3 Ways to Wear Pantone's Color of the Year

By Aldous Tuck | August 1, 2016 | Watches & Jewelry

Timepieces fashioned in Pantone’s colors of the year are delighting the East End's chicest style setters.

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Longines embraces the au courant colors with its La Grande Classique de Longines ladies’ timepieces ($1,475– $4,050), crafted in pink and blue. These quartz watches offer the simplicity of a stainless steel case (in either 24mm or 29mm) that can also dazzle with diamonds. A mother-of-pearl dial adds a note of elegance. London Jewelers, 2 Main St., East Hampton, 329-3939.

Pantone’s annual announcement of its Color of the Year is always a much-anticipated event for everyone in the design world, whether their medium is fashion, interiors, or watches. And this year’s selection was no disappointment, as Pantone chose not one but two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity—warm, welcoming shades that work particularly well in combination.

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The serpent is a symbol that Bulgari has embraced for decades, and the blush of dazzling pink gemstones on its new Serpenti Incantati (price on request) is both traditional and fashion-forward. A bejeweled snake encircles the dial in a spray of glittering diamonds or diamonds and rubellites, on a case of either white or pink gold, making this the season’s most tempting timepiece. London Jewelers, Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-627-7475

Says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer, embracing rose tone and the cooler, tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

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The softness of linen brings a feeling of calm to bold colors in Hublot’s Big Bang Linen watch ($15,700). The natural plant fiber is not only used for the strap; it also adorns the case and dial. Light yet strong, linen is an ethically and sustainably sourced symbol of refinement that also adds a subtle bit of color to a masterful chronograph with an automatic movement. This is a limited edition of 200. Wempe, 700 Fifth Ave., NYC, 212-397-9000

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