8 Gold Timepieces To Gift The Collector In Your Life

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Alpine Eagle Summit Watch, Chopard

Go for gold — and then some. The watch world is awash with wrists dripping in precious metal, and wearing your wealth is trending. Get glittering in these golden wonders, proving that yellow-toned watches don’t have to look like your granddad’s

Ludo Secret Watch, Van Cleef & Arpels

Delicate concentric circles of diamonds and an 18 carat rose gold-paved surprise are the most charming aspects of this deceptively simple secret watch, its most complex aspect hidden under the guise of being just a beautiful bracelet. A quick flick opens the dual doors revealing the guilloché mother of pearl dial beneath. A secret watch in the grand Van Cleef & Arpels tradition, this one makes the most of its flexible bracelet design, its pattern repeating to the very centre of the piece, and its utterly dainty allure. Enquire now

Laminar Goldtech Calendario Perpetuo, Panerai

Haute horology plus a trip to the Italian countryside? Count us in. You might think that getting your hands on one of these frankly fascinating perpetual calendars, its internal discs visible through the transparent smoked sapphire crystal dial, would be good enough. Butas part of Panerai’s ‘Experience Edition’, buyers are also invited on a journey to the very cradle of Panerai heritage, the historic city of Florence and the bucolic Tuscan countryside. With date, day, month, year, leap year, GMT, power reserve indicator, perpetual calendar and seconds reset functions all wrapped up in a bright Goldtech package, this timepiece has a full complement of usable complications in a sleek and stylish form. Just the thing for your Italian holiday. Enquire now

Mademoiselle Privé Bouton Lion Cuff, Chanel

Continuing its passion for secret watches, Chanel’s Leo side is showing — but only when it wants it to. Demonstrating the Maison’s gold sculpting capabilities, whether on a polished titanium cuff or a delicate black leather strap, these perfectly formed feline icons serve double time as a talisman of strength as well as telling time in the most elegant of fashions. They say a lady should never look like she’s in a hurry, and with these timepieces nobody need ever know you’ve even glanced at your watch. Enquire now

Rendez-Vous Dazzling Night & Day, Jaeger-LeCoultre

Taking gem-setting to the extreme, this flashy addition to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vousline really pumps up the volume on the sparkle.The 18 carat pink gold still manages to make a statement from beyond the 1,026 diamonds— almost 10 carats in total — that adorn the dial, bezel and bracelet, lending a warmth to this glittering timepiece. The automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 898 with a power reserve of 38 hours keeps the horological side ticking along, powering the mother of pearl night and day complication disc, while the star of the show is obviously the feat of diamond setting that takes this piece into the realm of high jewellery. A dazzling display, whichever way you look at it. Enquire now

Alpine Eagle Summit, Chopard

Another of Chopard’s Dubai Watch Week drops, these timepieces were full of cutting-edge trends. The Alpine Eagle model is a stalwart of watchmaking style, and the new versions had us dying to get some of that golden goodness on our wrists — complete with pink sapphires on the bezel of the yellow gold model, and autumn-toned spessarites for the rose gold. The textured dials of these timepieces are designed to echo the natural colours of the Swiss Alpine landscape, including the ‘GoldenPeak’ dial that recalls the summit of the MontBlanc massif, and the ‘Pink Dawn’ echoing the shades of a mountain sunrise. Picked out by the baguette-cut gems set in a subtle colour gradient, these romantic colour combos still manage to retain the sporty edge essential to any Alpine Eagle timepiece — appropriate whether paired with a ballgown or a mountaineer’s bobble hat. Enquire now

Royal Oak Self-Winding Chronograph and Code 11.59 38mm Ivory, Audemars Piguet

You wanted a classic chunky gold watch? You’ve got it. This minimalist Royal Oak, pared back by fashion designer Matthew Williams’s search for lean, pure lines, is an almost blank canvas of bright 18 carat yellow gold. Only the famed Royal Oak screws and a touch of white luminescence on the hands add a glint of contrasting colour — otherwise, this is a gold watch for the ages. For something more subtle, the Code 11.59 38mm Ivory introduces a new, smaller size to this timeless collection, and the case’s 18 carat pink gold is softened by ivory tones throughout the dial and strap. Enquire now

Toile de Jouy, Dior

In a triumph of form and function, Dior’s beautiful branch-shaped oscillating weight, visible on the dials of all its Toile de Jouy timepieces, continues to spin and add interest while powering the timepiece’s movement. This time in a stunning white, gold and diamond combo, the Parisian Maison’s iconic print gets another lease of life in a textured gilt that’s as light and fresh as a summer breeze. The automatic Dior Inversé 11 ½ calibre is as artful as ever, while the 413 diamonds that adorn this timepiece add more than a little visual interest. All in all, it’s a sophisticated rethink of a pattern more often seen in white and blue — and it’s absolutely worth it. Enquire now

Baignoire de Cartier, Cartier

There’s something so irresistibly tactile about Cartier’s iconic Baignoire, and it’s never been more touchable then in this current mini bangle incarnation, which resembles a shining bubble of liquid 18 carat yellow gold. Based on the form of a bathtub — those raised and rounded bezels just beg to be grabbed— the shape dates back to 1912 and has seen various reinventions over the years, while still remaining one of Cartier’s more under-the-radar shapes. Its ingenious hidden bangle clasp clicks right into the watch’s lower bezel, while the sapphire cabochon on the crown picks out the blue of the sword-shaped hands. Perfect in its simplicity — a design that couldn’t be any more squeaky clean. Enquire now

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  • Words by Rachel Silvestri