15 of the best gold watches from 2019

Rolex Daytona RainbowGold watches are looked on a spectrum. This is typically between gaudy expressions of personal wealth, and precious metal celebrations of horological handiwork. Wherever your personal perspective sits on this scale, at some point in your watch-loving life, you will find yourself looking with adoration at a gold watch (Andy wrote how best to deal with this feeling). As John Mayer said once about the Rolex Rainbow Daytona, “When people see (them) in person, they all kind of give in and go, yeah I get it.” This (almost guilty) look down at the heavier part of the watch counter led us to consider: what were the best gold watches from 2018? TUDOR BLACK BAY S&G Originally released with a low-key black dial in 2017, the previous S&G took everyone by surprise with its luxurious two-toned demeanour and the warm sense of formality that it brought to the Black Bay family. This latest version ups the luxe even further, adding a stunning golden champagne dial to the mix, and reminding us that sometimes two tones are better than one. Ref No. 79733N, Case size 41mm, Case material Steel & gold, Movement MT5612, Price $5990   LONGINES RECORD Launched last year, the…

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44mm of Japanese brawn – the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT in titanium (ref. SBGE215G)

Editor’s note: Sure, the mighty Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT in titanium (ref. SBGE215G to its friends) might lack the fancy dials of the Snowflake and the new manual-wind Spring Drives but, good golly, it makes up for it in sheer presence. The case, the bezel, the gold detailing. It bangs.  It’s fair to say that much of Grand Seiko’s catalogue leans towards the dressier end of the spectrum — but, of course, there are exceptions, and the SBGE215G is a perfect example. This sporty GMT is an evolution of the SBGE201G; it shares the same large 44mm case. But while the SBGE201G had a steel case, the 215G is cased in high-intensity titanium, and I can tell you that on a watch of this brawn, the lighter weight of titanium makes a real difference on the wrist. There’s also been a change to some of the dial details: the hands and applied indices are now in rich red gold, as is the 24-hour scale under the sapphire bezel. These golden details make a real change to the overall mood of the watch — it’s less purely utilitarian and a touch warmer and, dare I say it, flashier. Whether or…

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3 of Australia's finest … watch brand ambassadors

In case you haven’t watched our videos and heard our brutal mangling of Swiss brand names with broad Australian accents, you might not realise that Time+Tide is an Australian-based company. So it makes sense that we’re a little proud of our homegrown heroes, and even those we’ve adopted (hello Rusty). So, in the spirit of mateship, say g’day to three crackin’ Aussie watch ambassadors.  The ambassador: Chris Hemsworth. Brand ambassadors don’t come much bigger than the mighty god of thunder. The former soapie star has dominated screens since his breakout role in 2011’s Thor. Since then he’s gone from strength to strength, as an action hero, and a man who doesn’t mind flexing his comedic muscles (I mean, Ragnarok is clearly the funniest MCU movie). The brand: TAG Heuer. Hemsworth popped up on TAG Heuer’s radar after his turn in Rush, the Heuer-heavy racing biopic, and the relationship was made official in 2015.  Why it works: Australians love Hemsworth. Sure, he’s famous, but he’s also chill — preferring to call Byron Bay home instead of the Hollywood Hills. We also love TAG Heuer — the sporty, automotive brand has been a force to be reckoned with down under for decades. Plus…

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3 of Australia’s finest … watch brand ambassadors

In case you haven’t watched our videos and heard our brutal mangling of Swiss brand names with broad Australian accents, you might not realise that Time+Tide is an Australian-based company. So it makes sense that we’re a little proud of our homegrown heroes, and even those we’ve adopted (hello Rusty). So, in the spirit of mateship, say g’day to three crackin’ Aussie watch ambassadors.  The ambassador: Chris Hemsworth. Brand ambassadors don’t come much bigger than the mighty god of thunder. The former soapie star has dominated screens since his breakout role in 2011’s Thor. Since then he’s gone from strength to strength, as an action hero, and a man who doesn’t mind flexing his comedic muscles (I mean, Ragnarok is clearly the funniest MCU movie). The brand: TAG Heuer. Hemsworth popped up on TAG Heuer’s radar after his turn in Rush, the Heuer-heavy racing biopic, and the relationship was made official in 2015.  Why it works: Australians love Hemsworth. Sure, he’s famous, but he’s also chill — preferring to call Byron Bay home instead of the Hollywood Hills. We also love TAG Heuer — the sporty, automotive brand has been a force to be reckoned with down under for decades. Plus…

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RECOMMENDED READING: How the Rolex Submariner became an icon and inspired legions of copycats

For many, the Rolex Submariner is the watch. The default, the archetype. In some ways the watch has transcended its original function and become a totemic symbol for aspiration, class and cool. It is, after all, the original watch of James Bond. On the other hand, it’s still a superlative tool, designed for the dangerous job of diving, a job it still excels at. The fact that the Sub can balance these two faces has a lot to do with its success. As does its long, sustained production run and the fact that a Submariner from 1954 will look pretty much the same as one from 2019. So, to brush up on the history of what is — arguably — the most significant wristwatch around, we’d suggest a quick peruse of this GQ article.  

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The Petrolhead Corner – How a crazy 11,000-kilometer Vespa ride ended up in a watch that ends up in the weirdest Peking-to-Paris rally ever

Let’s start this article with a promise. This will be the most incredible article you’ll read today. Guaranteed. We can’t guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your 9-2-5-job anymore, though… A Vostock was what did it. The watch didn’t cost much, just a couple of Euros. And in case you don’t know what a Vostok is, don’t worry. The soon-to-be owner hadn’t heard of it either before he stumbled upon the watch on a flea-market somewhere in the outskirts of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.