Colored sapphire – Five colored sapphire watches for 2023 – Style and Tendance
The beauty of sapphire cases lies in their ability to offer a 360° window into its mechanical contents. The forerunner of sapphire watches today can be traced back to Corum’s famous Golden Bridge watch, designed by Vincent Calabrese in 1980. Calabrese housed its baguette-style movement in an all-sapphire case, providing maximum visibility for in its revolutionary movement and thus launching a trend. which continues today, forty years later.
Since Corum’s Golden Bridge, sapphire crystal technology has evolved rapidly, driven by the creativity of watch brands that constantly try new things to showcase their mechanical marvels. The latest chapter in the history of sapphire crystal watchmaking focuses on color, and this technology has yielded stunning results.
Artya Purity Tourbillon Chameleon
By far, the most amazing and stunning innovation of recent years must be attributed to ArtyA for its nano-sapphire technology that changes its color with light – a world first. You really have to see it to believe it, as we did at WorldTempus during the last edition of Geneva Watch Days. We were like kids in a toy store when we were shown how it works. The dark blue sapphire crystal of the ArtyA Purity Tourbillon Chameleon turns a translucent green color when placed under a lamp. The green model becomes yellow, the blue version becomes purple, the pink becomes green, the yellow becomes orange, and so on. If you enjoy playing with Super-LumiNova on your watch, it will give you a whole new level of enjoyment!
Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Neon Yellow
The all-new Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Neon Yellow makes its debut at LVMH Watch Week. For several years, Hublot has been at the forefront of colored sapphire and presented a whole palette of fun colors to dress up its watches. This latest innovation is an exploration of its SAXEM technology, which stands for Sapphire Aluminum oXide and rare Earth Minerals. According to the brand, it has a luster greater than sapphire. We can’t wait to get our hands on it to experience it for ourselves.
Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Neon Yellow © Hublot
Purnell Escape II Absolute Sapphire Aurora Green
Purnell is another brand that likes to experiment with different materials and colors. One of its latest models, the Escape II Absolute Sapphire Aurora Green, features a deep green sapphire crystal case inspired by the colors of the Northern Lights. This case allows Purnell’s signature Double Spherion movement to take pride of place inside the watch. The green sapphire is further illuminated by 304 brilliant-cut tsavorites in the outer cages of the two tourbillons and by 12 baguette-cut tsavorites for the dial indexes.
Escape II Absolute Sapphire Aurora Green © Purnell
Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Red Sapphire Crystal
For its Bugatti Chiron collection, Jacob&Co offers a range of sapphire colors with a choice of blue, pink, yellow, amber and green cases, adorning this hypercar on the wrist. It took months of research and development for the brand to create this case, which also includes sapphire crystal pushers at six o’clock. Each facet of the case is hand-polished to create a stunning setting for the miniature machine and its 578 hand-decorated and assembled parts.
Bugatti Chiron Red Sapphire Crystal © Jacob & Co.
Century Bolero Megalith
You can’t talk about colored sapphire crystal watches without talking about Century. The Biel-based brand has worked with sapphire crystal since its creation in 1966. Century developed a revolutionary technology that created a vacuum inside the watch case and allowed two sapphire discs to fuse together to form the case. Called Megalith, this invention has been at the heart of the brand’s DNA ever since. Century also has tremendous expertise in working with sapphires. The purple sapphire crystal watch below features 43 hand-cut facets that showcase the magic of this incredibly colored material, which is definitely here to stay.
Bolero Megalith © Century