Many centuries ago, the discovery of photoluminescent objects heralded a new scientific outlook. Watchmakers around the world continue to revere this knowledge even today. Phosphorescence, a type of photoluminescence, is any material's ability to glow in the dark. Making use of this, watchmakers over the years have created dials that light up in unlit environments, ushering in a space of imaginative lume dials and the intuitive timepieces that followed. From Panerai's Luminor Marina Carbotech to Omega's Moonwatch Omega Co-Axial Chronograph, the brilliance of these glowing timepieces has only helped adventurers step up their vigil in the dark, apart from tracking time on an ordinary day.
Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital
Rs3.6 crore (approximately)
This celestial offering from Bovet is an astronomical delight. The cosmic romance of the Récital 22 Grand Récital is blissful to the senses, as it enchants you with its meticulous craftsmanship — from its stellar decoration to its technical brilliance.
This distinctive feat integrates luminescent substances into the miniature painting of mother earth which lights up in the dark. Lume treatment of the side of the moon, which faces the sun, is another addition to the grandiose of this surreal timepiece. To accentuate the date, a ring machined directly from solid luminescent material plays up the inner edge of the aperture.
The paradisiacal Récital 22 Grand Récital takes pride in its sui generis architecture, and hence is a limited edition — a total of 60 only exist. The extravagant timepiece is housed in a 46-mm case which is offered in red gold.
TAG Heuer Khaki Aquaracer
Rs1.2 lakh (approximately)
The Khaki Aquaracer's rhodium-plated hands, treated with Super-LumiNova, is optimised for up to 24-hour readability in all weather and water conditions. The brilliance of Swiss craftsmanship is evident in this charismatic everyday watch. Made for men who dare to keep their life adventurous, the watch is a perfect fit for those challenging extreme conditions of the deep sea, and indeed the rhodium makes it effective for such activities.
The tool watch comes with a sunray-brushed dial in stingray grey and a 43-mm polished, fine brushed steel case. The versatile timepiece, water resistant up to 300 metres, has an unscratchable anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The nylon band in khaki further gives this rugged watch a robust look, a hard-to-turn-down deal. Upon carefully examining the dial, you will notice a tinge of green featuring '300m' at 6 o'clock. The engraved numbers on the sand-blasted aluminium bezel speak volumes about the Khaki Aquaracer's boldness.
In the night, with rhodium-plated hands and Super-LumiNova treatment, the watch comes to life with the light dancing on the dial.
Tudor Black Bay P01
Rs2.9 lakh (approximately)
The Black Bay P01 has a legacy to it. The legacy Tudor is most certainly proud of. The Black Bay P01 is a timepiece based on a prototype fashioned in the late 1960s. The prototype was proposed to the US Navy, and following in this direction, Tudor Black Bay P01 pays respect to its eldest sibling.
'Snowflake' hands, a signature of Tudor divers' watches introduced in 1969, on a domed matte black dial with painted luminescent hour markers won't give up on you even if light does. A cross between a diver's and a navigator's watch, the Black Bay, with its glowing elements on the dial, will show you the way, even if the light escapes your side.
Driving the Black Bay P01 is the Manufacture Calibre MT5612. The watch offers a power reserve of up to 70 hours before you have to reset or wind it. The neo-vintage model is presented with a hybrid leather and rubber strap, and the overall robustness of the timepiece makes it a reliable watch.
Moonwatch Omega Co-Axial Chronograph Pitch Black
Rs8.8 lakh (approximately)
Inspired by the accomplishments of the Apollo 8 astronauts, the all-black, ceramic Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon is a 44.25-mm model that has a polished and brushed ceramic casebody. Called Pitch Black, it packs enough glow, courtesy its tachymeter scale's Super-LumiNova treatment.
This Speedmaster has its indices coated with Super-LumiNova on its matte black ceramic dial — a superlative piece of Omega's craftsmanship. The timepiece offers matte black sub-dials having lacquered hands.
This beauty in black is powered by Omega Co-Axial Calibre 9300. The self-winding chronograph movement, having a rhodium-plated finish with column wheel mechanism and co-axial escapement, delivers a power reserve of up to 60 hours. The glowing timepiece is an absolute knockout which comes with black leather strap with ecru stitching and a ceramic folder clasp.
Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech — 44mm — PAM01661
Rs9.4 lakh (approximately)
This black beast is a timepiece of indomitable spirit. The rugged PAM01661 comes with a black dial and luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Some of the watch's descriptors in white provide a stunning contrast to the dial with two blackened, luminous blue-filled sword hands.
The Carbotech bezel makes this device a stunner. With water resistance up to 300 metres, the glowing dial can be advantageous to your underwater feats. Powered by Calibre P.9010, an in-house automatic movement, the Luminor Marina Carbotech delivers a 72-hour power reserve. The calibre helps conveniently adjust the hours without affecting the movement of the minute hand - a function very nifty when changing time zones.
The PAM01661 comes housed in the 44-mm Carbotech case — composite material based on carbon fibre — which provides the timepiece an extraordinary technical performance. Carbotech, which is lighter than titanium and tougher than steel gives this scratch resistant timepiece a matte black and varying semblance.
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up and Down Lumen
Rs80 lakh (approximately)
The Fourth model of the Lumen series, the Datograph Up and Down Lumen is a harbinger of light in the dark with its semi-transparent dial and luminous coatings. The time indication, the outsize date, the chronograph functions and the power reserve indicator are all allies of the light, glowing bright in the dark for a hassle-free timekeeping.
A luminous compound coating three central hands as well as the arrow marker of the power reserve indicator makes timekeeping ultra legible when it is too black to see much around you. The seconds and minute-counter hands in blued steel each revolve in front of a phosphorescent subsidiary dial. A green tint brightens the display surfaces of the outsize date, and in a first for a Lange timepiece, the inner dial ring with the minute scale is luminous too.
Datograph Up and Down Lumen, a watch in the shining armour which draws massive inspiration from auroras or polar lights, is driven by L951.7 movement packing a power reserve of up to 60 hours when fully wound.