Every year the Pantone Color Institute announces its color of the year based on research and cultural and emotional issues. Some years, we witness two colors at once and other years just one typically bold color Is announced. This year, Very Peri – a beautiful periwinkle blue with rich violet-red undertones – is the hero shade. It is said to offer vibrancy and excitement and nurture creativity and positivity. This color marks the first time that Pantone has created a new color since beginning its Color of the Year forecasts. It is expected that most commercial fashion, design and other types of businesses will incorporate this color into their 2022 offerings, but certain watch brands already have a form of Very Peri in their line ups.
The Pantone Color of the Year is designed to offer an uplifting and strategic direction for the color decision makers at all sorts of businesses. The Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri was specially developed this year to help in our “transformative times.” According to the Pantone press release, it is about displaying “a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit.” Furthermore, because these colors are often used in the digital world, the Pantone Color Institute felt it would help stretch the imaginations and the lines of reality.
“The Pantone Color of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that color can hope to answer,” says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.
In the world of watches, it should be noted that often, the Pantone Color of the Year was already in use, or simply didn’t fit the wrist. Color of the Year hues over the past decade have varied. In 2021, we witnessed a joint celebration of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating yellow. Both colors were already widely used in the watch world. In 2019, in a pandemic-free world, Living Coral brightened the fashion world, but not necessarily the watch world. After all, it is a difficult color to match. The three years prior to that, ultra-violet, greenery, rose quartz and serenity made their mark, and all were already embraced by the watch brands.
Similarly, with Very Peri being the color of 2022, we might see some brands begin to adopt this color for straps or dials later this year. However, a couple of handfuls of brands are already delving into this rich, appealing pastel hue.
French brand Boucheron, for instance, is already creating high-jeweled masterpieces that play on the lavender/periwinkle stage. Creating a complicated yet ultra-feminine watch, Boucheron’s Epure Tourbillon Ama timepiece is the perfect embodiment of Very Peri. The $223,000 tourbillon watch boasts a pale periwinkle colored dial backdrop enhanced with a fish with long tail feathers set in amethyst and blue sapphires. The watch is a work of art and craftsmanship that recalls the beauty of nature’s seas. A unique piece, the lavender-like backdrop is set with diamonds to recall bubbles in the water. Crafted in 18-karat gold, the case is set with brilliant-cut diamonds. It is finished with a lavender alligator strap.
Similarly, Swiss watch brand Breguet is a master at blending color and gemstones, and its Reine de Naples Princesse Mini 9818 watch deftly embraces Very Peri with a magnificent mother-of-pearl dial with lavender hues. Crafted in 18-karat white gold, the oval case features a bezel set with 64 brilliant-cut diamonds that intensify the beauty of the dial. Across it are the Roman numerals XII in white mother-of-pearl. Each $36,900 watch is individually numbered and signed, and each is powered by a self-winding movement that is numbered and signed, as well. The watch is finished with a pale blue leather strap.
The House of Graff accomplishes its Very Peri dial hue by turning to pale lavender sapphires set in butterfly motif against a diamond backdrop. The Classic Butterfly watch is inspired by the symmetry of nature’s most beautiful insect. The $125,000 piece is set with more than 200 gemstones: 3.93 carats of violet sapphires and 5.5 carats of diamonds all set in 18-karat white gold. It is powered by a quartz movement.
With perhaps a somewhat darker than Very Peri hue, the Bulgari Serpenti Scaglie watch is a fun and whimsical approach to this year’s color. The daring Serpenti watch with coil bracelet wraps around the wrist for alluring appeal. This version is crafted in 18-karat rose gold and boasts a mother-of-pearl dial with diamond markers. However, the hands are purple, and the top of each bracelet link is majestically set with light-hued amethyst baguette-cut stones. The rest of the link boast brilliant-cut diamonds. In total, the $97,000 watch offers more than 10 carats of diamonds and 6.65 carats of gemstones.
British watch brand Bremont also weighs in on lilac with a stunning new watch called the Solo Lady K, named by Bremont founders Nick and Giles English as a tribute to the boat their father had built for their mother. It represents the first foray into women’s watches. The 34mm watch is crafted in stainless steel and boasts a mother-of-pearl dial in reflective hues of periwinkle, blue and violet. The bezel is set with 60 white brilliant-cut diamonds that make the dial sparkle even more. The $6,895 watch is powered by a modified automatic caliber with chronometer rating.
Tutima Saxon One Lady Diamonds
For a great take on periwinkle, German brand Tutima releases its diamond-set Saxon One Lady Diamonds watch with a periwinkle leather strap and a mother-of-pearl dial that takes on slight hues of lavender. The 36mm watch offers date, sweep seconds, hours, minutes, and 42 hours of power reserve. Crafted in stainless steel, the $6,100 timepiece is even water resistant to 100 meters.