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Baselworld 2015: Six Green Watches

Inflections of color from stunning emeralds to dyed leather

by David Graver
on 24 March 2015

At last year's Baselworld, we took note of the impressive array of watches sporting brilliant blue dials. They ranged from classy and classic, to fun and vibrant. And this year, we felt the same about inflections of green throughout watches. With variations from subtle to stunning and prices ranging from the hundreds to the hundreds of thousands, the following options reflect a color that deserves to be seen—and worn—especially in the spring and summer.

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Shinola: The Gomelsky

As part of their Fall 2015 releases, CH favorite Shinola debuted a brand new Gomelsky wristwatch. And this one happens to come with a Green Football leather strap. It's a warm, nostalgic touch to a dynamic timepiece. At 36mm, with a PVD Topaz Case, it's an ideal size for women (as the line was designed) but with this iteration men can get away with it as well. ($650)

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Graff: The Disco Butterfly with Emeralds

Over 105 emeralds grace this luxuriant piece from London-based gem-centric masters Graff. The precious stones have been used to outline butterflies—which are set on a free-mounted gear wheel, allowing them to spin around the watch face, atop a pavé diamond-set dial. It's a truly magnificent, yet creative piece incorporating motion for the first time in this line from the brand. ($125,000)

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Tudor: Fastrider Chrono

A product of a continued global partnership with legendary motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, the Fastrider Chrono from Tudor comes in a chic yet sporty olive green dial option. The watch features a caliber 7753, self-winding mechanical movement within its 42mm stainless steel case. And, as refined as it looks, it definitely incorporates the energy of the Ducati Scrambler and has been built to be used. It's technically advanced, distinctly readable and a testament to the brand's developments. The Fastrider Chrono will be available in June 2015 on a leather or rubber strap. ($4,100)

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Raymond Weil: Nabucco

With just a touch of green on the hands, Raymond Weil's masculine, features-loaded automatic winding mechanical chronograph conveys power and elegance. This titanium and stainless steel piece, sporting a black ceramic bezel, is the latest in their line launched in 2007. And while it's quite sporty, it dresses up nicely. ($4,950)

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HYT: H3

There really isn't anything else in the watch world like the pieces from HYT. And they prove this again with the debut of the very impressive hydro-mechanical H3. While the brand has become known for their use of pressurized fluid to indicate the time, with this latest piece, the fluid bar happens to be horizontal—and further, the energy created from a retrograde motion feature when the piece hits 24 hours is used to then flip over the hour calendar. It's a technical complication that furthers a continued effort to push the craft of watchmaking forward. ($290,000)

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Georg Jensen: Koppel Mechanical Hand Wound Small Seconds

Among the new pieces in Danish watch, jewelry and homeware designer Georg Jensen's Koppel collection, the Mechanical Hand Wound Small Seconds release features a masterful green alligator strap that lends a punch of personality to the stainless steel case and clean, white enamel dial. The watch line was originally released in 1977, and done in collaboration with Henning Koppel. While the consistent updates may feel subtle, the new range is the result of two years of development with a prominent Swiss manufacture. They're equal parts modern and timeless. ($2,990)

Tudor image courtesy of the brand, all other images by David Graver

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