In Defense of Two-Tone

A recent Google search for “two-tone watches” yielded this automatic fill-in: “two-tone watches yes or no?” That sums up collectors’ mixed feelings nicely.

Two-tone pieces have been controversial among the fashion-forward for some time, and many collectors I’ve met over the years have evinced, initially, similar distaste for dual-metal watches. That said, though, I’ve begun to see renewed appreciation for the style over the past few years, and I strongly believe it’s coming back. I see this both on the vintage market and in new watches, as manufacturers once again embrace the combination. Some of my favorite new watches of the last few years are finished in two-tone, and on the vintage side they offer tremendous value.

Read our full screed on why this high-fashion consideration is in order in SHIFTed 004, available now in the  SHIFTed Magazine app

Photo by Atom Moore for Analog/Shift

James Lamdin
James Lamdin

James launched Analog/Shift in 2012 after two very different careers in outdoor equipment and luxury automotive. A long time watch collector, James’ passion for vintage timepieces came to him from his grandfather, who left him part of his collection at the time of his passing. Put off by the way in which the traditional vintage watch market was run, James positioned Analog/Shift to be a new kind of resource for the discerning enthusiast - dedicated to authenticity above all. His affinity for the well-aged transcends to his other passions: single malt scotch and automobiles. When he’s not scouring the globe for horological artifacts, you’re likely to find him cruising around Manhattan in his ’67 Porsche or holed up at a whisky bar with a tumbler of Laphroaig, neat, firmly in hand.

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