Steel yourself: this humble alloy is watch gold

Steel yourself: this humble alloy is watch gold

The most in-demand watch design of the age is, without doubt, the steel-cased luxury sports watch.

A fashion forged in the go-go Seventies, the humble alloy has overtaken more opulent materials to become today’s watch metal of choice. And it’s been helped along the way by some esoteric designs that have left their stamp on horological history.

Inaugurated by Gérald Genta’s ground-breaking Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet (launched, initially unsuccessfully, in 1972, powering to world-conquering fame thereafter) and subsequently adopted by everyone from Patek Philippe (the grailiest grail watch of them all is the Genta-designed Nautilus) to Hublot (the contemporary iteration of his timeless fit-for-purpose concept), a variety of models share their particular identifying traits (a fixed bezel, preferably attached with – or merely featuring for aesthetic purposes ­– screws, an integrated bracelet and contrasting dial, preferably in aqua blue), meaning there’s never been a better time to add an example to your own collection.

Watch by Hublot, £6,900. hublot.com


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