Functional and Flattering: Grey Dial Watches11:30 am
Many believe that luxury has no colour. However, this particular shade has made a significant shift from being a dull, melancholic drab colour to a hue dominating the fashion and watch world, signifying immaculate taste. Earlier known as the colour of age and wisdom, grey has turned a new leaf with an attitude of effortless style and contemporary charm. And with a spectacular range of tones available, it has caught up to become the ultimate colour of choice!
In the midst of all the colourful chaos that summer brings with itself, the solemn grey has gradually made a mark in the hearts of all rainbow-loving people. It is not just an attractive colour with different shades to choose from, it is the kind of colour that adds depth and a sense of character to anything from a wall decorative to a watch dial. Its versatility is abundant with common shades like charcoal, ashen and gunmetal to occasional ones like mousy, oyster and matte graphite.
Below is a list of the top 4 watches that we think possess a certain charm and character because of the greyish tone of their dials amongst other features. So enjoy these grey dial watches that will attract, astound and enthral you like you never knew they could!
A CLASSIC WATCH FOR ALL SEASONS
Starting off the list with the iconic IWC Portugieser Automatic (ref. IW500702) that sits big on the wrist with a 42.3mm case. The grey or more specifically, ardoise dial works perfectly with the gold bezel, markers and hands. The brand takes complete advantage of the classic combination of grey and white by using subtle hints of white on the sub-dials and date display at 6 o’clock which inadvertently makes the dial even more appealing. The 18-carat red gold case around the dial gives the watch an effortlessly stylish appeal. The dark brown alligator leather strap is a pleasant addition to the overall look of the watch.
Unsurpassed as always in its design and style, the watch boasts of the legendary Pellaton automatic winding system, improved with two barrels which increase the power reserve of the watch up to an impressive 7 days. With a see-through case back showcasing the IWC-manufactured 52010-calibre and a power reserve display, the watch is a fine example of balance, refinement and luxury. If you want some grey in your collection, this watch would be the one to start with.
GO UNIQUE ALL THE WAY
RJ-Romain Jerome has made it a point to stand out in the crowd by using innovative materials for their DNA collections. The limited edition, 1969 collection is a welcome reminder of the bygone time of thin, geometrical designs and light flirtations with the mystifying world of outer space. The most cutting-edge aspect of the 1969 Heavy Metal Grey Silicium is the use of silicon on the dials. A special PVD process is used to colour the fragile element that gives the dial a unique colour, pattern and texture. It looks almost as if the dial has been hand-painted using different shades of grey, white and black. The grey colour further highlights the minute bold details of this natural element. A naturally translucent material and the Superluminova tipped hands enriches the unique patterns furthermore in the dark. The design of the sub-dial at 9 o’ clock is inspired from the visor that astronauts use to guide the LEM safely onto the surface of the moon.
Keeping in mind the one-of-a-kind look of the dial, the rest of watch is understated. Additional features include the 4 “paws” engraved on the crown, the case back with the Moon SilverRJ medallion that recreates the lunar surface. The Moon SilverRJ is a silver alloy which consists of moon dust that interacts with the wearer of the watch, thereby creating a cosmic patine with time. So, if you are on your way to a weekend party with no date, this will definitely get the conversation started!
A GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK
A total man’s watch! The Bell & Ross Commando is the result of testosterone and virility. The black case, grey dial and matte finish is the perfect recipe for a unique blend of masculinity and style. One could argue the dark gloominess of the overall look of the watch could very well be something one could be looking for! Different people, different tastes, right? Intended for discretion and professional purposes, the watch is executed with appropriate colours and finishes that give them a camouflage touch and purpose. The grey colour used for this watch is spot-on with the theme of the collection.
The slightly darker shade of grey used for the hands on the dial makes it, even more, alluring. Additional features like the rubber and heavy-duty synthetic fabric straps with a pin buckle and the square case forged from stainless steel and matte black PVD finish adds to the inconspicuous and reliable attitude of the watch. Despite using a single colour theme all along the watch, it doesn’t lose out on visibility, even in the dark. Blend in, this season with the understated and discrete Bell & Ross Commando.
THE ELEGANTLY SPORTY WATCH
If you are in the mood for some elegant looking sporty watch, then the Rado Hyperchrome Automatic Chronograph Tachymeter is the one we’d recommend. One of Rado’s most sporty looking pieces, the plasma High-Tech ceramic ensures durability to withstand a day in the field and also look elegant enough for a black-tie event. While the 45mm ceramic case sits pretty on the wrist, the dark grey chronograph dial adds a touch of warmth and character to the watch.
The three sub-dials on the watch is laid out in a conventional way with the sub-dial rings, hands and hour applied device in rose gold plated stainless steel. The combination of the shiny rose gold against the crude grey dial further builds the overall look of the watch. Rado has stuck with their polished theme, using highly polished plasma High-Tech ceramic bracelet with three rows of link. To create an additional style variant of contrast, the outer links of the bracelet are polished while the middle link is made of matte titanium.
A fascinating colour indeed, the use of which has taken these watches from ordinary to a timepiece evoking a sense of character, charm and solemn depth. The perfect shade showcasing luxurious attributes, you can find all the above-mentioned watches exclusively at ethoswatches.com.
What are your favourite grey dial watches? Any watches that we have missed? We love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section below!
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
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