Paint it Black

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The pop­u­lar­ity of the all-black watch look in the lux­ury world h as more or less been cred­ited to cur­rent head of LVMH’S watch di­vi­sion, Jean- Claude Biver. Porsche De­sign may have been the first to cre­ate a Pvd-coated watch, but Biver was the man who turned it into a stan­dard – he be­lieved in cre­at­ing trends, rather than hop­ping on one. In his time at Hublot, he used the brand’s stand­ing as a con­tem­po­rary sports lux­ury watch­maker to push forth con­tro­ver­sial ideas. The all-black look was the quintessen­tial signature of that era and a Biver trade­mark. Black dial, black case, black hands – leg­i­bil­lity was not a con­cern. As Biver him­self said, “There is no need to read the time from my watches, but it is just cool to have one.” Since then, all-black watches have been om­nipresent. This year, the look cel­e­brates 10 years with Hublot and the LVMH sta­ble and the re­sult­ing time­pieces are not to be kept in the dark. While plenty of brands have in­cor­po­rated the look into their watch col­lec­tions, dark and brood­ing never fails to make an im­pact. We ad­mit, in the right set­ting and the per­fect suit, the all-black watch is one of our fav ourite ac­ces­sories.

bvl­gari octo finis­simo ul­tra­nero tour­bil­lon

While Bul­gari’s new minute re­peater gets our vote for one of the best pieces this year, the Octo Finis­simo Ul­tra­nero Tour­bil­lon is bound to be one of the sleeper hits for the brand. Con­trast­ing black-dlc steel and 18k pink gold mark­ers with a beau­ti­ful tour­bil­lon present dial-side, it’s the per­fect mod­ern dress watch.

tu­dor her­itage black bay dark

Tu­dor re­leased two new ver­sions of its Her­itage Black Bay se­ries but the black-pvd steel-cased Dark ver­sion is our best bet for the man look­ing for an all-black beater. Pow­ered by an in-house Cosc-cer­ti­fied move­ment with 70 hours of power re­serve, it’s a watch that screams “badass”.

Zenith Academy Ge­orges Favre-ja­cot Tour­bil­lon

Com­bin­ing two of horol­ogy’s favourite com­pli­ca­tions – the tour­bil­lon and a fusée-and­chain trans­mis­sion sys­tem – the lat­est edi­tion in Zenith’s pres­ti­gious Academy col­lec­tion is an ab­so­lute beauty. With a fully blacked out dial con­trast­ing against it, the tour­bil­lon takes cen­tre stage. We’re not com­plain­ing.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Sap­phire All Black

Hublot started the craze and the brand is adamant about show­ing off who does it best by ma­chin­ing an en­tire case in sap­phire crys­tal for its best chrono­graph be­fore en­hanc­ing it in black. The re­sult? A watch that strad­dles the line be­tween the vis­i­ble and the in­vis­i­ble. Hats off, Hublot.

TAG Heuer Car­rera Heuer-02t phan­tom

The only watch that could get Patek Philippe CE O Thierry Stern riled up now comes in an all-black vari­ant – per­fect for when you want to rub the most af­ford­able Swiss-made tour­bil­lon in every­one’s face. We’re go­ing to as­sume that con­sumers are very com­fort­able with the idea of ac­ces­si­ble haute hor­logerie. We know we are.

Omega planet ocean deep black

For the jet­set­ting dive guru, Omega’s lat­est se­ries is bound to in­cite sali­va­tion. The new Omega Planet Ocean Deep Black col­lec­tion sees four of the Swiss watch­maker’s pop­u­lar dive range rein­ter­preted in a fully black ce­ramic case, dial and b ezel with the added bonus of the ever-use­ful GMT com­pli­ca­tion. The bezels on the time­pieces boast rub­berblend­ing for util­ity un­der­wa­ter as well as the im­pres­sive Omega Mas­ter Chronome­ter cal­i­bre 8906, which has un­der­gone META S cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for wa­ter and mag­netic re­sis­tance, and a COSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the best in pre­ci­sion and ac­cu­racy. While the other mod­els have slight colour dif­fer­en­ti­a­tions, our favourite is the all-black.

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