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5 Best Metals for Men’s Luxury Timepieces

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5 Best Metals for Men’s Luxury Timepieces

Discover the best metals used to make luxury watches for men.

Most men’s luxury timepieces are made of metal, but not all metals are created equal. The metal used to fabricate a watch says a lot about the quality of the watch itself, how nice the watch will look on your wrist, and how long the watch will last. Watches undergo lots of wear and tear, and they have many moving parts and components. Therefore, the metals used to create luxury men’s watches must be durable as well as malleable enough to be machined with high precision. You can tell that a watch is made with high-quality metal if it has sharp angles and intricate details. When shopping for a men’s luxury timepiece, look for one that is made with one of these 5 metals.


Discovered by an amateur geologist in 1791, titanium is a strong metal that is resistant to corrosion. Titanium is often the best metal for watches that are large because it is so lightweight. Titanium effectively conducts heat and is thus comfortable to wear. However, titanium can get scratched fairly easily, so it is often coated with other materials for increased durability. Watches in our collection that have titanium components include the Franc Vila Fva9 Chronograph Master Quantieme and the Romain Jerome “Moon Dust Black Mood”.


Platinum is the most precious and rare of all metals. Its durability makes it ideal for everyday wear. Furthermore, platinum is hypoallergenic, so it’s well suited to people with sensitive skin. Platinum looks similar to white gold but weighs significantly more because it is denser. Platinum finishes range from bright polished surfaces to soft matte textures. JZ&F’s collection includes various watches made with platinum, such as the Franck Muller “Master Banker” and the Chronoswiss Chronoscope Automatic Regulator Monopusher Chronograph.


Gold is the metal of choice for many luxury watchmakers because it exudes old world elegance. Gold is typically used to make formal evening watches and dress watches. Gold is a soft metal, so pure 24K gold isn’t durable enough for a watch. Gold has to be mixed with steel and other ores in order for it to be malleable enough for watchmaking. Most solid gold watches are 18K gold.

Gold comes in many styles and hues, including yellow gold, rose gold, black gold, and white gold. These different types of gold contain varying mixtures of other metals to alter their color and strength. For example, rose gold is a gold/copper alloy that has become very popular over the last decade. The downside of gold is that it is prone to dents and scratches. Watches in JZ&F’s collection that are made with gold include the Guy Ellia Tourbillon Magistere by Christopher Claret in 18K rose gold and the Harry Winston Premier Excenter Tri-Retrograde Chronograph in 18K white gold.


Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon with a neutral, silver-like color. Steel is prized for its strength and resistance to rust and corrosion. Because of its durability, steel is the best metal for watches used in sports. There are different grades of steel, and the mixtures and processes used to make steel vary. The steel used to make an exclusive men’s luxury watch is worlds apart from the steel used to make an inexpensive watch at your local mall.

Steel is easy to clean and maintain and is available in many different finishes, from highly polished to brushed. Steel with a highly polished finish easily shows smudges and fingerprints, while brushed steel is a dull-polished metal with a satin finish. Watches in JZ&F’s collection that are made with steel include de Grisogono “Grande” Big Date and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Special “Tiffany Edition”.


PVD, which stands for physical vapor deposition, is really more of a process than a material. The PVD process consists of bonding a micron thick layer of metal compounds to another metal or material. PVD typically consists of steel with a coating of metal carbides, nitrides, and oxides. Unlike plating, PVD coating doesn’t wear off as easily and it eliminates reflective glare. Most PVD is black. Luxury timepieces in our collection that are made with PVD include the de Grisogono “FG One” Jump Hour GMT and the Romain Jerome Titanic DNA “T-Oxy 4”.

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Based in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, USA, JZ&F specializes in offering rare and high-end luxury timepieces and jewelry. Give us a call at 206.455.6557 or email us at to discuss your needs!

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