Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Designed by the late Gérald Genta – a true genius – the Royal Oak left its mark on the history of watchmaking when it was released in 1972 by becoming the first steel luxury sports watch.
The Royal Oak – named after a Royal Navy ship – is recognizable because of its octagonal bezel and visible screws, reminiscent of portholes. Other distinctive features of this watch are the dial – usually – adorned with a very graphic square pattern and the bracelet which is entirely integrated to the case.
The Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin version currently available is very similar to the original watch. It features the same 39 mm diameter. However, its dial is different from the other Royal Oak models because of the AP logo isolated at 6 o’clock, instead of being at the 12 o’clock position.
Though there are different versions of the Royal Oak “Jumbo”, purists of the brand only go for the steel version with the blue dial, like the original model.
A luxurious platinum green edition for the Royal Oak
This is the model the house chose to release: a sublime, luxurious model in platinum 950 featuring a smoked, sunburst, green dial. Out with the blue and the emblematic grid patterns!
And let’s be honest, this version of the iconic watch is also very eye-catching.
Now all you need is to be able to afford it! Indeed, according to our sources, this piece is worth about 90,150 Swiss francs excluding taxes. And it cannot be purchased just anywhere, as it can only be booked in the privacy of a private lounge (AP House) of a few stores in the entire world.
Concerning the mechanics, the excellence of the House located in Le Brassus evidently never disappoints: the crystal case back displays an outstanding movement featuring a 22-carat gold oscillating weight.
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Another watch created by the brilliant Gérald Genta in 1976 is the Nautilus – Patek Philippe’s absolute icon. Its name is evidently a tribute to the underwater ship from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.
Once again, the designer was inspired by the nautical world to conceive this instrument. The watch – which showcases from a specific construction – includes a case with an octagonal bezel featuring softened angles.
The Nautilus is water-resitant up to 120 metres and features two lateral protrusion, which are both technical and aesthetic signature features. The watch draws inspiration from liners’ water-resistant portholes with hinges that keep the bezel fixated to the case.
Extremely sought after by collectors, the original steel blue dial pieces are a real success during auctions though few new models leave the workshops.
The Nautilus is dead, long live the Nautilus!
It really came as a surprise when the Genevan manufacture announced in April 2020 they would stop the production. And it was even more a surprise when the house revealed the new version and its olive-green dial!
The Nautilus 5711/1A-014 with a green dial: already a very coveted and hard to find piece
Some believe the piece to be a blasphemy while other view it as a clever marketing move. The manufacture made this choice because it believes that a reputation and an aura as prestigious as Patek Phillippe’s could not depend on a single watch any longer. Just a little reminder that the watch in question “only” includes three hands and a date.
Admittedly. Still, the green version is already setting of an important demand and aficionados have to register on a waiting list in hope of possessing one… Just as it was the case with the blue version.
On the verso side, this new 5711/1A-014 model provides an admirable view of the refined calibre and its meticulous finishes, such as the 21-carat gold oscillating weight which adorns Geneva stripes.
TAG Heuer Monaco
Designed in 1969, the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph became so successful and an icon mainly thanks to the actor Steve McQueen, who wore it in the movie Le Mans (1971). With its square shape, its crown placed on the left – on the opposite side of the push-pieces – and its blue dial with white subdials, the historic Monaco watch is still in collection with its vintage look and sports and motor-racing spirit.
TAG Heuer Monaco Heuer 02 calibre, a new colour for a last generation movement
The Heuer 02 movement – which guarantees an 80-hour power reserve – has been integrated to the square case of the Monaco for some time now in order to develop new references.
The position of the crown on the right, in-between the push-pieces, is a distinctive feature of this model. For instance, take a look at this dazzling steel edition of the “Green Dial”, with its sun-brushed dial, black subdial and black alligator strap.
The small seconds at 6 o’clock also reveals the presence of the Heuer 02 calibre, visible through the case back of this instrument which is water-resistant up to 100 metres.
However, it is important to keep in mind that this “Green Dial” special edition was designed to celebrate the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2021 and that it will only be issued in 500 pieces.
The Polo watch was designed in 1979 and showcases aesthetic inspirations similar to the Royal Oak and the Nautilus. The watch is the incomparable chic sports model designed by Piaget. It elegantly brings together a round case and a cushion-shaped dial.
While the Polo was originally entirely made of gold, it was reinvented in 2016 with a beautifully redrawn steel design adorned by very well done alternating polished and sun-brushed finishes.
Steel Piaget Polo: already a very rare green edition
Up until then, the dial had only been black, silver or blue. In 2020, the Polo added green to its range, with an 888-piece limited edition – and only very few pieces are still available today on the market. Not everyone will be able to get their hand on one!
The Polo watch is a dazzling piece from every angle. The case back features a sapphire crystal displaying its automatic calibre adorning Geneva stripes and its white gold oscillating weight sporting the house’s emblem.
Rolex and green watches
It must first be noted that green really is Rolex’s signature colour and that the house had green watches in its collection long before 2021.
The same model comes to the mind of every aficionado of the house with the crown emblem: the Submariner featuring a green bezel and/or dial. Connoisseurs even nicknamed the model “Kermit” in homage to the Muppet Show’s frog.
Frank Sans C’s video might not feature a frog, but it includes two other emblematic watches. An Oyster Perpetual and a Datejust, both in steel and with a 36 mm case. They fit the actual “genderless” trend and will convince men and women alike.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 lacquered green dial
The Oyster Perpetual – direct descendant of the first watches made by the house – represents the quintessence of Rolex’s aesthetics and is more often than not considered to be a starting point to discover the universe of watchmaking manufactures. The Oyster Perpetual is very refined and focuses on what is the most important with its dial featuring segment indices and three central hands.
The watch already exists in different models, but since last year, Rolex has been issuing an elegant and “refreshing” version with a lacquered green dial, luminescent white gold hands and indices and a high power reserve.
Green dial and palm motif Rolex Datejust 36
Designed in 1945, the Datejust is indisputably one of Rolex’s most famous models. According to the house’s official timeline, when it was issued, it was the first automatic and water-resistant chronometer wristwatch able to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock.
A few years later – in 1953 – the watch was equipped with its signature feature: the Cyclop lens which enables easy reading of the date by magnifying it by 2.5 times.
This year, a few brand new watches were added to the collection and the redaction’s favourite is this very nice model – both classy and original – with its palm tree motif green dial.
Rolex green watches: no need to choose between style and performances
These two automatic models – Oyster Perpetual and Datejust – are resistant to corrosion because they are made of Oystersteel (904L steel family) and are water-resistant up to 100 metres thanks to their Oyster case.
Both instruments are evidently certified Superlative Chronometer. It consists of a double COSC certification (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) and Rolex tests which guarantees exceptional performances.
For instance, it showcases a chronometric precision of only -2/+2 seconds every day – a true feat for a mechanical watch.