Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to share the love than with a beautiful timepiece in rose gold? On trend for the past couple of years, everyone from Michelle Obama to Minnie Mouse is falling for this delicate take on gold. One to Watch takes a look at this popular metal and shares some of David’s favourite rose gold timepieces.
Patek’s Calatrava was first introduced in 1932 and its elegant style continues to inspire watch collectors today. Like the Datejust, the Calatrava comes in male and female styles, like this manually wound reference 4905 with 18 carat rose gold casing.
Rose gold has also long been a favourite in the watchmaking world – 24 carat gold tends to be too soft for watch cases so it gets mixed with an alloy, like copper, to toughen it up. The typical copper content in an 18ct rose gold case will be about 20% and sometimes silver is mixed in as well to soften the tone further.
Rose gold’s softer tone suits men and women and has a versatility that makes it very wearable as either a day watch or for a special event. It also adds a touch of warmth to the wrist. Here, David shares his five favourite male and female rose gold watches.Pink is synonymous with romance and over the past couple of years, rose gold has swept through the jewellery market – in 2016 it beat 18-carat white gold as the top choice for engagement rings. In the same year Pantone named Rose Quartz one of its two ‘colours of the year’ alongside a blue hue it called Serenity.