When it comes to luxury watches, even some cultivated collectors can be wary of white gold. Most simply just aren’t sure what justifies the often extravagant-seeming price for pieces that don’t look much different that stainless steel. So we consulted two experts to explain the attraction. Paul Altieri is not only the founder of online luxury watch retailer Bob’s Watches but owner of one of the world’s top Rolex collections. And Blake Buettner is the director of watches at StockX, the live bid/ask luxury marketplace backed by Eminem and Mark Wahlberg where collectors can build portfolios of cool timepieces. 

“Due to their striking colors, yellow gold and rose gold Rolex watches proudly flaunt their precious metal makeup,” Altieri explains. “On the other hand, white gold is quietly decadent, oftentimes mistaken for more mainstream stainless steel. This is particularly true of white gold Rolex sports watches since unless you’re well versed in the subtleties of Rolex design, most people naturally assume that you’re wearing a plain steel watch. However the people who matter – and that of course includes you yourself – will know the difference. It’s an extremely subtle signal of wealth and taste.” 

“I enjoy white gold for its subtle warmth, and its ability to fly under the radar,” Buettner says. “It has qualities that aren’t readily apparent, such as the color and weight, making it the experience unique to the wearer.” Here are the most desirable white gold Rolex models and why they are must-haves if you’ve got the means:

Rolex Submariner 11619

“Aside from its weighty white gold construction, what makes the Submariner ref. 116619 stand out visually is its bright blue dial and bezel combination,” Altieri says. “And yes, while there are few people in this world that would actually take a full 18k white gold Sub scuba diving, this is indeed a dive watch with a water resistance rating of 300 meters.”

“I love the white gold Submariner, also known as the ‘Smurf’,” Buettner says. “The blue bezel and dial feel give it a sporty look and feel that belie its true nature. The fact that these colors are relegated to the white gold model only make it a rare sighting in the wild, and will raise eyebrows of only those in the know.”

Rolex GMT-Master II 116719

“This is one if the most highly coveted modern Rolexes ever, commanding well above its retail price on the pre-owned market,” Altieri says, “and for good reason – it’s simply stunning. Remember, the duo of colors is not just for aesthetics but it actually serves to differentiate between night and day hours in the second time zone. “

“The white gold GMT-Master II holds a special place amongst all other GMT watches,” Buetter adds, “not only for its case and bracelet material, but for it being the only reference to offer the venerable and historic ‘Pepsi’ bezel alongside an oyster bracelet. To me, this is Rolex acknowledging the significance of this combination to the brand’s identity as a whole.”

Rolex Daytona 116509

“With a retail price tag that’s comparable to the Tesla Model 3, the Rolex Daytona ref. 116509 is one seriously luxurious chronograph,” Altieri says. “There are a few dial options, all of which differentiate the watch from the classic stainless steel Daytona. This watch is an indulgence to be sure, but it will never lose value should you want to sell it.”

“The Daytona is the ultimate Rolex,” Buettner notes, “so it only makes sense that it’s been offered in precious metal construction since the ‘60s. Modern white gold Daytona references offered on Oysterflex rubber straps are among my favorite unorthodox mixture of materials.”

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Ever wondered how the billionaires and filthy rich spend their money? The lifestyle of the rich and famous include insane splurging on fancy cars, diamond studded phones, high-end vacations and other one-off things and experiences that come with one thing in common – the ‘Most Expensive’ tag.

Take a look at some of the world’s most expensive things.

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A 26-carat flawless black deep cut diamond as the home button ups the ante for the iPhone 5 Black Diamond edition by Stuart Hughes. Priced at $16.5 million, this unique phone has been crowned as the world’s most expensive smartphone. The device is further encrusted with 600 precious stones, of which 53 are housed in the Apple logo.

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A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Racer drives away as the world’s most expensive car for $52 million. Considered to be the Mona Lisa of cars, the red car was sold to unidentified buyer by Greenwich, Connecticut-based collector Paul Pappalardo.

Most Expensive Substance –most_expensive_substance_AntimatterAt $100 billion per milligram, Anti-matter is the most expensive substance on Earth. With the mankind’s timeless quest to boldly go where no one has gone before, anti-matter is intended to be used as a fuel for interplanetary or interstellar travel. The futuristic fuel is considered to be ideal for space travel as all of the mass in matter/antimatter collisions is converted into energy.

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Buying domains with exclusive names to sell at a higher price has been a norm. In this category, sex breaks the record as Sex.com holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest domain-only sale in history. Sold by Escom LLCto Clover Holdings Ltd., the domain name was sold for $13 million.

Most Expensive Shoes –most_expensive_shoes_nick-cannon_1America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon made the most expensive statement by putting his best food forward in the most valuable pair of shoes in the world.most_expensive_shoes_nick-cannonValued at $2 million, these dazzling tom Ford shoes were created by Jason Arasheben and coated with 14,000 white diamonds set onto white gold, with a total carat weight of 340 carats.

Most Expensive Handbag –most_expensive_handbag_Mouawad_1001_Nights_DiamondpurseA woman can flaunt her wealth up her arm by simple holding on to the most expensive handbag in the world. Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is worth $3.8 million. This one of a kind heart-shaped purse is fashioned from 18 karat gold and adorned with 56 pink diamonds, 105 yellow diamonds and 4,356 colorless diamonds.

Most Expensive Hotel Suite-most_expensive_hotel_suite_Mark_hotelThe Royal Penthouse Suite at Geneva’s Hotel President Wilson, has lost the crown of the most expensive suite to The Grand Penthouse at The Mark. Luring the mega-rich traveler, it is also the  largest suite in America and costs $100,000 for a single night.

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Musée des Confluences: Lyon, France’s New World-Class Museum

August 3, 2018

The Musée des Confluences is an exceptional new museum (even for France), and a welcome new symbol for France’s second largest city, Lyon.Boasting audacious architecture and a breathtaking view, the Musée hosts a number of enticing exhibits and temporary exhibitions.  Located at the gateway to the city — where Lyon’s two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone meet — the Musée des Confluences has rapidly become the newest symbol of the urban area known worldwide as the culinary capital of France. Through its boldness and scope, it embodies the renewal of Lyon, and more specifically of […]

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Ferrari Fêtes 70th Anniversary

October 9, 2017

Even the spires of New York City’s iconic skyline sported the brand’s signature red. To cap off a world-wide celebration in over 60 countries, Ferrari unveiled a public exhibition in New York City over Columbus Day weekend to celebrate its 70th anniversary with fans, clients and collectors alike. Iconic classics were on display, as well as notable examples of contemporary models. At Rockefeller Plaza, Ferrari fans were treated to an open-air exhibition displaying one extraordinary car per decade, as well as the limited edition LaFerrari Aperta and Michael Schumacher’s Grand-Prix winning F2001. In front of the Hublot […]

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Virtuoso unveils most anticipated new luxury hotel openings

October 9, 2017

Luxury and experiential travel network Virtuoso, along with its more than 16,000 travel advisors worldwide, has revealed the hottest hotel openings around the globe for this fall and beyond. From relaxing resorts to iconic urban landmarks, these five properties are sure to make an indelible impression on guests when they open or reopen over the next several months: Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China – Opening late 2017 Situated in a tranquil riverside location in the heart of the city, Bulgari Hotel Shanghai will feature contemporary, spacious rooms and exceptional guest amenities including Maserati transportation. Offering stunning views of […]

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Rolls-Royce Unveils $12.8M Luxury Car, Sweptail

June 1, 2017

Rolls-Royce unveiled a custom-designed one-off luxury car, called Sweptail, at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este on 27 May. The new one-off model is not just another custom-made Rolls-Royce car, Sweptail has seen some exquisite levels of luxury. At $12.8 million, it might also be the world’s most expensive new car ever, according to commentators. The Sweptail takes inspiration from the Rolls-Royces of the 1920s and 1930s. According to Rolls-Royce, the client of the super expensive Sweptail was a “connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items, including super-yachts and private aircraft”. The idea was […]

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The Maldives: Paradise Found

June 1, 2017

As the seaplane descends from the clouds high above the sun-dappled cerulean water, I gaze transfixed at the island’s virgin white sand. Dolphins happily race each other as a nearby yacht traverses miles of serene blue ocean. No matter how many pictures you’ve seen, no matter how many other stunning beaches you’ve run across barefoot, you’ll never be prepared for the sheer beauty of the Maldives. The first view of the archipelago literally takes your breath away. A nation made up of 26 atolls—islands with coral reefs encircling a lagoon—spread out over 56,000 square […]

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Diamonds are Now a Car’s Best Friend Thanks to Rolls-Royce

March 8, 2017

It looks like Rolls-Royce took Rihanna’s advice to “shine bright like diamond” literally. The British automakers have now developed a special type of paint that is mixed with over 1,000 crushed diamonds as an exterior finish on a custom Ghost. The Ghost, considered a favorite among luxury car enthusiasts, typically begins at $300,000. Named “Diamond Stardust,” the brand claims that this is the first time the exterior finish has ever been applied to a vehicle, and took over two months to develop into a smooth paint that wouldn’t feel like sandpaper. Not only is this the most expensive […]

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Curious Traveler’s Secrets of Rome

March 8, 2017

Christine van Blokland, the award-winning travel writer, producer & host of Curious Traveler on PBS & Create-TV, shares her Secrets of Rome. Secrets of the Pantheon:  How does the Pantheon stand up?  The Pantheon is an Ancient Roman engineering marvel, and the largest unsupported dome in the world, at 142 feet in diameter. To compare, the US Capitol dome is only 96 feet across.  The Pantheon dome is thought to symbolize the roundness of the Earth, or the dome of heaven. Ancient Romans created their own special blend of super-lightweight concrete, getting lighter towards the top, so […]

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Top real estate sales of 2016: L.A.’s record year included two $100-million sales

February 2, 2017

Storied estates and speculative development in Los Angeles County’s toniest neighborhoods pushed the high-end market to new heights in 2016. Of the dozen single-family home sales of $30 million or more, two changed hands at $100 million — a record-setting mark once thought of as unattainable. Here’s a larger look at the most expensive homes sold this year in Greater L.A. $100 million — Holmby Hills Daren Metropoulos, the son of billionaire investor C. Dean Metropoulos and principal at the investment firm Metropoulos & Co., made real estate history in August with the purchase […]

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