For the uninitiated, let us first explain what tuxedo dials are all about. Basically, these feature alternate colours on the dial, preferably black and white, reminiscent of the classic tuxedos that ooze sophistication. This colour pattern segments the dial into clear sections and offers a pleasing contrast to the eye. If you feel intrigued, check out the best tuxedo dial watches that were launched in the recent past.
Parmigiani Tonda PF Sport Chronograph
The Tonda first came into the mainstream line-up in 2021 and has since seen multiple iterations. This year, Parmigiani launched its new tuxedo-dialled Tonda PF Sport Chronograph as a 42 mm chronograph in stainless steel (Ref. PFC931-1020001-400182) with 160 incisions on the bezel. The watch gets a tuxedo dial with a black trifecta layout — a 12-hour subdial at 9 o’clock, a 60-seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, and a 30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock, and a date window at 4:30 to boot. The dial gets a clou triangulaire guilloché finishing. The watch is powered by the COSC-certified PF070 automatic movement, delivering 65 hours of power reserve and a frequency of 5 Hz. On the caseback, the watch gets an oscillating weight in 22 ct rose gold; it is skeletonised, polished and sandblasted. This model is finished on a black rubber strap with a stainless steel folding clasp.
Zenith El Primero A384 Revival
The El Primero movement was incorporated into Zenith’s line-up in 1969; it has been widely regarded as one of the most iconic, accurate chronograph movements ever created. The watch is housed in a 37 mm stainless steel, cushion-shaped case. The A384 model also comes with a white lacquered dial with black sub-counters. You can find a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and a date window at 4:30. There is a tachymeter scale on the outer periphery. The hour markers and the hour, minute hands come with Super-LumiNova® and rhodium plating; there is a red second hand as well. Powering this Zenith El Primero A384 Revival is a revived version of the El Primero calibre 400, still running at a 5 Hz frequency. It delivers a 50-hour power reserve. Finishing the watch is a “Ladder” bracelet with a double folding clasp.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
In 2016, Vacheron unveiled its first Overseas chronograph and has since enjoyed the sporty prowess of the bold timepiece. This year, the marquee timepiece maker has unveiled a new variant (Ref. 5500V/110A-B686) with a silver-toned, sunburst, satin-finished dial, snailed, black counters, black velvet-finished flange, 18 ct white gold hour markers, hours, minutes, seconds and counter hands, highlighted with Super-LumiNova®. The snailed counters include a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock; you can spot the date window at 4:30. Powering this 42.5 mm stainless steel case model is the in-house, self-winding Calibre 5200 with 52 hours of power reserve. Turning the watch over showcases the 22 ct gold oscillating weight. This model is finished on a stainless steel bracelet with half Maltese, cross-shaped, polished, and satin-brushed links.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
The original Daytona was released in 1963 and it soon garnered an iconic status. To mark the 60th anniversary of the watch, Rolex presented the new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona with subtle refinements. The watch now comes with a 40 mm Oyster case with the middle case crafted from a solid block of Oystersteel, 950 platinum. The model also has a white lacquer dial and black counters ― a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock, a 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. The new-generation Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4131, an in-house chronograph, self-winding movement with 72 hours of power reserve. The bridges of Calibre 4131 feature a Rolex Côtes de Genève décoration, with the addition of a slight, polished groove between each band. Finishing the watch is the signature Oyster bracelet.
Breitling Navitimer Chronograph 43 Boeing 747 Limited Edition
Boeing 747 was showcased to the world in 1965 by Joe Sutter and had often been called the ‘Queen of Skies’. Honouring this legendary airliner, Breitling unveiled its 747-piece limited edition, Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43. The watch came with a 43 mm stainless steel case, lugs with a bidirectional rotating bezel, a cream dial, and a red nautical miles scale on the outer periphery. The chronograph had a 12-hour subdial at 6 o’clock with an integrated date window against a black background, a 60-second subdial at 9 o’clock, and a 30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock. Powering the watch was the self-winding, Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01 movement with a 70-hour power reserve. Turning the watch over showcased the skeleton caseback and a stainless steel oscillating weight with the ‘Breitling’ engraving. Finishing the watch was a black alligator leather strap or a stainless-steel, seven-row Navitimer bracelet with a butterfly clasp.
Tissot PRX Automatic Chronograph
Launched in 1978, the PRX series was revived in 2021. It came with a slim aesthetic appeal. The new panda dial version (Ref. T1374271101101) is sized at 42 mm and comes in a signature stainless steel, tonneau-shaped case, with a raised bezel. The white dial has black counters — a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and a date window at 4:30. The watch also features baton-shaped hour, minute and second hands, and rose gold-coated hour markers. The hour markers and the hour, minute hands also have Super-LumiNova®. Powering the watch is the VALJOUX A05.H31 automatic movement with a 60-hour power reserve. The watch is finished on a grey stainless steel bracelet with a butterfly clasp with push buttons.