The Striking Combination of Wristwatch and Bracelet

By Cynthia Sliwa — August 19, 2014

A luxury timepiece is beautiful all on its own, but this season, the impetus is to add a side bracelet (or two or three) to up the style ante.

watch plus bracelet 0414 HB perfect pairs designer combos REV

The April 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar devotes a page to the “Perfect Pairs” of wristwatches and bracelets from high-end designer lines The magazine notes:  “Good things may come in twos, but when the pairing in question is a luxury timepiece and an equally chic bracelet, it’s an especially winning match. It’s a combination that allows you to play with contrasts too. Case in point: Bulgari’s rose-gold-and-diamond bangle is an ideal foil for the brand’s borrowed-from-the-boys chronograph.”  Pictured are pairings from Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Bulgari, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry.

watch plus bracelet 0814 Glamour Katie Holmes REV

In the August 2014 issue of Glamour, actress Katie Holmes pairs an alligator-strap Cartier wristwatch with a gold Verdura bracelet. She also wears a ring from Sarah Chloe, and a Gucci necklace (obscured). Her coat and dress are from Michael Kors; her sneakers are Adidas originals.

watch plus bracelet 0914 InStyle Your Look 2014 Lydell NYC acrylic REV

InStyle Your Look 2014  released in August combines a Lydell NYC bracelet with a Diesel watch. The model also wears a pair of slender rings, one midi-fashion, from Vita Fede. The satchel is by Furla; her coat is from Elie Tahari.

watch plus bracelet 0514 HB Cartier watch REV

A fashion spread focusing on “The New Neutrals” in the May 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar includes several examples of wristwatches paired on the same wrist with bracelets. In the above photo, the model wears a Cartier watch next to one of three bracelets she is wearing, from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, along with bracelets by Cartier and Ana Khouri on her other wrist. She also wears rings from Salvatore Ferragamo and Cartier, and a necklace (obscured) from Pomellato. Her top and skirt are also from Salvatore Ferragamo.

watch plus bracelet 0514 HB multi bracelets Longines watch REV

Another photo from the May 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar combines a Longines wristwatch with bracelets from Vita Fede, Reed Krakoff, Cartier, and Eddie Borgo. The model also wears rings by Roberto Coin, Jennifer Fisher, and Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Her jacket and skirt are from Caroline Herrera; her top and bag are from Salvatore Ferragamo.

watch plus bracelet 0514 InStyle charm the parents Fossil watch REV

The “Instant Style” feature in the May 2014 issue of InStyle  chooses a watch and bracelet combo as part of a “Charm the Parents” ensemble. Pictured is a leather strap Fossil watch with bracelets from Zoetik and W. Britt. The second look, at right, is accented with a two-layer necklace from Gold Philosophy and a double wide ring in a pearl bar design, also from Gold Philosophy.

watch plus bracelet 0514 Lucky stainless steel combo Bulova REV

A polished steel Fossil bracelet is paired with a stainless steel Bulova watch in this photo from the May 2014 issue of Lucky. The model also wears Jennifer Fisher cuffs (obscured) with her Kate Spade New York embellished shirt.

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A casual look in the May 2014 issue of Lucky combines a classic Movado watch with a pair of soft-construction bracelets:  a crocheted charm bracelet from Venessa Arizaga, and a cord bracelet from Tiklari. The model wears denim overalls form Guess over a shirt from Whit. Her colorful earrings are from Noir Jewelry; her clutch is from Mansur Gavriel.

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The March 2014 issue of Self pairs an Omega wristwatch with a diamond tennis bracelet from Hearts on Fire. The model’s swimsuit, swim skirt and bag are all from Tory Burch.

watch plus bracelet 0814 Elle tennis player Sloane Stephens bad bracelet REV

The August 2014 issue of Elle profiles American tennis star Sloane Stephens wearing a combination of a sporty watch and a bracelet of straight lines and sharp angles, neither of which pieces is identified. In a contest between those two pieces, I think it likely that the bracelet will win, rather quickly making work of the more fragile watch. It’s not a good game if the parties are not well matched. The striking combination of wristwatch and bracelet can prove to be a one-sided match.


Price Check:

  • Ana Khouri:  multi-strand bracelet (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), price upon request
  • Bulgari:  bracelet (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $7,100; wristwatch (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), price upon request
  • Bulova:  wristwatch (5/14 Lucky), $399
  • Cartier: wristwatch (8/14 Glamour), $11,900 ; bracelets (4/14 and 5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $4,450 each; wristwatch (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $23,300; ring (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $1,590; wristwatch (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), price upon request
  • Chanel Fine Jewelry:   bracelet (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $14,700
  • Chanel Watch:  wristwatch (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), price upon request
  • Diesel wristwatch (InStyle Your Look 2014), details not provided
  • Eddie Borgo:  “Gold Lotus Cone Bracelet” of 9kt gold-plated brass (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $350; second bracelet (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $325
  • Fossil:  stainless steel watch with leather strap (5/14 InStyle), $125; “D-Link” bracelet of stainless steel with crystal pavé detail  (5/14 Lucky), $68
  • Gold Philosophy:  “Layered Pearl Bar Necklace” of cubic zirconia, cultured pearl, and gold vermeil (5/14 InStyle), $250; “Double Bar Ring” of cultured pearls and gold vermeil (5/14 InStyle), $200
  • Gucci:  necklace  (8/14 Glamour), $4,655
  • Hearts on Fire:  diamond tennis bracelet (3/14 Self), price upon request
  • Jennifer Fisher:  ring (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $150; cuffs (5/14 Lucky), $210 to $295 each
  • Longines:  wristwatch (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $1,300
  • Louis Vuitton:  bracelet and watch (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), prices upon request
  • Lydell NYC:  “Jet and Crystal Open Cuff” (InStyle Your Look 2014), $42
  • Movado:  “Bold” watch (5/14 Lucky), 595
  • Noir Jewelry:  colorful earrings (5/14 Lucky), $58
  • Omega:  wristwatch (3/14 Self), price upon request
  • Pomellato:  necklace (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $3,950
  • Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry: bracelet  (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $6,000; wristwatch (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), price upon request
  • Reed Krakoff:  bracelet (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $290
  • Roberto Coin:  rings (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $950 – $1700
  • Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane:  bracelet (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $3,800; ring (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $295
  • Salvatore Ferragamo:  ring (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $1,900
  • Sarah Chloe:  ring (8/14 Glamour), $108
  • Tiffany & Co.: bracelet(4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $5,800; wristwatch (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $6,700
  • Tiklari:  cord bracelet (5/14 Lucky), $78
  • Van Cleef & Arpels: bracelet (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $6,700; watch (4/14 Harper’s Bazaar), price upon request
  • Venessa Arizaga:  “Treasure Beach Bracelet” of crochet threadwork and silver-plated brass hardware with mixed media charms (5/14 Lucky), $235
  • Verdura: gold cuff  bracelet (8/14 Glamour), $9,750
  • Vita Fede: bracelet (5/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $650; “Ultra Mini V Crystal Midi Rings” of 24kt gold-plated brass (InStyle Your Look 2014), $150 each
  • W. Britt: bracelet of gold plate with rhodium plate (5/14 InStyle), $595 for a set of five
  • Zoetik:   crystal and gold plate bracelet (5/14 InStyle), $45


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