It’s A Woman’s World

Big, bold and brave timepieces are not just reserved for the boys. Here at The Watch Gallery, it’s a woman’s world – and you just live in it.

For years, the Swiss watch industry stuck to one thread of design for ladies watches: delicate and dainty. But what about options for those demanding a bigger statement? Do good things really come in small packages? Is subtlety the key to true style? We could bombard you with rhetorical questions all day (we really could) but let’s get straight to the point – masculine watches have a place on the wrists of today’s women. And they’ll probably look better doing it.

88 RUE DU RHONE 42MM CHRONO

It’s a rare occurence when a luxury Swiss brand crosses over into the youth market, yet the 42mm Chrono from Rue du Rhone makes it look seamless. This accessible timepiece has all the splendour of an old school brand (rose gold, check, sapphire crystal glass, check) with all the kudos of contemporary style.

Key Features:
Rose gold PVD case, Arabic numerals, chronograph sub-dials, alligator leather strap, 50m water resistance.

Perfect For: The effortless dresser that requires style in an everyday watch.

Price: £495

 

AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK

A hip hop video-worthy watch is a hard thing to pull off, but with the right styling (and plenty of front), it’ll be the most memorable accessory you’ve ever owned. Enter the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The Mother Theresa of statement timepieces, there’s a cost involved but there’s also the reputation – Audemars Piguet is at the pinnacle of horology.  

Key Features:
Swiss made, 18 carat rose gold case, 50m water resistance, 3 sub-dials, rose gold hands and markers, sapphire crystal glass, push-button folding clasp.

Perfect For: The ultimate statement (and somebody who isn’t intimidated by a large price tag).

Price: £40,000

 

PANERAI RADIOMIR

From Italian naval design to an international luxury brand, the Panerai Radiomir is an emblem of craftsmanship. This robust design packs a punch on every wrist and more than certainly means business. First championed by Elizabeth Hurley (she had her hands in Hugh Grant’s jewellery box, clearly), if it’s good enough for the 90s Primrose Hill set, it’s good enough for us.

Key Features:
Rose gold case, sapphire crystal glass, mechanical movement, 42mm diameter. 

Perfect For: The essential corporate timepiece.

Price: £13,400

 

CARTIER TANK ANGLAISE

Haute horlogerie from Cartier is hardly groundbreaking as a woman’s choice – iconic delicate design has become synonymous with fine jewellery. However, donning a piece from the men’s collection adds shape, size and impact to a smaller wrist. The Tank Anglaise whole-heartedly disproves the theory that luxury requires less.

Key Features:
Steel and rose gold case, automatic mechanical movement, signature blue hands, 18 carat rose gold bracelet, Roman numerals, 30m water resistance.

Perfect For: A lady that understands luxury but wants to opt for something more robust.

Price: £6,450

 

MONTBLANC TIMEWALKER

It’s difficult find a timepiece that retains classic appeal without adhering to age old conventions of cursive fonts and elegant cases. On paper, the Montblanc Timewalker doesn’t scream luxury. It’s simple, large and monochrome – yet it’s one of the most beautiful timepieces on the market. Art deco masculinity packs an almighty punch, it seems.

Key Features:
Swiss made, sapphire crystal glass, automatic movement, 30m water resistance, pin and buckle clasp.

Perfect For: The traditionalist – monochrome tones for maximum impact.

Price: £2,285

 

BAUME & MERCIER CLASSIMA

Taking a leaf from the men’s book of watches needn’t involve an overt statement, as the Baume & Mercier Classima happily proves. Clean and classic, this essential timepiece can be paired with any ensemble without reverting to the delicate conventions of feminine watches. A safe albeit stylish bet.

Key Features:
Swiss made, stainless steel case, sapphire crystal glass, 50m water resistance, automatic movement.

Perfect For: The minimalist dresser.

Price: £1,230

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