Looking for a white watch? These are our top 5
June 16, 2014
Richard Mille - RM 030 Le Mans Classic 2014
In honour of the seventh Le Mans Classic set to take place on the first weekend of July this year, Richard Mille - the main partner and official timekeeper of the race - has come up with this typically technical watch, limited to just 100 pieces. Featuring a declutchable rotor with variable geometry, which prevents overwinding and is displayed at 12 o'clock, the watch also has a power reserve indicator at 9 o'clock to provide superb winding control. Predominantly white, the RM 030 LMC pays tribute to the race with pops of green, yellow and red - the colours of the historic event - inside its movement.
Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Pride of Siam
The stainless-steel case of this beautiful chronograph does just enough to ensure the white ceramic bezel and silver dial with the brand's intricate Grand Tapisserie pattern on the dial aren't too feminine. The watch has silvered counters, pink gold hour markers and white-coated Royal Oak hands, and features chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date functions. This is bound to be popular with Thai collectors due to the fact that the royal symbol of Siam - the white elephant - is engraved on the caseback. However, as it's limited to just 100 pieces, they may just snap them all up.
Hublot - Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli Special Edition
This special-edition diver's watch was made in celebration of the second Cheval Blanc Maison, a luxurious and exclusive property on the unspoiled Noonu Atoll in the Maldives. Available only from the resort, the watch features luminescent indexes designed to be read in the depths of the ocean. And when we say depths, we mean depths. True to its name, the Oceanographic 4000 can withstand the extreme depth of 4,000 metres. Limited to just 20 pieces, if you fancy one you'd better not waste any time and book your flight to the Maldives, pronto.
Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon
This distinctive and sporty-looking timepiece is dominated by the white ceramic, hourglass-shaped structure on the movement. Also in white ceramic are the bezel, crown and pusher, and the design is balanced by a titanium case. The tourbillon is positioned on the left of the watch, and on the right at 3 o'clock is a GMT disc, which gives the capability of measuring a second time zone. The hands are in white gold with luminescent coating, and the inner bezel is black anodised aluminium. All in all, a pretty neat watch.
Perrelet - Turbine Diver White
Perhaps slightly out of its depth in terms of complication in comparison to the other four watches on this list, the Perrelet Turbine Diver White is a beautiful watch nonetheless. Water-resistent to 300 metres and with a 47.5mm-diameter steel case, the 11-blade turbine on the watch face - designed to evoke a submarine propellor - spins over the SuperLumina-covered surface, making the dial easily readable at great depths, or, more likely, when you can't find the light switch in the middle of the night.