I actually love the gold hw on some of the colors of the Day bags. I just got the Cafe yesterday & the Naturel in it today. I'm expecting the black in it tomorrow. My DH actually likes it too (and he doesn't like any of my other Bbags). It's really stunning on the Day and it really looks pretty on the Marine Day in your pics. I would give it a chance. There has been some bad press on the gold hw in this forum but I was pleasantly surprised when I received the Cafe in it & then WOW'd when I received the naturel today. It is really is pretty in smaller doses & because the Day bag is so long, the gold isn't overwhelming on it and really is a nice change. I love the Day style (I have 5 in other colors with regular hw) and am very pleased with the leather and the new hw.