Black watches are one of the strongest colour trends of the season. However, those in the know will recall that it was actually the Porsche Design Studio that produced the first black watch when they introduced their Chronograph in 1973. With its simplified, function-first approach and aesthetics inspired by the speedometer of the 911, this timepiece is both an icon and a true classic that can sit comfortably beside any contemporary design.

From black chrome to PVD powder coating, DLC (diamond-like carbon coating) and space-age ceramics, black has made refreshed appearances over the decades. Some of the most covetable timepieces tapping the current resurgence are the Omega Planet Ocean Black diving watch, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, Cartier de Santos 100, and the Roger Dubuis Excalibur. Which one will take pride of place on your wrist this season?

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