A gold watch may be a status symbol, but it's one whose appeal seems to become less and less gaudy with age. That gold Rolex starts to look less like Patrick Bateman's favorite accessory and more like a treasured item that represents an ideal of one of the only types of jewelry a man can wear.
During Baselworld, the premier international watch show held annually in Basel, Switzerland, some of this year's debuts included yellow gold timepieces that aren't afraid to let their true colors shine. Here are a few of them.
Piaget Polo S
BUY NOW $27,700
The Swiss watchmaker pairs this satin-finished and polished rose gold bezel-clad chronograph with a blue alligator-skin strap. It's perfect for a summer afternoon—even if a polo match is not on the itinerary.
Santos de Cartier
BUY NOW $37,000
Created in 1904 by Louis Cartier for his friend Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont to use while flying, the Santos de Cartier represents the world's first pilot's watch. The exposed screws make it easily identifiable, and a "QuickSwitch" features
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin
BUY NOW $14,000
Simplicity is king in this pink gold watch from the Master collection, which the watchmaker calls "minimalism at its sophisticated best." The internal automatic mechanical movement is driven by 195 different and essential parts.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GMT
BUY NOW $28,600
Omega's 600M GMT honors the brand's history with dive watches; it's water-resistant to 2,000 feet and features a helium-escape valve. The polished black bezel includes Ceragold, a mix of ceramic and 18-karat gold.
Tudor Black Bay S&G
BUY NOW $4,975
Tudor introduced this version of the dive watch with a steel and gold bracelet and gold-toned dial at Baselworld 2018. It's waterproof to 660 feet and features a self-winding mechanical movement with a 70-hour power reserve.
Baume & Mercier Classima 10271
BUY NOW $5,450
Watches don't get much more classic than this 39-mm automatic Baume & Mercier with a black alligator bracelet and gold-plated buckle.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
Another Baselworld 2018 introduction, Bulgari added the steel and 18-karat pink gold options to the Octo Finissimo Automatic lineup. The all-matte style ensures a uniform look.
IWC Portofino Automatic
BUY NOW $11,400
Another stylishly simple option, IWC's Portofino has been a best-selling style for the past three decades. This model features an 18-karat red gold case and a brown alligator strap.
Citizen Eco-Drive Men's Chronograph Perpetual Chrono A-T
BUY NOW $680
Citizen's Eco-Drive technology powers this chronograph with just sunlight, so no battery is necessary. It also features atomic timekeeping through which an internal receiver captures the signal for the precise time from an atomic clock.
BUY NOW $12,000
The "blue soleil" dial on this stunning watch also includes gold numerals, all encased in 18-karat rose gold with a coordinating blue alligator strap. It's water-resistant to 330 feet and has a 42-hour power reserve.
Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Beige Gold
BUY NOW $35,100
Chanel's first dedicated men's watch, the Monsieur de Chanel was designed and created entirely by the French brand. It shows, especially through the jumping hour complication.
Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels
BUY NOW $17,000
Pierre Arpels debuted this distinctive design in 1949, and it's recognizable for the two attachments that connect its case to the strap. This model comes with a pink gold case, white lacquer dial, and an alligator bracelet.
Rolex GMT-Master II
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Rolex introduced this 18-karat Everose gold GMT-Master II at Baselworld. The bezel is "Cerachrom," with inspiration from previous two-tone versions of the GMT. This model also got a power-reserve upgrade from previous editions—up to 70 hours.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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