Do you remember the women’s watches of yesterday, scaled-down versions of men’s watches, or diminutive, ladylike dress watches forever awaiting a big night out? They’re history! Today’s women’s watches have become hot fashion accessories meant to get noticed, with large, look-at-me dials, glitter galore and more color than a king-size box of crayons.
The Growing Size Of Women’s Watches
When it comes to women’s watches, petite and feminine are no longer almost synonymous. Case sizes are getting larger, and what used to be a relatively standard diameter of about 24 millimeters, is now downright petite. Some women’s styles are truly mammoth, 40 millimeters in diameter or more. Why this trend toward super-sizing? One reason is men’s watches. As they’ve grown to massive dimensions, women’s watches have bulked-up also. Another reason is the recent popularity of women’s chronograph watches, which necessitated dials large enough to accommodate chronograph subdials. And the biggest reason for the new interest in big women’s watches: the large faces have room for jazzy numerals, decorative dials, fancy hands and all manner of snazzy indicators – all the things that make a watch worth wearing.
Color And Women’s Watches
While it’s true that pink is considered the color for g shock watches girls and women, so, it seems, are blue, purple, green, red and yellow. All are showing up these days on women’s watches. In addition to pastels and vibrant primary colors, there’s also a more serious palette of grays (pearl, slate, charcoal) and browns (coffee, copper and bronze) for occasions that call for some gravitas. And, yes, orange is still hot. If you can’t find a woman’s watch these days to go with every outfit in your closet, you’re just not trying. The dominant look is watchstraps and dials that match, the latter often mother-of-pearl, dyed any color you can imagine. Also popular are colored gemstones, especially sapphires, in all their various hues – yellow, pink,orange, and, of course, blue.
Wild New Shapes For Women’s Watches
We’ll bet you’ve never seen so many unusual shapes as are currently being offered by today’s watch makers. One of the biggest trends in women’s watches is non-round styles. It’s both a new development and an old one: when wristwatches came on the scene in the early 1900s, women’s models took on a range of wild shapes before settling into the more staid rounds and rectangles of later decades. Now, once again, it’s anything goes, with flower shapes (from Tissot and Citizen, among others), crosses (Roger Dubuis, Locman), egg shaped (Breguet), long rectangles curved to fit the wrist (cK), semicircles (Jean d’Eve) and ovals (from companies too numerous to mention). Van Cleef & Arpels even has a watch shaped like the Alhambra in Spain. So-called east-west watches, which are wider than they are high, are gaining fashion momentum. They’re available now in oval, rectangle and tonneau shapes, with more variations on the way.
The lesson is clear: when you’re adding to your wardrobe, don’t forget watches.
Mechanical Women’s Watches
Watch makers are all wound up about women’s mechanical watches. Ever since quartz movements came to dominate the watch world, women have largely eschewed mechanical ones. When men began snapping up mechanical watches in the 1980s – as they’re still doing today in enormous numbers – most women stayed with quartz watches.