in THE black

Esquire (Philippines) - - STYLE GOLDEN HOUR -

Black-cased watches have hit the mar­ket hard in re­cent years—that’s partly a symp­tom of our cur­rent taste for mur­dered-out ev­ery­thing, but mostly thanks to space-age ad­vances in met­al­lurgy and chem­istry, which can change the com­po­si­tion and color of metal. Watch­mak­ers bonded va­por­ized metal to the sur­face of the case and later re­al­ized they could also de­posit car­bon. Now ce­ram­ics are the fu­ture: Heat-, scratch-, and cor­ro­sion­re­sis­tant, the ma­te­rial is pitch-black through and through. (If there were a scratch, it wouldn’t re­ally show.) The watch’s only real weak­ness is a heavy im­pact. So don’t hit yours with a ham­mer.

01. Steel Stop2go by Mondaine; mondaine-usa.com

02. Steel Night Vi­sion chrono­graph by Vic­tori­nox; vic­tori­noxwatches.com

03. Steel with ADLC San­tos by Cartier; cartier.com

04. Ceramic Su­pe­r­o­cean Héritage Chronoworks by Bre­itling; bre­itling.com

05. Car­bon Octo Ul­tranero Solotempo by Bul­gari; bul­gari.com

06. Steel Black Bay Dark by Tudor; tu­dor­watch.com

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