From high tech to high fashion, rose gold has swept over our smartphones, our bathrooms, and even our bronzers, like a dusky storm we never expected to happen. The colour and material trend cropped up years ago, and what seemed to be just another hot Pantone moment quickly became a serious style staple that has proven it’s here to stay and play.
Different to silver or yellow gold, rose gold comes as the latter’s super trendy sister, with an elegance that copper could never quite pull off, and the cool points that steel could never really win. The charming pink hue of the material has thereby inspired many watchmakers to incorporate it in many of their novelties, and even in revamps of classic models.
Bringing a warm pink shimmer to the passage of time, we’ve put together a list of our favourite rose gold watches of the moment, holding back on no tourmaline or tourbillon to prove the high-shine appeal of the highly photogenic material. Some a deep summer’s rosé, others more millennial pastel, pop on your rose-coloured glasses and get ready to embrace the prettiest in pink.
Say the words ‘rose gold’ and ‘luxury watch’ and the first name that springs to the mind of any watch enthusiast is likely to bear the initials AP. Now new with an ‘evolutive’ tapisserie pattern, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin (approx. THB 5,303,638) features not only an impressively slim case for its iconic octagonal bezel, but also a striking contrast between its classic blue dial, delicate tourbillon, and 41mm rose gold case. A strong hand-wound watch for a strong character who knows the might of the Royal Oak’s mechanical marvels, it’s a rose gold timepiece in its most striking form, fit for the power woman who loves an exclusive tinge of pink on her wrist.
Audemars Piguet Boutique Bangkok, F/G, Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2160 5838
Seductively coiling twice around the wrist of its wearer, Bulgari’s Serpenti Tubogas watch (THB 1,358,000) is not only an exquisite timepiece, but also a visually captivating accessory for any leading lady. Bringing together two of Bulgari’s most iconic symbols, the double spiral watch features an 18k rose gold 35mm case set with brilliant cut diamonds, a black opaline dial, and an 18k rose gold bracelet. With its fluid shape and cabochon cut pink rubellite crown, the watch radiates a sense of glamour and opulent allure, proving that rose gold can be ravishingly seductive, too.
BVLGARI Boutique Bangkok, M/F, Siam Paragon, Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2 610 9388; M/F, Emporium, Klongtoey, Bangkok, +66 2 664 8008
Beautifully weaving 18k rose gold into its Milanese mesh bracelet, the IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 (THB 1,426,000) dreamily brings the stars to shine on your wrist. The 37mm timepiece features a moon phase display within its silver-plated dial, not just as an aesthetic feature, but also as a reminder of how the moon was long our grand teller of time, before mankind began mechanically measuring it. Combined with its 66 diamond-set bezel and the 12 precious stones within its dial, the elegant rose gold Portofino Moon Phase is definitely imaginative, romantic, and very vie en rose.
IWC Schaffhausen Boutique Bangkok, F/M, Siam Paragon, Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2 610 9468
The Rolex Daytona was first introduced in 1963 to meet the high-performance demands of professional race car drivers. Decades later, the Cosmograph Daytona (THB 1,022,000) is still a racy star in the world of sports chronograph watches, and not only so for those looking to measure their on-track speeds with the bezel’s tachymetric scale. Featuring a stunning patented ‘Everose Gold’ hue, this gorgeous 40mm timepiece features a black and pink dial, and a patented and highly durable Oysterflex bracelet. Combining form, function, and fashion, the Cosmograph Daytona knows how to take rose gold from day to evening — a smooth transition regardless of whether you’re hot off Monaco’s tracks, or fresh to the champagne showers afterward.
For a more subtle rose gold touch, the 26mm Piaget Limelight Gala (approx. THB 705,417) makes for an easy-to-wear everyday timepiece that still manages to shine. The 18k rose gold case is set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds, and features an intriguing curved design that looks to ‘take linearity out of time’ with its two elegantly elongated lugs. Featuring a silver-coloured dial and a white satin strap, the rose gold accents bring a freshly flushed warmth to the watch, in a timepiece that is sleek, modern, and sophisticated — with a fun pop of rosé pink.
Piaget Boutique Bangkok, G/F, Siam Paragon, Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2 610 9678
A truly radiant eye-catcher that will cause any wearer or curious onlooker to do a few double takes of its dazzling dial, the Chopard Happy Sport Oval (approx. THB 629, 267) features an 18k rose gold case, with rose sapphires and diamonds within its dial, and a glossy pink alligator leather strap. An exciting burst of colour, the timepiece is a flamboyant and playful choice that will always stand out on any wrist, and within any outfit. Fabulously feminine, and truly going all the way with its pink theme, the self-winding watch was especially developed by Chopard to celebrate the Happy Sport’s 25th anniversary. And indeed, from the vibrant colours to the delicate dancing diamonds, it’s definitely a watch that knows how to party.
Chopard Boutique Bangkok, 8 Rangnam Rd., Ratchathewi, Bangkok, +62 2 677 8888
Bringing rose gold into its signature rounded octagonal bezel and bracelet, the Patek Philippe Ladies Automatic Nautilus (THB 1,525,900) is a classic choice for the lady who loves an elegant sports watch. First introduced in 1976, the timepiece was designed to accompany those with an active lifestyle, and to do so in refined style. The self-winding watch, easily recognised by its porthole construction of case, features a silvery opaline dial, housed within a rose gold case on a rose gold bracelet with the traditional Nautilus fold-over clasp. The bezel is set with 56 diamonds, adding a luminescent sparkle to a watch that will always look classy and sophisticated, no matter what else you pair it with.
Black and rose gold are increasingly proving to be an alluring match in watchmaking heaven, and the Jacquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automation (approx. THB 4,344,450) proves no exception to this feat. The artfully crafted black onyx dial features hand-engraved 18k red gold appliques on an 18k red gold case, depicting a scene between a celestial being on a chariot, masterfully pulled by a butterfly in the forest. With a push-button triggering a mechanism to move the butterfly’s wings and chariot wheels, the 43mm Jaquet Droz timepiece allows its wearer not only to tell time, but to allow it to pass in a fairytale-like whimsy; deeply enchanting, and charmingly rosy.