5 of the best chocolate dial watchesZachary Moore
We don’t see too many brown dial watches being released, and even though they can be beautiful, it tends to be a tricky playground. Done right, however, it can elevate a watch to new heights. Can’t any colour provide this, you might ask? Well, the deep, velvety hue of chocolate brown adds a sense of richness to watches. This distinctive colour complements a variety of styles and occasions, where it can transition seamlessly from a formal to casual setting whilst the brown backdrop serves as the perfect canvas to showcase intricate details.
Grand Seiko Heritage 20th Anniversary SBGR311
Grand Seiko provides watch enthusiasts with many a reason to love them, but what sets them apart is their ability to create outstandingly beautiful dials. They;re often inspired by the natural world or Japanese culture – in this case, they’ve got their inspiration from traditional blacksmithing. The radial spiral pattern made up of the ‘G’ and ‘S’ that stand for Grand Seiko hidden amongst the golden glow of the brown dial not only gives it so much character, it also creates a wonderful mosaic-like effect. Pair that with the golden logo and seconds hand, and you’ve got a wonderful amount of warmth. Although it’s a limited edition, you might be lucky to pick one up on the gray market for about A$7,000.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grand Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 Chocolate
The Reverso has provided us with understated luxury for almost 100 years. It combines exquisite watchmaking with elegant designs, and this colourway stands as the embodiment of stealth wealth. This particular shade is reminiscent of a lovely milk chocolate, while the ultra-thin case design, with its iconic reversible feature, showcases a balance of vintage charm, allowing the wearer to reveal a personalized engraving on the reverse side. With very few on the secondary market, finding one of these will certainly be a challenge.
Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Edicion Limitada
Not like your typical Bell & Ross designs, this WWI-inspired limited edition is centred around a beautiful chocolate dial and circular shape. The 42mm red gold case provides the perfect pairing for the dial to take centre stage, housing the power reserve indicator and visible balance wheel. The two are finely balanced, complemented by gold powdered numerals and a subtle backdrop seemingly aged to perfection. This makes sense considering the presentation box doubles up as a humidor and stores up to 50 cigars. For A$31,550 at retail, you’d expect nothing less.
Urban Jürgensen 1140 RG
Exquisite craftsmanship, refined design, and timeless elegance. Three terms that sum up pretty much every Urban Jürgensen creation. This chocolate dial grabs your attention with its rich tones and intricate guilloché, pairing wonderfully with the blued handset and rose gold case. Beyond its visual allure, the watch houses a incredible movement, giving it yet another dimension to impress in. It could be an everyday piece, despite having a price tag well north of A$50,000.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968R-001
The holy grail, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph asserts its position as an incredible watch through the seamless fusion of opulent aesthetics and technical excellence. The luxurious chocolate-brown dial, set within a brushed rose gold case, exudes a rich and inviting appeal. While the embossed grenade-like pattern appear in many Aquanauts, here, they look like a block of chocolate, really. Powered by a CH 28-520 C flyback column wheel chronograph movement, it’s not just a pretty face, either, and it better not be at A$115,950.