It’s too large, it’s too chunky, size matters… Just a few terms that are frequently used when it comes to women and their choice of watches. Got you for a second there didn’t we? That line between masculine and feminine labels is getting blurry by the day and rightly so. Be it a petite and elegant Cartier Pasha or a bold and extravagant Jacob & Co. Fleurs de Jardin, what women want vs what women should want is a gap that we would like to bridge. It’s not about challenging norms or female domination but merely a genderless attempt to wear your blinkers and solely focus on the mechanical marvel that you plan to adorn on your wrist and eventually add to your watch wardrobe.
Listed below are just a few watches that we recommend every woman should have in her collection, depending of course on your personal taste.
Here’s one for the ladies who love their rides. Earlier this year Breitling rolled out three new chronographs inspired by the icons of the American car culture: the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang and the Shelby Cobra (read here). Our pick for you is the modern retro vibe of the 40mm brown and blue Top Time Shelby Cobra. That bright blue dial with a contrasting white tachymeter scale and chronograph counters paired with the racing-themed watch strap in calfskin leather will make your wrist pop even in the most casual attire.
The Oyster Perpetual 36
This is a no brainer and not just because you will be adoring the direct descendant of the original Oyster launched in 1926 – the very foundation on which Rolex has built its reputation. We picked this particular 36mm Oyster Perpetual with that powder blue dial for the mere versatility of this watch. Stack it with a few bracelets for a casual brunch or strap it on a formal attire to work everyday, this one fits right in. Just one of those blues that would put a smile on your face every-time you look at your wrist.
Santos De Cartier
When it comes to Cartier, most women consider the Panthere de Cartier or the Ballon Bleu, but our pick is this medium sized rose gold Santos de Cartier. There are also larger and skeletonised versions of the Santos which we’d also recommend you look at before sealing the deal. The new Santos watches come with the “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system and two straps. A dark grey leather strap that will add an extra oomph to that little black dress and a second in blue leather which could enhance even that standard jeans and t-shirt look. Since it is a rose gold watch, it would also pair beautifully with upcoming Indian festive looks.
Octo Finissimo Automatic
Welcome to the world of ultra-thins. For most women the Bvlgari Serpenti maybe the obvious choice but ladies have you ever tried on this award winning ultra-thin Octo Finissimo. With a unique octagonal design at 40mm it could be perceived as too large for your wrist, but here’s the twist. This Octo Finissimo Automatic is just 5.15mm thin and being a titanium version is extremely light on the wrist too. With a mechanical extra thin manufacture movement, an automatic winding and a small seconds counter this beauty boasts of a 60 hour power reserve. With its strong and bold personality, the Octo Finissimo could effortlessly accompany you from a board room to a brunch. One word – Bellissimo!
Last but not the least, how could we not mention this three-dimensional piece of horological art by MB&F – the LM FlyingT. Now although the LM FlyingT owes its genesis to Maximilian Büsser’s ruminations on the keystone roles that women have played in his life and has been awarded “ The Best Ladies Complication” at the GPHG, it is not really a gender-biased timepiece. But ladies if you love your complications, this one’s for you! The soaring flying tourbillon projects beautifully like a column from the dial plate, as a single diamond flashes atop the upper tourbillon cage. The hours and minutes are indicated by a pair of serpentine hands on a subdial inclined at 50°, visible only by you. No matter what the occasion or event, any version of the LM FlyingT is a certified head turner and conversation starter.
So there you have it ladies, not your conventional choices but certainly a few you could consider giving a go. There are no limitations or boundaries in this marvellous world of fine watchmaking so why should you limit yourself to what you should have vs what you want!