Bracelet watches are insanely popular at the moment; particularly those of the stainless steel integrated variety, but there are a plethora of styles to choose from within the world of horology.
In this latest edition of WatchBox After Hours, C’Q Gottlieb, Brian Govberg, and Mike Manjos sit down to discuss some of the most well designed and engineered bracelets, and the distinct details that contribute to this standing.
The conversation kicks off with the third generation of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas in hand. The guys discuss the double deployant feature of the bracelet’s construction which enables a balanced fit, and the quick-release feature that allows you to change from a steel bracelet to a leather or rubber strap in a few seconds – sans tools.
Another highlight from this conversation is the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic in titanium. Amazingly lightweight, Brian declares that it fits at the comfort level of a strap. He points out the ingenious execution of the bracelet’s butterfly clasp which is recessed into the bracelet when closed, allowing a flush fit against the wrist.
Next up are Breitling’s durable bracelets, which stand the test of time, and feature a three, five, or seven-link system. With a Premier Chronograph in hand, C’Q recalls sizing many Breitling bracelets over the years, reinforcing the importance of a great fit, and the care needed to size things just so. And not to be forgotten, the Bullet bracelet made a comeback this year with the reintroduction of the Chronomat with Rouleaux bracelet.
What’s your opinion of this distinct style? Last but not least, is Patek Philippe and the 5960/1A. Originally introduced as a strap model, the bracelet is a natural fit for the watch. The five-link design is similarly found on the 5131P, the 5146, 5036, and the 5270/1, leading to a really interesting discussion about a special feature of the 5270/1’s bracelet – correctors for adjusting the calendar that are merged with the links on the bracelet.