Top 8 Colourful Men’s Watches To Liven Up Your Spring Wardrobe
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Top 8 Colourful Men’s Watches To Liven Up Your Spring Wardrobe

Top 8 Colourful Men’s Watches To Liven Up Your Spring Wardrobe


Somewhere over the rainbow…there are folks hard at work taking inspiration from the electromagnetic spectrum blissfully cresting over our heads…or such like. Rainbow watches currently are lighting up the luxury watch sector as much as your latest electricity bill. We may be living in hard times and rising inflation. But you can always count on us to add a spark of refinery to your wardrobe to electrify an increasingly greying world.

In this case, there isn’t just one rainbow. Many brands such as Hublot, Zenith and Rolex have been sending colour infused timepieces up into the consumer ether and finding out that these are what the public wants. Released in 2012, the spark that lit the original horological fire were the Rolex Daytona 116598RBOW and 116599RBOW. And the trend has been as hot as Halle Berry ever since, resulting in the biggest names jumping aboard. From John Mayer to controversial football star Zlatan Ibrahimović who both own variations of the Rainbow Rolex Daytona.

Not everyone takes their coffee black and their shirts white, dear timelords. The colour craze is upon us so without further ado, let's delve into the invigorating world of vibrant men’s watches to discover our pick of the best 8 colourful men’s watches. 


Rolex Rainbow Daytona 40mm 


Launched in 2012, The Rolex Rainbow Daytona burst on to the horological scene.

On its own accord, The Rolex Daytona Cosmograph is worthy of being placed on any wrist due to its heritage and connection with Paul Newman and Eric Clapton. Simply put The Rolex Daytona is a timeless model and remains one of the most collectible Rolex men’s watches today


Rolex Rainbow Daytona - Source - The Collectors Circle 

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Its demand has risen consistently, even doubling in price on the secondary market. Following on from the success of the rainbow model, Rolex has since reissued the Rolex Rainbow Daytona at Baselworld in 2018. 

In a glitzy Everose gold with black lacquer dial, the 116595RBOW was launched. Where the timeless tachymetric scale once lay proudly on the bezel, sapphires now adorn it in gradual rainbow hues. Ideal for those looking to buy a Rolex, why not pair this timepiece with a refined, white turtleneck or camel trench coat at your casual evening drinkypoos in Mayfair. 

Presenting 56 brilliant-cut diamonds, placed in the lugs and crown guard, the indices are replaced by 11 baguette-cut sapphires. The 12 o’clock marker is presented as a sleek Rolex crown logo embodying the brand down to a tee. 

This rainbow imbued model is certainly no different as it's worn by many high profile celebs such as popstar Adam Levine and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Grezimann. Buy a Rolex like this and pair it with a classy camel trench coat or dress it down with a casual black T-shirt and jeans…it really fits everything! 


Hublot Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow 


Hublot has the reputation of bold innovation already on their side, perfect for those looking to buy a Hublot. When they decided to crank out some vibrant men’s watches in 2023, they showed us that class never goes out of style. 


Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow - Source - Hublot 

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The rainbow aesthetic has been used quite often by Hublot, its first being the Unico Sapphire Rainbow, released in 2017. They still manage to invigorate a new technicolour style that Jason and his dreamcoat would be proud of through a joint release, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow and Hublot Big Bang Unico Time Only Rainbow

Focusing on the Integrated Rainbow, using Hublots own King Gold in polished-satin finish, The Hublot Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow is designed the same as its Big Bang Unico predecessors. The iconic bezel and signature six exposed screws complete the angular case, surrounding the HUB1280 calibre. Beating at 4Hz, this ensures top-notch chronograph functions like flyback performance work perfectly.

To fulfil the rainbow aesthetic, The Hublot Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow features 174 gemstones which are adorned on both the case and bezel. On the integrated bracelet, there are 768 additional stones built into its links. This is a perfect model if you are looking to buy a watch that is both bold and eye-catching on the wrist.

This gem-encrusted Hublot was crafted from 18k gold. If you want to buy a Hublot like this, it’ll set you back a cool £146,000. 


Zenith Defy Extreme Felipe Pantone


Zenith are a phenomenal brand, creating brilliant works which have influenced top level men’s watches. One example is their creation of the ‘El Primero’ calibre. It's the world's most accurate series-made calibre, reaching a frequency of 36,000vph. This calibre would later be used by Rolex in their Daytona model. 

The collab with Spanish Argentinian artist Felipe Pantone has led to our next top colourful watch, The Zenith Defy Extreme Felipe Pantone.  

As a quick summation, Felipe Patone is notable for his works using bold colours and geometrical patterns involving graffiti and installations.


Zenith Defy Extreme Felipe Pantone - Source - Monochrome Watches

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This project is a match made in heaven for those looking to buy a Zenith that is unique in every aspect. Limited to just 100 pieces, it is predominantly  composed of stainless steel.

The dial has a micro-engraved iridescent pattern allowing a multitude of shades to expand throughout. This isn't just isolated to the dial as the entirety of the timepiece has a similar ripple colour effect. Due to the sapphire crystals, you can view the minute and hour hands which are similarly coating in a 3D rainbow gradient coating. 

As part of the Defy Extreme collection, it progresses Zenith's popular Defy portfolio into unknown terrain, raising the size to 45mm and skeletonising the dials powered by the iconic El Primero Calibre. 

Made entirely from reflective stainless steel, discover a translucent ocean blue colour which is crafted from a crystalline glass material, relatable to synthetic sapphire. The bright blue silicone strap further enhances the oil spill style colouring and is perfect for a beach party or that glitzy bash.

While you can no longer buy a Zenith at retail value, it sells on the secondary market for upwards of £30,000


Richard Mille RM 68-01


Richard Mille are famous for their ostentatious and bright men’s watches, using materials such silicon nitride, gold fused with carbon and quartz. These materials are only usually present in the racing industries, harking to Richard Mille’s racing heritage.

Richard Mille watches vary in style. Some are unbelievably flat yet powerful like the RM UP-01 Ferrari, which weighs less than 3 grams. Or, they are as graphic as a Stan Lee comic such as the RM88 Automatic Tourbillon Smiley featuring the ultimate emblem of pop culture…and 90s raves. The rule of thumb is generally to make something innovative and priced beyond normal folks' means. 

The Richard Mille RM 68-01 is no exception to this wonderful rule. Limited to only 30 pieces, the RM 68-01 came out of Richard Mille’s desire to blend contemporary art with Haute Horlogerie. While you could buy a Richard Mille in any model, this is the ultimate model for those looking for the ultimate splash of colour.


RM 68-01 - Source - Richard Mille 

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Created in partnership with Cyril Phan, known by his pseudonym ‘Cyril Kongo’, it took the artists at Richard Mille over a year to match the painting technique used by the street artist.

A special, purpose-built airbrush was developed to allow Kongo to spray his colours one droplet at a time. The back of the watch imitates a splash of paint against a wall, amalgamating in a delightful spectrum of strong tones. It's a perfect model for those looking to buy a Richard Mille packed with character and visually pleasing. 

Every single model is unique so each model is their own distinctive work of art. Featuring sapphire crystal and stainless steel bridges show off the colours beautifully, resulting in a spectacular graffiti art style dial. The paint was specially designed so it wouldn't imbalance the movement or jam up any cogs representing the level of detail and craftsmanship. Pair this with a simple white t-shirt and smart jeans or dress it up for special occasions.

This model originally retailed for around £560,000 but its secondary market value sees this figure coming in at more than double the price.


Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Polychrome


Now most watch fans understand the deep relationship between TAG Heuer and F1. We have two words for you…Lewis Hamilton.

But the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Polychrome takes the classic, sporty chic Tag Heuer design and refreshes it with a lustrous rainbow effect. 

Released in November 2022, this offers those looking to buy a Tag Heuer watch, a model outside of the regular sporty design. Utilising a unique PVD coating technique, the base dial radiates a rainbow effect which could easily be construed as an iridescent oil spill when placed under light. 

Surrounded by a black titanium case and carbon bezel, it delivers a solid backdrop for the opaline hues to shine through.

The indices are painted a luminescent white which has been accomplished through Positive Coating, the only name across the globe which has mastered this intricate technique. The domed sapphire crystal further projects the colours allowing you to look straight into the spectrum of colour. 



Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Polychrome - Source - Tag Heuer 

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The watch still maintains its rugged masculinity through the hardy 45mm grade 5 titanium case and black PVD brushed finish. This model keeps its classic tachymetric scale which pays homage to TAG Heuer’s sporting prowess stretching back to 1986. 

With a sapphire back, the watch beats at 4Hz and is powered by the Calibre HEUER02T. Feel the need for speed yet? Limited to 150 pieces, don't expect to pick up this bad boy for the retail price of £19,950 - at the time of writing.


Breitling Superocean Heritage ‘57 Special Edition II


Breitling has many established collections such as the Navitimer and the Superocean Heritage. The Superocean Heritage ‘57 collection in particular pays tribute to the Beach Boys surfing lifestyle of the 1960s.

This colourful variation still imbues the easy style and California living of the 60s through its vibrant visuals. As part of a limited edition of 1000 pieces, this particular watch is much more valuable due to its exclusivity. It still maintains Breitlings signature aspects such as a concave bidirectional ceramic bezel and a dial with oversized indices. Combined with the option of a mesh bracelet or calfskin leather strap, the Breitling Superocean Heritage projects its colour on both hands and indices, circling around to give a glorious rainbow effect. 

It's an ideal entry point for those seeking to buy a Breitling with enhanced colour and spring like vibrancy. This model was released during the pandemic in 2020 and as such, it was designed in a way that represented optimism and hope. The silver undertones of the mesh bracelet, lugs and serrated bezel make the coloured hands and indices stand out without being too flashy. This means you can pair this watch with a sleek navy suit and not feel like you are being too casual. 


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Measuring 42mm, this stainless steel model features a blue ceramic bezel ring offering high levels of durability. The colours specifically marking the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock on the dial. With Super-Luminova properties, the hands and hour markers feature a striking rainbow graduation of various colours from yellow and green to violet, red and orange. There’s also the option to buy a Breitling Superocean Heritage with an Outerknown ECONYL yarn NATO strap. Time is of the essence if you want to get your spring attire on point!

This model retails for £4,300 - at the time of writing.


Chopard Impériale Joaillerie 384240-5003


Chopard perfectly does the line dance of high quality jewellery and great watchmaking through the Imperiale Joaillerie 384240-5003


Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie - Source - Time Transformed

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This self winding mechanical movement incorporates 581 sapphires, equating to a grand total of almost 50 carats. The gems themselves required over 1000 hours of expert work in selecting and cutting resulting in first-rate craftsmanship. You can buy a Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie with the safe knowledge that serious time has been put into each model. The rainbow theme is projected through the entirety of the watch, through the bezel and the five concentric circles on the dial. The level of colour is astonishing and it takes rainbow watches to new realms. 

The openworked hands still have the capability of standing out against the beaming jewels. The  sapphires and amethyst cabochon sit proudly alongside the bracelet which has the same rainbow progression as the dial. This watch is created for women but the size of 40mm compliments a man more. It's designed for folks with experimental fashion so wear this with bold tones, purple shirts or bright blue suits to really step into spring. While you are unable to buy a Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie at retail price any more, look to the secondary market where the price sits around £500,000. 

Slip on your hiking boots and take a walk this spring to proudly present this behemoth of a watch. 


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition


Audemars Piguet hasn't set a foot wrong in the timepiece world so far, giving us iconic models such as The Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 15416CE.OO.1225CE.01, which popularised using black ceramic and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref.15500. One of its flagship models since 1972, it has been worn by many high profile celebs including Will Smith.

You could buy an Audemars Piguet in any model and be pleased due to the fantastic craftsmanship and innovation. And The Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition is a perfect example of this. 


Royal Oak Offshore Music Edition, Source: Audemars Piguet

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Their emblematic Royal Oak collection sets the standard for what Audemars Piguet are trying to achieve in the luxury watch world. Haute Horlogie with exceptional design and precision perpetuates everything this Swiss brand is about. With their release of the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition in 2022, they have continued to develop and progress men’s watches with their own colourful stamp on matters. Ranging from 37mm to 43mm, there have been a variety of models which have been released from this variation. Produced in various materials namely titanium, 18k white gold and one in black ceramic, they all include the signature Tapisserie dial that gives a horological nod to the Royal Oak collection. 

But this time Audemars Piguet have modified it to resemble all things musical in the form of a distinctive equaliser. The knurled-textured studs are reminiscent of jack plugs while the crown guards resemble the fader on mixing consoles. Time to get jacked up pop pickers! The gem set model has its dial and bezel set with a variety of ‘Harmony’ cut stones placed delicately over a blue aventurine dial. The dial represents a VU metre and the equaliser which takes centre stage is crafted as individual columns with various gemstones such as rubies, peridots and sapphires.

The same gems on the dial are similarly presented on the bezel, beautifully matching the shades of the equaliser and utilise the ‘harmony’ cut, cleverly playing on the dial's iridescent qualities. This rainbow watch certainly deserves its place in our 8 men’s watches for your spring wardrobe.

As Lionel Richie once declared…let the music play on.

You can no longer buy an Audemars Piguet at retail value, but you can find it on the secondary market for upwards of £60,000.




Well timelords, we’ve reached the end of the figurative rainbow. Colourful men’s watches are not just a passing trend. You can expect the popularity to rise and soar alongside the price. It seems that all the key Swiss manufacturers are battling it out for who will be victorious in the best rainbow watch stakes. If ‘Holy Trinity’ members Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe are getting in on the act, then you know the trend is serious enough to warrant your attention. 

Other manufacturers such as Chopard, Zenith and Hublot are similarly pushing boundaries, creating new spaces for the timepiece world. While I can't say that if you buy a watch like this you will get a pot of gold, I can honestly say that you’ll be immensely satisfied with your purchase. Can't wait to taste the rainbow? Don't want to miss out on the movement? Why not discuss your next purchase with Chrono Hunter here. If you intend to buy a Rolex or buy a Patek Phillipe, take a look at our sterling reviews on Trustpilot and see why we are the number one choice to buy and sell your watch. 

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