If you’re looking for a simply and subtle way to stand out from the crowd this holiday season, a good pair of cufflinks are well worth the investment. Dressing up the classic French cuff shirt, cufflinks are the quiet marker of any discerning gentleman, a manifestation of personal taste without making an overtly splashy statement.
Taking you from the boardroom to the ballroom, there are endless playful iterations to choose from when it comes to designer cufflinks. A fan of airplanes? Wear tiny propellers on your cuffs. Got a thing for birds? Get some animal-inspired cufflinks. Want to find a way to incorporate a rare gemstone into your look? The dazzling accessories have you covered. While cufflinks may seem effortless in appearance, they speak volumes for their wearer.
And indeed, there’s no time greater than the present festive season to flaunt them, what with end-of-year parties, dinners, and snazzy soirees filling our calendars. Scroll ahead for some of the best cufflinks of the moment, and take this last snippet of advice from us: always wear your heart on your sleeve, and if you can’t, always wear these designer cufflinks. (You’ll look amazing).
Paul Smith Men’s Gold Champagne Bottle Cufflinks
Beginning our list of festive cufflinks with a true bang and pop of champagne, these Paul Smith Men’s Gold Champagne Bottle Cufflinks (approx. HK$1,067) definitely know how to party. The playful accessories feature a polished gold finish with silver details and the signature Paul Smith embossed T-bar fastening, making for a must-have style staple for the gentleman who loves a champagne shower.
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OMEGA Prestige Cufflinks
Did you know that Swiss watchmaker OMEGA also produces cufflinks? Inspired by the signature DNA of the brand, these OMEGA Prestige Cufflinks (HK$8,600) are made with 18K red gold, stainless steel, and two mother-of-pearl cabochons, for a subtle and classic look. Paired beautifully with a tuxedo for an elegant evening soiree this winter, they’re the perfect addition to the wrist for avid OMEGA timepiece lovers.
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Tiffany & Co. Bull and Bear Cufflinks
If you know anybody that works at the stock market (and who doesn’t in Hong Kong), you’ll want to get on these Tiffany & Co. Bull and Bear Cufflinks (approx. HK$3,416) stat. Made in sterling silver, the urbane accessories feature a delicately crafted bull for one cuff, and a bear for the other. Modern and sophisticated, the cufflinks make very subtle style statements, likely to be noticed only by those who peek very closely. If you’re scratching your head over the meaning behind the bear and the bull, let your happy gift receiver explain.
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Bottega Veneta Cufflinks in Enamel & Silver
It’s hard not to love anything Italian fashion brand Bottega Veneta makes, and their cufflinks in enamel and silver (approx. HK$5,158) prove no different. Made with antique silver spheres that are engraved in that signature intrecciato motif we know and adore, the designer cufflinks get a fresh pop of colour with an orange ring of enamel. Ideal for all those men who don’t like to wear colour, but are looking to change that — just a little bit.
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Cartier Panther-Head Decor Cufflinks
Bringing its iconic panther motif to the sleeve, these Cartier Panther-Head Décor Cufflinks (approx. HK$17,768) are a roaring must-have for lovers of the French brand. The cufflinks feature a panther head décor in palladium-finished sterling silver, black and green lacquer, and green jade, embracing Cartier’s ‘art de vivre’ aesthetic tradition. A must-have for all the real-life wolves of Wall Street (or rather, panthers of Wall Street).
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Tateossian Gunmetal Gear Cufflinks
Tech-savvy bros will love these Tateossian cuff with cut-out sides exposing functional gears. The links feature gunmetal-plated base metal with brass detailing and a whale back closure. Priced at just HK$1,894, these are ideal for showing off the impressive inner design and offer a distinctive way to express your personal style and taste with a small meticulously crafted accessory.
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Suitcube Christmas Tree Cufflinks
It’s time to get literal with the festive theme. For all those who love Christmas (and we mean, really love Christmas), these silver Christmas Tree Cufflinks (HK$256) from Suitcube are a must-buy. The adorable accessories feature a sweet Christmas tree for each cuff, perfectly suited to formal festive dinners and events. It’s the season to be jolly, and if you wear these, you’ll definitely be the jolliest of the lot — in the most fashionable of ways.
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Tom Ford Diamond Round Cufflinks
Ending our list in true glam, here’s a pair of cufflinks that will always steal the scene and rack in the highest style points: the Tom Ford Diamond Round Cufflinks (approx. HK$101,678). The show-stopping accessories are made in gold with a twinkling of diamonds and smooth onyx, making for an elegant and seductive way to show off those cuffs. From the red carpet to the red velvet at the speakeasy afterwards, they prove exactly why cufflinks are so essential: they declare you’re a man of style from the very first handshake.
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This article was originally published on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok.