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July 24, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

Watch Trends Part 2: Once in a Blue Moon

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 Electric blue accents on the dial and leather strap of the Franc Vila FV Evos 8 “Cobra” Chronograph Large Date Automatic lend an extra zing to this already edgy watch, which is limited to 88 pieces. The audacious elliptical-shaped titanium case houses an automatic movement that powers the chronograph function and double-window “big date” calendar at 12 o’clock ($31,000).

www.francvila.com

2 The Piaget Polo FortyFive chronograph timepiece takes a different approach to the blue-faced watch. Using the color solely on the three central counters gives the dial a dynamic focus that works well for the sporty yet elegant timepiece. The titanium and stainless steel case is home to one of Piaget’s famous 880P ultra-thin self-winding movements ($18,900).

www.piaget.com

3 Sometimes it just takes a pop of color to transform a timepiece. Case in point: The Chronofighter Oversize Referee watch from Graham. As the Official Timekeeper of the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship in rugby, the 47mm titanium watch touts a colorful second counter at 3 o’clock with a colored stripe for each team’s home hue. Pair that with a blue hypoallergenic strap and this watch is ready to take the field ($9,265).

www.graham-london.com

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4 The new Robusto Day-date watch from Cuervo y Sobrinos doesn’t owe its depth just to the rich blue of its dial and matching leather strap. Honeycomb texture on the dial and the streamlined case give the 43mm automatic watch added impact ($3,800).

www.cuervoysobrinos.com

5 The crystal clean look of Corum’s 42mm Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Chrono watch has a fresh feel thanks to its blue dial and crisp steel case. This watch is faithful to the line’s iconic dodecagon-shaped bezel but overall its silhouette is sleeker ($6,350).

www.corum.ch

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