There’s something incredibly alluring about wearing a white gold watch. Combining high-grade materials with a luxurious design is an art form that many a prestigious watch manufacturer has perfected. White gold is a preferred choice in precious metal for some. Compared to traditional yellow gold or vintage-inspired rose gold finish, it offers a cleaner and more refined look on the wrist that appeals to lovers of the more modern-looking wristwatch. White gold watches are also great for pairing with a myriad of outfits – the smaller gent’s sizes often constituting the perfect oversized watch design for a lady’s wrist.
White gold watches can range from simple two-handed models to three-handed date designs, sporty chronographs, sophisticated perpetual calendars, and day-date models. Here’s a round-up of some of the most popular white gold watches created by names revered the world over for their expert approach to quintessential watchmaking.
Omega Prestige De Ville Co-Axial
If the art of mechanical manufacture appeals to you, then a watch incorporating a specialized movement is for you. Omega equips its modern wristwatches with the Co-Axial escapement movement which operates with a clockwise impulse to provide greater mechanical efficiency and therefore a more stable level of precision. The Omega Prestige De Ville Co-Axial watch ref 4126.96.36.199.04.001 is as classic as a three-handed model comes. The hands, hour markers, and famous Omega logo are finished in a striking blued steel, interacting beautifully with a silver dial for enhanced readability. You can keep track of the days within each month with a practical date aperture at 3 o’clock, making this a timeless watch to wear with work attire. The Omega Calibre 2500 is completed with a rhodium-plated finish and provides a 48-hour power reserve.
Modern Altiplano watches from Piaget are contemporary reinterpretations of a popular vintage watch from a bygone era. If you like a minimalist dial, this simple two-handed model is classic and clean. The Piaget name resides at the top of a white dial and every alternating location around the hour track is represented by a double stick index marker. This 38mm model is a popular white gold watch for the modern gent. Its case has been polished and integrated with a modest 30-meter water-resistant capability. A hand-wound mechanical movement sits at the heart of this watch, enabling you to connect with this timepiece every day to keep its beautiful hands gliding with precision over a simplified and very refined dial.
A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Chronograph
If you’re looking for something that adds sporty undertones to the wrist whilst still encased within an understated and professional-looking design, this 1815 chronograph model ref 414.026 from A. Lange & Sohne should tick all the boxes for you. The L951.5 chronograph self-winding movement is housed inside a refined 18k white gold case that measures just under the 40mm mark. The chronograph counters providing seconds and minutes at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively are accompanied by a pulsometer for measuring your current heartbeat per minute. The subtle injections of blue color seen in the chronograph hands and the hour track are a nice touch and marry beautifully with a deep blue alligator leather strap. The watch provides a 60-hour power reserve and wears very nicely on the wrist thanks to its compact size.
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser
IWC Schaffhausen is exceptionally good at developing complication watches. The Maison embodies expert technique with unparalleled performance with this model ref IW503401 belonging to the Portugieser collection. Its 44.2mm 18k white gold case features a slim polished bezel that frames an indulgent blue dial. At the 9 o’clock location you can reference the days of the week combined with a small second sub-dial. Across the opposite side of the dial is where you’ll find a power reserve and date ring. The south of the dial locates the year and the month for you, whilst the 12 o’clock location depicts the phases of the moon alongside a day/night indicator. With a 7-day power reserve and a classic black leather strap for uncompromised comfort, it seems that IWC has thought of everything when designing this meticulously crafted white gold perpetual calendar watch.