2. Rolex Day-Date
Perhaps the most famous gold watch ever? The Rolex Day-Date might be just that. It was quite surprising when Rolex introduced a couple of new 36-mm Day-Date models with straps last year at Baselworld (click here), but I would opt for one with the famous “President” bracelet.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in Gold
Although Audemars Piguet’s original idea (as brought to life by watch designer Gérald Genta) was to create a luxury sports watch in stainless steel, the company eventually decided to also make them in gold. Its slim and iconic case design looks particularly sophisticated when crafted from gold. Click here for a small collection of Génta-designed watches that joined me during a gathering of watch fans.
4. A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
This coming October, the Lange 1 will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. I did not realize this until recently, but it makes the Lange 1 one of the youngest “iconic” watches around. Except for a very small batch of Lange 1 watches that were made in steel almost 20 years ago, the Lange 1 is normally available only in precious metals. I love the Lange 1 in gold, as pictured. A beautiful, clean, German-built watch that comes close to perfection.
5. Breva Genie 01
I called the Breva Génie collection mechanical smart watches, as they do many intelligent things besides indicating time. Basically, the Breva Génie 01 is a mechanical weather station on the wrist. The Génie 01 in rose gold is one of the most interesting watches I experienced during my recent Baselworld visits.
What do you think? Is the combination of “sporty” and “gold” ever advisable on a watch? Let me know what you think in the comments section below, and we’ll see you next Fratello Friday!
This article was originally posted on March 7, 2014 and has been updated with new content.