“Sooner or later, everything old becomes new again.” the King Stephen The adage is especially true in the world of style. This is the case with two-tone watches. But let’s not call it a comeback. After all, they’ve been around for years.
Two-tone or two-tone watches usually feature a steel case with some rose gold on the bezel and hands, or the smaller links of the bracelet. It’s a style that exploded in the excesses of the ’70s and ’80s. It’s dwindled a bit over the past few decades, but as demand has grown, brands like Omega and Rolex have continued to make and sell two-tone to customers who value it.
Although customer demand hasn’t quite boiled over, today we are seeing a comeback of binary options. But that has somewhat to do with the fact that brands offer more choices in general, according to Damien Otoinowski, VP of Switzerland watches USA. “There is now more creative freedom in the way groups come together,” he says, allowing brands to experiment with more materials.
Bi-color watches are not suitable for everyone. But if you’re ready to indulge, here are eight hours of our two favorite tunes right now.
1. Rolex Sky-Dweller
A stunning watch in steel and yellow gold, the Sky-Dweller is the most intricate piece manufactured by Rolex. The watch features an annual calendar and allows the wearer to track a second time zone using a 24-hour off-center dial, perfect for travelers on the go.
2. Cartier Santos Dumont
This limited edition watch features a stainless steel case accented with an 18k rose gold bezel and matching dial. The time-only hand piece is a larger size with a width of 46.6 mm. However, it wears more comfortably thanks to its 33.9mm lug to lug measurement and 7.5mm thickness.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Sea Diving
AP flipped the text with this dive watch. Unlike most two-tone pieces, the case is made of 18k rose gold, while the bezel is made of titanium. Featuring a gray rubber strap with a rose gold pin buckle, the watch features an internal diving timer and a water resistance of 300 metres.
4. TAG Heuer Aquaracer
Wrapped in yellow gold and stainless steel around a textured blue dial, this Aquaracer is perfect for anyone who loves the classic two-tone style. Powered by a solid 5 caliber automatic movement and water-resistant to 300 metres, this is a great wristwatch that you can go anywhere and do just about anything.
5. Zenith Challenge Extreme
Watching one 1/100th of a Zenith watch’s second chronograph tracking time is hypnotic, but the experience becomes even more dazzling when the movement is coated in titanium and rose gold. The contrast of materials makes the watch a bold statement that wears light on the wrist.
6. Omega Seamaster Diver 300 Coaxial 43.5mm
For the enthusiast looking for something a little different, this Omega Seamaster is coated in black ceramic and decorated with the brand’s signature Sedna gold around the bezel, hands, indexes, crown and helium escape valve. The intense contrast gives the piece a distinctive look, whether you’re swimming under the sea or swimming away in a mountain of work at the office.
7. Bell & Ross BR 05
For watch wearers who engraved a compact two-tone bracelet, this is a fun and funky piece to add to your ensemble. The round, square case combines satin-brushed steel, 18k rose gold, and alternating links in the bracelet for a retro-modern look that dazzles you.
8. Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph
This chronograph also serves as a sliding base that is worn on the wrist, making it a classic instrument watch for the aviator. This iteration features red gold accents around the bezel, hands, and indexes that catch the light and create a striking presence on the wrist, especially at 30,000 feet.
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