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Luxury Watch Countdown: Exceptional Styles to Give or Get

Time flies. Time reveals all things. There’s no time like the present—and there’s no present like a timepiece. If you’re looking for a gift that will stand the test of, well, yes, a luxury watch is the high noon of gifting. Sentimental and practical, watches rest intimately on the wearer’s wrist, subtly reminding her of the day’s hours and the bestower’s generosity.

For generations, companies have excelled at elegantly matching state-of-the-art mechanics and materials with aesthetics. Now, here’s what you should know when shopping for watches (no matter the recipient) as well as our favorite models this season—but their appeal is truly timeless.


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Mechanical Magic with Cameron Weiss, Founder of Weiss Watches


When you make the leap from quartz movements to mechanical watches, it’s a different world. You’re blessing your wrist with throwback artistry that will last generations. And there’s just something miraculous about all those springs and gears working together.

If you look for that kind of product made in America, you’ll run out of options pretty quickly. Cameron Weiss would like to change that. He grew up surfing in California and started Weiss Watches after attending watchmaking school in Switzerland. Now he runs the company out of Los Angeles, helping to make watches by hand and drawing on the talents of machinists and engineers who have worked in the local aerospace industry, while using vintage tools that aren’t even commercially available anymore.

We chatted with him about his love of underwater photography, the industry-shaking impact of the Swatch and whether being a watchmaker is at all similar to being a god.

SHOP: Weiss Watches


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What Makes You Tick?

Ever wonder which type of watch suits you best? We think a truly distinct timepiece marks a woman’s personal style as precisely as it marks time.

Take your time browsing through our Watch Gift Guide, where you can find just the right ticker in the perfect style for the season ahead.


Watch Out: Limited-Edition Michael Kors

We’re already in love with pretty much everything Michael Kors, including his astounding array of watches. But what’s really getting our hearts ticking right now is this limited-edition Michael Kors ‘Runway – New York’ Watch.

The words ‘New York’ are prettily inscribed on the dial, with a glitzy diamond marking 12 o’clock. Turn it over, and there’s an etched New York cityscape–hello, Lady Liberty. But with a small, one-time production run, only 2,000 of these beauties are available to be snatched up by some very lucky ladies, so hurry before time runs out!

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Marion in Turquoise & Camel

This playful pop of color caught our eye over at Marionberry Style. We love the airy summer look paired with a no-nonsense watch and a pretty pair of nude pumps.

Marion told us Nordstrom is practically her second home (we heart you, too!) and gives some sage styling advice in her post: “Wearing brighter, complementary colors near your face (or upper half) makes people look at your face more. The bottom half of my body is covered in a neutral camel…which makes the top half pop!” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Enjoying that Splendid top? Check out all 8 delightful colors.

Shop similar styles:

Colorful Tops | Pop-of-Color Handbags | Bold Gold Watches

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Splendid Mixed Media Shirt

Big Buddha Clutch

Michael Kors Large Gold Runway Watch


Take Your Pink

From prep-set to powder puff, the power of pink was all over the spring 2012 runways.

Whether it’s bubblegum-sweet or neon glam, pink is a key color this season. In dresses, tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories, this spring’s pinks are looking young, feminine and shockingly hot.

Jason Wu Belted Peplum Dress
Donna Morgan Silk Crêpe de Chine Dress
kate spade new york ‘metro’ leather strap watch
Robert Rodriguez Three Quarter Sleeve Jacket
McQ Alexander McQueen ‘Collar Stud’ Wallet
House of Harlow 1960 ‘Nadya’ Slingback

Jeff Powell


Dark Chocolate

We can’t get enough dark chocolate—but at the moment we’re talking about the kind you wear, not the kind you eat.

Dark brown is a key supporting color for fall’s diverse palette of brights and neutrals alike, so we’re really savoring the sight of this delicious shade on some of the season’s top trends.

1 – Sporty Leathers. We are big fans of fall’s leather sportswear trend. Hot tip: A decadently dark brown leather shift dress will definitely satisfy your most intense chocolate craving. [Pictured: Vince Leather Tunic Dress]

2 – Quilted Handbags. There’s something about this plush, quilted bag that reminds us of a big chocolate bar. It almost makes us want to break off a piece and take a bite. Or, you know, just show its ultra-luxe look off to all of our friends to earn mega style points. [Pictured: MARC JACOBS ‘Quilting – Large Single’ Shoulder Bag]

3 – Brown Eye Color. Perhaps the most versatile palette in your makeup drawer, a mocha eyeshadow is a deliciously alluring element of almost any fall beauty look, whether you wear it day or night. [Pictured: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in ‘Chocolate’]

4 – Chocolate Metals. We’re crazy for watches and jewelry in cocoa-colored metals. Wear this earthy tone with inky hematite or yellow-toned gold jewelry to achieve an opulent, yet edgy effect. [Pictured: Michael Kors ‘Blair’ Watch]

5 – Patently Sweet Heels. Chocolate-brown pumps appear especially indulgent in patent, and when you put a bow on top, they’re simply irresistible. Like all of fall’s darkest browns, these pairs coordinate perfectly with fall brights such as fiery red, harvest gold and teal. [Pictured: Stuart Weitzman ‘Bowright’ Pump]

Looking for more style inspiration? Then don’t miss our guide to Fall’s 10 Best Trends.