More than artisanal bracelets and iconic remakes, colour is undoubtedly the luxury watch scene’s biggest obsession du jour. And it continues to lead the industry’s biggest trends well into 2021—green and salmon pink much? After a bout of purple and then red over the Chinese New Year, it appears that the baton has now brought us to the pastel watch trend. So we’re not just talking about one specific colour now, but an entire spectrum presented in light, fluffy tones.
The pastel watch trend is perfect for the summer, which is pretty much what Singaporeans get all year round anyway. These soothing hues bring a welcome calming note to sizzling hot days. Think cool mint greens, serene turquoise blues, creamy yellows, gentle lilac, and the sweetest pinks which are a little less Barbieland and more Pollyville, if we’re being absolutely honest.
So check out Vogue Singapore’s edit of the best pastel watches to get your summer jam on.
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Cartier Tank Must
A new era has dawned for the Cartier Tank Must, and not just because the maison has chosen to resurrect this iconic piece from its archives. This year, the collection sees its first solarbeat photovoltaic movement and the first zero-waste vegan leather for Cartier. Available in two sizes, large ($3,750) and small ($3,550), this wallet-friendly piece makes more than a fashion statement, it is a lifestyle choice as well.
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Richard Mille RM07-01 Coloured Ceramics
Bringing a fresh pop of energy to the ladies watch scene, the RM07-01 Coloured Ceramics range draws inspiration from candy-hued architecture of Miami’s Art Deco district. Bold patterns colour-blocked with pastel hues express the avant-garde spirit of Richard Mille, whose ability to constantly surprise its clientele never gets old. Limited edition of 50 pieces in a choice of three design variations. Price upon request.
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Amethyst
Exploring new tones of purple in the Royal Oak collection, Audemars Piguet goes for an elegant soft lilac dial paired with the natural tones of amethysts. Studded around the octagonal bezel in neat rows of four, the baguette-cut gems help dispel negative energy while promoting healing and cleansing. 18K brushed-finish rose gold adds a warm glow to this eye-catching timepiece. $113,900.
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Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Crazy Hours Pastels
A Southeast Asia exclusive, this flight of four whimsical creations bring a little flamboyance to timekeeping. Crazy Hours is one of Franck Muller’s most iconic signatures and now the watch comes dressed in summer-loving pastel tones. Available in steel ($30,200) or rose gold ($41,100), each dial features hand-painted indices and is coated with no fewer than 20 layers of transparent lacquer to give it that splendid, radiant sheen.
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Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer
When the weather gets hot, the hot gets going… to cool azure waters and that has spurred Hublot to dream up this summer-ready Big Bang Unico. Everything here is a beautiful turquoise blue, from the ultra-lightweight case and bezel, to the pushers, dial features, and the strap. Completely unisex, this special model ($28,800) is available online and at Hublot’s Mediterranean boutiques only.
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Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Pastel Paradise
Here’s a modern-retro tribute to the Breitling Superocean, which brings a lovely fun-in-the-sun vibe that makes you want to pick up your hat and head straight to the beach. These 38mm timepieces ($6,380) come in breezy tones like aquamarine, mint green, iced latte, summer white, and rainbow tangerine. We love the luxe Saffiano calfskin straps in yummy hues such as lemon and raspberry sorbet.
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Hermes Cape Cod Chaîne d’Ancre
Meet the latest interpretation of the Hermès Cape Cod timepiece, laced with brilliant diamonds on both sides of the case, as well as the interlocking chaîne d’ancre motif on the dial. For this model, Hermès worked with dark grey obsidian—a grey vitreous volcanic rock—to introduce contrast. But all’s harmonious at the end, thanks to the pearl grey alligator leather strap, worn in a single or double tour over two variations, small in steel ($13,430) and medium in pink gold ($27,040).
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Rado Captain Cook X Marina Hoermanseder
Maybe you’ve heard of Marina Hoermanseder, maybe you haven’t. Just know that her daring, all-inclusive panache has attracted the likes of Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton. Now the French-Austrian designer collaborates with Rado, and she melds her exuberant style to the Swiss brand’s innovative spirit. The result? A quirky yet feminine watch ($3,890) to be worn and enjoyed with flair.
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8938
You don’t have to be the Snow Queen herself to fall in love with this new Reine de Naples. Its delicate oval shaped case shimmers with the brilliance of snow-set diamonds, and the iridescence of mother-of-pearl. More precious stones continue around the bezel, the lug, and of course the crown which is set with a fabulous briolette-cut diamond. Perfect for a French Riviera holiday which you’re no doubt planning in your head right now. ($72,900).