Sleek watch pairs for matching sophistication

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S FASHION can evoke a whirlwind of contrasts: ball caps and headbands, bikinis and board shorts, stilettos and sneakers …

Watches don’t seem to have such opposing trends. In fact, many companies, including Rolex, keep the same design when creating their men’s and women’s models. The difference is simply size, such as Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Datejust in 36 millimeters and 31millimeters.

Others such as Jaquet Droz offer both similarities and individuality in their 2010 men’s and women’s collections. The Grande Second Minute Repeater and Cloverleaf are stunning examples of how structure and character create an interesting likeness.

Two recent Cartier releases capture the bold essence of each gender while keeping in sync with elegant details. Chopard delivers with that same attitude offering the lovely Happy Sport XL and the charming L.U.C. Twist.