[onyx lifestyle]Black Out: These 5 watches are dipped in fashion’s favourite shade

  When you endeavour to picture the platonic ideal of a watch, it’s most probably tethered to a slatted metallic bracelet. Silver- or gold-toned, depending on your preferences. On the undertones of your skin. On the jewellery you slide on everyday.

  Fashion has long gravitated towards black-on-black ensembles — even in the scorching depths of Spring/Summer collections — for its unparalleled wearability. Wave ‘Hello!’ to the little black dress if you’re at all skeptical. A tonal blacked-out edit is drama sidled against elegance, with a further kick towards a nonchalance that’s unpracticed and effortless. It’s a cool-girl choice. It’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in The Row. It’s timeless, absorbed in a single, Stygian shade.

  As luxury brands and Maisons continue to diversify their portfolios, it’s only natural an all-black colourway for their timepieces would be optioned for the taking. So, might we interest you in five? They’ll go with everything. Trust.

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  You only have to look as far as Ralph Lauren’s trademark logo to realise how intricately intertwined polo is to the identity of American brand. It’s a relationship easily uttered in the same breath, culminating in a spirit of equestrianism that continues to ride on, mallets a-swinging, today. The Black Stirrup collection is an update to the original Stirrup; a series of timepieces in 23mm, 27mm, 32mm and 36mm formats, now, dipped and dimmed in the darkened depths of matte- and polished black finishes. The tab-and-studded closure poised at the top of each stirrup-shaped case — which allows for alternate strap options beyond the tonal calf — takes the image of a rider’s saddle, channelling the timepiece’s equestrian ambitions one step further still.

  Prices for Ralph Lauren’s Black Stirrup collection — in 23mm, 27mm, 32mm and 36mm formats — start at HK$30,700. Click here to learn more.

  

  It’s not the usual suspects — think: equestrianism, archaic House codes and all manners of brand-building — that informed the creation of the Gucci Grip. You’d be a fool to expect anything as reductive from Alessandro Michele. Naturally. Especially on a timepiece that looks a little more like a scaled-down scale; or a wayward WiFi signal. Rather, it’s the world of skateboarding that served as inspiration; specifically, the gesture of a rider’s sneakers gummed to a deck’s grip tape. The steel-onyx colourway of this iteration’s case, though? A real ringer for its inspiration’s grainy gleam.

  Prices for the Gucci Grip starts at HK$11,300. Click here to learn more.

  

  Gem — a phonetic mirror to j’aime, French for ‘I love’ — is a 2021 release designed by Victoirse de Castellane; a seven-watch collection marking de Castellane’s twentieth year with the Maison. Gem Dior is etched out in dials reminiscent of natural minerals, shelving a conventional circular-adjacent case design for a craggy, almost-octagonal-but-not-quite shape, angled and awry. A shape de Castellane calls “abstract-organic.” This specific option of a black mother-of-pearl dial worn pressed against black leather is, perhaps, an anti-thesis to the overarching convictions of the collection which headlines on bold, prismatic colour. Think of this edition as an absorption of all colour, supermassive black hole-style, then.

  Prices for the Gem Dior collection start at HK$38,000. Click here to learn more.

  

  The serifed formation of Hermès’ capitalised initial has found homes on the Maison’s belts, ‘Clic Clac’ bangles and, of course, the Heure H timepieces. Rendered anew under the direction of Philippe Mouquet over a quarter of a century ago, the Heure H case is capital-‘H’ Hermès — all sleek lines and classic notes encased in an heirloom-worthy presentation. The black-lacquered dial on this specific iteration is outlined by edges of rose gold; should your propensity for all-black ensembles wane with time, the smooth black alligator strap is easily interchangeable for something different.

  Prices for Hermès’ Heure H collection starts at HK$22,600. Click here to learn more.

  

  At the cusp of a new millennium, Jacques Helleu, then-Artistic Director of Chanel, released the first-ever J12 following seven years of dedicated research. Now, two decades later, the Mademoiselle J12 Acte II emerges in homage. The timepiece’s sleek, jet-black ceramic is a silky, high-heat — upwards of 1,300°C! — resistant and stronger than steel by seven folds; a time- and temperature-tested classic that will endure in both make and style. A super-sweet finishing touch? The Mademoiselle Coco figurine, tethered to this J12’s 18k white-gold crown.

  Prices for Chanel’s J12 collection start at HK$40,800. Click here to learn more.