Sometimes, a simple black dial just doesn’t go far enough. In recent years, we’ve witnessed the application of Vantablack branded ultra-black coatings on the dials of watches made by H. Moser (and only H. Moser), and they are, in a word, trippy to behold in person. If you’re not a fan of the Moser aesthetic, or don’t have the coin to drop on one of their pricey creations, but still dig that black black dial, a new release from BOLDR should be on your radar. The Venture Singularity hosts a Musou Black painted dial with orange lumed hands floating across the void. Instead of a 5 figure price tag, the BOLDR (admittedly, with a few concessions) can be had for less than $500.
Let’s first note that this is not a Vantablack coating. Surrey NanoSystems, the owner of Vantablack, works exclusively with H. Moser, so don’t expect to see it in use within other watches anytime soon. BOLDR has gone with Musou Black paint which, according to them, absorbs 99.4% of light. Compare that to the Vantablack, which absorbs up to 99.965% of light (source). If that delta is perceptible to the human eye, let alone when viewed under a sapphire crystal, it certainly doesn’t come through in photos.