Even in today’s time, with high-tech carbon composites and exotic alloys ruling supreme, there is still that undeniable appeal of 18 karat gold. It can be rather discreet when you opt for white gold, more outgoing in the warm tones of rose gold, or an instant classic when you go for yellow gold. Gold pleases its owner with more than just its visual splendor. It is also the heft of this material that makes you know that you are wearing something extraordinary. This is especially true with watches that not only feature a case made of this material but a bracelet as well. The following four watches go all in, as they highlight the beauty that you get when you go for only gold;
Santos de Cartier Skeleton
With the latest generation of Cartier‘s legendary Santos, is the world’s first pilot’s watch more popular than ever. While an eyecatcher in any variety, it is the skeleton version that truly makes heads turn. While available in stainless steel, it is the pink gold version that allows this watch stand out even more. With matching hands and the skeletonized bridges shaped like Roman numerals, it oozes precious exclusivity. Cartier delivers the Santos de Cartier Skeleton with an additional alligator leather strap, to which you can easily switch thanks to the “QuickSwitch’ interchangeable bracelet system. This way you have the option to tone down the gold appearance of the watch ever so slightly when desired.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar
Vacheron Constantin offers a similar system on their Overseas collection, of which this stunning perpetual calendar is a member. The pink gold bracelet can be switched to a rubber or alligator strap in a matter of seconds. This Overseas Perpetual Calendar combines the classic layout of this complication with the dynamic appearance of the Overseas case and bracelet design. This comes very well together, just as the alternating polished and brushed surfaces that make the gold stand out even more. More gold is visible through the transparent caseback of the watch, where we can admire caliber 1120 QP/1, the ultra-thin manufacture movement that powers this Vacheron Constantin, whose oscillating weight has a gold segment for more efficient winding.
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th anniversary
Gold might not be the first material that comes to mind when you think of the Omega Speedmaster, yet it is an intricate part of its legacy. After the successful moon landing in 1969, astronauts were given a special gold Speedmaster to commemorate this unique accomplishment during a gala dinner in Houston. Fifty years later, does Omega celebrate this accomplishment with a re-edition of this watch. It is crafted from 18 karat Moonshine gold, which is slightly paler than regular yellow gold. It makes a striking appearance in combination with the onyx hour markers and burgundy bezel made from ceramic.
The Rolex Day-Date can be considered as the benchmark when it comes to gold watches with a gold bracelet. While available in many different configurations, it is especially the one with the President-bracelet and fluted bezel that gives the Day-Date its iconic and recognizable appearance. It combines the precious looks of gold, with the robust oyster-case and convenient day and date indications. This unique combination of qualities has most certainly played an essential role in the staying power of this Rolex because, as the decades pass, its appeal is still as potent as when it was first introduced.