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Friday finds: arm candy – snazzy accessories to accentuate your outfit

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, well times-are-a-changin' to quote big B. Dylan, and with a smooth sweep towards technology over timepieces, watches have gone from being a daily necessity to flashy style statements we just lust to have.

Thanks to the overwhelming ubiquity of the handheld, all singing, all dancing smartphone,  traditional horology has become a redundant accessory seeing an intriguing evolution from function into form. Worn as an eye-catching statement piece that draws focus back to our bejewelled texting fingers, most of us now own as many interchangeable watches as we do clutch bags.

Reincarnated to bracelet-style status, modern classics from notorious timekeepers like Tag Heuer, Rolex, Cartier and Chopard are finding themselves casually slung in between glinting bangle stacks on editorials by Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle. No longer an essential, the archaic wristwatch is experiencing a fun and flirty transformation debuted by the oh-so unfortunate toy watch trend of season's past.

No longer an investment piece stubbornly worn with every outfit and the unashamed culprit of annoying tan lines, watches have become a take it or leave it luxury. Adding a certain charm and elegance to your look, the right timepiece can accentuate an ensemble, adding a little glamour to a simple outfit, and keeping you on time as a bonus!

Whilst we can't deny there is one watch that has bridged the tech-time divide, we're still a little unsure as to the fashion credentials of the notorious Apple watch, in recognition of that, we'll be sticking to fine jewellery's classic two-handers for the time being – and with this season showcasing some of the most extravagant watch designs yet, we're gearing up for a bling-tastic arm candy showdown.

Split between dark and handsome military inspired timepieces from Briston, lavish high-jewellery courtesy of Harry Winston, chunky cuffs by Tory Burch and leather wrap styles from Hermes, this season's main contenders are in a battle of the sexes. Splitting the fashion tribe between hard, utilitarian style faces or ornately decorated antique elegance, stylish seasoned pros can bunny hop between styles, reinforcing their look for backstage or the ballroom.

Whether you opt for all-out occasion jewellery, precious metal stacks, camo belt wraps, military inspired cases or a semi-precious statement piece, skip convoluted fashion-fads and stick to simple sophistication, letting your wristwatch lead the fashion agenda.

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