While much of the attention in the luxury watch market may be geared towards men’s watches, there are plenty of fantastic choices out there for women too! Here are some of our favorite women’s mechanical watches right now–not a quartz movement in sight! While it’s important to note that some of these timepieces are technically labeled as men’s watches, we think they look just as great on a women’s wrist too.
Simple yet striking, the Piaget Square let’s all the small details do all the talking. Take this 18k White Gold Piaget Square ref. 934 for example–the sharp square case is intricately decorated with a classic hobnail pattern, matching the same motif on the dial. Aside from the pattern, the dial is kept clean and minimal with just a pair of center hands, stick hour markers, and the Piaget logo.
Where this Piaget timepiece really shines is via the slimness of the case. Piaget is of course known for their expertise in making ultra-thin watches thanks to their ability to make ultra-thin movements. The Piaget ref. 934 case measures 25mm x 25mm while its thickness is merely 4mm. Under the caseback is a Piaget in-house manual-wound mechanical movement.
Cartier Ballon Bleu
Introduced just over a decade ago in 2007, the Ballon Bleu is already a massively successful watch from Cartier. Seductively curvey and flaunting many of the Cartier watch hallmarks we’ve become familiar, this model became an instant modern classic. For those of you who are familiar with Cartier watches, the Ballon Bleu stands out for its round shape since the brand is more known for their square, rectangular, and tonneau-shaped watches.
The 18k rose gold Cartier Ballon Bleu ref. W6920097 is a great choice as a ladies’ timepiece. Housed within the 33mm round rose gold case is a beautiful silver guilloché dial along with the standard Cartier black Roman numerals and blue sword-shaped center hands. Plus, the case also includes the signature floating-style winding crown with the blue cabochon-stone for which the model is named after (blue balloon). Emblazoned across the dial is the word “AUTOMATIC,” signalling that this is indeed a women’s mechanical watch rather than a quartz one. Finishing off the look of this elegant watch is a classic black leather strap fitted with a rose gold tangle buckle.
Blancpain Villeret Moonphase Calendar
Blancpain has long had a history of making women’s mechanical watches. In fact, Blancpain has made automatic women’s mechanical watches as far back as the 1930s. However, while this particular Blancpain Villeret Moonphase Calendar is positioned as a man’s watch, we actually think it’s perfectly suited for a women’s wrist.
Crafted in stainless steel, from its 33mm case to its link bracelet, this Blancpain Villeret boasts a host of features on the white dial. First, there are the center hour and minute hands followed by an additional hand that points to a date ring. Secondly, there’s the pair of windows on the upper portion of the dial indicating the day of the week and the month of the year. Finally, just above 6 o’clock is a moonphase aperture, adding just a dash of color to the dial.
Rolex Day-Date 36
Yes, the Day-Date 36 was made for the male consumer in mind, yet the Rolex President has enjoyed a female fan base for decades. And that’s no surprise given the watch’s timeless style, luxurious looks, and very wearable 36mm case. This particular Rolex Day-Date ref. 18238 is a solid 18k yellow gold version with a characteristic fluted bezel, vertically striped gold tapestry dial, and of course, the essential President bracelet with the famous semi-circular link configuration.
Like most Rolex watches, the Day-Date 36 runs on an automatic mechanical movement to power the time, in addition to the date and day windows. What’s more, as a model from the 1990s, this Day-Date ref. 18238 is a double quickset version. This means that the day and the date functions can be adjusted independently from the center hands–practical indeed.
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Saving the best for last, for the discerning lady watch aficionado, there’s the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar. Again, this particular Patek Annual Calendar ref. 5037/1G is labeled as a gent’s watch, but we’re happy to argue that the watch’s 18k white gold construction, diamond-set bezel, diamond hour markers, and 37mm case size lends a feminine flair fit for any lady.
As an annual calendar watch, the Patek ref. 5037 includes three subdials on the dial–day, month, and 24-hour indicator–as well as a date window at 6 o’clock and a center hour, minute, and seconds hand. The annual in annual calendar refers to the fact that the automatic watch will continue to indicate the correct time/date throughout the year and needs just one hands-on adjustment when February turns into March.
As you can see, these women’s mechanical watches are both beautiful and mechanically complex. And it’s hard to resist that powerful combination when deciding upon the ideal ladies’ luxury watch.