When it comes to watches, we tend to focus on the movement and its complications. While this is indeed often the reason why we buy a particular watch, a good bracelet, when it is of course fitted with one, can also have a substantial impact on how we enjoy it in day to day life. It should not only firmly yet comfortably secure the watch on our wrist, but it must also match its style. Designing and creating such a bracelet is not an easy task, yet these four brands nailed it.
Patek Philippe 5270/1R
This perpetual calendar chronograph from Patek Philippe is in every variation to die for, yet especially in rose gold. Here it not only comes with a stunning black dial but also on the ‘Goutte” bracelet. This bracelet connects seamlessly to the case, and is in its appearance also not too classic with its five-link design. Each link is polished to perfection, and that makes this bracelet in particular very comfortable to wear. Three of the correctors of the perpetual calendar are integrated in top links, which adds even more character, next to the generous dash of luxury of the bracelet itself, to the already impressive reference 5270.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon
Ultra-thin watches usually don’t come on bracelets. This is mostly because the vast majority of these watches are very classic and traditional, but also because a thin bracelet is quite hard to make. Bulgari simply sees this as an enjoyable challenge and developed a stunning bracelet for their avant-garde Octo Finissimo collection. They make it in a variety of different materials, including a thin ply carbon set in an epoxy resin, which is incredibly light and durable.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
When Omega introduced the Seamaster Diver 300M in 1993, they achieved something amazing. Not only was it a great watch, but they also launched it on a bracelet whose design was revolutionary in the field of diving watches, because if we are honest, most of them resemble that of the Rolex Submariner. For the latest generation, this bracelet was redesigned in a very subtle way. We are especially fond of it in the version which combines titanium, tantalum, and Sedna Gold. Why? Because it adds a bit of contrast and highlights the unique design of this bracelet even more.
Santos de Cartier
The Santos de Cartier represents another breakthrough in bracelet design. What looks solid and robust does, in fact, wrap smoothly around the wrist. This bracelet also played a vital part in the legend that the Santos de Cartier became when it was ‘relaunched’ in 1978. Cartier has in the latest version significantly upgraded the bracelet. You can now not only swap it in seconds for a strap without the use of tools, but you can even size the bracelet yourself with ease. Just press on a small button on the inside of the bracelet link and a pin springs out. You can then either pull it out entirely or push it back after which it secures itself again. This way links can easily be taken out or added, ensuring a perfect fit at all times of one of the most iconic bracelets available on a watch.