I have always maintained that watches are genderless. In my opinion, it serves no purpose to pigeonhole timepieces as “men’s watches” or “women’s watches.” Watches are not like clothes that have to be cut a certain way to fit a man’s body or a woman’s body. With watches, it is simply a matter of size. Some men like big watches; some men like small watches. Some women like small watches; some women like big watches. Diamond watches are certainly not just reserved for women either–there are plenty of guys out there that rock a diamond watch well!
A big theme at SIHH 2019 earlier this year was the concept of “unisex watches.” A handful of brands were making a concerted effort to not categorize some new products according to gender. While I am happy that the industry is waking up to this, I also argue that unisex watches have always been around! Case in point are these six luxury watches that will look great on everyone.
Is there a watch that is as universally flattering on just about everyone as a stainless steel Rolex Datejust 36? Probably not! With its perfectly proportional round 36 mm case, smooth bezel, and matching steel Oyster bracelet, this is a unisex watch that serves as an ideal daily wearer. The straightforward time and date dial is perfectly legible in crisp white, further aided by the Cyclops magnification date lens on the crystal. And this being a Rolex, it runs on a robust self-winding movement, which will keep running as long as you have it on.
Patek Philippe Calatrava
For an elegant dress watch that will last several generations, there is the Patek Philippe Calatrava. A mainstay in Patek’s catalog, the Calatrava is an exercise in restraint and minimalism. The yellow gold Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 3919 are fantastic unisex watches with their 33.5 mm round cases and classic leather straps. The hobnail bezels lend a more formal touch while the slim center hands sweeping around the Roman numerals complete the sophisticated style of the timepiece. It is worth mentioning that a leather strap with a tang buckle is an especially good choice for a watch to share as a couple as it is easy to adjust the size accordingly without having to remove links.
Cartier Tank Solo
Cartier is yet another company that has been making unisex watches for decades. In fact, from the Tank to the Ronde to the Ballon Bleu, the Maison is masterful at creating watches that suit both sexes. Take this Automatic Cartier Tank Solo in steel for instance. Flaunting cleans lines, black Roman numerals, and blue details, this watch perfectly illustrates French chic. The rectangular case (31 mm x 40.85 mm) is a great change of pace from traditional round watches. In fact, the style of the Tank watch has endured for well over a century, and with a timeless design like this, it will continue to delight both male and female wearers for years to come.
A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia
If rose gold watches are more your taste, then this A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia in 18k pink gold is sublime for both him and her. As expected from Germany’s leading watchmaker, the dial inside the slim 36 mm case is beautifully balanced with a minute rail track on the periphery, followed by Arabic numeral hour markers. The blue seconds hands on the subdial just below the rose gold hour and minutes is a nice pop of color. But it is not just the face of the watch that is nice to look at; flip the Saxonia around and you’ll see the handsome three-quarter plate manual-wound mechanical movement powering the timepiece.
Here is another Rolex watch, but this time, it is none other than the famed Daytona chronograph! This watch has been a favorite among men and women for a long time thanks to its sporty silhouette and iconic name. The Daytona’s case measures 40 mm and comes equipped with a pair of screw-down chronograph pushers flanking the winding crown. Not a small watch by any means, but still perfectly wearable for most–especially for women looking for an oversized luxury sports watch. A big draw of the Daytona collection is the variety of metals and dial colors. Whether you’re into steel, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum, there’s a Rolex Daytona for that.
The next time you’re shopping for a luxury watch, try not to think of them based on gender but rather look at them from a style and ideal size point. That way, you’ll have an even greater selection to choose from–and that is always a good thing!