Beautifully warm in tone, luxurious by nature, and always ready for an Instagram-worthy photo, rose gold has been the du jour alternative when it comes to precious metals in high-end accessories. A muted but equally eye-catching cousin to yellow gold and more contemporary sibling of silver, its unique pink-tinted hue has been gaining momentum in jewellery boxes and now, on the wrists of discerning watch collectors too.
Despite its rather effeminate name, rose gold watches are actually appear to give a more masculine look to watches than yellow gold. Its deeper red tones are thanks to the presence of copper alloy to the gold — the more the copper content, the redder the gold.
So fashionable is this precious metal, that it has prompted some of the most established manufacturers to come up with their own rendition. Omega’s patented 18K Sedna gold is a proprietary blend of gold, copper, and pallidum, which ensures a rose gold lustre that lasts exceptionally long. Meanwhile, Rolex has the Everose, another proprietary blend that fuses platinum with gold and copper, ensuring the same colour longevity while protecting it against the elements, such as sweat, UV rays and saltwater.
Because we don’t give these rose gold watches enough credit, here are the five of our favourite ones this year.
DeWitt has earned itself quite the reputation for being avant-garde in terms of its watch presentation. The Academia Skeleton is yet another no-hold-barred timepiece to come from the Geneva-based manufacturer, which marries a legion of haute horlogerie complications within an elegant 18K rose gold case. The open dial keeps no secrets from its owner, with the in-house manually-wound calibre DW1105S to keep it going. While time is read traditionally via hour and minute markers on the peripheral flange ring, the power reserve indicator is an unconventional display connected to the planetary gear assembly. Pure ingenuity is displayed via the “bi-retrograde seconds” feature, which instead of jumping back to its original position, sees the seconds hand change direction on the arc every 30 seconds while it extends and contracts to indicate the right scale.
A massive success when it was first launched in 2016 with a sophisticated silvered dial, the Overseas QP returns with a pink gold version this year. At 41.5mm, the watch is a timeless amalgamation of silvered dial and applied 18k pink gold indexes, all of which pair seamlessly with either the Blue Mississippinesis alligator strap or blue rubber strap. Within, the same calibre 1120 QP/1 movement, which while was developed in-house is manufactured by Audemars Piguet. Still, the watch showcases Vacheron Constantin’s bravado in the perpetual calendar arena — the leap year indication needn’t be corrected till the year 2100.
Not content with leaving the ladies with jewellery watches that excel aesthetically but not mechanically, Omega ditched the typical quartz for the Co-Axial Chronometer Caliber 8807. The automatic movement smashes COSC chronometer requirements with its METAS certification, assuring daily precision of between 0 and +5 seconds. The watch has also up to 15,000 gauss magnetic resistance and 55 hours of juice on standby — a rare achievement for a jewellery watch. Other than that, the timepiece stuns with its diamond and marquise-cut rubies dial, invoking waves with the help of guilloché, wave-shaped gold appliques, and graduated diamond-setting. 18k Sedna rose gold hands and case top the scarlet beauty off.
Patek Philippe’s famous triple complications was first introduced in seven years ago, so its only high time it received the rose gold treatment. Inside, the 719-part self-winding movement combines a monopusher chronograph, and perpetual calendar — all showcased via subdials and apertures on the contrasting ebony black sunburst dial. Activated through the slide at the side of the case, the timepiece’s minute repeater function chimes the time on demand.
As Germany’s highest quality maker of luxury timepieces today, A. Lange & Sohne has plenty to be grateful to when it comes to Walter Lange (great-grandson of founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange) who revived the company after WWII. Following his passing last year, the brand will honour the legend with this special edition, which features not one, but two seconds hands — one that sweeps and another that jumps. The latter was a Ferdinand Lange invention back in 1867, and can be used almost like a chronograph for measuring within a minute. The calibre L1942 (named in honour of Walter Lange’s birth year) is a manually-wound movement that is impeccably decorated by hand. Only 90 pieces in rose gold are available.