Salmon Dial Watches: A Stylish Trend in Timekeeping

Mitchell Barber

Every year, the watch industry witnesses the rise of a new trend in dial colors. In 2021, it was blue, followed by green in 2022. However, this year, the spotlight is on a color that has become a favorite among dedicated watch collectors and enthusiasts: salmon. As a (loose) vegetarian, my affinity for fish-related things is limited, but when it comes to salmon dial watches, I’m making an exception. Let me present to you my selection of the top five salmon dial watches, listed in no particular order. And don’t worry, I promise this will be the only fish-related comment in this article… maybe.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Center Seconds Smoked Salmon

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Center Seconds Smoked Salmon

From the master of fumé dials comes the newly released Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds “Smoked Salmon.” Building on its distinctive design language, this timepiece features a more classic-looking dial compared to its predecessor. The center of the dial showcases a vertically brushed light salmon color, which gradually darkens to a rich black at the periphery. The design is elegantly conservative, allowing the color to take center stage. Even the logo blends into the background, emphasizing the dial’s simplicity and clarity. While I could spend hours discussing the intricate details of the Streamliner’s case architecture, bracelet design, and in-house caliber, there’s still more to explore. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42

Imagine yourself as a young professional, receiving your first paycheck and eager to splurge on a distinctive timepiece. Inspired by a Patek Philippe 5172G that you saw on Instagram, you head to your local authorized dealer, only to discover that the coveted watch is nearly impossible to obtain. Disappointed but not defeated, you spot a delightful surprise: the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph. While it may share a resemblance to the desired Patek Philippe, this watch stands on its own merits. Boasting an in-house movement, thoughtful date execution, and a beautiful salmon dial, it is truly a winner.

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Chopard L.U.C 1860

Chopard L.U.C 1860

Introduced at Watches & Wonders 2023, the Chopard L.U.C 1860 pays homage to the brand’s first-ever L.U.C watch from 1996. While the true focus of this timepiece lies in its movement, the L.U.C 96.40-L, Chopard has exceeded expectations with its stunning dial. Crafted from gold and finished with hand-crafted guilloché, the dial undergoes a galvanic treatment to achieve its captivating salmon hue. With a diameter of 36.5mm, it strikes the perfect balance for a dress watch. Imagine the elegance it would bring to a tuxedo ensemble. Additionally, the watch features Chopard’s Lucent Steel, a partially recycled alloy that’s 50% harder than conventional 316L steel.

Grönefeld 1941 Principia

Grönefeld 1941 Principia

Let’s elevate the scale with the Grönefeld 1941 Principia Automatic Salmon Dial. This haute horlogerie masterpiece incorporates all the signature elements we’ve come to adore from the Horological Brothers. Exquisite movement finishing, intricate case design, and attention to detail that surpasses expectations. With a diameter of 39.5mm and available in white gold, red gold, or stainless steel, this timepiece appeals to the slightly flamboyant and deep-pocketed watch collector. If you have a moment, I highly recommend visiting the Grönefeld website to explore the delightful specifications page. Take, for example, their description of the winding system of the calibre G-06: “For 24 hours of autonomy, 633 rotations of the oscillating mass are required.” Classic.

Fears Brunswick

Fears Brunswick

Now, let’s bring it back down to earth with the Brunswick from the UK-based brand “Fears.” This salmon-dialled timepiece offers a touch of luxury without breaking the bank. Its dial is galvanically coated in rose gold and copper, resulting in a rich salmon color with a vertically brushed finish, expertly executed by hand. Complementing its clean design is a seconds sub-dial at six o’clock featuring stunning circular graining. The overall aesthetic pays tribute to early Fears watches from the ’40s and ’50s, encased in an elegant cushion shape. Under the hood, you’ll find the reliable ETA calibre 7001, a movement that has stood the test of time. While it may not be visually striking, the closed caseback ensures its reliability, making it an ideal daily wear companion.

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That concludes my selection of the top salmon dial watches. Whether you’re a watch connoisseur or simply appreciate a touch of elegance on your wrist, these timepieces offer a unique blend of style and sophistication. So why not dive into the world of salmon dials and add a splash of color to your watch collection?