Before the wristwatch became a fashion staple, women already brandished watches as pendants around their necks. There were variants to the pendants worn on long chains around the neck. One such variant is the pocket watch. It was usually hidden in the woman’s waist-band, or in a small pocket inside the dress’ seams where the bodice was connected to the skirt.
Surprisingly, women enjoyed more prerogative on how to wear, or style their watches. Aside from wearing them around their necks, they also wore them with a pin as brooches, as earrings, or even as rings!
Current Ladies Watch Fashion
Currently, fine watches designed for women are always updated with the introduction of new models and styles. Often, annual styles and designs are introduced, making it nearly impossible for any fashionable woman to limit herself to just basic timepieces. However, building a basic collection is important. To do that, you will need to cover all wristwatch categories: dress, jewelry, and sports. One brand can carry all that fall under each of the listed categories; however, you can build a more interesting collection by choosing from collections of many watchmakers.
Sports timepieces were created to suit the needs of the active woman. It doesn’t matter what your physical activity of choice is-it can be as extreme as rock climbing or ocean diving, or it could be fairly conventional, like running or Pilates. You need a high-performing timepiece that works both in and out of the water, and has a chronograph, alarm or stopwatch. This is also why sports models are made with durable parts of leather, rubber, steel, and even titanium. These great timekeepers have smaller parts and thinner straps compared to their male counterparts’. Pastel-colored models match fair complexion nicely and darker skin will better match straps and faces that are either neutrally-colored, or have extremely bright colors.
Timepieces used for dressy occasions are the second category to consider. Dress watches are staples for any woman. Traditionally, this style of watch often meant a classic design and in white gold or yellow; needless to say, they were the epitome of elegance. These days, the characteristics of this style is much more lax. A timepiece with no Velcro, rubber straps, over-sized parts, or even huge markings qualifies and these styles can allow transitioning smoothly from formal events to more casual occasions.
Jewelry timepieces are those that took long periods of craftsmanship to be created and put together. Often, these fine pieces are embellished with stones and precious gems that were selected and matched accordingly, based on color, clarity, and even perfection, before being set into the watch.
The history of fine timepieces for women is truly one that inspires interest from how they have transitioned from pocket watches to the sleek watches that we now see. Don’t forget, choose a timepiece that you’ll be comfortable wearing. If you had to pick only one watch to own, choose a watch that isn’t boxed into one of the categories above.