Two-Tone Watches Are Having a Comeback. Here Are 5 Worth Buying.
Two-tone watches in gold and steel, with their high-contrast aesthetic and big 1980s energy, are enjoying a renaissance.
BY Paige Reddinger  |  February 8, 2024
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Two-tone—a moniker given to watches that come in a combination of gold and steel, most often extending to the bracelet design—is poised for a renaissance. Since its heyday in the 1980s, it has long been a bit of a pariah, but what goes around always comes around, so thanks to a resurgence of style trends from the era and the climbing price of gold, the split-personality design is slowly but surely becoming cool again. Gold, of course, is more expensive than ever, making solid gold bracelet watches astronomical, while steel sports models have continued to climb to increasingly more absurd prices. So, why not get in on two-tone before the pendulum fully swings back in its favour? Here are a handful of examples that should pique your interest.

Image courtesy of Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe

Nautilus Flyback Chronograph

40.5 mm, US$78,065 (HK$610,600)

Image courtesy of Parmigiani Fleurier

Parmigiani Fleurier

Tonda PF

40 mm, US$26,200 (HK$204,930)

Image courtesy of Rolex


Cosmograph Daytona

40 mm, US$19,500 (HK$152,525)

Image courtesy of Cartier


Santos de Cartier

39.8 mm, US$11,600 (HK$90,730)

Image courtesy of Chopard


Alpine Eagle

41 mm, US$22,600 (HK$176,770)