There’s a general divide in the watch industry that separates men’s watches from women’s watches. Besides being smaller, women’s watches generally are offered in more feminine colours, and feature more diamonds. But the thing about the modern woman is that she’s not looking for something pink-toned, jewel-encrusted, or even something elegant and tiny.
Here’s what’s capturing the attention of the fairer sex: Pieces that are at least 38mm in diameter, and have a stronger, more powerful design and feel. While these watches might have been initially made for men, they’d look great on the ladies, too. Check out a few classic favourites that make great arm candy.
1. Rolex Datejust 41mm steel
This classic piece is a worthy investment for both men and women. Its iconic shape and design go beyond changing trends, making this a great investment piece for anyone. At 41mm, it looks striking on a woman’s smaller wrist.
2. Breitling Navitimer B01 chronograph 43
Breitling’s Navitimer has gone through very little change since its debut in 1952. Originally made as a pilot’s watch, its design details remain eye-catching with chronograph counters, hour markers and red highlights. This watch, with a steel bracelet in mercury silver and a face diameter of 43mm, exudes a sporty yet classy feel.
3. Cartier Tank solo watch
The Cartier Tank was first designed in 1919. As a slim men’s watch, it’s perfect for women with its lightness and modest, contemporary design.
4. Panerai Radiomir
When Panerai’s popularity skyrocketed in the early 2000s, the brand’s signature Radiomir and Luminor were quickly popular with many male watch collectors.
However, the iconic brand’s shape and style is equally attractive on a woman, with its statement-making black dial and eye-catching hardware hard to miss.
5. Omega Museum
There are plenty of Omega models such as the Seamaster and Speedmaster that are perfectly unisex, but their specialty Museum piece is all about heritage and history. This new reissue features a pulsometer scale and 30-minute recorder in a 39mm 18K yellow gold case.
It’s limited to just 1938 pieces, so you know you’re one of the few to wear it, when you buy it.
6. IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moonphase Edition 150 Years
Its sleek minimalist design and beautiful blue dial with a lacquered finish makes this piece from IWC Schaffhausen’s Portofino collection a real signature piece. The moonphase display at 12 o’clock makes it great for dreamers who enjoy turning their eyes to the sky. The model is limited to just 350 pieces.
7. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding
The Royal Oak by Audmars Piguet has been a favourite of both sexes since it first launched in the 1970s. Its smooth stainless steel bracelet, the iconic “tapisserie” dial and octagonal bezel make this piece a great one for everyday wear.