To complement the earlier released Orient Star Retrograde in Rose Gold tone, here is the Retrograde in two tone – stainless steel and gold tone. It has all the same quirks as the Retrogrades that came before it; however this one, the DE00001W, boasts an exciting two toned design.
The Retrograde gets its namesake from its retrograde day function, which springs from Sunday to Monday every week. The dial is white (but appears a bit more cream because of the reflection from the gold tone), and features a slight guilloche styling around the dial and the sub dials. This gives the watch some necessary sophistication, and truly makes it appear worth more than how much it actually costs. In this version, the hands and bar indices are all a rich gold tone color. It really is quite glamorous. The case is a predominantly polished stainless steel, with a brushed steel accent along the sides and a gold tone bezel. The signed crown is also gold tone.
At 39.5mm in diameter, it is small enough to make it dressy but large enough to be a modern timepiece. The bracelet is a mixture of large brushed steel links alternating between thin glimmering gold tone pieces. The case back is of course a display case back (as all the Retrogrades are), and the 40A50 movement that powers the piece is fully self-winding, hand-winding and hacking.
The mixture of stainless steel and gold tone is very, very tasteful. Orient did a fantastic job with this Orient Star, as the craftsmanship and materials are everything that you’d expect from the highest caliber line. If you’re looking for a gold watch, but don’t want get one that’s overly gold (and at the verge of cheesiness), the Orient Star Retrograde in two tone is most certainly a great option.