These Jewel-Toned Timepieces Offer a Colorful Twist on the Classics

For the ultimate monochrome enthusiast.

March 17, 2023

Now more than ever, time is of the essence—and what better way to keep up than by sporting a vibrant timepiece? Offering a colorful take on classic silhouettes, they’re equal parts luxe and playful. Whether you’re in the mood to channel Jackie Kennedy Onassis with a timeless Cartier Tank (a style inspired by the Renault tanks that Louis Cartier saw on the front lines during World War I), follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower by sporting a Rolex Datejust, or heed Marilyn Monroe’s advice with a diamond-encrusted Harry Winston number, each of these picks is sure to spark joy. And while we can’t claim that embellishing your wrist with a brightly hued watch will induce punctuality, you just might find that the jangling diamonds of Chopard’s Happy Sport are exactly what’s needed to make your train on time.


From left: Chopard Happy Sport, $8,120, chopard.com. Rolex Datejust 36, $8,950, rolex.com. IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34, $13,500 iwc.com.

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  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36

    Oystersteel and white gold case with mint green dial and Oystersteel jubilee bracelet.

    $8,950, rolex.com

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds

    Stainless Steel case with burgundy red dial and burgundy alligator strap.

    $9,050, jaeger-lecoultre.com

  • Hermes H08 42MM

    Titanium case with blue PVD-coated dial and blue rubber strap.

    $6,700, hermes.com


  • La D De Dior Satine

    18K yellow gold and diamond bezel with malachite dial and Milanese stainless steel bracelet.

    Available by special order. $10,500, 800-929-DIOR or dior.com

  • IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34

    18K 5N gold case with green dial and alligator strap by Santoni.

    $13,500, iwc.com

  • Harry Winston Emerald 18MM

    18K white gold and diamond case and bracelet with blue dial.

    Price upon request, harrywinston.com

  • Cartier Tank Louis

    18K yellow gold case with graphic red dial and alligator strap.

    Available at select Cartier boutiques nationwide. $13,100, cartier.com

  • Patek Philippe Twenty~4

    Stainless steel and diamond case with olive green sunburst dial and steel bracelet.

    $15,970, patek.com

  • Baume & Mercier Riviera 10679 36MM

    Stainless steel case and bracelet with lacquered blue dial.

    $2,750, baume-et-mercier.com

  • Chopard Happy Sport 36MM

    18k rose gold and stainless steel case with green dial and green alligator leather strap.

    $7,960, chopard.com

  • Bulgari LVCEA Lady Watch 28MM

    Stainless steel and diamond case with blue aventurine dial and blue alligator strap.

    $5,650, bulgari.com

  • Zenith Defy Revival A369

    Stainless steel case and bracelet with ruby gradient dial.

    $6,900, shop.hodinkee.com