Yellow gold watches studded with diamonds and multi-coloured sapphires may lend themselves to leisurely poolside summer evenings spent cocktail in hand, watching the sun dip below the horizon. But now a shift towards minimalism, lower temperatures, an increasingly precarious economic climate and rising instances of watch theft seems to call for the discretion of steel watches.
Fear not. Steel is stylish. And reasonably priced, too. Steel watches are typically six times less expensive than their precious metal counterparts; a mini Panthère de Cartier – a favourite timepiece of Succession’s quiet luxury queen Shiv Roy, costs $4,700 in steel, or $30,000 as a gold version. And Longines’s La Grande Classique steel watch, as seen on the wrist of Jennifer Lawrence at Cannes Film Festival this year, could be yours from $2,200.
Sensitive to the change, Bulgari has spent the past couple of years crafting new steel versions of its much-loved Serpenti watches. The distinctive design, which features an open metallic strap that coils around the wrist, now comes with a closed strap in steel in the latest Serpenti Seduttori model.