You can keep your “boyfriend” watch for now. Or at least, store it away in the farthest corner of your wardrobe, as the oversized timepiece craze is gradually waning. Recent years have seen more petite and feminine designs replacing these massive and heavy watches on women’s wrists. While some of these designs are similar to their male counterparts — save for a few tweaked details such as a slightly slimmer strap or smaller case –, others are unabashedly feminine with their vivid colours, precious stones, and even chains disguising as charms and bracelets.
And the watchmakers are listening. Renowned brands such as Dior, Chanel and Longines have jumped on the bandwagon of embracing smaller ladies’ timepieces. A noteworthy example is Dior’s La Mini D De Dior, a 19mm watch released last year. Featuring shimmering metallic coloured straps in silver, gold and rose gold with matching dials, the model was a dazzling creation that married the best of the brand’s expertise in watches and jewellery.
This season, we turn to big names such as Bulgari, Cartier and Longines to suss out their latest and most lust-worthy watches for women. Practical, sophisticated and oh-so-versatile, these lovely timekeepers are not only functional, but also pull double duty as accessories that easily add pizzazz to any ensemble.
We can’t help but adore the latest Bulgari Divas’ Dream timepiece, with its majestic, hand-painted motif of a peacock in its full, colourful regalia. The bezel is studded with diamonds, and the watch features an open-worked movement, which is powered by a mechanical manual-winding, skeleton tourbillon caliber that’s visible through the sapphire crystals.
One of the most distinctive Cartier designs, the Panthere de Cartiere timepiece is so beautiful it can double up as a piece of jewellery. We’re particularly keen on the medium-sized, 18k pink gold version with brilliant-cut diamonds, which puts a contemporary twist on its ’80-inspired design. Pair it with your favourite little black dress for a touch of luxury.
A spellbinding work of art, Dior Grand Bal Piece Unique Galaxie Phoenix is definitely among our top picks for statement watches this season. We find it hard to take our eyes off this automatic stunner, which packs a 42-hour power reserve. Based on Christian Dior’s interpretation of the cosmos, its bezel rim is set with baguette-cut diamonds and decorated with the engraving of the Phoenix constellation. The watch is adorned with a striking orange to black patent calfskin strap.
Bedecked with a glistening 56 Wesselton VVS diamonds on a sleek oval-shaped case, this Longines timepiece is the very picture of timeless elegance. It is crafted with clean lines, and attached to a stainless steel bracelet. Underneath the 12 white mother-of-pearls in-laid on its dial is an ETA quartz mechanical movement, making it a low maintenance watch that delivers solid performance .
This petite 30mm True Diamonds watch combines the classic design of the Rado True family with the brand’s beautiful avant-garde high-tech ceramic construction. The deep grey sheen of the plasma high-tech ceramic case bracelet is sure to catch every eye in the room, while 12 diamond indices encircling the dial provide a dash of glamour. Scratch-resistant, light-weight and comfortable, this beauty has everything one needs in a watch.