Nothing says versatility and breadth of ability like a two-tone watch, and while the steel and gold aesthetic has been considered more than a touch dull over the last decade, the blended material timepiece well and truly made a comeback in 2019, with myriad watchmakers embracing the semi-formal aesthetic. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at three of our favourite examples of two-tone timepieces released last year. Here they are (in no particular order):
The Sea-Dweller is a serious dive tool, but it’s just as comfortable on the red carpet. The bi-colour version released this year at Baselworld hammers home the collection’s luxury credentials. While the Rolesor (two-tone) model pictured here is incredibly current, the vintage appeal of the full steel reference 126603, with its flash of red text on the dial, harks back to the earliest iteration from 1967 and will satisfy those who aren’t yet ready to embrace the return of yellow gold.
Ref No: 126603 / Case size: 43mm / Case material: Oyster Steel and Yellow Gold / Movement: 3235 / Price: $23,400
TUDOR BLACK BAY CHRONO S&G
The Black Bay Chrono gets the two-tone treatment with the introduction of the muscular, unapologetically masculine S&G model – a look accentuated by the chunky Bund strap we first saw it on at Baselworld 2019. This highly contrasting combination will not appeal to all, but unlike the safer Black Bay S&G, this is not intended to be a watch for all types.
Ref No: 79363N / Case size: 41mm / Case material: Steel and Gold / Movement: MT5813 / Price: $8620
Two-tone watches have made a successful comeback in recent years, with the best examples offering a classy look that avoids any of the gaudiness of their ancestors from the 1980s. The Longines Record offers exactly this, with a brushed silvery dial that complements the brushed steel bracelet and tastefully contrasting 18k pink gold bezel and highlights. Powered by an automatic COSC-certified movement, the Longines Record catches the eye for all the right reasons.
Ref No: L2.8188.8.131.52 / Case size: 40mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: L888.4 / Price: $4725