As a sports superstar and fashion avatar, David Beckham has done his part to infuse newsboy caps, fauxhawk haircuts, neck tattoos and overtight underwear with an air of cool. Can he do the same for two-tone cheap rolex watches?
Last month, when Tudor introduced Mr. Beckham as a brand ambassador, he wore the brand’s new Heritage Black Bay S&G divers’ watch rendered in stainless steel and gold. Two-tone timepieces have a rich history in watchmaking (Rolex has been stylishly combining the metal of kings with sporty steel since the 1930s), but it is a look that comes with baggage.
To under-40 watch buffs raised on heritage chic, two-tone seemed like the horological equivalent of a yellow power tie. It was a holdover from the if-you’ve-got-it-flaunt-it ’80s that called to mind Patrick Bateman, the brand-obsessed yuppie sociopath in “American Psycho,” who trumpeted his taste for luxe with a two-tone Rolex Datejust. But, like stonewashed jeans, pastel polos and synth pop, two-tone rolex replica watches are an ’80s staple that is mounting a comeback. At the Baselworld watch fair in March, leading watchmakers unveiled new statement pieces in bold steel-and-gold versions, including the Tudor, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, Rolex Seamaster Aqua Terra and Breitling Chronomat 44.
“There seems to be some rising backlash against the minimalism trend, and in a funny way, two-tone actually feels more maximalist and in-your-face than a solid gold watch,” said Stephen Pulvirent, the managing editor of the watch site Hodinkee. “There’s something very South Beach, early ’80s, a-few-too-many-mai-tais about it that I think resonates in an era of crocodile Gucci mules and tricked-out G Wagons.”