Stacking your bracelets with a watch might not always be a good idea (you don’t want to be scratching that Audemars Piguet, do you?), which is why we’ve sussed out the next best thing for your obsessive layering needs: watches with wrap-around straps. Whether you choose to rock that devil-may-care attitude with an edgy chain design or go ultra-feminine with diamond-studded details, these five timepieces are a great way to add detail to any outfit.
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Hermès might be known largely for its leather goods, but the French luxury label also has a very prominent place in horology. And if you’ve been an ardent fan, you would know about the Heure H watch, which is pretty much the Rolls-Royce of wrap-around watches.
Marked distinctly by a letter ‘H’ — the emblem of the House — the Hermès Heure H watch remains one of the label’s most well-loved timepieces since its debut in 1996. Housed within the signature case is a twelve-division dial that’s reminiscent of a sundial. Of course, the only other highlight of an Hermès timepiece would be the double tour calfskin leather strap, with our favourite being the iconic orange version.
Launched earlier this year at the SIHH, the new Baume & Mercier Petite Promesse is really one for the most feminine of ladies. And this is reflected in the details — around the bezel sits diamonds that frame the mother-of-pearl dial, which is also set with even more diamonds at the 12 and 6 o’clock position instead of indices.
To amp up the femininity, Baume & Mercier added the double-wrapped bracelet to the Petite Promesse. Being a miniature 22m in diameter, this watch is good news for ladies with tiny delicate wrists.
Imbued by the aesthetic elegance of the ‘30s, it’s easy to see how the Première watch is based on the legendary silhouette of the No. 5 perfume bottle stopper and the geometrical proportions of the Place Vendome in Paris. This classic is inspired by the simplicity once so cherished by Mademoiselle Chanel. The Maison then incorporated a little of Chanel’s famous 2.55 bag to the watch by adding a chain bracelet to the collection, a feminine touch to the minimalist black lacquered, un-numbered dial.
Like its name suggests, Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Bijou Secret watch keeps a well-kept secret. Swivel open the diamond-set monogram-engraved steel cover and you’ll be greeted by a white mother-of-pearl dial. This unique concept was born out of the notion that it was vulgar for women to consult the time in the ‘20s. While it’s perfectly acceptable for ladies to read the time now, we love the idea of having a dual-function accessory — one that serves as both a bracelet and watch.
Michael Kors plays on the virtue of simplicity with the Jaryn leather wrapped watch. Designed with a rose gold-tone stainless steel case and plum leather strap, the watch is a great way to add colour to your ensemble subtly, with the layered effect adding a touch of insouciance to the look.