If there is one thing that separates the men from the boys, it is this: designer cufflinks.

Cufflinks: the small and subtle yet wildly sophisticated and at times downright seductive accessory that completes – quite literally – the tiny button hole on the cuff of a dress shirt. The quiet marker of a man with style. A physical manifestation of his individual taste. The missing piece of the puzzle to polish up a suit and bring a tux from prom night rental to grand gala dinner. Cufflinks. Really, can you even say you have done the Black Tie look justice if you don’t wear them?

Taking you from the boardroom to the ballroom in a one minute fashion statement, designer cufflinks are many and plenty on the market at the moment. They’re an expression not only of style but also of personality, as many playful iterations of the male jewellery accessory are cropping up. You like airplanes? Wear tiny propellers on your cuffs. You’ve got a thing for birds? Get some animal-inspired ones. Want to find a way to incorporate a rare gemstone into your look? They’ve got you covered. Really, cufflinks may seem effortless in appearance, but they speak – nay, swoon – volumes for their wearer.

And indeed, there’s no time greater than the present festive season to flaunt them, what with end-of-year parties, dinners, and snazzy soirees filling our calendars. Scroll ahead for some of the best cufflinks of the moment, and take this last snippet of advice from us: always wear your heart on your sleeve, and if you can’t, always wear these designer cufflinks. (You’ll look amazing).

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Designer Cufflinks: Paul Smith
Paul Smith Gold Champagne Bottle Cufflinks

Paul Smith Men’s Gold Champagne Bottle Cufflinks

Beginning our list of festive cufflinks with a true bang and pop of champagne, these Paul Smith Men’s Gold Champagne Bottle Cufflinks (approx. THB 4,120) definitely know how to party. The playful accessories feature a polished gold finish with silver details and the signature Paul Smith embossed T-bar fastening, making for a must-have style staple for the gentleman who loves a champagne shower.

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Designer Cufflinks: OMEGA
OMEGA Prestige Cufflinks

OMEGA Prestige Cufflinks

Did you know that Swiss watchmaker OMEGA also produces cufflinks? Inspired by the signature DNA of the brand, these OMEGA Prestige Cufflinks (THB 42,000) are made with 18K red gold, stainless steel, and two mother-of-pearl cabochons, for a subtle and classic look. Paired beautifully with a tuxedo for an elegant evening soiree this winter, they’re the perfect addition to the wrist for avid OMEGA timepiece lovers.

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Designer Cufflinks: Tiffany
Tiffany & Co. Bull and Bear Cufflinks

Tiffany & Co. Bull and Bear Cufflinks

If you know anybody that works at the stock market, you need to get them these Tiffany & Co. Bull and Bear Cufflinks (approx. THB 13,190) this season. Made in sterling silver, the urbane accessories feature a delicately crafted bull for one cuff, and a bear for the other. Modern and sophisticated, the cufflinks make very subtle style statements, likely to be noticed only by those who peek very closely. As for the story behind the bull and the bear? Well, it’s a business-y market theory. Let your happy gift receiver explain.

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Designer Cufflinks: Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta Cufflinks in Enamel & Silver

Bottega Veneta Cufflinks in Enamel & Silver

It’s hard not to love anything Italian fashion brand Bottega Veneta makes, and their cufflinks in enamel and silver (approx. THB 19,915) prove no different. Made with antique silver spheres that are engraved in that signature intrecciato motif we know and adore, the designer cufflinks get a fresh pop of colour with an orange ring of enamel. Ideal for all those men who don’t like to wear colour, but are looking to change that – just a little bit.

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Designer Cufflinks: Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood Diamante Heart Cufflinks

Vivienne Westwood Diamante Heart Cufflinks

Vivienne Westwood does cufflinks in true Vivienne Westwood style. Inspired by the symbols of friendship and love, these brass Diamante Heart cufflinks (approx. THB 3,380) see the signature Orb replaced by an enameled heart, set in an imitation rhodium, and black enamel and Swarovski crystal details. Black is an unconventional colour for cufflinks, best suited to those who don’t like to play by the conventional style rules.

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Designer Cufflinks: LOEWE
LOEWE Anagram Cufflinks in Gold

LOEWE Anagram Cufflinks in Gold

For a delicate shirt companion, these LOEWE Anagram Cufflinks in gold (THB 7,500) are a sweet fit. Made of brass with a palladium plated finish, the fine twists and swirls of the design give off a grand yet still somewhat playful vibe. Keep it classic and pair with a white shirt for an early evening affair, or most fittingly, for the first dance at a ballroom event. Prince Charming feels.

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Designer Cufflinks: Cartier
Cartier Panther Head Decor Cufflinks

Cartier Panther-Head Decor Cufflinks

Bringing its iconic panther motif to the sleeve, these Cartier Panther-Head Décor Cufflinks (approx. THB 68,600) are a roaring must-have for lovers of the French brand. The cufflinks feature a panther head décor in palladium-finished sterling silver, black and green lacquer, and green jade, embracing Cartier’s ‘art de vivre’ aesthetic tradition. A must-have for all the real-life wolves of Wallstreet (or, well, panthers of Wallstreet).

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Designer Cufflinks: Emergildo Zegna
Ermenegildo Zegna Rose Gold Tonneau Case Skeleton Cufflinks

Ermenegildo Zegna Rose Gold Tonneau Case Skeleton Cufflinks

This one gets a little tech savvy. Featuring cut-out sides exposing a vintage watch movement, these Ermenegildo Zegna Rose Gold Tonneau Case Skeleton Cufflinks (approx. THB 19,750) are a perfect accessory for true horology nerds. The glass case top allows for admiring peeks into the impressive inner design, with a deeply engraved herringbone pattern on the two sides of the case. One very curious way to break the ice at any party and start a sartorial debate on cufflinks, watches, or how you managed to be so stylish and combine the two.

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Designer Cufflinks: Suitcube
Suitcube Christmas Tree Cufflinks

Suitcube Christmas Tree Cufflinks

It’s time to get literal with the festive theme. For all those who love Christmas (and we mean, really love Christmas), these silver Christmas Tree Cufflinks (THB 990) from Suitcube are a must-buy. The adorable accessories feature a sweet Christmas tree for each cuff, perfectly suited to formal festive dinners and events. It’s the season to be jolly, and if you wear these, you’ll definitely be the jolliest of the lot – in the most fashionable of ways.

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Designer Cufflinks: Tom Ford
Tom Ford Diamond Round Cufflinks

Tom Ford Diamond Round Cufflinks

Ending our list in true glam, here’s a pair of cufflinks that will always steal the scene and rack in the highest style points: the Tom Ford Diamond Round Cufflinks (approx. THB 428,540). The show-stopping accessories are made in gold with a twinkling of diamonds and smooth onyx, making for an elegant and seductive way to show off those cuffs. From the red carpet to the red velvet at the speakeasy afterwards, they prove exactly why cufflinks are so essential: they declare you’re a man of style from the very first hand (cuff) shake.

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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on 22 November 2018.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.