For those who are looking for an extravagant luxury item there’s no place better than Cartier.
The ability to monitor time is one of the most complex and brilliant elements of our humanity.
Not only is there a scientific beauty created by the cogs and wheels pushing those arrows, but the wearer is immediately given a sense of structure in their day. Life is short and an appreciation for ‘time’ can be encased in the simplicity of wearing a watch.
Watches began as a predominantly female accessory. Queen Elizabeth I, was given a wrist watch by Robert Dudley in 1571 and for hundreds of years men would keep time with a pocket watch.
Watches have edged further and further into a male territory over the years with many designers opting for bigger and heavier statement watches that could sink the Titanic.
There is however a vast collection still aimed at women, where femininity has been the focus of the design.
We at DESIblitz want to prove that you can afford a beautiful watch and appreciate its function and style without breaking the bank. Here are our favourite picks of fashionable watches for women.
Of course, there are exceptional pieces fit for a Queen, and for those who are looking for an extravagant luxury item there’s no place better than Cartier.
Referenced by Marilyn Monroe in ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ Cartier holds a prestigious reputation for luxury. Of them is the 1906 watch design christened the Baignoire. Cartier say: “The Baignoire watch is the essence of Cartier style: a unique marriage of purity and timeless chic.”
We certainly agree! This beautiful piece in pink gold is elegant and subtle. If you’re looking to invest in a watch as your statement piece for the rest of your life and perhaps become a family heirloom, this is perfect.
Although the Cartier Baignoire comes in various shapes and sizes we’ve selected this one for its oval face and discreet style. At £17,900 this is an everlasting luxury.
Breitling is another top quality watchmaker since 1884. Their Galactic watch has a gorgeous white leather strap and diamond dot indicators in a stainless steel case.
This is a combination piece of femininity and durability. Powered by an automatic movement and water resistance up to 100 metres, it is perfect if you’re caught in England’s rain! With diamonds circling the rim this is certainly worthy of our luxury choices.
In our budget line up we have some fantastic pieces to offer you. If you’d like to match your watch to your handbag, Michael Kors has some stunning designs.
Michael Kors is famous for his classic designs with modern twists. His traditional round face Bradshaw with Roman numerals, has three chronograph counters and a date window.
Water resistant to 50 metres, but it’s the colour that we find so attractive here. Chocolate and coffee tones meet with a warm tortoise shell effect and a rose gold plated stainless steel bracelet. This watch is beautiful, and the colours are perfect to accompany autumn outfits. At £259 this is affordable but durable with a two-year warranty.
Rose gold has featured hugely in both men’s and women’s watches for 2014, setting the trend for warm tones and moving away from the more crisp silver we are used to.
We have featured rose gold here but also other complimenting shades in chocolate and pearl. The Olivia Burton watch offers a gold plated stainless steel both in the frame and the strap. Unusual in its focal point of a hummingbird face, this was inspired by the countryside and the traditional gold stands out a little more from the crowd where silver has become the dominant style.
The pressed pattern on the strap is very retro and makes this our most traditional style watch in our line up. Only £65 this is feminine and easily affordable to see you through the year with a seriously fashionable, modern piece.
Another stylish addition that’s hit the high street, has been designs where a watch face is threaded onto a beaded bracelet. This is a modern way to wear a watch in a discreet way. Available from Pandora in the same style as their famous charm bracelets or for a budget choice you can find these on Ebay and Amazon for as little as £1.59.
We hope you’ve been inspired by our selection of watches here, but remember however fashionable or expensive, all watches do the same thing.
So whether you’re looking for a huge statement piece or just want a watch for its original purpose, cherish the time you have especially with your friends, family and loved ones.