A sartorial report straight from Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and Baselworld.
Here's the thing about investing in a watch: You want your purchase to look exquisite, but it should also hold up, keeping time for decades, if not generations. At the 2017 Swiss watch fairs, Geneva-based Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and the more recent Baselworld, many of the women's pieces highlighted a classic elegance, but they also included impressive mechanics. So while a lack of bling was notable—the offerings leaned toward a simple, wearable vibe instead—it was the use of high-tech materials and new textures that proved particularly impressive.
Aesthetically, it's also an exciting time to add a watch to your jewelry drawer. Pink is making a welcome comeback and offering an attractive femininity, and a handful of monochromatic styles are the pinnacle of chic. Even better, a few styles are known for holding their value, helping to justify the expenditure.
Stephen Watson is a freelance stylist and watch editor.