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Hear Us Out: An Argument For Rose Gold

Paul Altieri

Real men wear pink. There, I said it. But it’s not just me – the hottest horlogeries are trying to convince you, too. This sultry, elevated alloy is far too complex to be confined to glitzed-out women’s timepieces, dress watches and vintage-inspired creations. Today we’re seeing the best watchmakers warmly embrace this color in new and exciting (and masculine) ways that should have you taking notice. If you have yet to add a rose gold luxury timepiece to your collection, there’s really no better time or more options than now.

Here, I wanted to highlight a few of the best examples of pink gold in men’s watchmaking today. There’s something here for everyone – from the sporty to the refined. So c’mon, give it a chance.

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This Everose Rolex GMT-Master II is proof that the world’s top luxury brands are making timepieces from this remarkable warm metal.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Pink Gold

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin in Pink Gold ref. 15202OR.OO.1240OR.01 (Image: Audemars Piguet).

You can spot an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak from a mile away – that angular, octagonal case and those iconic case screws oozing with a certain masculinity. Now, in a slender 8.1mm by 38mm case, this watch is decidedly wearable and fashionable. Paired with a steel-blue “Petite Tapisserie” pattern dial and contrasting white gold screws, the entire look of this new Royal Oak is handsomely refined.

Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph with Rose Gold Colored Face

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Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph with Salmon-colored dial (Image: Montblanc).

Okay, granted, this is a heritage watch. But what we love about this timepiece is that it’s been given a seriously modern upgrade – featuring a rose gold colored dial (that they’re calling salmon) that feels contemporary and cool against a stainless steel case and contrasting blue hour markers. It’s far from your typical vintage-inspired pink gold cases you’re used to seeing, which is what makes it feel truly special. A real highlight of SIHH 2019 this year, and a watch that’s definitely helping to keep the pink gold momentum up.

Rolex GMT-Master II in Everose Gold

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Rolex Everose GMT-Master II ref. 126715CHNR (Image: Rolex).

You’re drooling too, aren’t you? I don’t even know where to start with this jaw-dropping jet-setters Rolex GMT-Master II. Of course, there’s that killer Everose gold case and matching Oyster bracelet. What makes this Rolex-exclusive alloy special though isn’t just the brilliant color, it’s the fact that they created this alloy themselves in their own foundry – it’s a mix of the usual suspects of copper and gold but with the addition of platinum. But what really brings the entire look together of this pink gold watch is that bi-directional, rotating 24-hour graduated, black and brown Cerachrom (ceramic) bezel. That and the black face contrasts against the pink gold perfectly to create a really handsome watch.

Paul Altieri
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