Chiaroscuro. Monotone. Incongruous. While black and white may sit on the opposite ends of the colour spectrum, their combination is integral to fashion and is often a fail-safe way to create a look. The world has cast the two shades antithetically but it's fascinating when they come together and the Law of Attraction trumps.
Timepieces in black and white are testimony to this quintessential elegance of the two shades. From the Zenith DEFY 21 Black & White Ref. 49.9007.9004/11.aR923 to Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116500LN, here are six watches that should find a forever home in your watch collection.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116500LN
Price: Rs9.46 lakh (approximately)
Featuring a white dial and black Cerachrom bezel with tachymetric scale, this Rolex exudes unparalleled urbanity. The black-and-white tones blend in seamlessly with its 40mm Oystersteel case, which is waterproof to a depth of up to 100 metres. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is a highly-legible chronograph powered by 4130 Manufacture Rolex self-winding mechanical chronograph movement.
This robust timing tool for racing drivers can measure time intervals to within 1/8th of a second with the centre chronograph seconds hand. The two counters on the dial at 3 and 9 o'clock display elapsed time in minutes and hours respectively. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona's movement delivers a power reserve of around 72 hours.
TAG Heuear Aquaracer Ref. WAY108A.FT6141
Price: Rs1.6 lakh (approximately)
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WAY108A.FT6141 features a titanium-black PVD case and a quartz movement. The Aquaracer has been a go-to collection for professional divers and all those seeking underwater adventures that can be demanding.
This rugged diving tool proves to be highly reliable with its 43mm case, which is waterproof to a depth of up to 300 metres.Its white dial and black bezel render a splendid contrast that complements its simple yet bold look.
With the luminous hour, minute hands, and black rubber strap this Aquaracer exceeds the requirements of gruelling underwater challenges. This sporty piece is ideal for everyday use as much as it is for deep sea explorations.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Selfwinding Ref. 26587TI.OO.D010CA.01
Price: On request
With an inventive chronograph mechanism, openworked dial, and its black-and-white tones, this timepiece is more than handsome. It is the first Royal Oak Concept self-winding model since the collection's introduction in 2002.
Its black 30-minute counter with white indications, openworked white-gold hands, and black inner bezel with white transfers are enough to make it desirable. Beating inside this striking timepiece is the Manufacture Calibre 2949 housed in a 44mm sandblasted titanium case which comes with black ceramic pushpieces and screw-locked crown.
The riveting Royal Oak Concept offers a water resistance of up to 100 metres and has been coupled with a white rubber strap with titanium Audemars Piguet folding clasp. To offer more, Audemars Piguet packs inside the box an additional black rubber strap to get the most out of this adventurous timepiece.
Zenith DEFY 21 Black & White Ref. 49.9007.9004/11.R923
Price: Rs11.3 lakh (approximately)
The Zenith DEFY 21 Black & White is a timepiece that redefines achromatic, and at the same time the watchmaker has clubbed its contrasting black-and-white tones with engineering excellence. The chronograph comes with a 1/100th of a second precision and a remarkable openworked dial with two different-coloured counters, spicing things up in the looks department. The case is 44mm matte-black ceramic, with a white ceramic bezel.
Driving the DEFY 21 Black & White is Zenith's legendary El Primero 9004 automatic movement, which delivers a power reserve of around 50 hours. The timepiece is offered on black rubber with white cordura effect rubber, and titanium double-folding clasp with black DLC coating. This stunner is water resistant up to 100 metres.
IWC IW387905 Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition 'Tribute to 3705'
Price: Rs10.51 lakh (approximately)
To honour IWC's Ref. 3705, the watchmaker has created the IWC IW387905 Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition 'Tribute to 3705', a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. The Ref. 3705 is a classic pilot's chronograph that is one of the most sought-after timepieces among watch collectors that are floored by its neo-vintage charisma. The latest iteration with inventive materials that have been used to make it follow in the footsteps of the original watch.
The 41mm case, chronograph pushers, and pin buckle are made from Ceratanium, a material which is light yet sturdy at the same time. The dial of the latest watch takes its design cues from the original Ref. 3750. Ensuring precise timekeeping is the in-house 69380 calibre which delivers a power reserve of around 46 hours. The black dial comes to life with its white numerals, day and date windows. The tribute timepiece, equipped with a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields, is offered on a black calfskin strap.
Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II White Ceramic Ref. 418.HX.2001.RX.MXM21
Price: Rs23.87 lakh (approximately)
Hublot's Big Bang collection has time and again delivered exceptional timepieces with designs inspiring awe, and this particular knockout is a result of collaboration between London-based tattoo studio Sang Bleu and Hublot. A limited edition of 200 pieces, the timepiece boasts an astounding design scheme with its sharp angles, matte-white skeleton dial, and polished, satin-finished white ceramic case.
Housed in a 45mm ceramic case is HUB1240 UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel churning a power reserve of around 72 hours. The timepiece, water resistant up to 100 metres, is offered on white and black rubber straps to complete its gorgeous black-and-white look.