Some couples are eschewing engagement rings in favor of classic watches like the ones below—but if you're a bride who'd love some sparkle and a watch before you begin your life together, we say go ahead and get both. You'll wear classic pieces like these for the rest of your life, and you can even pass it on to generations to come. They're an investment, just like your union.
Steel and gold-chain fabric work together to create a classy, cool-girl timepiece that pairs well with daytime and evening festivities alike.
Made from 18-karat white gold and almost a half carat of diamonds, a version of this watch was once worn by Lady Di herself. Best suited for pink fans and gem lovers (who isn't?), this watch will add a pop of color to any outfit.
This gold-tone stainless steel watch is equal parts classic and affordable. It goes just as well with a white suit as it does with jeans and a tee.
This unique mother-of-pearl timepiece has tiny diamond indexes that sparkle in the light. The round case is an ode to the sundial, the earliest tool for timekeeping.
A sophisticated watch for the big day, this stainless steel option is a great purchase to keep in your wardrobe rotation well after the last dance. The blue dial also counts as "something blue," checking off two boxes at once!
A black satin strap and diamond bezel makes this watch suitable for all of current and future black tie affairs. Pair it with diamond earrings for major wow factor.
Another "something blue" option, this investment piece takes the place of a tennis bracelet with a diamond encrusted bezel. Interchangeable straps come in handy so you can play with colors to match your mood.
Celebrate your special milestone with an iconic watch that will serve both as an investment piece and a reminder of your special day. A feminine pink dial makes it the perfect token of love.
This story appears in the February 2020 issue of Marie Claire.