What goes around comes around – especially when we’re talking style. So here we are, three decades after the first steel-and-gold rush, having another two-tone moment. But there could be something a tad anxiety-inducing about those bi-colour watches. If you buy two-tone, does it mean that you’re only half committed to full yellow metal? Or, perhaps worse, is two-tone really just the poor man’s gold watch? The answer is different today from what it was back then. In the 1980s heyday of the two-tone watch, wearing one came with the risk of being sneered at by steel-watch wearers as a wannabe tycoon, and by gold-watch wearers as … well, a wannabe-one-of-us. Not yet Big Enough to afford the full brick. Because the 1980s was the Decade of Big. Big hair (bouffant for men as well as women – with a slicked-back Wall Street power ’do for variety); big shoulder pads; big – no, huge – mobile phones. In short: big, loud, swaggering displays of wealth. It was the decade of Trump 1.0 – and the Decade that Taste Forgot. (I’m not making this up; I’m old enough to remember it.) Suddenly, the gold watch was no longer Uncle Fred’s hard-grafted-for…

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