This is actually starting to remind me of Chris' wheel color thread
Damn those two pics are so close to identical, lol. But I'd pick the 2nd one as well.
Jason, have you looked at some colors like BMW's Frozen Bronze Metallic (satin finish) or Sepang Bronze (glossy)? I think those colors are stunning and different. The Frozen Bronze Metallic is "colder" than most bronze colors, and kind of fits in that middle ground you're looking for.
I think the satin looks great too, but I'm sure you could spray a traditional gloss on it as well.