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You don’t have to own an expensive watch collection to love watches. My go to timepiece is a simple Daniel Wellington with a brown leather band, but the rest of my collection consists of different styles from my favorite fast-fashion retailers. Growing up, watches were not at the top of my jewelry wishlist, but the more I’ve gotten into fashion, the more I’ve realized that they are the perfect way to complete an outfit. Whether I’m feeling delicate or daring, I always need to strap on a watch that fits my mood. While working as the social media intern for David Perry & Associates, my love for watches has grown even more, especially for the luxury brands. Part of my job is to curate photos of beautiful fine jewelry and watches to share with our Instagram and Facebook followers, so I’ve become very familiar with the Cartiers and Rolexes out there. Right now I can only dream of the watches I hope to one day own and imagine how I would incorporate them into my own personal stacks and style. Read on to see my favorite models—even though I’m only daydreaming.—Emily Horrego

 

MICHELE DECO MADISON MID TWO-TONE DIAMOND WATCH

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When I think of stylish watches, Michele comes to mind. I love everything about their classically on-trend timepieces, especially the many interchangeable straps that I would use to mix and match with all of my outfits. To go from work to weekend, I would just switch to a bold colored strap, most likely red in the winter and yellow in the summer. One of my favorite ways to be daring with my jewelry is to mix metals, so the two-tone Michele Deco Madison watch was meant for me! It’s the perfect way to get the “more is more” look on some days, but also be able to tone it down when I want a more professional look. I would easily pair this watch with some of my funkiest jewelry pieces, like a metal cuff, a few chains, and maybe even a charm bracelet. This watch just screams Instagram to me!

 

CARTIER PANTHÈRE DE CARTIER WATCH

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This year has been all about gold. Pink and yellow gold have been the go-to metals for my wardrobe. From big hoops, to layering necklaces, and everything in between, the warm tones make me feel like I can conquer the world—or at least the streets of New York City. Watches are one of my favorite ways to incorporate trends into an outfit. When I’m feeling fun and flirty, I would pair this classic Cartier with an arm full of colorful bangles and bracelets. And, for an edgier vibe, I would stack on an arm full of gold.

 

ROLEX LADY-DATEJUST 28

 

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This elegant timepiece is one of my absolute favorites. The icy blue face of the Lady-Datejust makes my eyes light up every time I see it. It’s the perfect mix between classic and modern. A watch like this can speak for itself, so I would go for a very delicate and feminine stack, adding just a silver bracelet or two. And come summertime, a simple beaded bracelet is all it would need.