Long gone are the days when luxury watches were crafted from only gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals. Now we have a variety of timepieces with cases made from stainless steel, ceramic, carbon fiber, bronze, titanium, and numerous other materials for any taste. What about watch dials? Well, they are in no way inferior to cases and bracelets. You already know about enamel and even porcelain designer watches created by Ulysse Nardin, Patek Philippe, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vacheron Constantin, Frederique Constant, and many other luxury watch brands. What about meteorite dials? They also exist, though in a much smaller quantity. After all, to bring the sky to the wrist is not that easy in many aspects. If you still don’t know about these unique timepieces, here are several exceptional examples of great men’s watches with meteorite dials.
1. Rolex Day-Date Ref. 118239
Rolex is known for many great men’s watches with meteorite dials, including such popular models as the Cosmograph Daytona and the Submariner. However, the most elegant among them is still the renowned Rolex Day-Date, with the first meteorite model released in 1999. Its modern version comes in an 18k white gold case with diamond hour markers to underline the beauty of the unusual dial.
2. Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Meteorite Dual Time
Another perfect example of great men’s watches with meteorite dials is the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Meteorite Dual Time by Corum. As the name suggests, this limited edition model is distinguished by its stunning dial carved out of Gibeon meteorite that fell in Namibia million years ago.
3. Louis Moinet Qatar Tourbillon
The dial of the Louis Moinet Qatar Tourbillon model includes two pieces of the meteorite fragment that traveled more than 260 million km before landing next to the Qatar’s border with Saudi Arabia. The luxury watch itself comes in an 18k white gold case composed of 59 components and equipped with a hand-winding tourbillon movement visible through the hand-engraved dial.
4. Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon Tourbillon
Even though this 18k rose gold watch is already a masterpiece due to its sophisticated tourbillon movement, its most stunning detail is its ‘openworked’ dial decorated with gorgeous meteorite discs. After all, you will hardly find a better design solution for a high-quality designer watch with a moon phase complication.
5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite Dial Watch
One more fantastic example of great men’s watches with meteorite dials is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar model presented at SIHH 2015. Available in stainless steel and 18k rose gold versions, it is distinguished by its restrained-looking yet elegant dial made from meteorite stone originated from the Asteroid Belt.
This list of great men’s watches is certainly not exhaustive as there are many other exceptional models with meteorite faces, including the renowned Omega Grey Side of the Moon. Anyway, no matter which meteorite luxury watch you choose for yourself, a unique experience of wearing a piece of space on the wrist is guaranteed!