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New Year calls for new trends. Recently, there has been a shift in demand in the watch industry where collectors and enthusiasts are favouring Gold watches over stainless steel models. In the 90s, gold had fallen out of fashion as manufacturers preferred metals like platinum over them. However, times are changing, and gold is becoming the new status symbol and metal of choice for many watchmakers.
Several high-end luxury watch brands are now favouring yellow gold over durable alternatives like steel and titanium. Demand is expected to surge in the coming years, so it might be the perfect time to invest in a classic gold timepiece. Remember, gold has a separate fan base in both the watch and jewellery industry, as it gives a sense of security at all times. You can always sell watches in gold for good value during financial emergencies.
As 2023 is right around the corner, we’ve compiled some of the best gold watches for you to buy while the moment is right.
The Royal Oak is Audemars Piguet’s most iconic creation so far. To celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary, AP released a slew of new references and models in 2022. One is the new Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Ref. 16202, replacing the Jumbo Extra-Thin Ref. 15202 with an all-new in-house Calibre.
The yellow gold case is sized at 39mm with a sapphire crystal display case back. The new upgraded calibre 7121 comes with a special anniversary oscillating weight in 22ct yellow gold. Moreover, the open-worked oscillating weight features AP’s engraved signature and the ‘50’ years logo. The all-gold watch comes with a smoked yellow gold-toned ‘Petite Tapisserie’ dial and a yellow gold bracelet.
Hailing from an era when gold was all the rage (1973), the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 1500 is a classic vintage timepiece. Sitting comfortably at a fine size of 34mm, a 2mm smaller version of the Datejust, this Rolex Date reference offers precise timekeeping and reliability.
The Ref. 1500 in yellow gold has an appealing and easy-to-wear design, making it one of the best examples of a timeless classic. Like other vintage Rolex timepieces, the watch fits an acrylic crystal. This model’s vintage charm extends to the champagne-textured dial, Tritium lume and rivet-link Oyster bracelet, all of which make it a quintessential vintage Rolex.
Vacheron Constantin reissued its emblematic 1977 luxury sports watch to celebrate its 222nd anniversary this year. The new Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 is a vintage-inspired timepiece showcasing some notable evolutions. The new 222 feels supremely luxurious with the gold case and integrated gold bracelet that looks phenomenal on the wrist.
The watch has a 37mm barrel-shaped 18ct 3N yellow gold case with a prominent fluted bezel. The gold-toned dial keeps it simple with two hands, a date display, and historic fonts and logos. Additionally, the Historiques version of the bracelet is better than the original. It has a beautiful brush-finished look, and ample flexibility, ensuring the new 222 typically combines luxury with leisure.
Breitling’s flagship chronograph, the Navitimer, turned 70 in 2022. To celebrate the milestone, the brand launched the new Navitimer B01 Chronograph in 41mm, combining the complexity of a pilot’s watch with the beauty of a dress timepiece. Breitling has it in 18ct rose gold to give a refined aesthetic to the men’s watch.
The watches feature a flat slide rule bezel to give a more compact outlook, and the most interesting element is the return of the AOPA winged logo. The AOPA logos first adorned the exclusive Navitimer watches during the early 1950s. The silver dial has shots of 18ct rose gold punctuated on the baton hour markers and the central hands. There are 3 push-pieces to facilitate easy handling of the 12-hour, 30-minute and 1/4th-second chronograph functions.
All Tanks in Cartier’s collection stem from the same design idea- the French Renault Tank used during WW1. If you look at a battle tank from above, you can see two brancards. The Tank has two vertical bars running along each side of the case which resemble the battle tank. Cartier released the newest iteration of the Tank Louis Cartier to mark the icon’s 100th anniversary. It qualifies as a modern dress watch with a modest 33.7mm size.
The watch has an 18ct pink gold case, a silver-beaded dial with blued steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers, and an alligator strap secured with 18ct pink gold clasps. The design of the Tank Louis Cartier timepiece is, as always, immediately recognisable, making it a must-have in any collection.
Dating back to 1695, the Perpetual Calendar is one of the most challenging complications to curate. Jaeger-LeCoultre has recently introduced a perpetual calendar into its Polaris collection, taking the brand’s horological skills to the next level.
Sporty and elegant, the new Polaris Perpetual Calendar in 18ct pink gold immediately invites the attention of modern-day enthusiasts with smart innovations embodied throughout. Coming in a 42mm 18ct rose gold case, enhanced by pink gold lugs and bezel and housing a lacquered blue dial, the watch stands out as the perfect luxury sports model. The pairing of the precise complication with the precious metal elevates the appeal, and the additional rubber strap makes it functional.
The Yacht-Master remains an interesting creation in Rolex’s lineup, with a high demand amongst collectors. 2022 marked the 30th anniversary of this luxurious timepiece, and to note the occasion, Rolex introduced the new Yacht-Master 226658. In Ref. 226658, the high-end nautical spirit of the Yacht-Master shines through in a solid yellow gold case with black matte traces.
The black ceramic bezel features a fine sandblasted finish with raised numerals. Moreover, the black dial has hour markers and hands made from yellow gold to make a fine contrast. The modern black rubber strap is a winning move by Rolex that easily demarcates the Yacht-Master from its competitors. Without a doubt, the Rolex Yacht-Master is a stylish, sleeker and more sophisticated timepiece conveying a contemporary attitude.
Gold luxury watches are having quite a moment in the watch industry, with several brands introducing new releases in the precious metal. Today, watch connoisseurs have a fair amount of options while choosing their favourite gold look (yellow, white & pink).
Timepieces in gold have an enduring appeal and a significant investment value. This means you can fetch a lucrative value when you sell your luxury watch. These gold watches can be your perfect pick if you want to invest in something exciting and valuable before the year ends.
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