Chic and elegant.

While leather strapped watches will never go out of style, bracelet watches have a charm of their own. Some of the most iconic watches feature links and chains that have become their signature. Over time, bracelet watches too have evolved, with mechanics and materials playing an equal part in raising the bar. In watchmaking today, the spectrum for women’s watches favours a minimalist appeal – stainless steel straps and diamond trimmings. With tons of options available in the market, we’ve handpicked the most unique bracelet watches made by some of watchmaking’s biggest names today. Take a look.

IWC Portofino

Apart from crafting exquisite Pilot watches, IWC also embraces the minimalist aesthetic in watchmaking. This Portofino edition has been elegantly cased in rose gold and enriched with a diamond bezel. An automatic, it also boasts a 42-hour power reserve and a moon phase complication at 12 o’clock. The Portofino’s bracelet strap design is called Shark Mesh, which was originally created for a deep-sea professional diving.

Cartier Panthere Medium


There’s no denying that Cartier’s signature design is purely timeless. This time with Panthere, it boasts a slightly smaller case yet packs the same elegance. A quartz watch, the dial sees Cartier’s classic Roman numerical treatment and a blue jewel at its crown, and the timepiece is cased in silver. The strap you see here embraces a pseudo-hexagonal clasp system and is usually recommended to create the illusion of a bulkier wrist.

Nomos Glashutte Club 748

Going ultra-minimalist and embracing its taste in simple elegance, this Nomos 748 has a steel case and a strap of pure silver. An automatic watch, it boasts a sub-dial for seconds. The bracelet used creates the illusion of a continuous metal flow that goes all around the wrist. Of course, to allow flexibility, you’ll see tiny breaks between the silver plates. We’d suggest wearing this timepiece for mid-day indulgences, mostly casually.

Bulgari Lvcea

If you’re looking for a slice of luxury on your wrist, this is the one you need. This beautiful Bvlgari piece is undeniably one of the most desired bracelet watches in the market today. While being cased and strapped out in silver and rose gold, the dial features gold hands and a deep red base. The indices have been replaced with 11 precious stones and feature a date window at 3 o’clock. Bvlgari’s horizontal bracelet strap design is slightly off its axis, and employs alternating bands of silver and rose gold.

Balmain Arabesques

Even outside the world of watchmaking, Balmain has been making serious waves with their fashion statements. The one in our spotlight today is from their Arabesques capsule, which boasts a unique semi-rectangular case, made out of steel. The case also boasts an external artsy design, which beautifully complements its multi-hued dial. Balmain has used a pseudo-octagonal interlocking clasp system here.

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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India

Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.