Caveat. Two-tone never truly went away. There’s always been a hardcore for whom the power dressing dream of ‘80s excess never died. And now it looks like they were right all along, as the beguiling combo of precious and plain metals is back with vengeance in 2017. Is it because these watches offer a stronger value proposition in a penny-pinching climate, or maybe because their target market is too young to remember when they were cool the first time around? We’re not sure, and frankly, we don’t really care. We just know they look cool.

Tudor Black Bay S&G

While two-tone has been lurking in the corners of trend status for a little while now, I suspect the Black Bay S&G will be the watch that pushes it into the mainstream. After all, if it’s good enough for Becks… $5990

Rolex Sky-Dweller

It would be impossible to talk two-tone without bringing up Rolex’s Rolesor. This is what Rolex call any watch cased with a mix of steel and precious metal. And while people have been losing it over the steel and white gold Sky-Dweller, we’re pretty into this crisp white dial and yellow gold combo. $21,700

Girard-Perregaux Laureato

This Laureato takes an ‘80s two-tone twist, pairing the ultra rich red gold with matt grey titanium. Unexpected, and unexpectedly awesome. $32,860

Montblanc 1858 Automatic

Montblanc’s heritage inspired 1858 Automatic goes to show that sometimes a little goes a long way. The bronze bezel and crown provide just the right level of patina-friendly contrast, and are perfectly matched to the creamy dial and butter rich strap.

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