When taking colour as your sole point of reference, you can run the entire gamut of watches, from in-your-face fluorescence to the subtle gradient of richer colours on the dial of a more classic piece and all points in between. Take a look at the photo gallery above to see what we mean.

A fluorescent yellow-green has become the signature colour of HYT watches after the company started out showing the hours on its watches by the movement of a liquid in this colour. In the latest limited-edition H1 model, the same colour grabs the attention on the case of the “Azo project”, named after the type of polyepoxide used in the manufacture of the case.

A simple change of strap colour can make a big difference to a watch, as Bell & Ross demonstrates with the bright orange canvas strap on its limited edition BR 03-94 Carbon Orange model. Orange is the colour reserved for essential information in a plane’s cockpit and thus fits perfectly with the brand’s aviation associations.

Hamilton, on the other hand, goes for a tone-on-tone extension of the blue background and red accents on the dial of its Pan Europ model with a matching stripy textile strap. The result is a watch that looks as if it was made for the summer.  Blue is also the logical colour for the new Abyss 44mm chronograph by Hysek, especially when teamed up with a matching blue leather strap. Swivelling lugs on the lightweight titanium ensure that it adapts perfectly to the contours of your wrist.

On its Marine “Deck Chronometer”, L. Leroy opts for brown tones reminiscent of the teak found on vessels when the company used to produce marine chronometers for over thirty different naval forces. H. Moser & Cie. takes things a step further with its new signature smoked red-gold dial on the Venturer Small Seconds, adding a pleasing new hue to the palette of dial colours.

Click on the image above to view our gallery of colourful men's watches for the summer.