The only thing that has been as fashionable as great watches the last few years, has been the bracelets beside them. Many watch bloggers have worn leather braided bracelets next to watches in photos for as long as I can remember, probably how the trend started.
As most men who value their watches are aware, we don't get access to the kind of personality enhancing accessories as the ladies in our lives. More and more men are getting interested in accessorizing, with watches being something of an gateway 'drug' due to its utility and status as THE male statement piece. What else do we get? Well, traditionally, besides a watch you get your shoes, ties, glasses and...cuff links? Lets take a look at some cool bracelets to enhance that timepiece and bring more attention and fun to your wrist.
1. MadyByBerg - $45-$150
With a great and mostly well under $100 selection of both leather and beaded bracelets, this is a true watch + bracelet brand. Most of the images on the site depict bracelets next to Panerai and vintage Rolex watches, and for all I know MadeByBerg may have started this trend. I got a tip from a user on Reddit about MadeByBerg and immediately snapped up a beaded tigers-eye bracelet (pictured at the top).
After about two weeks (they are located in Scandinavia), my bracelet arrived today and I love the careful craftsmanship and the way the tiger's-eye beads compliment a leather Horween strap.The photography on the site is great and they let you choose your wrist size since most of their bracelets aren't adjustable. These are hand made after being ordered, and I'm loving mine so far.
2. Tod's - $140-$225
With their 'hook & anchor' line of bracelets all over GQ and Equire the last few years, Miansai has serious style and specializes in bracelets. With their hook line in several materials like steel, silver, gold and rose gold, the site lets you customize your own bracelet, choosing both the hardware and the leather or rope you want to go with it. I've owned two of the leather ones with hooks and I really like them. I also own a cloth rope on with the 'anchor' clasp, which doesn't hold the bracelet on as well, so stick with the hook variety.
4. Louis Vuitton $200-$400
If you leave behind all the tacky logo purses and luggage seen everywhere these days, Louis Vuitton makes some pretty great leather accessories that hold up well and look damn good. Sure, they may be a little overpriced, but everything they make is put to a rugged 'wear' test and quality control is terrific. Great way to treat yourself and have a taste of the stylish French fashion house too!
5. Etsy seller Elizi Atelye - $30-$50
With a wide selection, great rating and some really unique designs, Elizi Atelye is a perfect place to look for lower priced bracelets to accompany a timepiece. I am a big fan of her whale tail pieces (pictured above). Definitely worth a look and easy on the budget.
A final note about watches and bracelets, make sure you don't get anything with a clasp that will rub against your watch case or bracelet. If you have a favorite bracelet that tends to do this, simply get a clasp-less bracelet made of leather or cloth, and put it in between the watch and the bracelet with clasp.
BONUS: Rolex Bezel Bracelets by SpeedoMeter