Opinion: Green dials are my favourite watch trend of 2024

The future of watches is… green?

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph in green
(Image credit: TAG Heuer)

Colourful watches and extravagant dials are one of the key 2024 watch trends I expected to see this year. While we’ve barely made a dent into 2024, it seems the watch experts at T3 weren’t far off as the newest timepieces have all had one distinct feature in common: green dials.

Green coloured dials aren’t exactly new in the watch world. In 2018 and 2019, green watches were absolutely everywhere and were met with high demand. Since then, block colours have somewhat calmed down as watch manufacturers went even bolder, like the cartoon-inspired dials of the Rolex’s emoji and bubble watches.

But now at the start of 2024, it looks like the green watch trend is back and more sophisticated than ever. The main theme I’ve been seeing with this year’s green comeback is the specific shade of the dial. Rather than pastel or lime greens, I’ve been noticing watch brands steering toward deeper greens like emerald, sea and forest shades.

Case in point, TAG Heuer, Zenith and Hublot debuted a host of new watches at LVMH Watch Week in January 2024, and their use of green certainly didn’t disappoint. TAG Heuer reimagined its popular Carrera Chronograph with a teal green dial while Zenith’s Chronomaster Sport featured a green ceramic bezel and lacquered green dial.

Similarly, Blancpain debuted a Year of the Dragon-inspired watch with a red gold and green enamel dial. Newer releases have also used green in bold ways, including the Breitling X Victoria Beckham Limited Edition Chronomat with a peppermint dial and the Rado Anatom Automatic that has a blurred green-to-black gradient at its centre.  

Zenith Chronomaster Sport in green

(Image credit: Zenith)

Most watch manufacturers trying out this year’s green trend are complimenting the colour and dial with subtle materials like black rubber straps and gold or stainless steel bracelets. But other brands, most noticeably Hublot, have been expanding the green into other areas of the watch.

Another debut at LVMH Watch Week, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Green Saxem doesn’t have a green dial, but instead the colour is displayed on the watch case, bezel, numeral and hour markers, and highlights the hands. Other watch brands are incorporating green more subtly by adding it to the watch strap, or adding a secret pop of green like Bell & Ross.

On the surface, the Bell & Ross BR-X5 Green Lum has a simple and understated design with its beige and black accents. But when the lights are down, the watch glows bright green, thanks to a photoluminescent LM3D composite material made from quartz fibres. It’s truly mesmerising to see.

As I said previously, we’re only at the start of the year, so it’ll be interesting to see if this colour and dial trend will continue throughout 2024. With Watches and Wonders coming up in April, I’m looking forward to seeing what green-inspired timepieces will debut and what other colourful accents we can expect.

Bethan Girdler-Maslen
Home Editor

Beth is Home Editor for T3, looking after style, living and wellness. From the comfiest mattresses to what strange things you can cook in an air fryer, Beth covers sleep, yoga, smart home, coffee machines, grooming tools, fragrances, gardening and much more. If it's something that goes in your house, chances are Beth knows about it and has the latest reviews and recommendations! She's also in the know about the latest deals and discount codes from top brands and retailers.

Having always been passionate about writing, she’s written for websites, newspapers and magazines on a variety of topics, from jewellery and culture, to food and telecoms. You can find her work across numerous sites, including Wedding Ideas Magazine, Health & Wellbeing, The Bristol Post, Fashion & Style Directory, TechRadar, CreativeBloq and more. In her spare time, Beth enjoys running, reading, baking and attempting craft projects that will probably end in disaster!