A timepiece is often a true investment and there can often be a lot of significance behind one, whether it is the first in a collection, or a special gift to commemorate or celebrate a milestone, timepieces hold an element of emotion. Choosing a timepiece is an important process, and there are many things to consider in order to discover your perfect model. One such consideration is choice of metal or material. There is something very indulgent about a luxury timepiece made with or from gold. It is a beautiful substance and in this article, we have highlighted some of our favourite pieces in both yellow and rose gold.
Rolex Day-Date 40 in 18ct Gold
The Rolex Day-Date is one of the most iconic pieces from the luxury brand, and was the first watch to indicate the date and the day of the week spelt out in full when it was first presented in 1956. This model is a stunning timepiece and would be the perfect addition to any watch collection due to its its timeless design. The 40mm case is made from yellow gold, as is the president bracelet and concealed folding Crownclasp. You will also find the fluted bezel in gold, a signature feature for the brand and a mark of distinction. The sunray finish on the silver dial provides an aesthetically pleasing contrastThe watch itself is just as powerful as it is beautiful and boasts features such as the Rolex Calibre 3255, a power reserve of approximately 70 hours, and is waterproof up to 100 metres thanks to the screw down winding crown with the Twinlock double waterproofness system.
Tudor Black Bay 36 S&G
The Tudor Black Bay is one of the most popular collections within the Tudor range, first launched in 2012 and inspired by Tudor’s 1950s divers’ pieces. There are a multitude of different styles now within the collection but we have highlighted this bicoloured piece in steel and yellow gold. You will find a robust 36mm steel case with a polished and satin finish as well as steel within the watches’ bracelet. This is juxtaposed nicely alongside a rich polished and satin finished yellow gold that can be found on the bezel, on the winding crown and in the bracelet. The dial is a stunning champagne colour, that works well against the yellow gold and provides a luxurious finish, perfect for special occasions. The timepiece features a self-winding mechanical movement, with a power reserve of approximately 38 hours and is waterproof up to 150m.
Hublot Big Bang Integral King Gold
The Hublot Big Bang collection is arguably one of the most impressive ranges of timepieces in terms of design that you will find on the market today. Hublot’s vision is represented in their ‘Art of Fusion’, a combination of modern manufacturing with innovative design. To mark the 15th anniversary of the Big Bang, Hublot released the Big Bang Integral range, including this piece in King Gold which is a unique blend of gold, copper and platinum that produces a reddish gold, richer than that of the traditional 18ct 5N gold. The timepiece is made entirely from this gold, with the only exceptions being black composite-resin lugs on the bezel, and the crown over moulded with rubber casing. It also features a skeletonised dial, in which you can view the intricate workings of the Calibre HUB1280. It truly is a magnificent piece.
Breitling Navitimer 35
The Navitimer was first introduced by Breitling in 1952 and was a revolutionary pilot’s chronograph that became a key model for the Royal Air Force, known for its precision and its ability to perform all necessary flight calculations. It swiftly became the ultimate pilot’s watch, revolutionising wrist-worn chronographs in the years that followed. Its name – a portmanteau of ‘navigation’ and ‘timer’ references the brand’s reputation as a respected manufacturer of precision timing devices for the world’s airlines and aircraft manufacturers, not to mention the Royal Air Force, in the run-up to the Second World War. This stunning rose gold model is one of the newest releases and is made from an 18ct rose gold with a 35mm casing and beaded bezel. The dial is made from exquisite mother of pearl making it a truly stand out piece that is an ideal choice for those looking for something timeless. It is powered by the self-winding Breitling Calibre 17 and is COSC certified for precision and accuracy.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
The Royal Oak Offshore was launched in 1993 and provides a more sporty, powerful take on the iconic Royal Oak. The Royal Oak Offshore self winding chronograph we have chosen is a statement piece worthy of the attention it commands. The 42mm case and bracelet of this timepiece is made in an 18-carat pink gold, combined with contrasting black ceramic pushpieces and a screw-locked crown as well as contrasting subdials. The black dial features a ‘Méga Tapisserie’ pattern, a distinct étampe decorative pattern that is no longer taught in horology schools, and created by skilled artisans at Audemars Piguet who have learnt from previous generations of skilled watch makers at the brand. There are also pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating adding to the final look of the timepiece.
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic 36
This stunning self-winding mechanical watch from Patek Philippe is their take on feminine elegance and it is a breath taking piece that would be treasured by any luxury watch lover. It is the first model in the collection to feature a round case, giving it a soft and timeless aesthetic, and it is made from solid rose gold set with 469 scintillating diamonds on the bezel, lugs, crown and bracelet. The silvered dial has a satin finish reminiscent of wild shantung silk, a material often used in bridal or haute couture pieces and adds an interesting textured look to the timepiece. This is finished off with gold applied numerals with a luminescent coating, Patek Phillipe logo, and the date in a small aperture at 6 o clock. At the heart of this timepiece is the Calibre 324 SC self-winding movement that is visible through the sapphire-crystal case back and has a power reserve of up to 45 hours.
Maillon De Cartier
The Maillon De Cartier is first and foremost a statement of style. It is a combination of a quartz movement timepiece, and jewellery with rectangular chain-links that are offset and aligned on the bias by Cartier, that allows the case and links to move in one graphic motion. The collection features many variations, and we have highlighted the beautiful and timeless 18k yellow version. The hexagonal dial lends an usual edge to the timepiece and works well to incite Cartier’s rhythmic geometry. You will find Cartier’s infamous sapphire cabochon at the crown, as well as the Roman Numerals and Cartier’s blued-steel sword-shaped hands. It is a truly beautiful pieces that manages to encapsulate both vintage and contemporary aesthetics and would be a welcome addition to any watch collection.