Face time: beautiful watch dials

An up close and personal look at some of the horology world’s most spectacular watch dials

Watches & Jewellery 18 Nov 2019

Able to accommodate months with 31, 30 and 28 days, plus February 29 in leap years, Patek Philippe’s Mens Ref. 5159J-001 Perpetual Calendar features an opaline-white dial with hand-guilloched centre. £73,620, PATEK PHILIPPE
Omega’s 44.25mm Speedmaster Moonwatch ‘Blue Side of the Moon’ is a Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph featuring a blue aventurine glass dial and blue ceramic case complemented by a blue ceramic bezel ring. £11,040, OMEGA
Expressing the scenery of autumn in Japan, the Limited Edition Grand Seiko Heritage incorporates 37 jewels and a date display on the dial and a serial number engraved on the case back. £6,000, GRAND SEIKO
Designed for airborne and underwater adventures, Breitling’s new Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf model is water resistant to 3,000m and features a steel case with a striking yellow dial. £3,200, BREITLING
The dial of Chaumet’s Complication Créative Colombes features two diamond doves in place of hands, against an enamel blue sky. Every hour, the birds meet and join their rings together to form an 8, representing eternity. £POA, CHAUMET
The Richard Mille RM016 Automatic Winding Extra Flat 18ct Red Gold model with diamonds allows the rewinding of the mainspring to be adapted most effectively to the user’s activity levels. £171,000, RICHARD MILLE
The iconic Rolex Datejust 31 is characterised by its oyster steel and white gold case and bracelet, and its pink mother-of- pearl dial featuring diamonds markers. It is powered by a calibre 2235 self-winding mechanical movement. £9,150,ROLEX
Distinguished by an 18ct white gold case set with 128 diamonds, Breguet’s Reine de Naples 8908 wristwatch references the original model and displays a number of beautiful guilloché techniques. £29,900, BREGUET
Inspired by the majesty of the Alps and the beauty of the white-tailed eagle, Chopard’s 36mm 18ct rose gold watch from the new Alpine Eagle collection features a textured bernina grey dial evoking an eagle’s iris. £POA, CHOPARD
The 41mm Defy Classic White Ceramic features a skeleton dial with white hands, baton hour markers and a date display at six o’clock. Its display of micro-mechanics is powered by an automatic, Elite 670 SK movement. £6,100, ZENITH
Dior’s 36mm Grand Bal Plume has an automatic movement featuring black feathers set on an oscillating weight recreating the swirl of a ball gown. It features a tiger’s eye stone dial with diamonds and is limited to 88 pieces. £23,600, DIOR
With a matte black skeleton dial, the Hublot Big Bang Aerobang Black Magic features a micro-blasted black ceramic case and bezel, a HUB4214 movement and is available on a black rubber and gummy alligator strap. £16,800, HUBLOT