Here’s why bimetallic watches are making a comeback

Whether in two tones or a subtle juxtaposition of similarly hued metals, timepieces with metallic exteriors are getting a lot more than just a second look. Here are some of the reasons why they are seeing a resurgence…

Fine Frame

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Continuing a tradition that began in 1933, the latest Datejust 41 by Rolex features the use of Rolesor – the company’s term for the combination of steel and gold on a watch. Done in white Rolesor, the watch shown here brings together a white gold-fluted bezel, with a middle case and bracelet in steel. It’s powered by Rolex’s energy-efficient automatic Calibre 3235.

Double take

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When it was launched in the 1970s, the Patek Philippe Nautilus made waves as a steel sports watch that cost as much as a gold dress timepiece. Even though the all-steel pieces remain the grail, those who seek something different might prefer this bimetallic Ref. 5980/1AR-001. Measuring 40.5mm diagonally, this automatic chronograph is crafted from a mix of steel and rose gold.

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Different Angle

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With 58 facets instead of the usual 110 that define Bulgari Octo cases, the Octo Roma puts a softer spin on this distinctive watch range. These automatic models are available in various finishes, but this two-tone 41mm model brings you the best of two worlds – the middle ring of the case and the crown come in pink gold, while the rest of the case is in steel.

New Icon

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Heritage is a big buzzword in horology these days, and why not, if heritage translates into a good-looker like the Girard-Perregaux Laureato? Launched in 1975 as a model with an octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet, the Laureato has been updated and is now available in more finishes and sizes than ever. Crafted from titanium and pink gold, the 42mm case of this two-tone edition is powered by an in- house automatic movement.

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Think Tank

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A standout member of the Cartier Tank family, the Tank Anglaise is distinguished by its integrated crown. Here, the linearity of the model is emphasised by alternating pink gold and steel bracelet links. Another understated yet striking luxe touch: Its nine-sided winding crown in pink gold, set with a spinel. This automatic watch measures 39.2mm by 29.8mm.

Bridging Gaps

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Specialising in accessibly priced pieces that are a favourite with watch nerds (that’s a compliment, by the way) everywhere, Tudor is making two-tone watches cool with a new generation. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G sees the brand’s diver’s watch rendered in steel and gold. In a cost-effective move that also gives the 41mm watch a sporty look, the unidirectional bezel in yellow gold is topped with a matte-black anodised aluminium disc.

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What A Trip

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Since marking the 20th anniversary of the Overseas family with a slew of new models last year, Vacheron Constantin has been building up this elegantly sporty range. One of the latest additions is this tasteful 41mm dual-tone model, which features a pink gold bezel and crown, and a steel case. This self-winding watch comes with two straps – dark brown alligator leather, and dark brown rubber.

Story originally appeared on The Peak.

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