by Agatha Gilmore | October 18, 2011

This fall, more than just leaves will change color. Wristwatches, too, will take on the hues of the season: earthy bronzes, natural browns, and rich bullion. The chromatic timepieces will not only reward professional achievements with beauty and style but also serve as reminders of times those accomplishments were honored.

An Autumn Array
The Men’s Quest chronograph (07301401) from Movado’s ESQ line puts a fall touch on a classic style with a rose-gold, ion-plated, stainless steel case and a brown, embossed crocodile leather strap. It features three timing subdials, a date display, and water resistance of up to 30 meters. $495.

On the more casual side, Fossil’s new Vintage Bronze men’s watch (DE5002) features a bronze-colored case that’s appropriate for autumn, as well as a chronograph, a chocolate brown leather strap, and water resistance of up to 100 meters. $135.

For the ladies, Fossil’s new aluminum Mini Stella (ES2903) pops with its deep-purple case. The timepiece is water-resistant up to 50 meters. $115.

Torneau’s Gucci Twirl Collection ladies’ cuff (YA112425_WHR), with its beige fabric bracelet and stainless steel case, not only channels the season but also doubles as a piece of statement jewelry. $795. 

Meanwhile, the Gucci Timeless Collection timepiece (YA126406) gets men into the fall spirit with a brown, diamond-patterned dial and a steel bracelet. $695.

Even clocks are embracing autumn: Bulova’s exquisite Norbourne (B1650) features a solid wood and wood-veneer case with a rich walnut finish. It opens at the top to reveal two lift-out jewelry trays and a mirror, and it has polished gold-tone capitals and pull and a fashionable two-tone metal dial. $175.

Go for Gold
Gold and gold plating are making a comeback, especially when it comes to ladies’ watch styles, says Jim Keenan, senior vice president at Citizen Watch Co. The metal mirrors the deep yellows of the season, and brands are reintroducing gold in a subtle way, via two-tone watches.

“Two-tone is becoming very important because it bridges the gap between white metal and yellow,” says Keenan.

Citizen’s Eco-Drive Riva (EW0894-57D) for women is a two-tone watch with an elegant mother-of-pearl dial. It has a date feature and a diamond-encrusted case. It is water-resistant up to 100 meters. $425. [email protected]

On the luxury side, Movado’s exquisite Concerto (0606470) dazzles with a two-tone stainless steel bracelet, a fashionable bare mother-of-pearl dial, a diamond-encrusted case, and water resistance of up to 30 meters. $2,295.

Or you can go with Citizen’s ladies’ stainless steel, gold-tone Eco-Drive Regent (EW1822-52D), which features a fully gold look with a yellow gold-tone stainless steel case and bracelet. The watch also has a mother-of-pearl dial, a date feature, and water resistance of up to 100 meters. $495, [email protected]

For men who want to be in on the two-tone trend, another Quest model (07301399) from Movado’s ESQ chronograph line features a two-tone stainless steel case and bracelet, three timing subdials, a date display, and water resistance of up to 30 meters. $550.

Dark Knight
When it comes to men’s styles, jet-black finishes are white hot this fall. Bulova’s Marine Star (98B151) chronograph is outfitted in black stainless steel with a black leather strap, and it features a date calendar and water resistance of up to 100 meters. $450.

Citizen’s Eco-Drive Stiletto (AR3015-53E) for men features striking black-ion plating, a black dial, and a black strap. It boasts the title of thinnest light-powered watch in the world. $475, [email protected]

Meanwhile, Movado offers the Men’s Museum Classic watch (0606502), which has a stainless steel case, an elegant black dial, a chic black calfskin strap, and water resistance of up to 30 meters. $495.