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The Life of a Collector Couples Watches: Ultimate His and Hers

If you’re not one for sharing watches with your significant other out of fear of them wearing it forever, have no fear. Watch brands design both matching pieces and pieces designed to complement each other in both feminine and masculine interpretations.

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Men’s watches don’t need to be oversized sports models and women’s don’t need to be small and jewel encrusted. We’re looking at a variety of models and brands covering all spectrum’s of individual taste in watch brands and design.

Baume and Mercier

Designing and producing watches since 1830, Baumer & Mercier aims to create exceptional models with cutting edge innovation. Baume & Mercier has specifically designed the Classima collection to be timelessly styled, making for the perfect celebration timepiece for life events.

For Him: Classima 10097

The modern dress watch; this Classima is ultra thin and 39mm across. Around the outer edge of the stark white dial, is the sporty minute track. You’ll see at 3 o’clock, there is a discrete date window next to the Roman numeral “III.” Having these two features side by side is a unique part of Baume & Mercier style, many brands tend to forego the numeral in preference of the date window.

For Her: Classima 10353

The current Classima was inspired by a 1940’s museum piece found in the archives, showing the brand’s heritage. The white dial is contrasted against the navy blue alligator strap. The watch features sleek design with slim Roman numerals, indices and a subtle date aperture. While formally styled, the watch makes for a perfect every-day wear.

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer has a long standing history with racing and automotive inspired timepieces, from the Monaco to the Formula One model lines. Most recently in 2016, Tag Heuer partnered with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. For over 150 years, Tag Heuer has pushed to reach ever higher levels of precision and performance.

For Him: Formula 1 Chronograph CAZ1011.BA0843

The chronograph isn’t the only sporty accent on this Formula 1, the bracelet features a racing suit extension. The Formula 1 chronograph is designed for a fast-paced life yet something casual to wear every day. The watch features the iconic Formula 1 shape, a constant in the series since it’s launch in 1986.

For Her: Formula 1 WAH1314.BA0867

For women, the Formula 1 design blends high fashion and laidback glamour, where fashion meets function. This can be seen in the steel and ceramic case and bracelet, surrounding a black dial. Ceramic is a high tech modern material offering a scratch and fade resistant complement to steel. Complementing the dial, and adding some high fashion, are the 12 diamond hour markers.

Omega

Omega is a brand with a very strong identity, and equally as strong ties with sports watches like the Speedmaster and Seamaster. Omega does have a diverse history of models, including dress pieces and ladies watches.

For Him: Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 130.33.39.21.02.001

The Globemaster, is a direct descendant of the Omega Constellation produced in the 1950s and 1960s. This classic model features an updated pie-pan dial with distinctive hour markers. The watch can be seen as an every-day dress watch, and features the Co-Axial caliber 8900. This means this is the first Omega meeting the Master Chronometer standard.

For Her: Ladymatic Co-Axial 425.35.34.20.55.002

The Ladymatic was intorudced in 1955 and quickly became a staple in ladies fashion, known for captivating style and grace. This watch was designed for a woman of the 21st century. The stainless steel case is finished off by a pave diamond bezel and 11 diamond hour markers. Powering the Ladymatic is the Oemga Co-Axial caliber 8520.

Cartier

While Cartier is associated with dazzling diamonds, they began creating       wrist watches in 1904 for the pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont. From there the balance of form and function continued with refined lines found on the Tank to the modern designs in recent releases at SIHH.

For Him: Drive De Cartier WGNM0003

A new model for the brand, released in 2016, is the Cartier Drive. This model is a modern sports watch from Cartier but is also inspired by automotive features. The watch is refined and masculine while featuring a cushioned case. The guilloche on the dial is reminiscent of radiator grills while the crown is Cartier’s take on a bolt, holding things together.

For Her: Cle De Cartier WSCL0005

The Cle De Cartier released in 2015, features soft curves, clean lines and subtle rounded profile. The watch is key set by the Cartier sapphire crown. The watch can be found in three case sizes, with the smallest 31mm being a true ladies size. The entire design of the watch is not showy, even with the blue hands and Roman numerals against the silver dial. There are diamond encrusted models of the Cle if you were looking for something a little more showy than a daily wear.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

When you hear Jaeger-LeCoultre, there are many different models that come to mind including the Art Deco inspired Reverso to the sporty Master Extreme.  The Master collection is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary in 2017 and has the ability to merge modern, ultra thin watches with classic designs.

For Him: Master Ultra Thin Moon Q1368420

The Master Ultra Thin Moon is just that; an ultra thin watch with moonphase in a modern, pared down design. The silver dial is very balanced with a date wheel surrounding the moonphase, keeping everything symmetrical. The 39mm watch was originally introduced at SIHH 2012 and is both sophisticated enough for dress wear yet casual enough for every day.

For Her: Master Ultra Thin Moon Q1258401

Jaeger-LeCoultre takes the romantic complication of the moonphase, and pairs it within a moderately sized steel case. The diamond bezel adds a special touch to the case. The blue leather strap complements the blue and yellow found in the moonphase, making them pop against the silver dial and case. The ultra thin, 9.2mm thick case, allows the watch to comfortably fit her wrist.

Patek Philippe

It’s hard to look at Patek Philippe and not think of the Nautilus collection. The sporty yet classic model was launched in 1976 during a time when luxury watches were expected in gold. The first ladies model was launched in 1980 in steel, gold and multi color versions.

For Him: Nautilus 5711/1A-011

Originally launched at Baselworld in 2012, Patek Philippe changed up the Nautilus with the stark white dial 5711. The watch wears like a sports watch but feels, and looks, more like a dress watch in many aspects. The case is low profile and features a robust bracelet. The white dial is completed by oxidized gold indices and hands and a discrete date window. Did we mention it also features a 120m water resistance, adding to the sporty side?

For Her: Nautilus 7118/1200R-001

Taking a more feminine approach to the classic model, for her we’re looking at the 7118 in rose gold. Complementing the white dial on the mens, this ladies model features a silvery Opaline dial. The rose gold used is a much softer approach versus the typical stainless steel. The diamond bezel dresses up this model even more than rose gold alone. While sporty in design, this watch features a 60m water resistance making it better suited for more casual to formal occasions.

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet creates a variety of models from the dressier Jules Audemars, the unique Millenary to the sporty Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore. The brand was the first to produce a perpetual watch with leap year indicator in the 1950s.

For Him: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26574OR.OO.1220OR.01

In 2015, the rose gold perpetual calendar with silver dial was released; there is also a beautiful blue dial if that’s more your style. The 41mm case allows for a large, legible dial with an easy to read leap year indicator and 52 week indicator around the chapter ring. In the six o’clock subdial is a photorealistic, laser etched moon-phase display. This makes for an incredibly small, extra special detail for watch lovers.

For Her: Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26048OK.ZZ.D010CA.01

Turning to a more sporty reference for her, is the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in matching rose gold and white dial. This could be considered the “big sister” to the Royal Oak worn by tennis superstar, Serena Williams; although she was spotted wearing a Millenary this year when she won the Australian Open for her 23rd Open title title. The white rubber strap and chronograph are offset by the diamond bezel and hour markers.

About Emily Smith
Emily loves the history of watches and loves learning how they work. While she enjoys the look of vintage watches, she is excited to learn about new models and to build her collection.

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