Rating of women's watches

As you know, wristwatches began their wide distribution at the beginning of the twentieth century. Historically, these were, first of all, watches for men, and the development of watch micromechanics was also in the interests of the stronger sex: chronometers with complex functions were intended for him, it was for men that specialized models were created - pilot, sabotage, underwater, etc. Women, on the other hand, were mostly content with watches as jewelry - small sizes, but made in gold and richly decorated, including with precious stones.

This direction has survived to this day, but it has long ceased to be the only one. For a long time, women's watches with sophisticated complications, sports-type models, etc. have been produced.
In this article, we will tell you which watch brands will be relevant for women in 2021. Let's start with a short listing of the world's leading watch brands known for their luxury ladies' watches.

WATCHWATCH BRANDS RATING

  • Bvlgari (Italy - Switzerland). The Bulgari dynasty of jewelers and watchmakers settled in Rome at the end of the XNUMXth century. Since then, the Eternal City has become the main theme and mastermind behind the brand's luxury products. For a long time, the watch was somewhat in the shade, acting mainly as jewelry. However, very successful: many crowned persons and screen stars wore magnificent Bvlgari bracelet watches. And by the end of the twentieth century, the Roman House acquired and organized several of its own watch manufactories in Switzerland, where the production of elite Bvlgari watches continues, including for beautiful ladies.
  • Chanel (France - Switzerland). For most people who know the word (name, name) Chanel, it is associated primarily with haute couture. Legendary Gabrielle Chanel, she is Coco, she is Mademoiselle ... little black dresses, iconic handbags ... perfume "Chanel No. 5", all kinds of accessories ... And in 1987, a watch division appeared in the House of Chanel. Today Chanel is justifiably proud of its own manufactory and logistics center located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, and, of course, the Parisian Design Studio.
  • Chopard (Switzerland). Initially, the brand focused on creating more and more accurate chronometers. Since 1963, it has become the property of the Scheufele family: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele leads the watch business, his sister Caroline is the jeweler, and their symbiosis gives rise to exclusive models that are extremely appreciated all over the world. In Chopard watches and jewelry, superstars invariably walk the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, the famous Tatiana Navka is one of the most beautiful global brand ambassadors ... and these are just a couple of manifestations of the highest reputation of Chopard men's and women's watches.
  • Cartier (France - Switzerland). “Jeweler of kings and king of jewelers” - this is how the English monarch Edward VII called this brand. Among Cartier's clients were the royal courts of Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, Albania, as well as the Russian imperial court. In 1938, the company presented one of the smallest watches in the world to Elizabeth, the future Queen of Great Britain, and in 2014 the Cartier Ballon Bleu watch was seen on the wrist of the Duchess of Cambridge.
  • Harry Winston (USA - Switzerland). Another king, because the founder of the company Harry Winston was called the "King of Diamonds". And his son Ronald expanded the business, adding to it a watch direction, staying in Switzerland. In the category of women's jewelry watches, the Harry Winston brand is hard to find equal in the world. Any watch model is a wonderful work at the junction of two high arts, watchmaking and jewelry. Take, for example, the Winston Kaleidoscope High Jewelry Watch by Harry Winston, whose platinum case and dial are covered with 255 diamonds!
  • Piaget (Switzerland). And this, if not kings, but champions! For more than 60 years, Piaget has been one of the world leaders in the creation of ultra-thin watches. But compactness is exactly what is required not only for respectable men, but also, even to a greater extent, for luxurious womens models. Piaget masters also fully own the high skill of finishing such watches, and they apply it not only to cases, dials, bracelets, but also to mechanisms. However, in the “female half” of the company's brand book there are quartz models, no less amazing.

Here we note that most of the world's elite watch brands produce both men's and women's watches, which can be found in the assortments of dozens of brands. And then we will present you the TOP 8 women's watches that have a chance to become the most popular in 2021. All these models were created by the most famous brands from different countries producing luxury watches.

MOST POPULAR WATCHES FOR WOMEN IN 2021

Jaeger-LeCoultre (Switzerland). One of the most famous Swiss manufactories is famous for many outstanding collections of watches for men, but the Le Santier brand pays attention to the fair sex, and what a great deal! British Queen Elizabeth II, for example, was crowned (in 1952!) In the JLC Caliber 101, and continues to wear the same model, changing only specific pieces from time to time. By the way, the mechanism of this watch is record-breaking small (4,8 x 3,4 mm, weight 1 gram) and record-breaking respectable (created in 1919).

As for 2021, one of the models from Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has ensured success, is the Rendez-Vous Moon Medium watch: white gold (34 mm), 107 diamonds, proprietary self-winding caliber 925A / 1, hours, minutes, seconds , Moon phases.

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Cartier (Switzerland). The very name of the brand is associated with luxury, and this association does not deceive. Although Louis Cartier made his most iconic wristwatch at the beginning of the XNUMXth century for a man - Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, one of the world's first aviators - Cartier women's collections are not inferior to men's in quality and reputation. For example, the Révélation d'une Panthère watch with a unique decorative complication has become a real sensation - golden beads float in a special liquid in the space between the dial and the glass, and when the case is turned, they fold into a drawing of a panther's head.

And in 2021, we should expect a special interest in the Baignoire Allongée line: an oval case in white or pink gold (23 x 52 mm), caliber 1917 MC, hours and minutes, trimmed with hundreds of diamonds. In the most expensive version, they, in the amount of 894 pieces, are strewn with the case, dial and bracelet.

Glashütte Original (Germany). The city of Glashütte in Saxony is rightfully considered the capital of the German chasprom. All Glashütte Original movements are developed exclusively by the manufactory employees, all their components are manufactured at the company's production base; Since 2012, the company has also been producing dials in its own factory in Pforzheim. If the Spezialist collection is aimed at adventure seekers, extreme lovers, divers, etc., the Senator collection embodies respectability, then the Ladies collection ... do you need explanations?

The Lady Serenade Valentine model claims to be one of the hits of 2021 with good reason: 36-mm steel case, bezel with 52 rubies, crown with a ruby ​​cabochon, white mother-of-pearl dial set with 8 diamonds, white gold hands. Self-winding caliber 39-22, three hands and date.

Moritz Grossmann (Germany). The name of Karl Moritz Grossmann is included in the gold fund of German watchmaking. The master lived and worked in the 2008th century in Glashütte, and in XNUMX a company named after him was recreated here. In connection with the topic of our review, it is noteworthy that the initiator of the "resurrection" of the Moritz Grossmann brand was Christina Hütter - one of the very few women watchmakers of such a high class. The company's brand book includes both male and female models.

One of the finalists of the prestigious Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève in the Women's Watches nomination is the Moritz Grossmann TEFNUT Arabian Nights Milanaise inspired by the epic “1001 Nights”. 37 mm case and Milanese bracelet in rose gold, 122 diamonds, extremely beautiful dial with three hands, in-house hand-wound caliber 102.0, also beautifully finished, price 53 Swiss francs.

Grand Seiko (Japan). In caring for ladies, the Japanese watchmaker is not inferior to the European grandees. In mid-2019, the brand introduced the new automatic caliber 9S27 with a precision of -8 / + 2 sec. per day and the line of ladies' watches Elegance Collection working on it. There are five models in the collection: a steel case and bracelet, a dial with or without 11 diamonds, both 27,8 mm in diameter; gold case (yellow, pink or white) with 42 diamonds, crocodile leather strap, 12 diamonds dial, another diamond on the crown, case diameter 28,7 mm. Functions - three hands and a date. Prices from $ 5100 (steel, no diamonds) to $ 29 (white gold).

Dolce & Gabbana (Italy). The legendary brand, one of the main flagships of haute couture, recently rushed into the sea of ​​haute horology. There is reason to believe that the flair, taste and somewhat limited financial capabilities of the great Milanese fashion designers will not remain in vain in this voyage. In any case, in 2021 the brand will debut at the most representative watch exhibition - Baselworld, and the Dolce & Gabbana stand will be located in the main hall.

Among the latest watch creations of the fashion house, we note the Sofia collection of electronic watches: a case made of pink gold (24 x 24 mm), a complex composition of beveled edges, an enamel coating of the dial in 5 colors, two hands and a logo, also made of pink gold, a satin strap of the same colors as the dial. Quartz movement ЕТА Е01.001 (Switzerland). Price: 5 euros.

RGM Watch Company (USA). A small watch company was founded in the town of Mount Joy (Pennsylvania) in 1992. The abbreviation in its name is the initials of the owner, Roland J. Murphy, who studied the profession at home, and then in Switzerland, and reached a very high qualification. Coupled with the undoubted talent of an entrepreneur and a rich imagination, this has brought the brand a success that continues to grow. The company is focused on the production of luxury mechanical watches, in small volumes, but quite expensive.

The assortment includes several interesting men's collections and an elegant women's - Lady RGM. One of the latest models, the Lady RGM Hand Painted Mother Of Pearl, is powered by the authorized hand-wound RGM-ETA Peseux 7001 caliber. Its functionality is laconic - only two hands, but the design of the watch deserves attention: a rose gold case (28 mm), diamonds (0,61 carats) and, most importantly, a mother-of-pearl dial, on which a miniature is manually applied - a titmouse on a hydrangea bush. It is especially noted that the painting was made with a brush made of kun's hair. The price of the watch is completely Swiss: 24 francs.

Russian mechanical gold wrist watch Nika 1071.2.1.44A

NIKA (Russia). We cannot do without Russian manufacturers in our topic. In 2003, four Muscovites - the spouses Tengiz Sanikidze and Elena Khitrina, as well as Georgy Mordekhashvili and Alexei Bogdanov - founded a watch company, which they named after the daughter of Tengiz and Elena. It is symbolic that this is also the name of the goddess of victory. The specialization of the brand is jewelry watches, and they are interesting first of all to beautiful ladies! The company's portfolio includes collections and models of mechanical and electronic watches, with various complications, in cases of gold and silver. Note here the elegant and original model Celebrity 1071.2.1.44A: rose gold (37 mm), 76 cubic zirkonia, a champagne-colored dial, self-winding Seiko TMI NH05A caliber, three hands and a date, this watch costs just over 12 thousand euros.

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TOP 10 SWISS WATCHES FOR WOMEN

We chose watches for this top on a simple principle: all 10 below models were featured in the shortlists of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), held in November 2019, in the nominations “Women's Watches”, “Complex Women's Watches” and “ Jewelry watches ". Note that not only mechanical watches, but also electronic (quartz) watches traditionally find a worthy place in these categories. Our top 10 includes only well-known brands and their luxury watches.




Chanel J12 Caliber 12.1. Winner in the "Women's Watch" category. Change everything without changing anything - this is the motto of the creators of this watch. J12 has been known for 20 years, and from year to year they change - seemingly subtle, but fundamentally. The current novelty is made in two versions, black and white (it was white that was exhibited at GPHG). High-tech ceramic case (38 mm) and bracelet, 40-tooth bezel, 200-meter water-resistance, in-house automatic caliber with 70 hours power reserve, three hands and date, price 5 francs.

Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori. The Great House with its headquarters in Rome and watchmaking in Switzerland, planning to develop the richest female part of its brand book for 2021 and subsequent years, relies on the Serpenti Seduttori line. They reinterpret Bvlgari's signature snake theme - a symbol of wisdom, beauty and seduction. This model (ref. 103146): quartz movement (two hands), rose gold and diamonds, size 33 mm, crown with a cabochon in pink rubellite, silver-white opaline dial, price - 27 francs.

Hermès Galop d'Hermès. A magical play with time - this is how the Maison Hermès defines the style of this model. Rose gold and diamonds, "arched" case (26 x 40,8 mm), crown at 6 o'clock, number "8" - definitely an infinity sign, unusual strap attachment, quartz movement, two hands, price - 15 francs.

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski Titanium Alternative Pavé. The Nyon-based manufactory has been collaborating with the popular Parisian artist and sculptor Richard Orlinski for several years. This is another fruit of the collaboration. The watch is quite massive (40 mm), but it is still classified as a woman's - thanks to the abundant diamond decor, and the design of the model as a whole: Orlinski himself considers it an object of jewelry art. Case material - titanium, rubber strap. Noteworthy is the 12-sided bezel. Self-winding “home” caliber, three hands, 17 francs.

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée. The firm is known primarily as a jeweler. And it is not surprising that the design of Perlée watches (beads - French) is inspired by the style “toi et moi” (you and me - French), beloved by jewelers. Here this style manifests itself in the opposed arrangement of gold and diamond "beads" of two standard sizes, literally dotting all the elements of "secret" watches: case, bezel, bracelet. The dial is made of mother-of-pearl, two hands are set in motion by a quartz movement, the price is 62 francs.

MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT. Winner of GPHG-2019 in the "Complicated Women's Watch" category. Models from Maximilian Büsser and his friends (as the name of the company stands for) are generally complex and original. Avant-garde is the basis of the brand's style. This model is the first of MB&F "flying machines", addressed to the fair sex. In shape, like the others, it is very similar to a flying saucer. Extremely convex glass (of course, sapphire), under it is asymmetrically located a small dial with hour and minute hands, inclined at an angle of 50 °, so that when the owner of the watch looks at it, no one else can see it.

What else is the complexity of the model? She is wearing a tourbillon, which is also perfectly visible, like the entire HM9 Flow movement - automatic, with a power reserve of 100 hours. The 38,5 mm case is made of gray gold (a rare shade of precious metal) and inlaid with diamonds. 116 francs.

Chaumet Soleil de Minuit Flying Tourbillon. Another two-hand watch, complicated by a tourbillon. Also solid for a female model in sizes (40 mm) and also generously decorated with diamonds. Manual winding CP12V-IX movement, 100-hour power reserve. The case is made of white gold, the picturesque dial, according to the concept, corresponds to the paradoxical name of the model (Soleil de Minuit - midnight sun). The price is even higher - 283 francs.

Jacob & Co Fleurs de Jardin. The topic continues, and in ascending order. The same hours and minutes, but the tourbillon is already biaxial, and the rose gold case is even larger - 42,5 mm. The hand-wound movement is skeletonized and completely “seated with flowers” ​​made of precious stones. All this can be seen at a glance, since the dial itself is absent. An impressive design feature is a sophisticated satellite transmission that rotates the entire mechanism with a period of 10 minutes. Finally, the price is also higher than the previous samples - 387 francs.

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Spin Time Air Paved. And again, only hours and minutes. There is no tourbillon, but the indication is unique. There is only one hand, a minute hand. And in the position of the hour markers there are cubes. One of them is marked; we can say that he is turned to face us, while the other 11 - backwards. An hour ends, a new one begins, and this marked cube is turned over to us, while the face shows the next one. All this performance takes place through the efforts of the automatic caliber LV88, which, in turn, is "packed" in white gold (42,5 mm). The case, bezel and even the buckle of the strap are studded with diamonds. 164 francs.

Chopard Waterlily. Of course, the art here is more jewelry than watchmaking. Before us is a jewel born of the inspiration of Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele and the talent of the Maison's craftsmen, a flower watch made of Fairmined white gold (mined “ethically” in relation to labor and nature) and diamonds, the total weight of which is 43 carat. Diamonds are cut in different shapes, which raises the jewelery value of this piece to sky-high heights. The price is also matched - 1 francs.

SPORTS WATCHES FOR SPORT GIRLS

And for women, of course, too: after all, one would like to address an energetic, athletic woman of any age: "girl."

Swiss ceramic wrist watch TAG Heuer WAY1355.BH0716

TAG Heuer Aquaracer (WAY1355.BH0716). Almost a classic diver from one of the best Swiss manufacturers. “Almost” - for two reasons: firstly, it is female (the diameter of the 35 mm case speaks for itself unambiguously), and secondly, there is a small element of decoration, which is not at all necessary for a watch with such a high water resistance (300 m) - this is rose gold insert on ceramic bezel.

However, it is quite possible to wear this three switchman with a date "on the way out". Black ceramic case and bracelet, black dial with faceted applied indexes, necessary luminescence, one-way rotation of the bezel, screw-down crown, screw-down case back with an engraved diving bell - everything is beautiful and meets the international diving standard ISO 6425.

Swiss mechanical watches Oris 733-7731-41-35MB

Oris Aquise Date (733-7731-41-35MB). A clean diver, from the 300-meter water-resistant steel case (35,5 mm), including everything required to comply with the ISO 6425 standard, to the heavy-duty blank case back. However, modern canons quite allow wearing such a watch ... yes, anywhere and with anything - even with a strict suit. Moreover, the watch is Swiss ... The three-handed date is powered by an automatic Oris 733 caliber (base Sellita SW200). The steel bracelet alternates between polished and satin-finished links. Sapphire crystal. By the way, there is also a male version, with diameters of 43,5 mm. A great pair for sporting Him and Her!

Swiss wrist watch Edox 10225-37RBRIR with chronograph

Edox Chronoffshore 1 Chronolady (10225-37RBRIR). Another Swiss model for diving, the same 300 meters of water resistance, but with a chronograph. Case - steel with PVD coating and ceramic, 38 mm, strap - rubber, movement - quartz Edox 102 (base Ronda 5030.D), sapphire crystal.

Swiss watches Victorinox 241788

Victorinox Maverick (241788). This Swiss brand is famous for its army knives, but it also produces decent watches. And their style can be considered both army and sports. Of course, the army is not particularly feminine, and the maverick is more of a man, but on the other hand, everyone remembers the soldier Jane ... This model, a three-pointer with a date on a quartz movement, is made in steel with a black PVD coating (34 mm , water resistance 100 m) and is equipped with a stylish leather strap. Sapphire crystal.

Seiko SRW788P1 Japanese wrist watch with chronograph

Seiko Lukia (SRW788P1). Unlike most European leaders of fine watchmaking, the Japanese leader produces not only expensive watches, and not only mechanical ones. At the same time, Seiko electronic watches, much more affordable in terms of prices, do not cause the slightest doubt about the quality, both technical and aesthetic. One of the models destined for success in 2021 is the Seiko Lukia watch. The 7N12 quartz movement (hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph) is precise and reliable. The case (36,3 mm) and the bracelet are made of steel and partially protected by a pink PVD coating. Sapphire crystal. Water resistance 100 m.

AND FINALLY THE BEST INEXPENSIVE MODELS OF 2021

Surprisingly, in this section there is a place not only for electronic (quartz) watches, but also for mechanical ones. As for the epithet "inexpensive" ... if you prioritize value for money, we hope you won't be disappointed.

Japanese mechanical wrist watch Orient RA-AK0004A1

Up to € 400 - Orient Classic (RA-AK0004A1). Production - Japan. The very elegance, moreover, to match the name, the watch is mechanical, with an automatic caliber F6B22 (power reserve 40 hours), sapphire crystal and transparent case back. Steel case (36,5 mm) and mother-of-pearl dial set with crystals. Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day of the week, "day / night" (all - arrow), date (numbers in the window).

Fossil ES4247SET watches

Up to € 300 - Fossil Tailor (ES4247SET). Manufactured in the USA. A very feminine watch! 35 mm, steel with gold IP-plating, crystals, a champagne-colored dial, a quartz "engine" with hour, minute, second, date and day of the week indication (all - arrow), and even a bracelet to boot.

Japanese wrist watch Casio Baby-G BGD-560-4E with chronograph

Up to 120 euros - Casio Baby-G (BGD-560-4E). Production - Japan. Baby-G is considered the younger sister of the G-SHOCK brand, designed for girls and somewhat inferior to its older brother in "indestructibility". However, not much inferior. This version is quite functional, and it also has a pronounced youthful character. One color is worth something! But if it seems to you that this is too much, then in the BGD-560 line there are models that are quieter - pure black and pure white.

Russian wrist watch SOKOLOV 306.71.00.000.02.01.2

Up to 50 euros - SOKOLOV I Want (306.71.00.000.02.01.2). We conclude the review with a Russian product. Its name I Want is translated from English as "I want". And maybe that's right! Watch on the quartz movement Miyota GL20, which sets in motion two hands, steel, thin (diameter 33 mm, thickness 6 mm). The Milanese bracelet is narrow and elegant.

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