Paint it Black
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.