Metal bracelet watches are a statement-making trend in seasonal timepieces.
While watches with colorful leather and rubber straps offer women a fun—and functional—way to accessorize, metal bracelets have returned to the scene, offering watch collectors an alluring alternative to their tried-and-true summer timepiece. In fact, many watch brands offer two-tone bracelets in supple links or in rigid styles that call to mind a sculptural cuff, making these watches as much a piece of fine jewelry as a well-crafted timepiece.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT 1. From Baume & Mercier, the Promesse collection makes its retail debut this month. This two-tone Promesse ($4,490), with oval and round shapes, is crafted in stainless steel and 18k gold. Marshall Pierce & Company, 29 E. Madison St., Ste. 600, 312-372-2415.
2. This Movado Concerto timepiece ($1,495) is crafted in stainless steel with gold-plated accent bracelet links. The 26.5mm watch features a silver soleil dial with diamond markers. New York Jewelers, 11 N. Wabash Ave., 312-855-4999.
3. This 38mm David Yurman Classic watch ($5,000) is crafted in stainless steel and 18k yellow gold, and houses a quartz movement. 40 E. Oak St., 312-787-7779.
4. From ALOR, this 1979 watch ($995) features a double-bezel case with diamonds and a mother-of-pearl dial. It is crafted in stainless steel and rose-gold PVD. James & Williams Jewelers, 7020 W. Cermak Road, Berwyn, 708-788-9200.
photography by jeff crawford; Styling by Chris Stone; ACCESSORIES: Devereaux vanity tray, Ralph Lauren ($295). 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-1655. Gardenia Rattan eau de parfum, Aerin ($110). Bloomingdale’s, 900 North Michigan Shops, 312-440-4460. Fifi slip, Agent Provocateur ($240). 47 E. Oak St., 312-335-0229. Oval minaudière, Aerin ($700). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500. 18k white gold L’Heure du Diamant earrings,Chopard (PRICE ON REQUEST). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900