5 watches that work the androgynous silhouette
Ladies, we've all been there: Eyeing a piece from your significant other's closet — say, that crisp Zegna button-down — then surreptitiously nicking it so it now sits in your own wardrobe for all eternity. And while we're at it, why not take a gander at his jealously guarded haute horlogerie collection?
It's certainly not the first time the masculine-feminine dichotomy has made the creative industries of the world turn on its head. There's just something about the interplay between the contrasting aesthetics that makes for a winning combination, be it fashion, art or horology. Even beauty — an avenue unfailingly perceived as utterly feminine — has began shifting to less traditional forms, celebrating diversity in makeup from Kristen Stewart's daring buzzcut makeover to drag queens and Korean boy bands rocking guyliner. Similarly riding the androgyny wave, watches of a more mannish make are edging into the limelight as women swap dainty wristwatches for sturdier timepieces — whether they're intentionally making a statement with their watch, or because the masculine-influenced silhouette just pairs that much better with their Chanel 2.55s. Looking to make the switch to camp androgyny? Here are five timepieces to get you started:
1. Chanel Boy.Friend
This one's a no-brainer. Famously celebrated as one of the first movers in the masculine-meets-feminine field of design, the Boy.Friend is a bonafide ladies' watch, tweaked with pure lines and sublime proportions — a profile inspired by Coco Chanel's love for Place Vendôme — to meld elegance with daring. Having seen several iterations, the must-have is the latest Boy.Friend in black tweed.
2. IWC Pilot Watch
An IWC Schaffhausen Pilot Watch is synonymous with classic. Cut from aviator stock, these vintage-looking timepieces have that 'streamlined-yet-weathered' appeal on-point. Think oversized crowns and pushers, hefty stainless steel frames and buttery-soft Santoni calfskin leather straps. Pick one up in the 40mm-diametre and it's the horlogerie version of the oversized boyfriend shirt.
3. Bell & Ross Horolum
That masculine touch doesn't get more pronounced than with a square watchcase, and who but Bell & Ross has a lineup of tetragonal timepieces that rock the androgynous look? Our pick goes to the Horolum: Lightweight, stylishly hued in silver-grey and equipped with intense Superluminova indexes (the kind found on airport runways, to be exact) for that visual x-factor.
4. Piaget Altiplano
If you're a purist at heart, Piaget's Altiplano would have certainly pinged on your radar even before the advent of androgyny. Designed to be a perennial piece with separate collections for men and women, the famed ultra-thin watch has launched a treasure trove of new colourways that catch the eye, so go big with the 40mm gent's edition for maximum impact.
5. Omega Globemaster
Purely a collection for the men, strapping on the Globemaster is the very definition of appropriating from the lads. From the fluted bezel and iconic 'pie pan' dial to its colour palette, this Omega Master Chronometre is masculine detailing at its finest. And yet its reasonable sizing, a wearable 39mm, will also sit on smaller wrists perfectly.