This fall, Philadelphia women are rebuffing the round and going geometric.
Back in the Roaring Twenties, when women’s wristwatches enjoyed their first heyday, a round timepiece was not the norm. In fact, as more Jazz Age women embraced the concept of a watch on their wrists, they looked toward unconventional shapes to show off their savoir faire. After all, the Art Deco era was all about geometrics, so square, rectangular, and barrelshaped—or tonneau—timepieces were all the rage. Almost a century later, that design demand is back as women covet unique and unusual pieces that have just the right right angles.
Clockwise from top: From Chanel, this Swiss-made Première Triple Row watch ($5,500), powered by a quartz movement, is crafted in stainless steel with a black lacquered dial and onyx cabochon crown. The bracelet is a steel triple-row chain interwoven with black leather. Bernie Robbins Jewelers at the Village at Newtown South, 2123 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, 215-579-8224
The Reverso Classic Medium Duetto watch ($10,500) from Jaeger-LeCoultre is powered by an automatic movement with 207 components. It is crafted in stainless steel and has a two-sided dial with one side in silvered guilloché and the other in black guilloché. Govberg Jewelers, 1521 Walnut St., 215-546-6505
This Swiss-made Louis Vuitton Emprise watch ($8,000) is crafted in steel and set with 56 diamonds on the bezel. It is powered by an ETA quartz movement and is water-resistant to 50 meters. King of Prussia Mall, 610-992-0392
Hermès fashioned this Swiss-made quartz-powered H Hour watch ($3,950) in stainless steel with a gem-set dial and accented it with a black alligator strap. King of Prussia Mall, 610-992-7460
The Ralph Lauren 867 large 18k white-gold timepiece ($18,500) is equipped with the RL430 Manufacture movement made by Piaget. The silver opaline dial features black Roman and Arabic numerals. Benari Jewelers, 3606 W. Chester Pike, Newtown Square, 610-355-1800