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Gorgeous in green
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Gorgeous in green

Friday, 16 March 2018
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Mathilde Binetruy
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“And yet, it moves.”

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From the 1998 World Cup, her first big event, to SIHH and Baselworld today, she reports from where the action is.

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Wearing green on Saint Patrick’s Day is a great way to celebrate the Emerald Isle’s patron saint, and the first days of spring. Lichen, apple or olive, name your green!

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph

Sport
Powered by an automatic chronograph movement inside a 37mm steel case, this Royal Oak stands out with its electric green dial. The Lady Tapisserie pattern brings a strong design element as a counterpoint to the eternal attraction of precious stones, with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds (~1.02 carats) around the bezel. The rubber strap coordinates with the dial, taking green credentials to the max.

Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph © Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph © Audemars Piguet
Christophe Claret Maestro Mamba

Adventure
Trust in me… and in Christophe Claret to imagine this exotic watch from the mamba, a highly venomous, lime-coloured snake from Mozambique. Dendroaspis angusticeps slithers its bright green body in and out of the mat black movement of the Maestro (42mm), between the hour and minute hands, then round the MEMO function. Its sinuous presence is hypnotic enough, although wearing this predator’s skin against your own is probably the biggest thrill.

Maestro Mamba © Christophe Claret
Maestro Mamba © Christophe Claret
Frederique Constant Classic Manufacture Worldtimer

Travel
A new colourway joins the Classic Manufacture Worldtimer collection, with forest green for the dial and the alligator strap. This subtly elegant shade makes a change from the more usual ultramarine of world-time watches. Green-tinted oceans surround the continents in grey. The names of the reference cities for the 24 time zones circle the outer edge of the dial inside a 42mm case. If it’s 7pm in Dublin, the drinks are on me!

Classic Manufacture Worldtimer © Frederique Constant
Classic Manufacture Worldtimer © Frederique Constant
Hautlence Invictus Neon

Warrior
Whether for its name – invincible in Latin -, its taut, muscular lines or the neon green of its case, this chronograph is a heavyweight among watches. A sparring partner that won’t let you down. A base dial under a sapphire dial creates Hautlence’s signature 3D effect, while honeycomb inserts on the sides channel the green theme to full effect.

Invictus Neon © Hautlence
Invictus Neon © Hautlence
Hermès Arceau Casaque

Animal
Hoofprints and a horse’s head silhouetted against a larch green dial set the tone for this equestrian watch – a throwback to Hermès’ saddle-making expertise. Stirrup-shaped lugs make the transition between the 36mm Arceau case in steel and the “vertigo green” calfskin strap.

Arceau Casaque © Hermès
Arceau Casaque © Hermès
Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 100

Vintage
Here’s a watch to take you back. Cased in steel on a green alligator strap with beige stitching from Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and measuring 40mm in diameter, the smoked green Uni-compax dial shows a running seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, with a tachymeter scale round the periphery – a nod at old Minerva chronos. The historic Montblanc logo seals the deal.

1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 100 © Montblanc
1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 100 © Montblanc
H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch Concept Cosmic Green

Cosmic
The dial of this Swiss Alp Watch moves in a pure gradient from light to dark green. Minimalist by essence, it is clean of any logo, numerals or other markers. Nothing but two hands driven by the manual-wind HMC 324 movement. Like Northern Lights in an endless night.

Swiss Alp Watch Concept Cosmic Green © H. Moser & Cie
Swiss Alp Watch Concept Cosmic Green © H. Moser & Cie
Oris Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Oris Limited Edition

Pilot
Somewhere between the Swiss Air Force and the legendary Dewoitine D.26 comes this 1,931-piece limited-edition chrono, a blend of reliability, courtesy of an automatic movement, and elegance with a dial colour that hovers between moss and malachite. The oversized fluted crown goes with the pilot-watch style while the worn-in feel of the light brown leather strap catches the vintage vibe. If your plane’s in for an overhaul, an electric bike will do the trick.

Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Oris Limited Edition © Oris
Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG Oris Limited Edition © Oris
Rado True Thinline

Nature
Design meets nature in this creative collaboration between Rado and Grandi Giardini Italiani, a network of Italy’s most beautiful gardens. The incredible green of the 39mm case comes from Rado’s signature high-tech ceramic, while the delicate leaf vein pattern printed under the green mother-of-pearl dial brings a breath of spring air.

True Thinline © Rado
True Thinline © Rado
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Green

Hot Rod
When Roger Dubuis teams up with motor sports, the result is a 28-piece limited edition in partnership with Lamborghini and Pirelli that’s all about performance. The watch is mounted on a bi-material strap in black and sizzling green to match the rubber over-moulding on the case and crown, and the green markings on the fluted carbon bezel. Subtle and effective… and the only way to wear fluo (because nobody wants an 80s revival).

Excalibur Aventador S-Green © Roger Dubuis
Excalibur Aventador S-Green © Roger Dubuis
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