For many rose gold (or pink gold as it’s also known) represents the most elegant material for a watch. While 24 karat is the purest form of gold, it is too soft to be used in watchmaking. It needs to be blended, or alloyed with other metals to strengthen it enough to be used in watchmaking.
Essentially, rose gold is an alloy of yellow gold, copper, and silver. Though pink and rose gold are pretty much indistinguishable, the difference between pink and rose gold is that the former has a little more silver and is a slightly softer than rose gold. Red gold has a higher percentage of copper and consequently a more reddish tone. We have some heavy duty examples here. However, we have also included two rose gold plated options here just to ensure there is some sort of democracy when it comes to affordability and value. So here goes:
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in Rose Gold
Unveiled during the LVMH watch week in Dubai this January, the new sandblasted rose gold version is a follows-up to the original Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, which came in a titanium case and broke the world record for the thinnest minute repeater when it was unveiled in 2016.
With the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, Bulgari set out to achieve the “perfect sound” within the smallest possible space. To this end, the brand developed the in-house BVL Caliber 362, which measures just 3.12 mm thick. The 40-mm rose gold case is impressively slender at 6.9 mm thick, just a smidgen thicker than its titanium predecessor at 6.85 mm. You are looking at the thinnest gold (any gold) minute repeater in the world today. Read more about this watch here.
Price: $170,000 (Approx. AED624,325)
Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph
Limited to just 100 timepieces, the Heritage Pulsograph is a variation of the salmon dialled chronograph that was unveiled last year. It uses a 40 mm 18K rose gold case that is 12.65 mm thick. The watch has a gorgeous tobacco brown dial with several design nods to Minerva timepieces from the 1940s and 50s.
The dial has two different finishes; 18K rose gold applied Arabic numerals and dots for indexes; 18 K rose gold dauphine hour and minute hands applied with Super-LumiNova and 18K rose gold baton hands for the chronograph registers. Read more about this watch and its wonderful movement here.
Price: $39,868 (Approx. AED146,400)
Girard Perregaux Orion
Girard-Perregaux’s Orion trilogy features three in its ultra-thin 1966 collection that is designed to invoke a sky full of stars thanks to its aventurine dial. Of the two timepieces, one is cased in pink gold while the other two feature steel and steel with a black DLC-coated cases.
The case is 40 mm wide and slim at 9.40 mm thick. The case is water-resistant to 30 meters and is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal with an anti-glare coating. The domed blue aventurine dial contrasts well against the pink gold case. The watch is powered by Caliber GP03300-0139, fitted with a pink gold rotor, and a power reserve of 46 hours. Read more about the Orion trilogy here.
Price: $18,730 (AED68,800)
Nomos Metro Rose Gold 33
Designed by Mark Braun, the first Metro model was unveiled in 2014 and it was a runaway hit for the brand winning many design awards since. Its rounded case, slender wire lugs, tapered hands, and the delicate diamond knurling on its crown combine to create an aesthetic reminiscent of precision tools.
At just 33 mm in diameter, this watch is also the smallest Metro model to date. Featuring the characteristic rose gold hands that form a beautiful contrast with gray hour markers and subtle violet minute markers. The watch is powered by the hand-wound in-house Alpha Caliber that has the traditional Glashütte three-quarter plate construction and a power reserve of 38 hours. Read more here.
Price: $7,200 (AED26,440)
Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture
Frédérique Constant builds on its Flyback Chronograph Manufacture collection with the launch of two new models including a “reverse panda” dial version. Available in two case choices – in stainless steel (Ref. FC-760NS4H6) and rose gold-plated steel (Ref. FC-760CHC4H4), this is a value proposition for those looking for an attractive mechanical flyback chronograph.
As mentioned earlier, this is a rose gold-plated steel case. The size is a modern 42 mm, the three part case has a mix of polished and brushed surfaces, an exhibition caseback and two push pieces for the chronograph function. The case is water-resistant to 50 meters and is topped by a box-shaped sapphire crystal. Read more about these models here.
Price: $4,650 (AED17,087)
Citizen Yacht Timer
The Promaster Yacht Timer JR4063-12E is a sporty chronograph aimed at sailing enthusiasts. To the uninitiated, the Promaster series of professional sports watches celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. These multi-functional watches are known for their build quality and reliability. The watch uses a chunky 44 mm rose gold-plated steel case fitted with a bi-directional bezel with a black aluminum insert.
The watch has a perpetual calendar, alarm, analogue and digital time display. It can also display dual time and the world time in 30 cities. The watch also has a 1/100th of a second chronograph and a regatta race timer to help contestants prepare for the start of a yacht race. In addition to the analogue central seconds hand, the chronograph (specifically the 1/100th reading) is displayed on the digital LCD screen at the bottom right of the dial. The two sub-dials measure elapsed minutes and hours. Read more about this watch here.
Price: $650 (AED2,399)