Timely Elegance

There’s nothing quite so simply elegant as a traditional wristwatch. While a smartwatch provides access to e-mails, GPS-linked maps, blood pressure and much more, they are the equivalent of digital billboards rather than jewelry.
Words by Bill Lindsey | December 29, 2020 | Luxury

For those who continue to function without 24/7 notifications of yet more spam email, a traditional timepiece is ideal. Happily, this choice does not require sacrificing one’s personal sense of style. Breitling has long been a source of wrist-worn timepieces that also serve as jewelry. The firm’s Chronomat, the choice of politicians, actors and business tycoons since 1984, has now been updated to adorn the wrists of women who prefer tradition over flash. Available with gold or stainless cases, the new Chronomats are offered with a 36mm or a 32 mm case. Dial colors include white, copper, blue and a unique pale green. The unidirectional rotating bezel designs range from traditional 15-minute increment markers to those crafted of gold and adorned with diamonds. The rotating bezel is not just for divers; it comes in handy when monitoring how much time is left on the parking meter or how long you’ve been stuck in a traffic jam;