Whether it’s the original version by Cyndi Lauper or that sweet duet performed by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake for the Dreamworks animation movie Trolls, True Colours is one song that gives everybody the feels—yesss good music always does. That’s why we’ve taken the time to curate a whole bunch of great tracks with special guests such as home-grown singer-songwriter Theodora and cool guys like Tim de Cotta and Evanturetime (aka Evan Low). Scroll through the complete Esquire Dawn to Dusk Music Playlist here to check them out or listen to the full playlist on Spotify.
But we digress! Now back to True Colours, of course we know that it’s a standard in the gay community and a must-play at any LGBT event but you so don’t need to be gay to be moved by those powerful lyrics. Everybody just wants to be loved! And speaking of events, July is the month of Pink Dot 2018, specifically 21st July from 5pm at the one and only Hong Lim Park. It’s the closest thing we have to a pride march. And while you’re out shopping for a nice pink tee to wear on that day, try to land one of these rainbow hued watches which you can wear all year round, and not just during Pride Month. Hey if you’re man enough to wear hot pink, you’re man enough to wear rainbow.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
If the legendary Paul Newman is the king of all Daytonas, then this scintillating number studded with gorgeous sapphires must surely be the queen—yes we mean it both ways. Cased in Rolex’s proprietary Everose gold, Ref. 116595 RBOW is the second Daytona watch to be made with rainbow-hued sapphires. The first released in 2012 was cased in yellow gold and it drove every tai-tai and tai-tai wannabe around the world wild. Another key difference between the two are their hour markers. The 2018 novelty comes with 11 baguette-cut sapphires as opposed to brilliant-cut diamonds. Everything else remains the same: self-winding chronograph Calibre 4130, COSC certification, and 100 metre water resistance, Oyster bracelet, and Oysterlock safety clasp.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Rainbow
As one of the few luxury watch companies to master the production of sapphire crystal watch cases, Hublot definitely isn’t afraid to let its true colours show. This sporty yet glamorous timepiece is fully cased in the transparent and ultra-hard material, so its Unico in-house movement within, Calibre HUB 1242, can be seen from every angle. Indeed, to be consistent with the see-through aesthetics, even its rubber strap is translucent. But of course the real highlight is the watch’s bezel which is studded with 48 baguette-cut sapphires, rubies, topazes, and tsavorites forming a rainbow ring around the open-worked dial. Hublot made two variations of this rainbow-hued watch: one in transparent sapphire and another in smoky black sapphire.
Franck Muller Crazy Hours Colour Dreams
Now here’s a watch that’s perfect for Pink Dot. Clad in pink gold and attached to a pink alligator leather strap, this sassy timepiece isn’t quite so straight with the hours either—it’s called Crazy Hours for a reason. The hour numerals have all been rearranged in random order and the hour hand flits around erratically, rather than move in a continuous clockwise direction. It still tells the time; you just need to look harder to read it. According to Franck Muller aficionados, it’s tons of fun when you’re drunk. Reflecting the madcap watchmaking antics at Franck Muller, the numerals and dial wordings are hand-painted with an eclectic colour palette that stands in striking contrast to the silver flinque enamel dial.
Corum Golden Bridge
Who was it that said we should be building bridges, not walls? Doesn’t matter. Here’s a watch that’s all about bridges—the Corum Golden Bridge! Its stunning architecture is as much about what you see as what you don’t see. Like the Hublot, this watch isn’t afraid to let its true colours shine through thanks to four transparent sapphire crystal panels that complete the gold case. The movement too is a class act where all the components are lined up neatly under the sleek baguette-style bridge which runs upwards vertically from the crown to the balance. With absolutely no room for fillers, this watch has got baguette-cut precious stones in all the colours of the rainbow running along the tonneau shaped bezel as well as its lugs.
Richard Mille RM68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo
This is my 100th post. Thank you so much to every single one of you who have followed me, liked a photo or engaged in the comments section over the last few months. I’ve tried my best to post the 99 most amazing, sharp and brilliant photos of the best watches ever made from today and the past and I have plenty more to come. For this 100th post I wanted something special that really defines the ‘Art On Wrist’ philosophy. The Richard Mille RM68-01 Cyril Kongo. The movement is completely painted by the world famous street artist Cyril Kongo. Only 30 were made and every piece has different artwork on it, no two are the same and are usually very different with different colours being used on each watch. The RM68-01 is a truly rare beast. Getting any one is hard enough, getting the one that you like the most is nearly impossible. Price: $685,000 USD Art On Wrist . #cyrilkongo #richardmille #rm6801 #watchesofinstagram #artonwrist #streetart
Insanity is letting a graffiti artist go to town on your US$685,000 Richard Mille watch. But that’s exactly what the RM68-01 is all about. Suitably impressed by the work of French painter and graffit artist Cyril Kongo, Richard Mille created this watch specifically for Kongo to use as a canvas. In return, the artist who’s obviously used to working on entire walls found a way to use miniature cans of spray paint to work on a surface no bigger than five square centimetres. The bridges and plates of every individual watch is unique and covered with bold bright colours in Kongo’s signature style.
Find out more about this one-of-a-kind collaboration (and others) in the August issue of Esquire. Subscribe to the magazine here.