The blue colour has been a mainstay of the horological industry for decades now, but it's only recently that the icy blue shade has gained more prominence. Reminiscent of icicles on a frosty morning, the hue exudes refreshing and cool vibes while being a perfect colour choice for crafting subtle dials. Here are the 5 finest timepieces with icy blue dials that we came across recently.
A. Lange & Sohne's Odysseus Titanium
Introduced in 2019, the Odysseus was A. Lange & Sohne's first-ever sports watch. Owing to its thin dimensions, outstanding accuracy, and peerless performance, the timepiece proved to be a massive commercial and critical hit. Three years later, the brand has now revealed its brand-new iteration in titanium, unlike the original watch that was crafted from stainless steel. Apart from the material, the display also comes in a new colour, icy blue, that matches well with the stealthy look of the case and features a wave-like pattern on the hour chapter ring. The latest Odysseus is powered by in-house Calibre L155.1 Datomatic and has a power reserve of up to 50 hours.
Czapek Antarctique Passage de Drake Glacier Blue
Part of Czapek's 2022 novelties, the all-new Antarctique Passage de Drake consists of an attractive icy glacier blue dial that features the brand's 'Stairway to Eternity' pattern - an atypical trapezoid motif whose three-dimensional stamped surface creates a play of shadows across the dial. In addition to a date window at 6 o'clock, the display also comes with the sword-shaped hour and minutes hands and applied hour indices. Under the hood, there is Calibre SX5 that is attached to an off-centre platinum 950 micro-rotor. Visible through the sapphire caseback, the movement can run autonomously for 60 hours and has been beautifully decorated with flawless finishes. I THINK WHATS NEW ABOUT IT IS THE SIZE, BECASUE THIS DIAL COLOUR WAS THERE LAST YEAR AS WELL.. PLEASE ADD THAT.
Hublot Big Bang Integral Sky Blue Ceramic
Best recognised for its innovative ceramic watches, Hublot has this year introduced the widely popular Big Bang Integral in a variety of monochromatic colours. Seen here is the sky blue iteration of the watch. Presented in a 42mm case that is attached to an integrated bracelet, the timepiece comes with alternating polished and satin-finished areas. Meanwhile, though the dial is skeleton, touches of ice blue come by way of the two subdials. The self-winding movement inside, the HUB1280 UNICO, runs at the frequency of 28,800vph and can store a power reserve of up to 72 hours.
Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date
Launched at Watches and Wonders 2022, the Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date is housed in a 41mm stainless steel case and comes with a blue dial that features a texture that is reminiscent of ice found in glaciers. To design the pattern, the watchmaker took inspiration from the frozen Mer de Glace, or Sea of Ice, found in the Mont-Blanc Massif, France. The rest of the display consists of a three-hand timekeeping system, hour markers, and a date window located at 3 o'clock. The watch is powered by MB 24.17, based on the reliable Sellita SW200-1, beats at a frequency of 28,800vph and has a power reserve of up to 42 hours.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
The Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is one of the most complicated timepieces offered by Vacheron Constantin. Presented in a compact 36.5mm white gold case, the watch features a bedazzling mother-of-pearl dial in sky blue colour. With sub-dials located at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions, hour indices, and a two-hand timekeeping system, the display seems busy, but it's far from being cluttered and exudes an aesthetically pleasing look. The watch is equipped with Calibre 1120 QP - a manual-winding movement that comes with an oscillating weight consisting of meticulous finishing. The calibre runs at 2.75Hz and offers a power reserve of up to 40 hours.