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May 2016

Talking of watch bands...

 bracelets fantaisie

Milanese mesh or colourful leather? There's a watch band to match every possible style and to let you personalise your watch in a few seconds.


These two trends were very noticeable at the timewear shows. Star of the year is the Milanese-mesh bracelet so popular in the Fifties (the one that looks like chain mail), reinvented essentially by couture houses using it as a style exercise to showcase their extensive knowhow. For example, the D de Dior Satine in yellow or pink gold or steel was designed by Victoire de Castellane as if it were a ribbon that tells the time, clasping the wrist with unimagined suppleness. Chanel had a similar idea for the bracelet of its Boy.Friend Tweed, imitating that fabric beloved of Coco Chanel. The iconic case of Piaget's Limelight Gala with its two asymmetrical horns looks extra-lovely on a pink or white gold bracelet that seems to flow around the wrist. Boucheron too came up with a version for its Reflet watch, offering interchangeable shiny or matt watch bands in shades ranging from sober black and glamorous red to flashy to soft hues. A quick change and your timepiece matches your mood!
For its Overseas model Vacheron Constantin has developed an ingenious system of removable watch bands, no tool needed and as tough as any fixed band. These come in leather, rubber, steel or gold, each giving this iconic watch a different look to go with your outfit-of-the-day. Lastly, Hermès is seducing hip women with its Faubourg Manchette Joaillerie amply demonstrating its superlative leather craftsmanship through a broad, chic cuff in blue, green or brown.