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Everyday Carry: Golden Touch

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The world of everyday carry can sometimes seem a bit insular, with many brands often taking a tactical approach to the design of their EDC gear. And while there certainly isn’t anything wrong with tactical EDC gear — we feature loads of military-inspired loadouts on this site — we do think it’s a good idea to mix up our everyday carry now and then. Sometimes, dare we say it, we might even like to get a little fancy with our EDC. And nothing says fancy like gold. While an EDC composed of all-gold items seems a bit ostentatious to us, a crop of black gear featuring just a touch of gold — like Luminox’s dynamite new Pacific Diver Black & Gold watch — offers up the perfect blend of tactical utility and elevated luxury.

Luminox Pacific Diver Black & Gold

Luminox’s top-spec dive watch, the Pacific Diver, was originally inspired by the brand’s California roots. Now, the rugged watch brand has made their Golden State-inspired watch even more appropriate by adding real gold plating to the limited-edition Pacific Diver Black & Gold. The watch — which is limited to just 1,111 pieces — features a blacked-out design highlighted by the strong and lightweight CARBONOX case and bezel, while gold plating brightens up the hands, crown, bezel markings, and even the logo. It’s an elevated look that works in any situation — and with 200m water resistance and always-on Luminox light technology, we really mean any situation.

Purchase: $655

CIVIVI Elementum Flipper Knife

A knife that’s as beautiful as it is capable, this iteration of CIVIVI’s Elementum combines a 2.96” drop point Damascus steel blade with a striking handle made from shredded carbon and golden shred encased in a clear resin. This sharp and sharp-looking flipper features a liner lock for secure closure and a caged ceramic ball bearing pivot assembly for smooth opening.

Purchase: $98

TOM FORD Full-Grain Leather Cardholder

TOM FORD is certainly not a brand that we frequently consider a major player in the EDC space, but with our “golden touch” theme, we thought this seemed appropriate as a bit of a splurge. The first name in designer menswear has crafted a sleek Italian-made cardholder made of full-grain leather that boasts three card slots along with a large center compartment.

Purchase: $370

Persol PO3264S

While luxury Italian sunglass-maker Persol gets a lot of attention for their Steve McQueen-worn 714s — and rightly so — the brand has tons of other shades that are well worth a look, too. Like, for instance, the PO3264S, which puts forth a round, retro-inspired frame crafted with a blend of high-quality black acetate and gold-tone metal.

Purchase: $396