Blue-on-blue isn’t the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. “All-black” watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 notable black-on-black watches released in recent years.
1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Diver joined the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication and Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph as part of the brand’s celebration of 20 years of its Royal Oak Offshore watch. It is the third such model to be introduced, and the first to be offered in a ceramic case. The case, which is water-resistant to 300 meters, also includes a bezel and easy-grip crowns made of deep-black, high-tech ceramic — a material that is approximately seven times harder than steel and extremely scratch-resistant. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver retails for $21,800*.
2. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph
Inspired by a vintage divers’ watch from the 1950s, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph ($17,200), contains a Blancpain manufacture movement, which features automatic winding, a column-wheel chronograph mechanism with vertical clutch, and a superfast frequency of 36,000 vph (5 Hz). The 43-mm case is made of brushed black ceramic and the black dial has a sunburst finish.
3. Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel
The case of the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel, 43 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 meters, was blackened using the same process as the Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel model, in which a highly-resistant carbon-based coating is added to the steel. The dial echoes the case’s black color, while white, luminescent-coated numerals and hands, and small red hands for the chronograph counters, provide contrast. The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel comes on a perforated black rubber “Ocean Racer” strap. A limited edition of 1,000 pieces, it retails for $9,590*. Breitling has since created blacksteel versions of many other popularbreitling superocean heritage 44 limited edition models; for the most recent, click here.
4. Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris
In its black-on-black Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris, Jaquet Droz adds a color accent by using rose gold for the hands. The dial is decorated with the Clous de Paris pattern, and the center is made of black ceramic. On the back of the 44-mm case is an individually engraved serial number. A sapphire window in the caseback allows one to see the brand’s self-winding movement 2663A-S, which powers thebreitling premier 788 for 68 hours.
5. Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC Titanium DLC
Several years ago, Girard-Perregaux introduced a version of its re-branded Traveller WW.TC (World Wide Time Control)breitling galactic 41 gold in black DLC-coated titanium. The new version of this user-friendly world-time watch is lighter, because of the titanium case, and very durable and scratch-resistant due to the DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating. The center of the dial features a three-dimensional representation of the latitudes and longitudes covering the globe, and also includes the displays for the watch’s chronograph function, in a tri-compax layout (subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock); the date, which is placed between 1 and 2 o’clock; and the brand’s name and logo.
6. Hublot Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black
The case of the Hublot Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black has a generous case diameter of 45 mm, but a shirt-cuff-friendly case thickness of just 8.3 mm. The ceramic used for the case and bezel is both polished and satin-finished, Polished ceramic is used for the crown, which bears a Hublot emblem, and the lugs are made of black composite resin. The sapphire dial has a black-transfer Hublot logo at the top and black-coated, polished hands and indices. The strap is a also a “fusion” of materials, with black alligator leather on top stitched to black rubber on the underside, and attached to a polished, satin-finished, black PVD steel deployant buckle. The Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black, one of several all-black models available from Hublot, retails for $18,300*.
7. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands”
Among the IWC Aquatimerbreitling superocean heritagees inspired by the work of Charles Darwin and the Cousteau Society is the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands.” The watch (Ref. IW379502) has a black-on-black look, with a black rubber-coated case, and is powered by an IWC manufacture movement, Caliber 89365. It is water-resistant to 300 meters and features a caseback with an engraving representing the exotic wildlife of the Galapagos.
8. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Dark Side of the Moon”
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Dark Side of the Moon” derives its name from its black zirconium oxide ceramic dial and matching black ceramic case, which is 44.25 mm in diameter and boasts both brushed and polished finishes. The dial is notable for its applied indices, made of 18k white gold, and the two blackened subdials at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock. The bezel, also made from polished black ceramic, has the Speedmaster’s familiar tachymeter scale, here inscribed in matte chromium nitride. The words, “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” are engraved in matte chromium nitride above the caseback crystal. Completing thebreitling superocean heritage 46 chronograph limited edition’s black-on-black look is a strap made of black Cordura fabric with a black ceramic buckle. The price of the black ceramic Speedmaster is $12,000*.
9. Panerai Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica
The “Tuttonero” in Panerai‘s Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica is the Italian word for “all black.” The watch has a case and bracelet made entirely of matte black ceramic. The bracelet’s links are constructed from the same ceramic, and using the same process, as the case, and are attached to a PVD-coated, brushed steel buckle that seamlessly blends into the all-black theme. Consistent with the watch’s all-black aesthetic, the movement, which is visible through a dark-tinted sapphire crystal in the caseback, has gone through a blackening process to give it the same sleek, matte-black look as the case. The name “Tuttonero” is engraved on the caseback. The watch, which is limited to 500 pieces, carries a U.S. retail price of $16,300*.
10. Perrelet Turbine Chrono
Perrelet‘s Turbine Chrono, unveiled at Baselworld 2013, adds a chronograph to the brand’s trademark turbine watches. The watch preserves the visual impact of the turbine by adding the chronograph counter as a transparent disk in the center of the dial. This all-black model has a DLC coated case and black turbine, under-dial and numerals.
11. Ralph Lauren Sporting Chronograph Black Ceramic
The Ralph Lauren Sporting Chronograph Black Ceramic was the first Ralph Lauren watch with a case made of ceramic zirconia, a high-tech material typically used in demanding applications such as jet engine components. The case is nearly scratch-proof and the watch — which contains a mechanical movement from Jaeger-LeCoultre — is very lightweight. It is available in 39-mm and 45-mm sizes, priced at $5,500* and $6,400*, respectively.