Strong, independent women can change the world, and what better occasion than Women’s Day to celebrate that. While feminism is a word that is overused and often misused, it is impossible to deny that women today are successfully breaking stereotypes and shattering glass ceilings. In a unique tribute to individual identity, style and the attitude that makes every woman a veritable force of nature, HOT brings you our pick of women’s watches that break the mold.
Moving away from the expectation of high jewellery watches, the dazzling allure of diamonds or the delicateness of a small dial, these watches represent the strength and confidence of today’s women. From complications designed specifically for women, bigger, bolder dials, technological advancements and unconventional colour combinations, these watches will make their wearers stand out from the crowd.
Shades of brilliance
Turning feminine rose gold and precious stones on their head, the bold new 37mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding watch is perfect for a woman who turns heads wherever she goes. With a bezel set with brilliant-cut orange sapphires in eight different shades, this timepiece makes a powerful statement.
Paired with a classic LBD or an elegant, traditional saree, the Royal Oak Selfwinding in rose gold will make sure its wearer cannot be put into any box.
While mechanical complications have long been the purview of men’s watches, the Breguet Tradition Dame 7038 demonstrates that horological technology finds a place in women’s watches as well.
With the movement, complete with its barrel, gear trains and bridges taking center stage, this striking timepiece retains its elegance and beauty. The rose gold case is 37mm in diameter, and the bezel is set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds. The natural white mother of pearl dial and white alligator leather strap brings a touch of feminine delicacy to this timepiece, while retaining the wearer’s own sense of individual style.
Understated elegance and timeless class are traits that define today’s empowered and independent woman. By using a traditional houndstooth fabric pattern on the dial and strap of the Classic Fusion Chronograph in partnership with Italia Independent, Hublot has created a timepiece that in our opinion is for the eternal woman.
Making a smooth transition from a classically cut suit to a statement accessory, the houndstooth pattern makes this watch the perfect accessory to move from day to night.
The Jaeger leCoultre Reverso collection has defined itself as a classic timepiece for men and women. Honouring strength of character, determination and an appreciation for quality above all else, the Reverso Tribute Duo, which marked the 85th year of the iconic collection is a timepiece of note.
The deep blue of the alligator strap, offset by the steel case measuring 42.8mm x 25.5mm makes a subtle statement of focus and ambition. The dual dial of this watch, with a second time-zone and 24-hour day/night indicator on the back make it a worthy travel companion for today’s jetsetting woman. The front dial indicates hours, minutes and small seconds in a demonstration of practical beauty, unmarred by adornment or decoration.
A. Lange & Söhne
With a diameter of 36.8mm, the dial is the only thing little about the Little Lange 1, a petite reimagining of A. Lange & Söhne’s iconic Lange 1. The original movement of the Lange 1 powers this watch, which also features the characteristic outsize date of its larger counterpart. With a regal purple dial and matching leather strap, the contrast of the rhodiumed gold hands and appliques of the Little Lange 1 make a striking statement on the wrist of a strong, focused woman.
Simultaneously a symbol of aesthetic fine watchmaking, and quiet strength, the Little Lange 1 is a watch for the woman who is a master multi-tasker, a formidable leader and a loving homemaker.
The deep, unconventional jewel tones make this iteration of Lange’s beautiful timepiece the ideal complement to Indian skin tones and the rich hues of a traditional ensemble.
Omega’s classic racing dial with its alternating minute track makes the Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer every bit the racing watch. The 44.24mm case in stainless steel makes a bold statement on the wrist of a woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to speak her mind.
A powerful black leather strap with specially created micro-perforations which reveal an inner orange rubber layer lends a sporty yet playful touch to the timepiece.
Even those women without a penchant for fast cars or superbikes will get a definite rush from the eye-catchingly unconventional Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer. Pairing it with a feminine dress will definitely be a conversation starter!
Phases of the Moon
Classic, understated and eternal. These are all qualities that make the women of today stand out from the crowd. When proving that less is more and silence speaks volumes, the Cellini Moonphase by Rolex does all the talking.
With a 39mm case in 18K Everose Gold, the white lacquer dial of the Cellini Moonphase is highlighted by a striking blue enameled disc showing the full moon and new moon at 6 o’clock. The brown alligator leather strap of this timeless watch lends itself to a wide spectrum of tastes, from the traditional to the eclectic. The neutral tones and fuss-free look of this timepiece will complement an earth-toned palate, and will quietly offset bright, bohemian hues.
Diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend, but with the Urwerk UR-106 Flower Power, a limited edition of only 11 pieces, diamonds combine with mechanical mastery to create a unique horological symphony.
The case of this exceptional timepiece is crafted from a single block of steel and set with 239 diamonds. The dial has an exquisite white gold Lotus flower set with 30 brilliant-cut diamonds at the center with 3 smaller flowers, each with 5 petals surrounding it. The Lotus camouflages a perfectly finished watch screw, in a testament to the precision and artisanship of the Urwerk watchmakers.
This is the kind of watch that makes your heart race, makes your eyes shine and reminds you that what is truly special, is you.
With a diameter of 36.5mm, the Vacheron Constantin American 1921 from the brand’s Historiques collection lends itself to the slimmer wrist of a woman. Evocative of time when boldness and style was the order of the day, the American 1921 features a characteristic diagonal display and an off-centered crown.
This quirky trait, makes it easy to read the time while driving or delivering a speech without needing to the turn the wrist, allowing smooth multi-tasking, something that every woman is adept at. The vintage look of the timepiece is enhanced by the cushion-shaped case, reminiscent of the original watch created by Vacheron in the 1920’s.
The American 1921 has a brown alligator leather strap, that is hand-stitched and also comes with a second, feminine red strap, transitioning smoothly from day to night or workday to weekend.
Larger dials, unconventional shapes, technical complications and a play on colours are just some of the trends that the women of today gravitate towards to express their individuality. Just like the perfect outfit or pair of shoes, haircut or pair of glasses, a wristwatch has the ability to make a powerful statement.
In a world where women are increasingly stepping out of the shadows and forging their own path, HOT is happy and proud to celebrate the power of women with this list of exquisite timepieces that any woman would be happy to have in her collection.