The watch is a favorite piece of jewelry for many women. It’s a fashion accessory and a prestigious object that combines aesthetics and technical prowess. But the question many women ask themselves concerns the material of the bracelet. Should it be leather or steel? Here’s our answer in this article.

The great comeback of the steel bracelet

Women’s leather watchbands have long been a must-have, almost a compulsory choice. But for some years now, the steel bracelet has been making a comeback and has been the big trend for some time now. Steel’s return to favor reflects the evolution of fashion towards lighter, more modern and casual styles, even for the most sophisticated outfits.

It’s also a tribute to the solidity and practicality of these bracelets which, when well made, are reputed to be indestructible. Is this enough to dethrone the women’s leather watchband for good? No, because it’s all a question of taste.

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Vary the materials to vary the pleasures

As a watch lover, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one type of bracelet. A woman’s leather watchband is still very much in vogue, and is recommended for certain very fine watches for which a steel bracelet may not be suitable. The leather strap is always a sign of elegance and refinement, especially as it comes in countless textures, colors and finishes. An interchangeable women’s leather strap is a way of personalizing your watch to suit your outfits and desires.

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A steel bracelet, on the other hand, is best suited to more modern, sporty outfits. It goes very well with jeans and heavy canvas pants, but also with more classic outfits such as suits.

In any case, your choice should be guided solely by your tastes and preferences, as fashion today is more flexible than ever, and it will be very difficult for you to fall into bad taste by choosing either of these two bracelets.

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The value and aesthetics of your watch depends of course largely on its mechanism and dial. However, the strap also plays an important role, it dresses your wrist as well as the watch you are wearing and reinforces the cachet and elegance of the latter. It is therefore important to choose it well and here are some tips to do so.

The dimensions

The dimensions of the watch band are the width, also called the lugs and the length. The first is expressed in millimeters and ranges from 18 to 22 millimeters. You should choose this width according to the lugs of your watch and, preferably, take a slightly narrower strap so that it can turn easily and keep the watch flexible.

The length of the strap ranges from 15 to 19 centimeters for men and 13 to 18 centimeters for women. If you have a “standard” wrist size, you don’t have to worry about the length of the strap, but this issue becomes important as soon as you have a thicker or thinner than average wrist. In this case, you should look for a watchband with a suitable length or adjust your own by adding perforations for example.

The material

As for the material, it all depends on the type and style of watch. For a classic watch, choose noble materials such as leather and steel or precious metals. Here again, you have a choice of many types and colors of steel and leather that you should adapt to the color and style of your watch. Nylon, rubber or silicone straps are best reserved for more sporty and less formal watches.

The buckle

For the buckle of a leather watch band, you have the choice between the pin buckle, the most classic and elegant. However, it requires the strap to be the right length and it is somewhat complicated to put on.

The butterfly or folding buckle is more practical, as it allows you to adjust the length of the bracelet once and for all and to open and close it with one hand.

The pocket watch has long been the standard, but even after the invention of the wristwatch in 1810 by Berguet, it remained fashionable and very popular with lovers of fine watches. It is, indeed, an object that allows to know the time, but it is also an accessory of fashion and refinement.

A manual, automatic or quartz movement

The oldest gusseted watches are equipped with manual winding movements. The energy the watch needs to run is provided by a mainspring that must be contracted by turning a crown. This is known as manual winding, which must be carried out at a variable frequency depending on the watch model.

There are also pocket watches with automatic movements that work in the same way as the previous ones, but which wind themselves when worn. This is possible thanks to an additional part, the rotor. This is a weight that, as it swings from left to right with the natural movements of the wearer, compresses the mainspring and winds the watch.

Less interesting, quartz pocket watches are more recent and work thanks to a battery that sends electrical impulses to make the quartz vibrate. The vibrations are transmitted to a circuit board that translates them into hand movements.

How to wind a mechanical pocket watch?

Older pocket watches are wound with a key that fits into a keyhole on the back of the case. To wind the watch, simply insert the key and turn it clockwise until you feel a slight resistance.

Older pocket watches are wound with a crown. The crown can have three positions: up, to set the time, down, to wind the mechanism and halfway up, to set the date. To wind the pocket watch, simply place the crown in the down position and turn it clockwise until you feel some resistance.

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A watch is an accessory that fulfills two functions, the first, to tell you the time and the second, to beautify you. Indeed, if you have just acquired a two-tone watch for women, you will quickly realize that your choice of outfit is not trivial. That’s why we suggest different ways to wear your two-tone watch for women to highlight both of you.

Color harmony with your jewelry

First of all, it is important to take into account the colors of your other jewelry and accessories. For example, if your watch is gold and black, then you can wear gold jewelry, you will be more elegant. On the other hand, if your watch has colors close to white gold or silver, then you can wear silver jewelry, it will harmonize the colors.

Play with the colors of your outfit

Next, you can play with the colors of your outfit to make your watch stand out. If it has a black strap and a green dial, then you can wear a top or a dress in the same tones for a coordinated and harmonious style. If your watch has a particularly bright color like red and white, you can wear a sober outfit. Here, the goal will be to highlight your two-tone watch for women so that it becomes the main piece of your outfit.

In summary, to wear a women’s watch with two colors, it is important to consider the colors of your jewelry and your outfit, as well as the size of your watch. Depending on the size of your watch, you will need to adjust the size and appearance of your jewelry. With these few tips, you have all the cards to highlight your watch and present an harmonious outfit.

The skeleton watch for men or women is characterized by the presence of a transparent dial showing a direct view on the internal mechanism. The idea is then to better highlight the movement of the watch while allowing to appreciate the important work of creation and its finesse. Do you want to show it off as well as possible? Immerse yourself in reading the text below. You will find several tips that will help you wear such a watch well!

The ideal watch for the professional world

When it comes to style, the professional world leaves little room for doubt. To limit the risk of making a mistake, always opt for simplicity and sobriety. In this context, you will choose your men’s skeleton watch with sober colors. Also focus your attention on its bracelet. To assert your style, it must necessarily be leather.

How to build a more casual style?

The skeleton watch for men also allows the creation of a more casual look. Opt for a larger watch, so as to attract more attention and create a shift with the rest of your outfit. For a more casual look, pair it with a white cotton tee on warm days or a simple white sweater in the winter. Don’t forget to add the essential jeans (or even shorts in case of hot weather) to this ensemble!

And for women?

Contrary to an unfortunately widespread misconception, the skeleton watch is not only for men. Indeed, manufacturers have developed specific ranges exclusively for these ladies. These models often have bright and original dial or bracelet colors. Your objective will be to harmonize the watch with your clothes. A gold or even powder pink model will go perfectly with a predominantly white, brown or beige outfit. A black or white watch, on the other hand, will have the immense advantage of going with almost any outfit color!

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In the beginning, watches were only analog, there were only watches with needles. It was not until the 20th century that another type of watch appeared, the digital watch. Although practical and accessible, the latter is still shunned by watch enthusiasts who prefer hands. But why such a preference? An anchoring in tradition? Elitism or simple love of precision mechanisms?

The watch with hands: elegance and tradition

If there is one field where tradition and elegance are at the heart of concerns, it is the watchmaking industry. A watch with a hand is a precious object, an object of art, as well as the witness of a tradition of precision watchmaking that is already several centuries old. It is therefore quite natural that watch lovers refuse to give in and convert to digital at the expense of hands. If they did, it would be an admission on their part that the watch is only a functional object that should only serve one purpose, to tell the time. However, the watch cannot be reduced to this single dimension. The watch is often a main ornament for the woman and for the man, it is often the only one. It is therefore natural that those who wear these accessories prefer them in their authentic, original version, which preserves their artistic and traditional aspect.

An attachment to the high technicality of watches

If this attachment to watch hands is so strong, it is because these objects maintain the tradition of artisanal watchmaking and preserve the watch’s status as a work of art and artistic jewelry, but also as a highly technical object. Indeed, we must not ignore the fact that the first great watchmakers were as good technicians of the mechanism as goldsmiths. Two dimensions that digital watches will never be able to match, even if some models of these watches can be very elegant and sophisticated.

The attachment of watch enthusiasts to watch hands is therefore due to their taste for tradition and elegance, but it is also motivated by a desire to pay tribute to the precious know-how that makes these watches so unique.

The pocket watch is still considered today as a chic fashion accessory. Truly timeless and able to match almost any style, it has seduced men and women alike.

The pocket watch and the essential vest

The vest is often worn on the occasion of an event or an official ceremony. What if you played the card of originality by associating it with a pocket watch? The vest will indeed be ideal to perfectly highlight your accessory. So don’t feel obliged to wear a three-piece suit.

A little tip: take care of the color of the chain. It should match the color of the vest so that it remains visible. Don’t hesitate to surprise your interlocutors by taking out your watch in style!

How to wear it with a jacket?

For a more casual style, you can also choose to wear a blazer-type jacket. You will then slip the pocket watch into the pocket, as you would with a vest. If you don’t have a blazer, you will have to put the chain through your belt before placing it in your pants pocket. You can then complete your outfit with a polo shirt or a simple t-shirt.

And with jeans?

The idea is, once again, to play on the contrast between casual look and chic style. Ideally, jeans should be dark (black, gray and navy blue) with a straight or slim fit. Also pay attention to the choice of the chain for the pocket watch. It should be thick enough (a bit like a bracelet) and dark in color (black or silver). Then you will just have to add a shirt and a jacket.

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Automatic watches for women are accessories with a dual purpose, the first is of course functional, the other is fashion. These are the two issues at the heart of the choice of a watch for a woman.

The design of the watch

Sporty, elegant or luxurious, automatic women’s watches can take different shapes and designs. The design will say a lot about you, your personality and your social status. However, as a working woman, you can vary your styles according to your desires and needs.

For example, to sport a dynamic look, a sportier watch can perfectly complete your ensemble.
For an evening out, an elegant watch will complete your outfit and enhance your wrists. A rule to remember: for slim wrists, opt for automatic women’s watches with a small dial and medium strap. On the other hand, for large wrists, you should choose a large dial and a very thin strap.

Finally, regarding the design, there is one point to watch out for: visual overload. A watch that looks blinged out is often a sign of poor quality and bad taste. “Simplicity is the key to elegance” as Coco Chanel once said. Your watch must meet this criterion of refinement.

The shape and composition of your case

Today, watches come in different shapes: round, oval, square and rectangular. However, the round shape is currently more in vogue.

If the style is important, the materials that compose your watch are just as important. Indeed, on the one hand, because they directly influence the design, but also because they directly affect the perceived quality of your watch.

The choice of a watch is a decision dictated by use and by your personality. These two points will dictate the overall design of your watch.

Watchmaking is an artisanal profession which, due to its complexity and artistic potential, has rapidly become an art. If art and know-how are not synonymous, they are nevertheless close. This know-how was rewarded in December 2020 by UNESCO, since watchmaking know-how and art mechanics have been included in the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The French watch is more than ever at the top of the world watchmaking.

Watchmaking, a technical know-how

Watchmaking is a skill where the professional must perfectly master many aspects without which robustness and precision cannot be guaranteed. The mastery of alloys and more globally of materials will allow the timepiece to be robust, reliable and aesthetic at the same time. While the knowledge of mechanical movements will allow to obtain a precise movement.

This sum of technical knowledge makes it possible to obtain an object of exceptional quality and reliability.

Watchmaker, a know-how of aestheticism

Watchmaking is also an artistic profession where aesthetics play as important a role as the intrinsic technical quality of the timepiece. The alloys and their compositions have a strong impact on the colors and brilliance of the elements.

The dial must correspond to the purpose of the watch, but also to the clientele, who may be just as fond of sobriety as of technical elements such as an altimeter or a date display. Visual harmony, good reading of the time and indicators as well as the general aspect of the timepiece are part of the aesthetic issues of a French watch.

If Switzerland is particularly famous for its watches, in France, it is the city of Besançon which is the standard bearer of French watchmaking. Indeed, the city that calls itself the capital of time has been working for many years to spread the fame of French watches, but also to breathe a wind of renewal into French watchmaking. Crowned as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, the French know-how in the field of watchmaking and the art of mechanics is more than ever alive and has a bright future ahead of it.

Watchmakers have long mastered the art of adding complications to their watches. One of the most fascinating and elegant of these complications is the moon phase.

A dial that changes with the moon

A moon phase watch is characterized by its dial that automatically reproduces the phases of the lunar cycle. Thanks to this complication, the watch displays the full moon, the new moon, the first and last quarter of the moon. On a moon phase watch, the moon begins its course on the left side of the dial. This is the beginning of the lunar month and the first phase of the cycle during which the moon is waxing. In the middle of the month, the moon is full and is displayed on the watch as a solid circle. The waning phase then begins until the moon disappears completely to the right of the dial, before reappearing again to the left, for a new cycle.

A history of more than a century

The moon phase watch was invented in 1925 by the Swiss watch company Patek Philippe. This first moon phase watch was called the Perpetual Calendar 97975. This elegant wristwatch was also the first to feature a true perpetual calendar. However, another moon phase object existed before this watch. It was a women’s pendant made by the same company in 1898, 27 years before the watch.

Since then, this innovation by Patek Philippe has inspired countless watchmakers and today there are many models of moon phase watches on the market. Among them, the Rolex Ref. 6062 from 1953, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175, the watchmaker’s most complicated watch, or the Jaeger-Lecoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon. These watches, in addition to their great beauty, achieve, for the most part, the feat of remaining accurate for thousands of hours.

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