Essentials : Black Dials

Versatile and contemporary, black dials are the go-to option to subtly exude a masculine persona





Bulgari Diagono Ultranero Chronograph

Luxury hardly goes hand in hand with durability, but such is not the case with this Bulgari piece. Named after the Greek word “agon” that means athletic contest, the rugged chronograph is intentionally designed for intensive daily use, that the refined material and the big case do not compromise the comfortable wear. One fine example is the unique strap combining rubber and steel links, a solid band for the wrist. The watch’s deep black shade also makes it effortless to match any outfit for different occasions. The steel case, by the way, is treated with DLC coating that’s resistant to scratches.

Case size: 42mm

Case material: steel

Dial: black

Strap: rubber with steel links

Movement: B130, automatic

Power reserve: 42 hours

Water resistance: 100m





Gucci Handmaster

Marrying the merits of Italian style and Swiss craftsmanship, Gucci Handmaster is a square-cased alternative to the ordinary round-cased black dials. The automatic timepiece is offered in two versions— men’s and women’s with different sizes and dial embellishments. For the men’s model, the dial is recognizable with Gucci diamante motif and packed with useful details: a date window at 1.30, power reserve indicator at 5 and small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. Equally splendid is the transparent case-back revealing the mechanical beauty of the movement, courtesy of Sowind Manufacture. To top it all off, the crocodile leather strap is equipped with a stirrup buckle evocative of Gucci’s equestrian detailing.

Case size: 32.5 x 33mm

Case material: steel

Dial: black

Strap: crocodile leather

Movement: GP3300, automatic

Power reserve: 46 hours

Water resistance: 50m

Tag Heuer


TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre CH 80 Chronograph

Out of all timepieces well associated with racetracks, TAG Heuer’s Carrera is leading the game with various innovations and creations. The latest of which is the in-house-manufactured Calibre CH 80 Chronograph. Looking absolutely stylish with a red-lined strap in perforated

calfskin—although the steel bracelet is no less handsome—the automatic chronograph has an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The code name “CH,” as a matter of fact, is a reference to TAG Heuer’s production site in Chevenez, which produces the new movement. Aside from a chronograph function, there is an oversized date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. Another admirable element is the exquisite slimness of 6.5mm.

Case size: 41mm

Case material: steel

Dial: black

Strap: calfskin leather or steel

Movement: CH 80, automatic

Power reserve: 80 hours

Water resistance: 100m







Tudor Style

There are basic watches and then there are classic watches. Tudor, a Swiss brand that’s known for the latter models, is re-launching Tudor Style in four case sizes and a number of versions. The simple design is reminiscent of the trending aesthetics of the 1950s and 1970s, with a pared down dial that offers no numerals but dauphine hands and baton styled hour markers. Some versions sport three gems set at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. If you like a brighter dial color, Tudor Style has a couple of other stylish shades.

Case size: 41/38/34/28mm

Case material: steel or steel and yellow gold

Dial: black, champagne sunray, silver-colored sunray

Strap: leather, steel or steel and yellow gold

Movement: 2671 or 2824, automatic

Power reserve: 38 hours

Water resistance: 100m