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July 23, 2012

Watch Trends Part 1: Out of the Blue

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The watch world currently looks to be in the mood for a little Rhapsody in Blue, and these timepieces will surely be music to the ears of any true blue collector.

1 Available only at Ulysse Nardin boutiques, the Blue Toro watch ripples with a royal blue dial and matching rubber strap. This 43mm watch features both perpetual calendar and dual time functions, as well as a big date display at 2 o’clock. Limited to 99 pieces, the watch has a striking case crafted from rose gold, offering contrast to the cool blue ($56,500).

2 The textured blue faces of Hermès’s new Arceau Marqueterie watches are a study in style. A first in the watch history, the brand used a straw marquetry technique on the dial to create a woven effect in shades of blue, inspired by some of the brand’s most popular tie motifs. The 41mm watch uses a rare, hand-harvested rye straw that is only produced by one farm in France (price available upon request).

3 Celebrate this year’s summer games with Omega’s commemorative Specialties Olympic Collection London 2012 watch. This special edition of the 44mm Seamaster timepiece has a distinctive rich blue dial and matching leather strap. The two-tone effect of the stainless steel case and red gold bezel is also perfectly on trend ($10,500).

4 The Breitling Chronomat GMT watch looks both sporty and sophisticated in its blue incarnation. This 47mm stainless steel classic has a feisty attitude thanks to its black-rimmed blue face that brings to mind the black eye of a tough guy. The sturdy watch comes complete with a 70-hour power reserve and unidirectional ratchet rotating bezel (from $8,635).

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5 The azure dial of the Dubey & Schaldenbrand Dome GMT watch evokes a tranquil tropical sea. It makes a powerful statement when paired with a bold red strap that smartly echoes the hour indicators on the second time zone located at 12 o’clock, a function that can be adjusted independently via the crown of this 35mm by 47mm watch ($6,600).

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