Accurist is one of those watch brands you’ve probably seen for years behind the glass at your local jeweller, but now’s the time to get one on your wrist
Why? Well, the brand is going through a renaissance of sorts, including a laser-like focus on new watch designs for men and women. The results have been pretty spectacular, with sleek two-tone pieces with metal mesh straps, pretty mother-of-pearl dials and some classic gold bracelet watches that channel the ongoing ’90s revival effortlessly.
And they are also perfect to wear in pairs. No, that doesn’t mean two watches on one wrist but his and hers matching designs. Thanks to fashion brands such as The Kooples, couples dressing in a complementary way has never been more on trend and watch matching makes for an ideal joint gift, either for each other or to give to soon-to-be wedded friends.
His & Hers
The first thing to remember when going ‘his and hers’ is to work out whether you are going to opt for identical watches, just in different sizes and possibly colour ways, or if you’re going to pick up on subtle details that act as a mirror rather than an out-and-out copy.
These beautifully restrained Accurists are for those looking for the more subtle approach. At first glance they are exactly the same – circular cases with slimline indices and a detail at six o’clock – but it’s the points of diversion – different strap, seconds sub-dial or date window and complementary dial colour – that make them a more interesting example of this trend.
Accurist’s mission statement is all about staying true to its British heritage, something which it has been championing since 1946. There’s an understated style to its pieces; they don’t scream to be noticed, but neither do they sit blandly on the wrist. If it had been crafted in simple black and white, the Accurist Men’s Classic Watch (7127) would be a staple for fans of minimalism. Its 40mm stainless steel case and black leather strap sounds ‘classic’ enough, but the addition of rose gold plating and a brushed-finish slate grey dial give this timepiece a real evening wear edge.
The same can be said for the Classic Two Tone Ladies Watch (8125), which blends a no-fuss British air with a dose of Scandi cool. On their own the features of this timepiece would be unremarkable – the large yellow gold toned batons, slender hands, date window, brushed silver dial, metal mesh strap – but together they just work. Unsurprisingly, this is one of Accurist’s best-selling watches for women. It also toes the line between too small and too large for a women’s watch, with a comfortable 32mm case size.
It’s also worth noting that both of these Accurist watches sit flush to the wrist, with the men’s timepiece just 9mm deep and the women’s a sleek 7mm.
The other final bonus is that, despite looking incredibly chic and stylish, these watches are just £85 for the men’s and £80 for the women’s version.
So whether you’re already a fully signed up, and identically dressed, member of the ‘his and hers’ club or just experimenting with the concept, then having a look at this reliable British brand with prices that won’t make your eyes water could be a great place to start.