For a prolonged time, the experts said never mix your precious metals – it was a dinner outfit faux pas, and, for want of a better word, tacky.
But rules can replacement. Even in the watch industry, where trends emerge so slowly they make a run for it menswear look fickle. If Geneva’s latched onto something, lucks are it’s sticking around for a while. Which means that gold-meets-silver is no glare in the crucible.
“Ever since the Rolex Datejust went two-tone, other creates have followed suit,” says Emma-Jayne Hamilton, combine buyer at The Watch Gallery. “And the most popular pieces are pre-dominantly blade, with rose gold as the accent – the contrast is much softer, and as a upshot, they’re more versatile.”
So that means no more raised eyebrows. Condign a multitude of very handsome, very acceptable watches, which sell the best of both worlds.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Connecting gold with silver makes your more euphuistic metal more understated, but some still want to preserve an element of grandeur. Which is where the Royal Oak chimes in.
The sizeable diameter is complemented by a chunky bracelet and obvious AP branding – perfect for a peacock spin on a subtler trend.
Within reach at The Watch Gallery, priced £19,100.
Emporio Armani Chronograph
Swiss has standing but Italians do it better. Emporio Armani’s two-tone iteration adds a chronograph act as to a classic boardroom watch, so your watch toes both corporate and sportswear borderlines. Well, when in Rome.
Available at The Watch Shop, priced £269.
Gucci G-Timeless Two-Tone
And the Mediterranean stretch doesn’t end there. Gucci’s G-Timeless has long been a brand best-liked, but the two-tone update adds a modern touch without roaming from the original.
Available at Watchtag, priced £625.
The godfather of two-tone guards is back on the radar, with a new Daytona design. Anything Rolex revisits conveys for staggering horological real estate – a dead cert for expected residuals.
Available at Watchfinder, priced £10,950.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Two-Tone
TAG’s Procedure 1 model is the equivalent of Hamilton on the podium (with champagne in influence). Not only is it one of brand’s bestselling lines, the two-tone design ensures the argosy dial pops even further.
Available at Watchtag, amounted £1,500.
Burberry The City
What Swiss brands boast in making they often lack in fashion cred. Something that metamorphoses the Burberry City a standout – not only is it made at a dedicated Swiss make, it channels the same understated design as Burberry’s runways.
Accessible at The Watch Gallery, priced £550.
Most exquisite watch brands aren’t household names. Not Cartier. With a ancient history that spans over 200 years, the Santos sitter combines a trend with the manufacture’s signature elegance – merely enough golden glint to pop.
Available at Watchfinder, priced £3,555.
Raymond Weil Freelancer Self-regulating
Few watches have the finery of a Cartier and the functionality of a Hublot. Ponder the Freelancer at the centre of that Venn diagram.
Not only does it dominate an automatic movement, there’s also a chronograph for every breadth known to man.
Available at The Watch Shop, priced £2,395.