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May 2023

An ode to black

When they are not presenting new designs, watchmakers are paying tribute to French painter Soulages, by going back to black.

IWC / Rolex / Ressence

2023 is an important year for Rolex, because the brand is introducing a new collection known as Perpetual, with its Perpetual 1908 timepiece. Oozing understated elegance and certified as a superlative chronometer, this watch has a transparent back a reveals the workings of its 7140 calibre – a movement at the forefront of technology – while shaking up the conventions of the masculine wardrobe. The intense black version will bring sophistication to either a chic tuxedo or a more casual outfit, standing the test of time without ever going out of style. An icon of the future.

In a nod to the visionary genius of its founder when he registered the name “Pilot” in French in 1888 (then in English in 1904), Zenith unveils the new face of its emblematic watch, whose black ceramic is more contemporary than ever.


Let there be light

While IWC’s Ingenieur Automatic comes dressed in black tie with a decorated black dial equipped with stand-out white hour, minute and second hands, the Belgian manufacturer Ressence plays on contrasts with the sleek dial of its Type 1 Round B. Bringing light into darkness: that is the crazy challenge that the painter Soulages set himself with his “Outrenoir” (ultrablack). Tudor has also pulled off this masterstroke with its new Black Bay 54 model, available in a diameter of 37 mm, to the delight of both women and men. This new take on the house’s first diving watch is a scattering of reflections from its black satin-brushed sunburst dial, with a subtle dome and beautiful gold details. There are two options for the bracelet: rubber in all-over black or contrasting stainless steel, with three rivet-style links.


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