WH AT YOUR WATCH SAYS A BOUT YOU

A tax­on­omy of time­pieces and how to wear them. By Chris­tine Whit­ney.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Watches Bazaar -

Ask any suc­cess­ful woman and she’ll say that in our speeded-up world, time has be­come the ul­ti­mate lux­ury. We’d like to ar­gue, though, that the timepiece takes that ti­tle. In an age in which clocks are ev­ery­where – on phones, tablets – the wrist­watch feels like a se­ri­ous in­dul­gence, a trend-tran­scend­ing sym­bol of sta­tus and style that says as much about us as an en­gage­ment di­a­mond. One watch that has us lin­ing up to com­mit is the clas­sic stain­less steel timepiece – it’s the rare catch that’s rich yet still grounded. Not to men­tion that it’s a mas­ter of ver­sa­til­ity: Styles such as TAG Heuer’s Car­rera can skew both ca­sual (with a T-shirt and jeans) or boss-of-the-board­room (with a tai­lored Vic­to­ria Beck­ham dress). Am­ber Heard has pledged al­le­giance to a large ver­sion of the Cartier Ballon Bleu, while the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s is smaller and more con­ser­va­tive. For the red car­pet, look no fur­ther than Pi­aget’s aptly named Lime­light time­pieces. One of its new­est is the Lime­light Gala watch. With its sen­sual curves high­lighted by elon­gated horns and a bezel dec­o­rated with di­a­monds, the Lime­light Gala has been spot­ted at the re­cent Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, on Gong Li’s wrist. It’s as beau­ti­ful with an evening gown as with a white blouse, on trend with a blazer and wide-legged pants. On the more ca­sual end of the spec­trum, fashion’s love af­fair with leather wrap-band watches is no se­cret: Gwyneth Pal­trow and Princess Beatrice both wear Her­mès’s pop­u­lar Cape Cod style. It’s one for when you want to feel re­laxed and cool, chan­nelling your in­ner Inès de la Fres­sange – the French model and de­signer who lit­er­ally wrote the book on Parisian chic ( Parisian Chic: A Style Guide). De la Fres­sange favours the neu­tral-leather Cape Cod. While fish­net-and-grill en­thu­si­ast Madonna is by no means the poster girl for sub­tlety, she has also been seen sport­ing the style, al­beit with her less con­spic­u­ous, all-black out­fits. Then there’s the over­size bor­rowed-from-your-boyfriend chrono­graph, the sul­tri­est of its species both be­cause of and de­spite the fact that it’s a man’s watch. A Rolex Day­tona or an Aude­mars Piguet Royal Oak on a woman’s wrist is the ac­ces­sory equiv­a­lent of the men’s but­ton-down worn af­ter an im­promptu sleep­over – it ex­udes both power and dan­ger­ously at­trac­tive non­cha­lance. The Day­tona is the pre­ferred style of fashion über women like Vic­to­ria Beck­ham and Sofia Ver­gara. (We like to think VB swiped hers off foot­baller hus­band David’s bedside ta­ble.) To push the look to its limit, wear it with this sea­son’s struc­tured menswear-in­spired shirt and leave a few but­tons strate­gi­cally un­done. So what does your watch say about you? It could read “ap­proach­able” or “not to be messed with,” ca­sual or high so­ci­ety. In the end, the mes­sage is like that of the we’re-not-so-dif­fer­ent-af­ter-all ’80s movie The Break­fast Club: There’s a lit­tle of each per­sona in all of us. And that’s a good thing. With a watch for ev­ery whim, why not wear your heart on your wrist?

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