back to the bronze ageOur pick of the best bronze watches and why you need them
Anonimo Nautilo Automatic
Watches with a bronze casing are, it has to be said, not for everyone. While rich in old-world associations, the copper alloy is given a wide berth by many watchmakers because of its trademark patina – while it starts off a shade not dissimilar to gold, bronze becomes darker and more discoloured over time thanks to body heat, humidity and other climatic factors.
It’s this surface oxidation, though, that gives a bronze watch its own character and adds a vintage look – the major selling point for fans of this underappreciated mixture of metals. Swiss/Italian outfit Anonimo has specialised in bronze timepieces since 1997, and its latest model, the Nautilo, uses ‘marine bronze’ with a thin coating of aluminium for additional resistance to mechanical stress, salt water and corrosion:
Water resistant to 20 bar and housing a Sellita SW200-1 self-winding movement, this carefully crafted throwback to the diving watches of yore is a modern twist on a classic.
Did you know…?
￼￼Bronze watch casings pick up a natural, unique tarnish (or patina) over time thanks to contact with the air, moisture and oils from the skin. But if you’re not a fan, it can be easily cleaned off. Traditional methods include applying a paste made of lemon juice and baking soda.
NEW METAL: Our pick of the best bronze watches