Bronze watches have developed into a major trend over the past few years. A tough and strong metal, bronze lends itself perfectly to robust watches. Most importantly, it offers something different, a burst of colour that changes over time with the unique patina developing randomly on the surface of the metal. And if you’re bold enough to go for this material, here are five of the best bronze watches released at Baselworld 2019.
Note: this selection is based on a consensus among the MONOCHROME team. It reflects our preferences among watches unveiled at Baselworld 2019. If there are other Baselworld 2019 bronze watches you’d love to mention, feel free to share these in the comment section at the end of this article.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze
If the BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze is not the first version of the Bell & Ross square dive watch to be fashioned out of bronze (already available with a brown colour scheme), it distinguishes itself from previous models with its new olive-green dial and bezel. The robust 42mm x 42mm case features a 60-minute rotating bezel with an anodized aluminium insert in matching colour. This rugged watch is released in a limited edition of 999 watches and will be available later this month.
Quick facts: 42mm x 42mm bronze case – water-resistant to 300m – automatic movement calibre BR-CAL 302 (Base Sellita SW-300) with hours, minutes, seconds and date- leather strap with pin buckle – EUR 3,900 – For more information, visit www.bellross.com
Meistersinger Metris Bronze
Meistersinger stands apart through its singular way to display the time, with single-hand watches (so-called mono-aiguille). At Baselworld 2019, the German brand introduced bronze editions of several of its most successful watches, including one of the vintage-inspired Metris. This new model’s sunburst dark-blue dial displays the date at 6 o’clock with a cyclops. The multifaceted case is 38mm in diameter and water-resistant to 200m. The automatic movement inside is visible via the exhibition case back. A brown calfskin strap completes the look. A cool sporty version of the single-hand concept, which looks great with this new material.
Quick facts: 38mm bronze case – water-resistant to 200m – automatic movement (base ETA 2824 or Sellita 200-1) with hours and date- leather strap with pin buckle – EUR 1,990 – For more information, visit www.meistersinger.com
Oris Divers Sixty Five Steel and Bronze
If you are a fan of two-tone watches, the Oris Divers Sixty Five now comes in an original mix of materials, steel and bronze, for the case AND the bracelet! One of the reasons for this unusual combination is that Oris wanted to offer a bi-colour watch at an accessible price. 40mm in diameter, the Oris Sixty Five comes with a glossy blue dial with applied indexes and hands. It is powered by an automatic calibre displaying the hours, minutes, seconds and the date. Clearly, this two-tone steel-and-bronze theme fits the cool 65 quite well.
Quick facts: 40mm steel and bronze case – water-resistant to 100m – automatic movement calibre 733 (Base Sellita SW-200) with hours, minutes, seconds and date- steel and bronze bracelet with folding clasp – EUR 2,150 – For more information, visit www.oris.ch
TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph Bronze
TAG Heuer is launching a new Autavia, one of the brand’s iconic 1960s watches. Introduced as a three-hander, the design of the 2019 Autavia relies on some of the early Autavia chronographs blending it with “a modern adventurous spirit.” The watch incorporates some of the latest TAG Heuer technical developments. Its COSC-certified automatic movement features the Isograph carbon-composite hairspring. The bronze version of the Autavia comes with a brown gradient dial and a rotating bezel fitted with a ceramic inlay.
Quick facts: 42mm bronze case – water-resistant to 100m – automatic movement calibre 5 (base Sellita SW-200) with carbon-composite hairspring – COSC-certified – hours, minutes, seconds and date – leather strap with pin buckle – CHF 4,200 – For more information, visit www.tagheuer.com
Tudor Black Bay Bronze
The third bronze version of the iconic Black Bay comes in a 43mm case with a unidirectional bezel featuring matte aluminium insert. Protected under a domed sapphire crystal, the slate-grey gradient dial is a superb match with the matte bronze case. This handsome retro-inspired three-hander is powered by the in-house calibre MT560 complete with COSC certification. The watch is delivered with a nubuck leather strap or a fabric strap.
Quick facts: 43mm bronze case – water-resistant to 200m – automatic movement calibre MT5601 – COSC-certified – hours, minutes and seconds- leather or fabric strap with pin buckle – EUR 3,800 – For more information, visit www.tudorwatch.com