To Dot or Not to Dot
By Amanda Evans | 4 minute read
The hour markers or indices that feature on the dial of a timepiece can transform its look in an instant. After all, the face of a timepiece is its window to the world and reflects the chosen personality of the brand, and consequently that of the wearer.
For those watch enthusiasts with a keen eye for detail, the indices will have been recognised and approved in the blink of an eye. Arabic style numerals are often found on dress watches and are sophisticated in style, round hour markers, often seen on sports watches, are renowned for their legibility, batons and sticks range in width according to whether the model has a sporty or refined personality and Roman numerals are recognised on more dressy watch brands. It is notable that different luxury watch brands adopt specific indices. For example, Cartier typically uses Roman numerals and Breguet is renowned for its use of Arabic numerals. But if you’re looking for a timepiece that adds that extra subtle sparkle to your wrist, the diamond dot hour marker delivers that elevated sophistication and there are many brands who have embraced this feature.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Automatic 36mm
Harmonising sparkle with striking design aesthetics
Another standout piece from TAG Heuer’s Aquaracer Professional 300 series, this stunning timepiece with its diamond dot indexes adds to its already remarkable design aesthetics. The 36mm stainless steel features a multi-faceted unidirectional rotating ceramic blue bezel, complemented by a blue-lacquered dial with wavy finish. The eight diamond hour markers are striking in appearance, not only because of their sparkle but also the octagonal shape that mirrors the silhouette of the bezel and adds uniformity to the design. Powered by the Calibre 5 automatic movement and presented on a stainless-steel bracelet, this timepiece is the perfect combination of function and form.
Harmonising sparkle with the spirit of 1926
The TUDOR 1926 collection embodies the essence of the TUDOR brand. The 28mm stainless steel case embraces a unique Silver-tone embossed dial and its timeless elegance is further enhanced by the diamond faceted hour-markers and Gold-tone applique even-numbered Arabic numerals. Powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, Calibre T201 and waterproof to 100 metres, this confident timepiece combines mechanical excellence with classic elegance.
Ballon Bleu de Cartier 33mm
Harmonising sparkle with a Cartier icon
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier is iconic in its appearance and encapsulates sophistication at every angle. The 33mm stainless steel case houses a silvered guilloché dial set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds and featuring blued steel sword-shaped hands. The fluted crown is set with the emblematic synthetic spinel cabochon and the convex curves of the sapphire crystal encapsulate the “Ballon” appearance. Powered by a mechanical movement with automatic winding, this Ballon Bleu de Cartier with its diamond hour markers is elegance refined.
Breitling Chronomat 32mm
Harmonising sparkle with a pop of colour
This retro inspired 32mm Breitling Chronomat embraces a sporty and chic look. The 32mm stainless steel case encircles a pastel pink dial that echoes happiness, and its diamond set indices elevate this further with their subtle glimmer at the tip of the stainless-steel batons. Presented on Breitling’s iconic “Rouleaux” bracelet, it harnesses comfort with elegance. Powered by the Breitling Calibre 77, a COSC-certified SuperQuartz™ chronometer, and water resistant to 100 metres, this stylish timepiece is versatile enough for any occasion.
Longines Conquest Classic 29.5mm
Harmonising sparkle with femininity
This 29.5mm stainless steel and red PVD coating timepiece is the epitome of elegance with its slender profile, white mother-of-pearl dial and delicate diamond indexes. Delicate pink hands stand out against the mother-of-pearl background and complement the bezel and bi-coloured bracelet. Powered by a quartz movement, this elegant timepiece is designed to delight the modern woman of today.
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