When you’re through 30, some things will happen: the yellow gold watch, the longest time, you have more than not interested in, begin to look cool. Maybe it’s the few extra pounds that begin to settle around your midsection or the odd grey hair in your beard, but something changes when you reach your thirties that makes gold watches attractive even to those who had disavowed them years before.
This is a wear watch people’s lives. Do you often with a more mature, more rich, more secular version of confusion. Do you know? After a while, you might just grow up to be a better version. And you know what? After a little while, you might just grow into that better version of you. The thing is, from a design and economic standpoint, gold watches make a lot of sense. Few people under the age of 60 wear them; when they do, it’s usually a rapper and the watch is the size of a hockey puck. But a skinny guy wearing a slim, gold watch? Now that’s class.
But, if you’re like me and getting a little bigger in the midsection, greyer in the hair and more weathered in the face, a bit of golden sheen doesn’t hurt. After all, you deserve a gold watch now, don’t you think?
1 | Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
This year, they will be in Abby hat and learn not only to fall in love with eighty s favorite metal, but to all the enthusiasm has a Texas oil giant, launched a “gold” the octagon royal oak family. And JR Ewing really would have loved this fulsome beauty, its carefully polished jigsaw puzzle of bright and brushed facets rendered large.
2 | Bulgari Octo Finissimo
Here’s a lounge lizard of a watch if ever there was one, made for prowling the Riviera dusk, chinking tumbler in one hand, a vampish blonde in the other. Like the Royal Oak, its eight-sided design, milled laboriously from one piece of gold into 110 edges and surfaces, means the metal really is showcased to its maximum brilliance.
3 | Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41
Gold in the eighty s eventually must be mixed with steel “double color”, it must be a rolex daily report. This year’s update keeps the quite-frankly magnificent fluted bezel intact, while upping the diameter to 41mm to suit modern tastes, as well as fitting the latest iteration of Rolex’s bulletproof automatic movement. That corner office beckons.
4 | Omega Globemaster
Like the Rolex, what ticks inside couldn’t be more cutting-edge – the distillation of all Omega’s mechanical refinements from the past decade – but the design cues hark from a golden age, namely the Fifties, when that “pie pan” dial first launched. Chances are your father wore an Omega from around that era, and chances are that it’s in yellow gold, so do the right thing and go for the same here.
5 | Cartier Clé de Cartier
White gold: worth it, over the virtually indistinguishable, yet far more scratch-resistant steel? That’s up to you, But you can’t miss a Cartier either way, hold the value of a decent, interesting shapes, but impeccable decoration cases, unique luster will display material.
6 | Patek Philippe ref. 5396R-012
If you’re going to invest in what’s arguably the ultimate, aspirational Swiss watch brand, you not only go for one of their classics – in this case an annual calendar, which need only be adjusted on February 28th, unless it’s a leap year – but make sure it’s in a suitably luscious rose-gold case. If the Rolex is corner-office territory, then this is early retirement to Hamptons beach-house territory.
7 | Baume & Mercier Clifton Automatic 10058
Trust wave beauty and celebrities, who let so many other brands of shame, sales what is probably the most sensitive, solid Jin Ruishi watches on the market, a decent automatic movement into the bargain. It’s big on style too, keeping a clean and calm dial that lets the warm red gold positively hum with class.
8 | Tiffany East West 3-Hand
Inspired by a pop-up Tiffany travel clock from the 1940s, this art-deco doozy is vintage Noo Yoik to a tee. The sideways orientation could have been gimmicky, but while certainly a conversation point, it’s particularly practical for drivers who like to have both hands on the wheel. Or the handrail of the A-train.
9 | Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Switzerland’s oldest watchmaker relaunch “movement” series, overseas, has made its trademark circle of hollow out table smoothing a case of a more modern design and soft elegant. And again, like the similarly faceted Octo or Royal Oak, the choice of rose gold makes a relatively understated but nonetheless sculptural shape glow with quiet confidence. We wouldn’t recommend this one for Tuesday-night 5-a-side, though.
10 | Hublot Big Bang Unico Magic Gold
Always, defiantly, the black sheep of the Swiss firmament, Hublot likes to challenge people’s perceptions of a traditional watchmaker by “fusing” cutting-edge materials with old-school mechanics. The most impressive gold method is magic gold, through the real integration of ceramics and 24 carat gold cross resistance of 18 carat gold.