Gold watches have made a triumphant return from when their popularity dropped off after the excesses of the 80s. The precious metal is seeing a revival in a few different ways — in dress watches where the flash is tempered by classic design, in solid gold bracelet styles where the focus is put onto the intricate dials, or as a new take on the oversized gold watch which pairs a large-and-in-charge face with a light leather strap. Whichever you choose, it’s a sure bet.
Smart, But Never Showy
This watch takes a minimalistic approach to design, with a clean face with gold smartly used on the hands and hour markers, along with functional features like the seconds-hand subdial and date.
Patrimony Traditionelle (price upon request) by Vacheron Constantin, at Royal de Versailles
This watch marries a classic shape and details (gold roman numerals!) with unique subdials — one that shows the remaining power reserve, and the other a cleverly designed combo for reading seconds and the date.
L.U.C Quattro ($32,140) by Chopard, at L’Oro Jewellery
Louis Vuitton proves gold can be sporty, too. The touches of gold contrast with the dark dial, which features hits of red to highlight the timepiece’s GMT functions.
Tambour eVolution ($44,500) by Louis Vuitton
The Skeleton King
While this watch and its bracelet strap are made from 18K gold, the focus is firmly on the intricate and impressive skeleton dial.
Aerofusion King Gold Bracelet (price upon request) by Hublot, at Royal de Versailles
Classy and Classic
If you’re only going to buy one dress watch in your lifetime, make it this one. The gold is especially vibrant against the dark face and flossy croc strap.
Clifton ($7,500) by Baume & Mercier
The iconic Aduemars Piguet face with its sharp edges and prominent rivets is fashioned from 18K pink gold, surrounding a silver dial and finished with a hand-stitched crocodile strap.
Royal Oak Chronograph (price upon request) by Audemars Piguet, at Royal de Versailles