What does one look for in a watch? Apart from, of course, keeping time, it should also elevate an ensemble — and by that we mean complement sartorial choices without stealing thunder. You'll have met your perfect match when a watch is able to take you — stylishly — from business meetings to nights out on the town, and everything else in between.
Stepping up to the plate is the Longines Symphonette, an oval-faced steel beauty from the Swiss watchmaker. Its sleek, curved edges offers a touch of elegance, and the elongated face sets it apart from classic round and rectangular dials. With a clean, understated façade that guarantees versatility, it really is horological gold harnessed in one gorgeous timepiece.
But, how do you know that this is indeed the one? A lifetime commitment, after all, requires in depth consideration and thought. To assist you, we've paired three variations of the Symphonette with sartorial styling tips — demonstrating its seamless assimilation into the occasions you'll find yourself dressing for.
Timepiece: Longines Symphonette with a lacquered black dial and diamond indexes fastened with a black alligator strap
Best worn to: An alumni dinner
Pair with: Jet-black accessories and a deep wine metallic dress
Style tip: It's never easy deciding what to turn up in when meeting schoolmates you haven't seen in a decade (or more). Opt for a hint of shimmer in your ensemble and a smattering of precious stones on your timepiece and jewellery that will say more than words — who doesn't want to be remembered as the high-flyer that knows how to shed her corporate hat?
Timepiece: Longines Symphonette diamond-set case with mother-of-pearl dial finished with a steel mesh bracelet
Best worn to: A business meeting
Pair with: A forest green silk charmeuse blouse and a midi skirt
Style tip: The quickest way to show that you mean business is to dress the part. First off, switch out the casual alligator strap for a professional steel bracelet. The subtle yet eye-catching diamonds set on the rim of the watch dial indicates that this is not your first rodeo. Lastly, pointed pumps paired with a double-breasted blazer beefs up authority.
Timepiece: Longines Symphonette mother-of-pearl dial with diamond indexes on a black alligator strap
Best worn to: Ladies night out
Pair with: Textured trousers and a shift top in bronze and neutral hues
Style tip: The keyword here is 'fun'. And, age-appropriate. A pop of fuschia in your accessories to complement the covetable rose gold hardware of the watch and you'll hardly need the strappy stilettos that is your dancing shoes — or liquid courage — to get the night going.
See the Longines Symphonette up close here: