The world of jewelry watches has traditionally been marketed for women. In fact, history tells us that wristwatches were originally made for women, as men preferred the trendier pocket watches at the time. The first-ever wristwatch was a gift for the Countess of Hungary, and it’s a study of how jewelry watches should be.
Today, almost all watch brands have a dedicated women’s section, with jewelry watches at the top of the product line. Modern women have varying tastes, and companies try to cater to these by manufacturing different styles to suit every discerning buyer. For the majority of women though, a chic everyday watch is a staple.
In their lifetimes, a normal person should have at least 10-20 watches: two from childhood, four to eight in the teenage years, and another four to six in adulthood. Depending on the person’s race, income bracket and environment, the number increases or decreases. The ladies, in particular, are more prone to buying more watches than they can properly store.
There’s a barrage of choices when you’re looking for a chic watch to gift the special lady in your life. Or even if you’re a working girl wanting to get something for yourself as a present, watch shopping can be daunting. So before you go to your favorite watch store, here are some fashionable recommendations:
Skagen Signature Slim Mesh Strap Watch
Skagen is a testament to Danish restraint. The budget watch company puts the C in chic with almost all their watch collections. Minimalist, unbothered, yet still screaming of class and excellent craftsmanship, Skagen watches are a great addition to any existing watch collection. Perfect for everyday use, you can never go wrong with any of their choices.
The Signature Slim Mesh Strap Watch, in particular, is luxurious yet casual enough to be worn every day. It’s two-tone gold and silver color scheme is reminiscent of classic luxury watches without the exorbitant price tag. Skagen also has a great battery replacement program, and you can get yours replaced years after with warranty.
What’s a chic watch list without a little Chanel? While the high-end fashion brand has been at the forefront of haute couture for decades now, their jewelry and watch line has been slowly but surely building itself as a great income earner for the company. In true Chanel fashion, what you expect from their watch line is nothing short of iconic.
With its diamond- and gemstones-filled face, and a band to pair, the Chanel J12 is a testament to the brand’s dedication to seamlessly interlace watch and jewelry-making. You won’t find a more extravagant-looking watch, to be honest. It will set you back a couple of thousand dollars, but the jealous peeping eyes when you finally wear it will be more than worth it.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
A great watchmaker with an uncompromising dedication to quality, Patek Phillippe has been a favorite among connoisseurs and collectors for years. Famous for the slogan, “You’ll never really own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation”, the brand started a trend among luxury brands in how to properly market luxury watches.
While most of Patek Philippe’s watches are functional and straightforward, it’s Aquanaut line for women is something to behold. The Aquanaut is originally targeted as one of the brand’s more sporty watches for men, but its counterpart for women is laced with all the right elements for it to be nothing short of a jewelry watch.
Equipped with a self-winding Caliber 324, the Aquanaut is one chic watch that can certainly withstand the test of time. The gold-applied numerals complement greatly with the white watch face. The sapphire crystal on the back follows Patek’s tradition of using only top of the line watch parts and at 46 diamonds in gem setting, you’ll get a watch that’s truly one of a kind.
Fashion may have muddied the definition of chic, but when it comes to watches, you can’t mistake seeing a chic watch from a bunch of mediocre ones. Price points may vary of course, as lesser watch brands have proven time and time again that a great-looking and long-lasting watch can be made without the astronomical price points.
So if you’re planning to buy a watch that’s going to be a statement piece, make sure that you have the time to research the best deals out there. Always bear in mind that online watch stores consistently have the best prices compared to their physical store counterparts.