Cru 2018

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One watch for two


05.2018

Fashionistas are fond of borrowing their man's timepiece too, and these smaller models suit male and female wrists equally well.

After a decade-plus of big cases, watches are slimming down and exhibiting vital statistics that make them easier to wear for men and women. Around 37mm or 38mm and everyone is happy – because as well as wearing their jeans and shirts, women just love pinching their boyfriend's watch as well! The sleeker, more sober styling of men's collections appeals very much to the ladies, in fact strong-charactered women have long been ahead of the trend in sporting a power Rolex on their wrist. The elegant modern woman can easily wear the 38mm Breguet Classique Extra-Flat 5157 in pink gold; meticulously finished and with a hand-guillochéd silvered gold dial, this watch is nothing if not pure and timeless in styling. Panerai had accustomed us to imposing "tool watches" but this year it too embraces the new trend with a more urban timepiece, the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic in red gold or steel, in a 38mm diameter for the first time. Women into the masculine/feminine look will surely go for Chaumet's 38mm cushion-case Dandy, celebrating the model's 15th year in polished pink gold with brushed chamfering and a grained dial, or steel with a blue dial. The hippest couples will happily share a 37mm Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet, while the more classically inclined may fight over Jaquet Droz's 39mm emblematic Grande Seconde.