DFS Staff Picks: Everyday Essentials New York City

DFS Staff Picks: Everyday Essentials

Sometimes, all it takes is a finely made chronograph or a chic jewelry piece to pull off that
perfectly polished look. We asked some DFS staff members to share essential watch and
jewelry favorites that promise to elevate your outfit, bidding adieu to humdrum looks forever.

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IWC Portugieser Automatic

“Well-balanced, sleek and stunningly refined, it’s no surprise that IWC’s Portugieser Automatic is one of the brand’s most successful models. The well-appointed, uncluttered dial design really stays true to the aesthetic of the original 1930s model while still looking relevant. It’s easy to be consumed by that timeless aesthetic, but inside the robust stainless-steel case is the 52010 movement, which features pawls, wheels and rotors made of highly durable ceramic and two barrels that give it a 7-day power reserve. And last but certainly not the least, because I’m all about comfort, its ergonomic strap horns sealed the deal for me.”

— Benoit Giorsetti, Senior Assistant Merchandising Manager
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Longines Master Collection 40mm

“Whether it’s one of those relaxing weekends or an occasion you need to ‘dress to impress’, this Longines Master Collection is the timepiece to turn to. Crafted in stainless steel, this elegant piece is suitably sized at 40mm, and has a svelte 9.8mm profile and a classic round, highly polished dial. The watch also has a long power reserve and is water resistant to 30 meters in case you decide to go for a dip. Turn it over and you’re treated to a view of its automatic movement at work, thanks to its transparent sapphire crystal back. The Longines Masters line has established itself as favorite among watch aficionados for its elegance, perfect proportions and reliable movement, for me, this iteration symbolizes that.”

—Mimi Chiu, Associate Planning Manager

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Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 32.7mm

“Lesser known among Omega’s distinguished roster, the De Ville Prestige is a model that I don’t think gets the attention it deserves. Straddling comfortably between a classic and casual piece, the De Ville Prestige is quite the looker with its opaline slivery dial that provides the perfect backdrop for the alternating hour markers of gold-plated cabochons and Roman numerals. But despite its delicate aesthetic, ticking inside is the brand’s powerhouse of a movement, the Co-Axial chronometer-certified 2500 Calibre that has a 48-hour power reserve. How’s that for brawn and beauty!”

—Carmen Chia, Associate Merchandising Manager

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Hermès Heure H

“There’s much more to Hermès than the iconic Birkins and luxurious scarves. The French maison has made big strides on the watchmaking front, crafting award-winning designs that are also mechanically impressive. Enter the instantly identifiable Heure H, the brainchild of designer Philippe Mouquet, whose 1996 design toys with the Hermès ‘H’ as a case shape with stylized lugs. While I’m not always keen on logo designs, this one I feel is very tastefully executed. Not to mention, its straps are interchangeable and come in a spectrum of colors made in either calfskin or alligator leather, which I’m sure will satisfy even the most fickle-minded outfit creator. Like me!”

— Mandy Lam, Senior Assistant Merchandising Manager
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Emporio Armani Women’s Two-Hand Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Watch

“I just love how this Armani watch is sleek yet so unapologetically feminine. Housed in a rose gold-toned stainless-steel case, its glossy mother-of-pearl dial which becomes even more lustrous with polished hour markers in a color that matches the case. And because of its quartz movement, the watch’s profile is so slim it wears like second skin — it’s something you can easily wear on both dressy occasions and those chill jeans-and-tee days.”

— Carol Wu, Senior Assistant Planning Manager

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Swarovski SS Sparkling Necklace

“Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. It’s the easiest and most effective way to elevate an outift, and this gold-plated necklace an inexpensive yet gorgeous suggestion. The design is drawn from the idea of a dancing crystal, with a round stone featured inside a ‘cage’ accented by crystal pavé. The necklace is subtle enough that it can match easily with your favorite pieces when stacked together, but stunning enough that it can stand on its own.”

— Riverine Szeto, Senior Assistant Planning Manager
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APM Monaco DFS-Exclusive Meteorites Rose Necklace

“I’ve always been a big admirer of the strong design element of APM Monaco jewelry; their pieces are bold, chic and well-made — they’re all handcrafted — but also won’t break the bank. They have an edgy vibe that’s always drawn me, and most recently my eye has been caught by this rose gold-colored, double-tier necklace accentuated with sterling silver stones and a micro-pavé white zirconia setting. Pair it up with a sharp blazer or a flouncy summer dress — it’s a sure-fire way to add oomph to your get-up.”

— Elaine Ma, Associate Merchandising Manager