At TIME-TO-FIND, we like to keep a close watch on emerging trends in the timekeeper world. Here, our Client Services Director, Thomas, looks at the 2019 hot trend for salmon-dialled timepieces, his favourite examples and whether the trend will stay the course…
Earlier in the year, we looked at the emerging watch trends for 2019, with pink, coral, salmon and rose gold pieces filling the halls at SIHH and Baselworld. Lange & Söhne’s rose gold version of the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon and the Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph with salmon dial in particular set tongues wagging.
While pink-gold isn’t a new trend as such, it’s been propelled forward this year – in part by the Pantone Colour of the Year, Living Coral, a ‘sociable and spirited’ orange-pink hue designed to symbolise ‘our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits…our desire for playful expression.’
Pink-gold watches certainly have an uplifting air about them, making the style a compelling and elegant wristwear option. They are also extremely versatile, and can take the form of an entire salmon dial or simply a rose gold watch casing. Salmon timepieces can be paired with other colours and materials such as silver hands and leather straps – plus, they also make sophisticated options for men and women alike!
It is perhaps no surprise, then, that pink-gold and salmon watches have become more and more popular over the last decade, with even more watchmakers hopping on the bandwagon this year. Thanks to their style and versatility, I can see the trend continuing to grow in the future.
Here are seven of my favourite salmon/pink gold watches from recent years:
Inspired by a classic Patek Philippe model launched in 1941, this salmon-dialled version was introduced at last year’s Baselworld. With a day and month in a double aperture at 12 o’clock, and an analogue date at 6 o’clock, this detailed dial adds extra intrigue to the eye-catching colouring. With its sleek platinum case and a salmon dial with blackened Arabic numeral, this stylish timekeeper combines vintage elegance with modern style.
If you love rose gold then you’ll adore the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic, which features an 18-carat pink-gold case, dial and matching bracelet to boot! Introduced in 2017, this geometric design features a mechanical movement, automatic winding, platinum micro-rotor and small seconds. Its unique octagonal design represents resilience and finesse, and is inspired by the architecture of the 310 AD Roman Massentius Basilica.
Introduced at SIHH 2019 in January, this Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon with white gold case and pink gold dial remains one of my favourite releases of the year so far! A. Lange & Söhne’s latest creation features a hand-wound movement with column-wheel, fly-back chronograph, a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon escapement. The gorgeous solid pink gold dial includes solid-gold appliques and hour markers, with hands made of rhodiumed gold and blued steel.
With the GST Perpetual Calendar, IWC has merged the mechanical complexity of the calibre 79261 movement with the sturdy and sporty looks of their GST line. This jaw-dropping offering features a stainless-steel case with matching bracelet and a salmon dial with English markings – a beautiful combination of silver and rose gold hues!
There’s an undeniable depth to this stunning skeletonized offering from Audemars Piguet. Its 18-carat pink-gold case perfectly suits the hand-stitched ‘large scale’ brown alligator strap, making this stunning watch a major talking point in any room!
A slightly more minimalist take on the pink gold trend, Cartier’s Ronde Louis Cartier features a 18-carat rose gold case, circular-grained crown set with a sapphire cabochon, silver-grained dial, Roman and Arabic numerals, apple-shaped blued-steel hands, sapphire crystal. It is paired with a brown semi-matt alligator-skin strap with a 18-carat rose gold ardillon buckle. It’s also water resistant to 100 feet – if you’re that way inclined!
Released in 2017, this stunning Laureato Skeleton features a 42mm pink-gold case, which houses the self-winding, skeletonised calibre GP01800-006. This is an update on the octagonal model released by Girard-Perregaux in 1975. The sleek salmon strap and case draw you into the heart of its magnificent automatic calibre, with openworked components with all decorated by hand.
Keep your eyes on our blog for more exciting releases for 2019 – plus industry news and views.