which highlights different shades for day and night. Super-LumiNova coats the hour markers, hands, and the 12 o’clock marker on the bezel, allowing for uncompromised legibility in all conditions.

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The vintage-inspired dial of the Longines HydroConquest GMT is in a rich olive green hue and stands out for its golden accents on the vintage-inspired dial

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The rectangular date window, positioned at three o’clock is also in the same shade of green, framed by a golden accent with numerals also in the same hue

Longines HydroConquest
Longines HydroConquest

Norqain Freedom 60 Chrono

With the Freedom 60 Chrono collection, Norqain have captured the essence of summer with these vibrant timepieces that exude a vintage charm and are available in dial hues of sky blue, pistachio, and a limited-edition peach variant with 300 pieces. Here, the rectangular date window is placed between four and five o’clock and complements the dial hues of the three versions. The numerals are in black and match the Norqain logo placed below 12 o’clock. The watches come in 40mm stainless-steel cases powered by the Norqain calibre N19 for time, date, and chronograph functions, along with a 62-hour power reserve. They are presented on eco-friendly straps in black Perlon rubber.

Same Dial Colour Date Display Watches
The Norqain Freedom 60 Chrono collection watches are available in dial hues of sky blue, pistachio, and a limited-edition peach variant. The rectangular date window is placed between four and five o’clock and complements the dial hues of the three versions. The numerals are in black and match the Norqain logo placed below 12 o’clock

Zenith Chronomaster Sport

This version of the Zenith Chronomaster Sport showcases a striking bezel with the engraved 1/10th-of-a-second scale—crafted in green ceramic for the first time. This play on tones and contrasts extends to the dial as well, which is done in a green lacquer, complementing the green ceramic bezel. It also features the brand’s signature tricolour counters in shades of grey and blue. The date window positioned between four and five o’clock is also colour-coordinated with the green dial. The hands and hour markers are rhodium-plated, faceted, and coated with Super-LumiNova. The green version is available with a three-link stainless-steel bracelet or with the brand’s new rubber strap developed specifically for the Chronomaster Sport line. It matches the green hue of the dial and is made from soft yet durable FKM rubber, designed to be perfectly integrated with the case.

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This version of the Zenith Chronomaster Sport showcases a striking green ceramic bezel and a dial in a green lacquer, along with the brand’s signature tricolour counters in shades of grey and blue

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The date window positioned between four and five o’clock is also colour-coordinated with the green dial

Zenith Chronomaster
Zenith Chronomaster

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