Men’s luxury watches have always been revered as works of mechanical mastery and considered an essential masculine accessory, but, over the last few decades, women’s watch design has come into its own. The variety found in female timepiece collections, from minimalistic, brightly colored dials to elaborately decorated bezels, offers a playful alternative to the men’s watch scene. Whether you love all things glamorous or prefer simplicity and practicality, there’s a luxury watch for you. This list highlights ten of the best timepieces for women available on the market today.
Women’s Rolex watches are the epitome of class and sophistication, and the Yacht-Master is a fine example of the brand’s exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. This model is available in various bracelet and bezel styles, but perhaps the most striking is the black and everose model.
This watch’s beauty is in its contradiction; the oversized dial adds a masculine touch while the rose gold brings femininity. The rubber band gives the elegant dial a sporty look. The surprising contrast between the 18k Everose gold, Rolex’s proprietary rose gold alloy, and the bold black strap and dial take this watch from beautiful to timelessly chic.
The use of the black rubber band in the Yacht-Master Everose Gold, as opposed to the metal and ceramic bracelet options available, combined with the luminous hands and monotone bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel, makes this watch easy to wear every day, from a work meeting to casual weekend dinner. It’s also the perfect timepiece to wear when spending time by the water sailing or doing other watersports as it’s waterproof and robust.
Founded in 1735 in Switzerland, Blancpain is the oldest surviving watch manufacturer in the world. Unlike many other watchmakers that produce thousands of watches a day, Blancpain makes fewer than 30 models every day. Each piece is made by a single watchmaker and displays exceptional horological craftsmanship.
While Blancpain is famed for its Fifty Fathoms watch series, which was produced in collaboration with the French navy, the brand has created many outstanding wristwatches for both men and women. The Jour Nuit or “Day Night” model is a particularly striking watch that unites visual artistry with impressive engineering.
This watch includes an exclusive movement incorporating two retrograde indications and several artistic techniques such as sécalque, champlevé, and marquetage. The delicate mother-of-pearl dial is decorated with a whimsical depiction of the day and night that slowly reveals itself as the 24-hour disk rotates, meaning you get an entirely different watch in the daytime than in the night. The sky is lit up with 114 precious stones: 64 diamonds on the moon and stars and 50 yellow sapphires on the sun.
The simple white ostrich leather bracelet ensures all attention is on the elaborate dial and keeps this design fresh and modern. The watch is available in 18k rose or white gold and has a bezel set with two rows of glittering diamonds. The sapphire crystal case back reveals the 47-jewel Caliber 1163JN automatic movement and a stunning sun and moon image. This unusual watch is ideal for horological enthusiasts looking for something a little bit unique to add to their collection.
Not all women’s watches are dainty and glamorous. If you’re looking for a classic masculine-style watch with a feminine twist, the Omega Seamaster could be the right choice for you. OMEGA’s heritage as a producer of dive watches inspired this model’s design. As such, it is water-resistant to 2,000 ft and has a helium-escape valve. After eight meticulous tests set by The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, this watch has also been granted Master Chronometer status.
The stainless steel bracelet and case contrast with the sleek modern black dial with bold Arabic numerals and bright white indices. The diamond-set unidirectional bezel softens the watch’s sporty look with a black ceramic triangle that adds a little sparkle to this otherwise practical piece. The Seamaster, with its anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, is the ideal watch for a modern woman on the go who wants an everyday timepiece with a hint of luxury.
Founded in Paris in 1775, the luxury watch, clock, and jewelry maker Breguet is not afraid to add playful, ornate features to their women’s watches. The brand’s Reine de Naples collection was inspired by a bracelet watch created for Caroline, Queen of Naples, by A.-L.Breguet, and it includes many elegant-yet-unconventional designs, each with the famous oval dial.
The 8928BR/8D/844/DD0D model is a dazzling version of the Reine de Naples that any woman would love to wear at evening events and parties. The watch’s highlight is the sparkling dial, case, and rounded-lug set with exquisite Wesselton VS quality round diamonds and the crown set with a single briolette-cut diamond. The edition of the mother-of-pearl dial rim adds a dynamic twist to the glittering watch face, and the signature Breguet coined case edge finishes off the piece to perfection. The simple black satin bracelet tones down this timepiece’s showy nature while also acting as an elegant backdrop from which the stunning watch can be appreciated.
The Swiss manufacturer, IWC Schaffhausen, has a long history of designing beautiful women’s watches, and its Da Vinci collection is its most memorable series. Each piece in the collection is engraved on the case back with the “Flower of Life,” which Leonardo Da Vinci studied throughout his life and is emblematic of unity, beauty, and mathematical thinking; a poignant image for watch lovers.
The Da Vinci IW459308 features a stunning moon phase dial that first featured on IWC Schaffhausen watches in 1977. The exquisite moon phase’s inclusion takes this model from an elegant automatic watch to a timepiece that can be passed from generation to generation. The blued hands complement the moon phase dial and add a touch of color to this understated luxury piece. The brown leather strap combined with the warm 18k rose gold case gives this watch a vintage feel, while the minimal black Arabic numeral dial adds a modern twist making this watch timeless.
When you think of luxury watches, Cartier is one of the first brands that comes to mind. Founded in Paris in 1847, the company has stores in 125 countries around the world. Of all of their many successful designs over the years, the Tank Française, which launched in the mid-1990s, is perhaps the most iconic of Cartier’s women’s watches. Over 25 years later, and this timepiece is still as desirable as ever.
The Tank Française is all about subtle elegance and unpretentious style. The sleek chain-link bracelet blends seamlessly into the unique square watch face, finished with the stunning sapphire cabochon surmounted crown. This ornamental crown picks up the sapphire color of the delicate blued-steel hands.
The square dial pays homage to classic French architecture, a style that is accentuated by the italic Roman numerals depicted. Cartier has produced several versions of this timeless watch, each with subtle variations, such as a refined diamond bezel, but each iteration retains the iconic Tank Française look.
Founded in 1839, the Swiss luxury watch and manufacturer Patel Philippe SA is one of the oldest watchmakers in the world and is known for producing some of the most complicated mechanical watches around.
The Twenty-4 collection launched in 1999 and was Patek Philippe’s first exclusively women’s watch line. Aimed at the active, modern woman, the Twenty-4 boasts a complex caliber 324 S C self-winding movement, which can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back, emphasizing that Patek Philippe watches are exquisitely crafted examples of horology, not only beautiful pieces of art.
Each of the watches in the Twenty-4 collection has a graceful simplicity that makes it ideal for everyday wear as well as special occasions, but the 7300/1201R modelstrikes a comfortable balance between glamorous style and practicality. Made from stunning rose gold and with a bezel, bracelet, lugs, and crown set with 469 diamonds, this watch could easily be ostentatious and showy. However, the clever design, including a modest satin dial, small date aperture, and bold Arabic numerals, make this a refined timepiece that any woman would feel confident wearing.
The slimline, refined Reverso Duetto designed by Swiss wristwatch manufacturer Jaeger LeCoultre has a hidden secret; it’s two watches in one; the watch case can be flipped to reveal a second, equally impressive face. Jaeger LeCoultre first developed the Reverso for British army officers in India who wanted a watch that wouldn’t get damaged while they played polo. Now, the reversible design offers its wearers the chance to flip between two distinct dials.
The Reverso Duetto has an appealing Art Deco aesthetic that offers vintage sophistication with a modern twist. Its slim red alligator leather strap and rectangular rose gold case look refined and chic on any woman and can be worn from the office to dinner. The watch faces are opposite in every way but one; they are equally beautiful. The first has a silver-tone dial with sun-ray effect, bold Arabic numerals, and bright blue dauphine hands. The second has a sparkling deep burgundy dial, rose gold dauphine hands and indices, a strikingly minimal moon phase display, and two rows of delicate diamonds.
This manual winding watch’s movement contains 129 parts, has a 38-hour power reserve, and is water-resistant up to nearly 100 ft, but its most striking feature is the reversible face that allows the woman wearing it to choose the face that suits her mood.
Rolex is an iconic luxury watch brand, so it probably comes as no surprise to see their name appear twice on this list. Known for its exemplary collection of men’s watches, Rolex sticks to its quintessential design with a few female-friendly alterations rather than trying to create a feminine style.
The Lady Date-Just watch series contains many fine examples of Rolex’s bold women’s watches. The collection features a wide range of variants, from diamond-encrusted bezels and dials to yellow, rose, and white gold bracelets. These options mean that any woman with a penchant for this legendary watch brand can find the right piece for her style.
The Lady Date-Just Fluted Two-Tone watch strikes a balance between contemporary and classic aesthetics. The simple two-tone jubilee bracelet perfectly highlights the unique mother-of-pearl dial that is finished off with ten diamond and gold indices and surrounded by an 18k yellow gold fluted bezel, offering a contemporary spin on this superior timepiece. This is one watch that will never go out of style.
Audemars Piguet revolutionized the watch industry with the Royal Oak series by creating the first luxury sports watch. Unlike many other luxury watch brands, Audemars Piguet designs its Royal Oak timepieces with a case made from non-precious metals, but by no means does this diminish the quality or allure of the watch.
The Royal Oak Women’s 7350SR.OO.1261SR.01 features the characteristic octagonal case and hexagonal screws set in the rose gold bezel, as well as the iconic porthole design that made the brand so popular. The silver-toned “Grand Tapisserie” dial adds a modern textural touch to the piece and off-sets the rose gold hands and indices. With 18k rose gold links, the stainless steel bracelet elevates this watch from a practical timepiece to a luxe accessory for any ensemble.
The self-winding 5800 caliber provides precision timekeeping, using the natural motion of your wrist to power the movement, while 28 jewels reduce friction in the mechanism and improve the watch’s efficiency, for a superb timepiece that will never let you down.
The Perfect Watch for You
From Jaeger LeCoultre’s innovative reversible watch face and Blancpain’s artistic day-to-night dial to Cartier’s iconic square case and OMEGA’s unapologetic practicality, the landscape of women’s watches has never been more diverse.
Whether you’re looking for an everyday watch that works with every outfit or a show-stopping piece for formal events, the perfect luxury timepiece for you is out there, ready to be worn, enjoyed, and passed onto future generations.