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Watches & Jewellery

Statement Timepieces Under $500 To Deck Out Your Wrists

You don't need a million bucks (or close to it) to have iced-out wrists – these timepieces under $500 will show you otherwise.
Cecile stainless steel watch on matching bracelet, $134.50, Fossil
If you’re one for bling, Fossil’s Cecile stainless steel watch serves up the shine without the high-maintenance fuss. Though the American timepiece label veers on the side of sporty, the Cecile’s silver-tone plating and stones make for an elegant everyday option.   Lovely Square stainless steel watch on matching bracelet, $479, Tissot
This ’60s-inspired piece, with its square face, screams vintage chic. This compact timepiece measures in at a dainty 2cm x 2cm and is topped off with a striking yellow gold-coated stainless steel case. A sophisticated, feminine, finishing touch to any outfit? We think so.   Cosmopolitan steel watch with crystals on matching bracelet, $479, Swarovski
Swarovski’s 32mm Cosmopolitan watch in a rose-gold finish serves up the label’s signature sparkle without the extra frills. The result is a timepiece that doubles up as bijoux. The Cuff stainless steel watch on leather bracelet, $412, Marc Jacobs
If you’re less about the classics and more for something a little more cutting-edge, Marc Jacobs’ playful iterations from Spring/Summer 2020 might be for you. The watch features a thick leather strap with a fastening that gives us major space-age vibes.     Mr Jones Queen metal watch on matching bracelet, $303, www.farfetch.com
If you’re looking for a novelty watch – this is it. London watch specialist Mr. Jones, known for its one-of-a-kind handcrafted creations, channels the royals with its quirky Queen of Hearts-inspired design. Look closely and you’ll see that the dial features moving cards. Larsson & Jennings stainless steel watch on leather strap, $210, www.farfetch.com
Few watch labels are as “Insta-famous” as Swedish brand Larsson & Jennings. Their minimalist offerings have won a place in the hearts of the style set and understandably so. A crowd favourite of late? This classic unisex design in a failproof black and gold combination that comes with an elegant rectangular face. K/Square silver-tone brass watch, $200, Karl Lagerfeld
The late Karl Lagerfeld’s eponymous label is known for its tongue-in-cheek, often playful and wallet-friendly designs. The label’s K/Square watch, however, is one of its more toned-down offerings. We’re personally loving the timepiece’s Brutalist vibes. Silicone and plastic watch, $145, Swatch
In the market for a tone-on-tone timepiece? This all-black beauty from Swatch might be the next addition to your watch rotation. Complete with a large 47mm glass watch face, a 3D-printed strap and dial, and an overall matte finish, this silicone watch proves that you don’t need colour to make a statement.