Most of the time when fashion brands release watches as part of their product offering, they’re accused of slapping their logo on something they have no business producing and get labeled as “cash grabbers.”
And sometimes, that is arguably fair. Just like it would be different for watch brands to release a handbag or a pair of shoes, for the most part fashion brands should stick to what they know and focus on creating fantastic fashion pieces.
But sometimes fashion brands absolutely nail it and produce watches that make members of the horological community swoon. Today’s article will be focusing on such fashion brands and their watches, so keep reading.
This iconic French brand has long been a key-player in the high fashion industry and is no stranger to producing stunning wristwear. Chanel was founded back in 1910 in Paris by Gabrielle Chanel. The company started out as a producer of high class women’s wear and has evolved into a fashion empire.
Even though it is a fashion brand, we permanently feature Chanel watches in our online collection. Admittedly, the brand does produce jewelry watches. But scattered throughout its collection are notable timepieces that set Chanel apart from the rest.
Said timepieces include the watches found within collections Chanel J12, Monsieur de CHANEL, Code Coco and Mademoiselle Privé. Chanel is fast becoming known for producing watches that are chic, stylish, elegant as well as durable and incredibly reliable.
2: Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren is the fashion designer who started the Ralph Lauren Group, an American brand that produces clothing, accessories, fragrances, and home wear that toe the line between mid-range & luxury. The Ralph Lauren Group has been operating since 1967.
The brand is incredibly successful in each of the four categories it operates in. So nobody was surprised when they added watches as part of their product offering.
The watches that Ralph Lauren produces feature truly unique designs. They have stellar craftmanship and more than one collection nods to the brand’s equestrian roots. Ralph Lauren watches that are worth keeping your eye on. Be on the lookout for the Stirrup Collection, the Slim Classique Collection and the Safari Collection.
GUCCI is a luxury Italian fashion brand that has been producing clothing and leather goods since it was established by Guccio Gucci in the 1920s. Over the years the brand has successfully infiltrated many niche markets from belts to vehicle upholstery. It has also become quite adept at manufacturing beautiful fashion watches.
GUCCI holds its own when it comes to watch making and the models found in its G-Timeless, Eryx, Gucci Drive and Le Marché Des Merveilles collections speak to this. Its watches are classic, somewhat daring and incredibly stylish by modern-day standards.
Another fashion brand that occupies a permanent spot on our website is Hermès, a French manufacturer of leather goods, homeware, lifestyle accessories, perfumes and jewelry that has been around since 1837. More recently the brand has tried its hand at watchmaking—and has been remarkably successful.
The most beautiful Hermès watches can be found in a few different collections. Collections like the Clipper collection, Galop collection, Medor collection, Cape Cod collection and the Slim selection of watches. Hermès watches are a beauty to behold and deserve their spot on our wrists.
It’s not just high fashion brands that are capable of producing beautiful watches. American clothing brand GUESS is here to prove that. The brand was established in New York just under forty years ago. So it is the youngest brand on our list by many years.
GUESS is an incredibly popular brand because it offers high quality items. Things like clothing, shoes and accessories at affordable prices that are accessible to most everyday consumers. Their products aren’t the most affordable for all, but they are nowhere near as expensive as the other brands on this list.
GUESS watches are sleek, sophisticated and stylish. This fashion brand offers a range of watches to both men and women & it has a variety of standout models from its numerous collections. These models include the Silver Tone Stainless Steel Watch, the Blue Stainless Steel Watch and the Silver & Gold Tone Stainless Steel Watch.
Final Thoughts on Fashion Brands
All we can say is that if these brands continue producing fashion watches of these standards, the big watch brands we all know, and love are going to have to up their game to keep up with their unexpected rivals.
Fashion and watches undoubtably go hand in hand with one another. But should they? Are fashion watches something you would consider wearing? Let us know in the comments section down below.