As we enjoy the last few days of summer vacation and prepare for back-to-school, fall is just around the corner. As a season that’s typically dressier than summer, fall is the perfect time to wear an ultra luxurious rose gold watch. A shade of gold that’s more delicate than yellow gold yet more vibrant than white gold, rose gold has been a popular precious metal option in fine timepieces for a long time.
In fact, most top watchmakers include several rose gold timepieces in their lineup. Plus, since fall is when we see the leaves change to stunning shades of reds, pinks, and golden browns, rose gold fits right into the scenery. Here are six of our favorite rose gold watches right now to celebrate the most beautiful season of all.
Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Tourbillon Rose Gold Watch
Given its significance in the luxury watch world, it’s hard to believe that independent watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier has only been around for about two decades. The Swiss haute horology manufacture flaunts its technical mastery via high complication pieces such as this Toric Tourbillon ref. PF000383. The Toric collection is Parmigiani Fleurier’s ode to the Fibonacci sequence—a mathematical expression of nature’s wonders—and the golden ratio.
Crafted in beautiful 18k rose gold, the 40mm case of the Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Tourbillon features the distinct and intricately decorated bezel. The Côtes de Genève finishing on the dial plays background to the blued steel javelin style hands. However, the pièce de résistance is the tourbillon mechanism on full display hypnotically making its once-every-minute rotation.
Powered by a manual-wound mechanical movement and presented on a tasteful brown alligator strap, the rose gold Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Tourbillon is a beautiful expression of exceptional fine watchmaking.
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Watch
Modern rose gold Rolex watches use Everose gold, which made its debut in 2005. Prized for its resistance to fading, Everose is a Rolex patented rose gold alloy composed of gold, platinum, and copper.
A particularly elegant edition of Rolex’s signature chronograph watch is the Everose rose gold Daytona ref. 116515. In contrast to the beautiful Everose gold used to craft the 40mm Oyster case is the sleek black Cerachrom ceramic bezel that sits upon it. Also on the case are the Everose gold screw-down chrono pushers framing the screw-down winding crown.
Housed in the case of this particular variation of the Daytona ref. 116515 is a chocolate brown dial with the characteristic trio of registers. The black leather strap is a sophisticated alternative for the Daytona, which typically sports a metal Oyster bracelet. Driving the Everose rose gold Daytona is, of course, Rolex’s famous in-house Caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement.
Cartier Ballon Bleu Rose Gold Watch
Despite being one of Cartier’s newest collections, the Ballon Bleu watch is already one of the Maison’s most famous. Distinguished by its curvaceous case, the Ballon Bleu looks especially fantastic in rose gold. Encased in the 18k rose gold 40mm case of the Cartier Ballon Bleu ref. W6920089 is a gray guilloché dial set with matching rose gold Roman numerals and rose gold sword-shaped hands.
The Ballon Bleu is not complete without its cabochon sapphire-set winding crown enclosed within the charming integrated crown guard. Complementing the gray dial is a gray alligator strap with a rose gold ardillon buckle.
This rose gold men’s Ballon Bleu runs on the hand-wound Caliber 430 MC mechanical movement with a 36-hour power reserve.
Patek Philippe 5055 Rose Gold Watch
Perhaps one of Patek Philippe’s lesser-known models, the ref. 5055 is nevertheless an exquisite timepiece. This specific model is the Patek Philippe ref. 5055R-001 with a refined 35.5mm 18k rose gold case.
Within that rose gold case is a dial that presents a very interesting layout. In addition to the traditional center hour and minute hands, there’s also an off-center running seconds subdial at 4 o’clock. Joining this subdial is another one at 8 o’clock indicating the moon phases. Finally, the last indicator is the power reserve display positioned between 10 and 11 o’clock.
This Patek piece comes with a black leather strap coupled with the iconic Calatrava Cross clasp. Flipping the watch around gives a view of the Patek Philippe Cal. 240/164 operating within with 29 jewels, 22k gold rotor, and the distinct Geneva Seal.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic Rose Gold Watch
Replete with complications, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geographic offers up a slew of information for the high-flying globetrotter. The graceful 18k rose gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Geographic ref. Q1422421 features a 39mm round case, which accommodates a classic silver dial.
On that dial is a layout indicating the hours, minutes and seconds via center hands, a second time zone, the date, a 24-hour display, a power-reserve gauge, and 24 time zones through a window at 6 o’clock. All of these functions are thanks to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber JLC 939 automatic movement. Despite showing so much information, Jaeger-LeCoultre manages to keep the face of the watch beautifully balanced.
Completing the elegant look of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geographic rose gold watch is the burgundy alligator leather strap with a matching JLC rose gold clasp.
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Rose Gold Watch
The Transocean Chronograph is Breitling’s modern take on vintage 1950s and 1960s chronographs. And the use of rose gold suits that style perfectly. The Breitling Transocean Chronograph ref. RB0152 dons a 43mm rose gold case along with a black dial. On that dial we see the familiar Breitling design of a highly technical, yet harmonious, watch face.
As a chronograph model, the Transocean Chronograph includes the trio of subdials, as well as the date. Additionally, all details on the black dial are also in rose gold, which pairs perfectly with the case material. Moreover, the brown leather strap underlines the vintage-inspired flair of the timepiece.
At the heart of the Transocean Chronograph is the in-house Breitling 01 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve.
Whether you choose to go sporty or classic, a luxury rose gold timepiece is a must-have in any serious collector’s watch box. And with looks like these, it’s easy to understand their appeal.